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11/15/13 - Greg Cumpton Highlights Positive Education Trends in Austin American-Statesman Article Print E-mail

An article out this week in the Austin American-Statesman titled, “College Enrollment Rates Stagnant,” cites data from the Student Futures Project. The article attempts to shed light on why college enrollment rates in Central Texas have been stagnant for the last 6 years. Greg Cumpton, Research Associate at the Ray Marshall Center and Co-Principal Investigator of the Student Futures Project is quoted in the article and explains that there has been a surge in the number and share of lower-income students who are typically not as inclined to go to college.

The Student Futures Project is a research partnership of the Ray Marshall Center and currently 12 Central Texas independent school districts (ISDs). The project is documenting and analyzing the progress of Central Texas high school students as they move onto colleges and careers. It relies on a combination of student surveys and linked administrative records to improve feedback and policy and program alignment for Central Texas ISDs in preparing students for the demands of adulthood and for success in the workplace.

Despite stagnant enrollments rates, Cumpton explains that there are reasons for optimism; the share of low-income high school graduates transitioning to college increased by 7% points between 2008 and 2011. The Austin Chamber of Commerce has worked with local school districts and the Ray Marshall Center to incorporate programs such as the Summer Melt program into the toolbox that educators and administrators have to help students enroll and successfully attend college. Thus far, Central Texas has managed to avoid the drop in enrollment rates that other parts of Texas are currently experiencing.

 
11/15/13 - You Tube Animation about Central Texas Education Print E-mail

This Opportunity Austin Education Animation speaks to the issues facing education reform in Central Texas, specifically issues concerning college enrollment and assistance.  The Ray Marshall Center plays an important role in this analysis, and is mentioned in the video.

 
7/23/13 - Prince and Cumpton Travel to DC to Present on SFP Print E-mail

On June 20, 2013, Ray Marshall Center Associate Director Dr. Heath Prince and Research Associate Greg Cumpton presented key findings and lessons from the Student Futures Project at the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) in Washington, DC. Afterwards, Austin Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President Drew Scheberle moderated a panel discussion and an audience Q&A session. To see Greg Cumpton’s presentation, click here.

 
4/11/13 - Student Futures in San Marcos Print E-mail

Greg Cumpton presented recent Student Futures Project research to San Marcos personnel on Thursday, April 11th. This link directs you to the powerpoint that Greg presented.

 
2/25/13 - Student Futures Project Releases Report Brief for 2013 Print E-mail

The Central Texas Student Futures Project released a report brief on the factors associated with education and work after high school for the classes of 2008 and 2009. Click here to view the brief.


 
September 2012 - Heath Prince Presents Leadership Presentation to Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce Print E-mail

At the invitation of the Greater Austin Chambers of Commerce, Associate Director, Heath Prince delivered a leadership presentation to representatives from the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, as well as to representatives from several postsecondary institutions and K-12 school districts in and around Gwinnett County, GA. Prince spoke of the current research surrounding the Student Futures Project, and the panel topics included a broader effort by the Chamber and Central Texas ISDs to increase enrollment into postsecondary education, and the importance of these efforts to the local economy.

 
September 2012: Greg Cumpton Presents at the Greater Austin Chamber’s College Readiness and Enrollment Support Print E-mail
On September 24th, Greg Cumpton, researcher at the Ray Marshall Center, gave a presentation to the Greater Austin Chamber’s College Readiness and Enrollment Support Team (CREST). For more information, click here.
 
Jul 2012: Heath Prince Co-authors Education Article in Change: The Magazine for Higher Learning Print E-mail

The July 2012 issue of Change: The Magazine for Higher Learning features an article co-authored by Heath Prince, associate director of the Ray Marshall Center, and Matt Crellin and Patrick Kelly from the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). In "Increasing College Attainment in the United States: Variations in Returns to States and Their Residents", the authors present findings from work by the NCHEMS and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) on the public return to increasing postsecondary credential attainment and show evidence that the social and economic benefits of college attainment to the state economy varies from state to state.

