The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

The Measuring Up 2008 national and state report cards on higher education were made possible by grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation for Education.

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education promotes public policies that enhance Americans’ opportunities to pursue and achieve high-quality education and training beyond high school. Established in 1998 by a consortium of national foundations, the National Center is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is not affiliated with any institution of higher education or government agency. It conducts research and analyses of policy issues facing the states and the nation with a particular focus on opportunity and achievement in higher education – including two- and four-year, public and private, for-profit and nonprofit institutions.  The National Center communicates findings and recommendations, including information on state and national performance of American higher education, to the public, to civic, business, and higher education leaders, and to state and federal policymakers.

The National Center is solely responsible for Measuring Up 2008. For further information about the National Center and its publications, visit