Acknowledgements

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education is grateful to many individuals and organizations for their advice and assistance in the development of Measuring Up 2008. The responsibility for creating, developing, and producing the report card, however, rests entirely with the National Center.

The National Center was advised on the fifth report card on state performance in higher education by an independent review committee, called Measuring Up 2008 National Advisory Group.  (see sidebar).

The National Center wishes to thank members of the national advisory group for their essays in this report. David Breneman, chair of the advisory committee challenges higher education leaders to engage in public debate about the performance and future of American higher education; Peter Ewell provides an update on the Learning category; and, Dennis Jones provides a summary of the nation’s ability to inform a policy discussion through the systematic collection of information. In addition, Alan Wagner provides an analysis of the international indicators on which we relied for the comparative aspects of Measuring Up 2008.

The state higher education executive officers and commissions in each state reviewed the data used for grading in Measuring Up 2008.

Joni Finney, vice president for the National Center and professor of practice at the University of Pennsylvania, was the principle author of state reports and was responsible for leadership and direction of Measuring Up 2008.  Her report co-authors include: Patrick Kelly, William Doyle, Stacey Zis, Darcie Harvey, Heather Jack, Kathryn Ankrum, Daphne Borromeo, and Peter Ewell.  Patrick Kelly, senior associate with the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), was lead analyst and project manager at NCHEMS. William Doyle, assistant professor of higher education at Vanderbilt University, was a consultant for the National Center for Measuring Up 2008.  

Heather Jack, policy consultant, was project manager of the report card for the National Center. She edited state reports, oversaw the development of the national report, and led the design and production process.  Stacey Zis, research associate at NCHEMS, played a critical role in project coordination and overseeing the quality control process for NCHEMS.

John Clark, data analyst for NCHEMS, collected and analyzed data, provided ongoing technical assistance, and assisted in writing the technical report. Darcie Harvey, project coordinator at the National Center, contributed to the analysis of the national report and oversaw the quality control process for the National Center.

Erica Torres, data analyst at NCHEMS, assisted with data collection and provided document support.  Marianne Boeke, research associate, assisted with the data quality checking process and assisted in writing state reports. Martha Swaggart, Ingrid Walsh, and Johanna Van Hise Heart assisted with the data quality checking process.

Brian Prescott, research associate at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, assisted with the data analysis, and Thomas M. Smith, associate professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University, provided a special analysis on teacher quality. Mikyung Ryu, senior research associate with the American Council on Education, provided technical assistance.

The following individuals provided data used in Measuring Up 2008: Rolf Blank, Council of Chief State School Officers; Thomas G. Mortenson, Postsecondary Education OPPORTUNITY; Christopher Ward, United States Department of Education; and Ellen Sawtell and Sherby Jenan-Leger, The College Board. 

In addition, the following individuals assisted with data on learning: Bernie Olson and Geraldine Piskorski, American Society of Clinical Pathology; Phil Handwerk, Law School Admission Council; Don Meagher and James Yang, Pearson; Cynthia A. Searcy, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy; Dan Anderson, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists; and David G. Payne, Educational Testing Service.

Daphne Borromeo, director of communications for the National Center, led the communications planning, including the Web site update for Measuring Up 2008.  

Kathryn Ankrum was managing editor for Measuring Up 2008. Thad Nodine, of Nodine Consulting, and Rod O’Neal were senior editors. Mae Kaven of The Last Detail, Derek A. Squires, and Adam Steckler provided proofreading and other editorial services.

Sheppard Ranbom, president, Travis Reindl, state policy and campaigns director, Robert Johnston, education policy and media director, Kari Hudnell, media associate, and Patrick Murray, associate of CommunicationWorks, L.L.C. advised and assisted the National Center on the communications for Measuring Up 2008. Dennis Caldwell, Creative Only, developed the initial design for the state reports. Michael Molanphy, Varadero Communications, developed the final design for the state and national reports. CommunicationWorks, L.L.C., provided production services.  Heming Nelson, of 4Site Interactive Studios, Inc., and Michael Shannon, of NETView Communications, provided Web site development and support. Printing and letter-shop services were provided by Goetz Printing Company.

Frank Bowen provided on-going editorial support of Measuring Up 2008.

Noreen Savelle, of the National Center, assisted in proofreading, dissemination, and with the release event. Gail Moore coordinated the Center distribution and mailing, and Lori King and Holly Earlywine supported and assisted with the development of Measuring Up 2008.