 
Jul 2012: Heath Prince Shares Findings from Postsecondary Education Research Print E-mail

Heath Prince, associate director of the Center, delivered the keynote presentation at the Ohio Transfer Council and the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network’s event, Professional Development, Serving Adult Learners in Ohio, held on July 20 at Ohio University’s Pickerton campus. Event participants discussed strategies for improving postsecondary and adult education outcomes.  Prince’s presentation gave an overview of noncredit education, growing demand for occupational credentials, returns on investment on postsecondary education, and recommendations for creating a national competency-based qualifications framework. (Photo caption: Event participants discussing strategies. Photo credit: Ohio Transfer Council.)

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Jul 2012: Center Researchers to Speak at 2012 APPAM Fall Research Conference Print E-mail

Several researchers from the Ray Marshall Center will be speaking on panels and participating in the annual Fall Research Conference of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management in Baltimore, Maryland on November 8 - 10. This year's theme is "Policy Analysis and Public Management in an Age of Scarcity: The Challenges of Assessing Effectiveness and Efficiency." Panel sessions with the Center's researchers will cover a range of topics including education, child policy, workforce development, and methods of research and evaluation. Details for each panel session are listed below.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8
10:15 - 11:45 AM 

Session 2013: Central Texas Students Futures Project: Lessons From a Practitioner-Researcher Partnership 
Location: Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotel, Room: Hanover B
Participants: Deanna Schexnayder, Ray Marshall Center; Greg Cumpton, Ray Marshall Center; Christopher T. King, Ray Marshall Center; Drew Scheberle, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce; Kristin Boyer, TG; Camille Clay, Leander ISD

Session 3286: Measuring Returns On Investments in Human Capital: A Panel Discussion on Recent Research 
Location: Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, Room: McKeldon

ROI Estimation for Workforce Development Programs
Authors: Kevin Hollenbeck, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research; Christopher T. King, Ray Marshall Center

Developing ROI Estimates for the Public-Sector Vocational Rehabilitation Program 
Authors: David Dean, University of Richmond; John Pepper, University of Virginia; Robert Schmidt, University of Richmond; Steven Stern, University of Virginia

Exploratory Return On Investment Analysis of Local Workforce Investments
Authors: Tara Smith and Christopher King, Ray Marshall Center

Increasing College Attainment In the United States: Variation In Returns to States and Their Residents 
Authors: Patrick Kelly and Matt Crellin, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems; Heath Prince, Ray Marshall Center

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 
9:45 - 11:15 AM 

Session 2043: State Advisory Councils On Early Childhood Education and Care: The Vision and the Reality  
Location: Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotel, Room: Hanover B 
Participants: Albert Wat, National Governors Association; Deanner Schexnayder, Ray Marshall Center;  Linda K. Smith, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Bobby Weber, Oregon State University; Lee Kreader, NCCP/Columbia University

1:00 - 2:30 PM 

Session 1831: Reimagining America's Skills Investment 
Location: Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotel, Room: Salon E 
Participants: Larry A Good, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce; Christopher T. King, Ray Marshall Center; Carl Van Horn, John J. Heldrich Center/Rutgers University
 
 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 
12:00 - 1:30 PM 

Poster Session 3733: Predicted Individual and Cumulative Effects of College Preparation Activities on College Enrollment in Central Texas
Location: Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, Room: Liberty A & B 
Author: Greg Cumpton, Ray Marshall Center  

 
Jun 2012: King Delivers Keynote at Ohio Education Research Center Conference Print E-mail

The Ohio Education Research Center held a conference on June 28 in Colombus, OH for educators, researchers, and others interested in using research-based findings to advance school improvement.  Ray Marshall Center director and senior research scientist Dr. Chris King delivered the keynote address and presentation entitled Putting Research into Action for Student, School, and System Success.  Dr. King's presented an overview of the Central Texas Student Futures Project, its impact, successes, and lessons learned.

