Strong Foundations

Postsecondary student unit record systems are the primary means for states to collect data and analyze student progress, completions, and outcomes. Since 2010, SHEEO has conducted surveys of state postsecondary data systems to better understand the “state of state postsecondary data.” Multiple iterations of the Strong Foundations survey have documented the content, capacity, and effective use of state postsecondary data systems.

Strong Foundations 2018: The State of State Postsecondary Data Systems


Strong Foundations 2016: The State of Postsecondary Data Systems


Communities of Practice

SHEEO’s Communities of Practice project is focused on increasing the capacity and utilization of state postsecondary data systems, and providing a forum for states to work on solutions to common issues with those systems.

SHEEO Communities of Practice: Aligning Postsecondary Education and the Workforce

December 03, 2019
Denver, CO
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SHEEO Communities of Practice: Developing Guided Pathways and Financial Aid Metrics in State Data Systems

April 17, 2019
Seattle, WA
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Is college affordable, and for whom?

The state of Minnesota invests heavily in higher education, both through our appropriations for need-based aid, and financial support for our public colleges and universities. Despite these investments, no good measure exists of whether or not these investments are making college more affordable, and for how many. How can we define college affordability?   College could be considered affordable for families able to write a check to cover all costs,…

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Ohio's FAFSA Completion Initiative

In 2014, President Obama announced the launch of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Initiative to help states, districts, and schools give students the support they need to complete the FAFSA form. Often the gateway to accessing financial aid for college, career school, or graduate school, the FAFSA gives students access to the nearly $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds that the federal government has…

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