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IRP at SAIR 2023

The Office of Institutional Research & Planning (IRP) will be in attendance at SAIR 2023 which will be held October 14-17, 2023, in Point Clear, Alabama. This is the 50th conference of the Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR), and several IRP staff will be giving presentations:

IRP at interactUSG 2023

The Office of Institutional Research & Planning (IRP) was in attendance at interactUSG 2023, a University System of Georgia conference for business and technology professionals from the 26 USG institutions and affiliated industry partners. This year's conference was hosted at the Savannah Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia, September 13-15, 2023. Three members of IRP's staff gave presentations:

NASBO Fiscal Survey of States, Spring 2022 Edition

The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) released a semi-annual report analyzing the fiscal condition of the states, including summary tables of general fund revenues, expenditures, and balances. This spring edition provides an overview of governors' budget proposals. Among the key takeaways for Fiscal 2022:

Online Education's Reputation Jumps, Survey Says

For six years New America has been collecting data on Americans’ views about higher education for its Varying Degrees survey. Surprisingly, despite significant social, cultural, political, and economic changes, there was remarkably little change in views on the value and opportunities provided by higher education. One area that did change was the perception of online education.

Under Audit: Equity Audits in State Higher Education Finance

MDRC published a policy brief titled Under Audit: Equity Audits in State Higher Education Finance in June 2022. This brief discusses the potential use of equity audits to identify and address inequities in the distribution of state funds to public institutions of higher learning. Community colleges and other broad access public institutions disproportionately enroll students from underserved populations and rely more heavily on state funds.

Skills Gaps: A Review of Underlying Concepts and Evidence

Employers have long cited an inadequately skilled workforce as the primary reason jobs go unfilled. However, there is considerable debate over whether a mismatch truly exists between workers' skills and employers' needs. A report from the Congressional Research Service, Skills Gaps: A Review of Underlying Concepts and Evidence, notes the possibility of other contributing factors such as:

Colleges Scramble to Recruit Students as Enrollment Plunges

The Washington Post recently reported that enrollment at colleges nationwide "has shrunk more than five percent since 2019." However, the impact has been greater on regional colleges and universities that serve disadvantaged students. For example, institutions in the western region of Pennsylvania have been affected by stagnant population growth, the pandemic, and increasing wages that make working a more appealing option than studying.