 
Jun 2012: Presentation Shown at TASSP Summer Workshop Now Available Print E-mail

On June 13, Greg Cumpton, researcher at the Ray Marshall Center, gave a presentation at the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) Summer Workshop. The presentation is now available on the website and available for viewing or download at this link: Student Futures Overview and Impact 

 
Jun 2012: Senior Surveys Closed, Next Steps This Summer Print E-mail

The Student Futures Project's annual survey of graduating Central Texas high school seniors closed as of June 12. Center researchers plan to share survey reponses and preliminary results with each participating high school later in the summer.

Researchers will issue a series of reports over several weeks, with each report focusing on a specific topic of interest in the survey. The first report will address student responses towards planning and preparation for college.

Feedback on these reports from participating partner schools are highly encouraged. Partner schools can provide feedback by visiting the Student Futures website, and clicking on the "Take the Student Futures Usage Survey" link located in the upper left area of the home page. For questions or additional information regarding the Student Futures Project, please contact Greg Cumpton, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Garry Davis, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Jun 2012: Center Updates CREST Members in June Meeting Print E-mail

On June 11, Greg Cumpton met with the Austin Chamber of Commerce's College Readiness and Enrollment Team (CREST) to update members of the latest progress with the 2012 high school senior surverys, plans for using the data, recent and planned research publications and presentations for the project.  

The presentation is a available for viewing or download at this link.

 
Jun 2012: Student Futures Project Presented at Successful 21st Century High Schools Symposium Print E-mail

Center researcher Greg Cumpton gave a presentation at the Successful 21st Century High School Symposium on June 12. The presentation provides an overview of the recent employment and enrollment data from Central Texas high schools. 

To view or download the presentation, click here.

 
May 2012: Student Futures Research Presented at 93rd AERA Annual Meeting Print E-mail

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) held its 93rd Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Cananda on 13-17 April. According to the AERA website, the "AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of education experts in the world" and features the latest development in education research. In attendance were over 13,000 education researchers from over 60 countries. Ray Marshall Center researcher Greg Cumpton presented findings from the Student Futures Project for one of the meetings research panels. The presentation - Adjusted Predicted Marginal Effects on College Enrollment for Central Texas High School Graduates - is available for viewing and download on the Student Futures Project website. 

The annual meeting contained more than 2,400 sessions, invited lectures, and other events. The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.



 
May 2012: Findings from the 2011 Senior Surveys Print E-mail

Garry Davis and Greg Cumpton have released the new report "Findings from the 2011 Senior Surveys." The report discusses findings from the senior surveys conducted in the spring of 2011.  Some notable student responses for the class of 2011 include when students first started thinking about college, how often during each week they studied for high school subjects, how well they felt their high school coursework prepared them for college coursework, and the types of colleges they applied to.  This report also finds differences between 2009, 2010 and 2011 seniors’ responses on topics such as the amount of time spent working in paid employment outside of high school, their plans for postsecondary education, and their perceptions about the ease of applying for financial aid.

To view the report, click on the link: Findings from the 2011 Senior Surveys

 
Apr 2012: New Brief Available - Meeting the Need for Locally-Based Education Research Print E-mail

Researchers have released a new research brief explaining how the Student Futures Project provides timely and relevant data and research to inform school administrators, researchers, and community leaders. The view the research brief, click here.

 
Mar 2012: New Report Available: Factors Associated with Education and Work after High School for the Classes of 2008 and 2009 Print E-mail

The Ray Marshall Center has released a new report titled Factors Associated with Education and Work after High School for the Classes of 2008 and 2009. The third report in a series, this report examines factors linked to successful postsecondary transitions for Central Texas high school seniors that graduated in 2008 and 2009. This analysis builds upon information gained from previous years’ analyses surveyed 2006 and 2007 Central Texas graduates. Researchers identifed those factors - family background and influences, student characteristics, prehigh school and individual high school experiences - consistently associated with transitions to postsecondary education and employment outcomes, as well as those that vary depending upon the data source, time period or geographic area under study. Factors associated with populations of interest - Hispanic, low income and first-generation high school graduates - are also analyzed.  Researchers used several methods for their analysis to determine how robust these factors are across cohorts, data sources, locations, and model selection.

The Central Texas Student Futures Project is a research partnership of the Ray Marshall Center and twelve Central Texas independent school districts (ISDs). The project follows the progress of Central Texas high school graduates as they make the critical transition from high school to postsecondary education and the labor market. This effort grew out of concerns among key education, business, workforce development and community stakeholders that the region’s economy and its residents would not prosper in the near- and longer-term unless more of its graduates obtained higher levels of enrollment in postsecondary education and better labor market outcomes. Graduates' actual postsecondary education and work outcomes are computed annually (for at least four years beyond graduation) using postsecondary enrollment and employment records. Findings are shared annually with local educators, business and community leaders, and policymakers committed to improving education and supporting local initiatives.

 
Jan 2012: Lake Travis ISD Joins Student Futures Project Print E-mail

Lake Travis Independent School District (ISD) has joined the Central Texas Student Futures Project, a multi-year research partnership between the Ray Marshall Center, area school districts, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and others aimed at understanding the factors that influence how students transition from high school to postsecondary education and the workforce. The purpose of the project is two-fold: 1) To provide educators and employers with comprehensive, longitudinal research on what high school students are doing after graduation, why they are making these decisions, and how a variety of educational, personal and financial factors are related to their success in higher education and the workforce; 2) To provide real-time data and capacity building to Central Texas ISDs in preparing students for the demands of adulthood and for success in the workplace. 

The Student Futures Project arose from a need to address changing state demographics and projected shortage of college-educated young people in the workforce. The research utilizes a wide-ranging list of data sources - student demographic records and academic history, student surveys taken in spring before their high school graduation, and postsecondary education and employment records up to four years after graduation – to develop a comprehensive picture of where students are coming from and what they have done, what they are planning after high school, and where they actually go.  The number of participating school districts has grown since the project’s launch as a pilot in 2005. With Lake Travis ISD, the project is now expanded to 12 Central Texas independent school districts with well over 10,000 high schools students participating annually.

 
Jan 2012: Chris King Presents Education and Labor Market Outcomes to Educators Forum Print E-mail

Dr. Chris King gave a presentation at the Principal, College and Industry Forum on College and Career Readiness held on 12 January. The presentation included an overview of the Central Texas Student Futures Project as well as recent education and labor market outcomes for students from 11 Central Texas school districts. 

To view or download the presentation, click here.

 
Nov 2011: CREST Receives Update on 2011 Senior Surveys Print E-mail

On Nov. 14, Greg Cumpton, research associate at the Ray Marshall Center, met with members of the Austin Chamber of Commerce's College Readiness and Enrollment Team to present initial findings from a survey of seniors conducted in spring 2011. The senior surveys consisted of responses from over 6,000 students from ten area high schools. Key findings include: 

  • Respondents are mainly going to their counselors to discuss academic performance graduation plans
  • Almost 90% of respondents reported taking a college entrance exam before they graduated
  • Over half of the respondents reported submitting a financial aid application from January to June of their senior year
  • In comparison to the class before them, the 2011 seniors
  • More respondents are taking a college entrance exam during their junior year.
  • Black, Hispanic and low-income respondents posted the highest percentage point increase, with  more Black and Hispanic respondents reported completed college applications or the Texas Common Application.
  • More Black and White respondents reported applying for financial aid.

A copy of the presentation is available at this link.

 
Oct 2011: Chris King Presents Student Futures Project Findings at Meeting of Central Texas College Presidents Print E-mail

On Oct. 10, Dr. Chris King presented recent research findings from the Central Texas Student Futures Project at a meeting of the Central Texas College Presidents, hosted by the Austin Area Research Organization. The presentation included background on the project, current college enrollment persistance data, as well as employment data for recent high school graduates. To view or download a copy of the presentation, click on this link.

The Austin Area Research Organization is (AARO) is a non-profit organization comprised of 90 business and community leaders from the Central Texas region of Caldwell, Bastrop, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties. AARO works to facilitate the economic and social well-being of Central Texas by researching and addressing public policy issues in 8 priority areas:  Education, Energy, Health Care, Higher Education, Leadership, Social Equity, Transportation, and Water. Its mission is to engage regional leaders in data-driven, deliberative action to advance the long-term economic and social well-being of Central Texas.

 
Sep 2011 - Initial Postsecondary Enrollment Statistics for 2010 Central Texas Graduates Now Available Print E-mail

The enrollment statistics for 2010 Central Texas high school graduates is now available. To view or downlaod the report, please go to this link:

2011: Initial Postsecondary Enrollment Statistics for 2010 Central Texas Graduates through December 2010

 
Sep 2011 - Garry Davis Selected As David Fellow and Joins Center as Graduate Research Assistant Print E-mail

garry davisGarry Davis, a graduate student at LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, has received the Bryna and Henry David Fellowship from the Ray Marshall Center and joins the Center as a graduate research assistant working on the Central Texas Student Futures Project. Davis is the fifth recipient of the fellowship. 

The Ray Marshall Center selects the David Fellow every two to three years to work half-time on education and workforce related research. Funding for the fellowship is generously supported by the endowment of Bryna and Henry David. Henry David taught at the LBJ School in the 1970s; both he and his wife Bryna were nationally recognized researchers in career-related education. 

Davis is in the Master of Public Affairs program with a focus on productivity improvement across social and economic policies and programs.  He expects to complete his degree in May 2013.

Prior to coming to the LBJ School and the Ray Marshall Center, Davis was a Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools, a nonprofit focusing on education reform, working with students at Bedichek Middle School in Austin. In this role, Davis worked closely with students to help close the achievement gap by helping them maintain or improve their academic standing and provided them with college and career connections. The intersection of the two goals is Davis’ specialization. He was responsible for engaging the community and bringing the community into the classroom, in the form of a 10-week apprenticeship program taught by volunteer professionals. Davis oversaw the volunteer recruitment, training, and support for staff and volunteers throughout the apprenticeship process.

Davis’ other experience included serving as an Operations Associate for the United Way of the Capital Area and interning Capital Area Food Bank in the volunteer management department.Davis received his Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a Professional Business Foundations Certificate from the University of Texas at Austin.

 
Aug 2011 - Ray Marshall Center Accepting Applications for Bryna and Henry David Fellow Print E-mail

The Ray Marshall Center is now accepting applications from incoming masters students at the LBJ School of Public Affairs for the Bryna and Henry David Fellow.

About the Bryna and Henry David Fellow

Every 2 to 3 years, the Ray Marshall Center hires an incoming masters student from the LBJ School of Public Affairs to work half-time on education and workforce related research projects. The position is funded by an endowment created by the estate of Bryna and Henry David.  Henry David taught at the LBJ School in the 1970s; both he and his wife Bryna were nationally recognized researchers in career-related education. To date, four David Fellows have worked at the Ray Marshall Center, in recent years primarily contributing to the ongoing work of the Central Texas Student Futures Project.  David Fellows are paid a stipend, plus in-state tuition, and also receive funds to support attendance at a national policy research conference each year.

How to Apply
Interested students are invited to send their resumes and letters of interest to Susie Riley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Jun 2011 - Deanna T. Schexnayder Assumes Role of Assistant Dean for Finance for LBJ School of Public Affairs Print E-mail

Deanna T. Schexnayder, long-time associate director for the Ray Marshall Center for Study of Human Resources at the LBJ School of Public Affairs,  assumed the role of assistant dean for finance for the LBJ School in June 2011. In her new position, Schexnayder is responsible for developing all financial and human resources policies for the LBJ School and directly managing operations of the LBJ School personnel and finance offices. Schexnayder will continue to hold her senior research scientist title at the Ray Marshall Center, devoting a portion of her time to sponsored research projects at the Center. deannaschexnayder

The search for a new Associate Director/Research Scientist is underway. Qualified applicants are invited to apply by going to the University of Texas’s Human Resources online application available at this link. The position is 20% administration and 80% research on education and workforce development projects that rely on linked longitudinal administrative records. Candidates should have a doctoral degree in economics or a related social science area and ten years experience. Additional information about the position is available at this link.

 

 
Jun 2011 - Findings from Student Futures Project Presented at ACAN Event Print E-mail
On June 23, Dr. Chris King, director of the Ray Marshall Center, presented findings from the Student Futures Project to the Austin College Access Network's (ACAN) points of contact mixer held at St. Edwards University. A copy of the presentation is now available for download at this link.
 
Apr. 2011 - Chris King Gives Lecture on Student Futures Project to UT Quest Program Print E-mail

On April 26, Dr. Chris King, director of the Ray Marshall Center, gave a lecture to members of the UT Quest program entitled “Keeping Austin Weird...or At Least Highly Educated: Results from the Student Futures Project”. The presentation reviewed the background, overview and latest data from the Student Futures Project, an initiative that seeks to monitor and track student transitions from high school to postsecondary education or onto the labor force. The UT Quest Program provides individuals opportunities for continuing education and learning, regardless of age. The goal of UT Quest is to “provide its members, who reflect a very wide range of professional and life experiences, with continuing intellectual growth in a campus environment.

 
Apr. 2011: Chris King Presented at State of Urban Education in Texas Forum Print E-mail

On Apr. 4, the Texas High School Project along with the Urban League’s of Texas – Austin, Greater Dallas & North Central Texas, and Houston Area organized the State of Urban Education in Texas Forum held at the AT&T Executive Training Center at the University of Texas in Austin. The event provided an opportunity for learning and exchange between researchers, policymakers, community leaders and education professionals.  Key topics discussed at the forum included updates on current education policies and legislative issues, ongoing research and best practices in the field, and also trends and outlooks for improving education programs and outcomes. Dr. Chris King, Ray Marshall Center director, gave a presentation entitled “College & Career Readiness: Insights from the Central Texas Student Futures Project.” The presentation provided an overview of the Ray Marshall Center’s research to identify factors and strategies for improving students’ college enrollment and completion rates, as well as strategies to improve employment outcomes for individuals beyond traditional schooling age.

 
Mar. 2011: Deanna Schexnayder to be Panelist at 2011 TG Annual Training Conference Print E-mail

On April 29, Deanna Schexnayder, associate director the Ray Marshall Center and senior research scientist, will join a panel of education experts and researchers to discuss “Higher Education Access and Success”. Panelists will provide information and answer questions on higher education policy, ongoing research, and public and private research funding organizations. The panel discussion is part of the three-day 2011 TG Annual Training Conference, which provides an opportunity for exchange between higher education professionals, student services professionals, funders, and policymakers. Registration is required and can be completed at the link below.

2011 TG Conference details:
Date: April 26 – 29, 2011
Location: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at UT Austin.
Registration can be completed online at this link: http://www.tgslc.org/tgconference/index.cfm

 
Mar. 2011: Center Researchers Meet with SFP Partners and Funders Print E-mail

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School district partners, project funders, and Ray Marshall Center researchers involved in the Central Texas Students Futures Project met on Feb. 24 at the LBJ School of Public Affairs to discuss recent findings about factors linked to successful college enrollment. The diverse group included officials from nine of the area school districts involved in the project, representatives of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, the non-profit group TG, and Center researchers.

The meeting provided an opportunity for all partners to provide feedback and input on current analyses and findings, as well as discuss how prior feedback from partner districts has been incorporated into the current research. The Student Futures Project provides regular updates and engages partners to help ensure that the research continues to provide relevant and constructive information for educators and other stakeholders. As a next step, Center researchers will integrate the feedback received from partners in the development of the research publication.

Photo: Center researcher Greg Cumptom present findings to partners.

 
Jan. 2011: Findings from 2010 Senior Surveys Print E-mail

In January 2011, the Central Texas Student Futures Project released the report Findings from the 2010 Senior Surveys, by Greg Cumpton and Shelby Tracy. The report presents findings from a spring 2010 survey of area high school seniors. The annual senior survey is a key component of the Student Futures Project. Comparisons of data and trends between the class of 2010 and previous years’ classes are also presented.

Click here to view the report.

 
Jan. 2011: Chris King presents data from Student Futures Project to Ready by 21 Coalition Print E-mail

On Jan. 13, Chris King, director of the Ray Marshall Center, presented an overview and findings from the Student Futures Project to the Ready by 21 Coalition. The Ready by 21 Coalition is a group of over 30 education and youth services providers in the area working to prepare young people for and improve their outcomes in education, health, leadership, and community engagement. The presentation highlighted factors significantly related to success in post-secondary enrollment and jobs. The information from the Student Futures Project provides the Ready by 21 Coalition with current data to help develop effective plans and targets for new youth initiatives.

Click here to view the Ready by 21 presentation.

 
Jan. 2011: Latest Student Futures Project findings presented to CREST Print E-mail

In November 2010 and January 2011, Deanna Schexnayder, associate director of the Ray Marshall Center, provided updates on the Student Futures Project to the Greater Austin Chamber’s College Readiness and Enrollment Support Team (CREST). CREST is made up of area school districts and college representatives working to improve student preparation and enrollment in postsecondary education. The presentation from January 2011 presented data from the recently published Findings from the 2010 Senior Surveys, as well as a comparative look at post high school employment rates among the different graduating classes. At the November meeting, Schexnayder discussed the most recent college enrollment rate statistics and trends over the past several years.

Click here to view the Jan. 10, 2011 presentation to CREST.
Click here to view the Nov. 1, 2010 presentation to CREST.

 
Oct. 2010: Symposium Presentation, “Improving Postsecondary and Labor Market Success Through a Dynamic Business-Education Initiative” available on SFP website Print E-mail

On Oct. 19, the Ray Marshall Center hosted an full-day research symposium, Policy Responses in the New Economy: Celebrating the Ray Marshall Center’s 40th Anniversary. Policy experts from around the country presented papers and presentations on labor market issues, education, and workforce development. Deanna Schexnayder, associate director, and a senior research scientist from the Ray Marshall Center, presented an overview of the Student Futures Project and recent data in the presentation, Improving Postsecondary and Labor Market Success Through a Dynamic Business-Education Initiative.

Click here to view the presentation, Improving Postsecondary and Labor Market Success Through a Dynamic Business-Education Initiative.
Click here for more information about the symposium, Policy Responses in the New Economy: Celebrating the Ray Marshall Center’s 40th Anniversary.

 
Oct. 2010: Student Futures Project presented at Grantmakers for Education Conference Print E-mail

In October 2010, Deanna Schexnayder from the Ray Marshall Center presented at the 14th annual Grantmakers for Edcuation Conference in New Orleans. Each year, this three-day conference is one of the largest gatherings of education funders in the country. Schexnayder provided an overview and data from the Student Futures Project in the presentation, From Data to Decisions: The Impact of Data Analysis on College-Going Practices and Policies.  

Click here to view the presentation

 
Sept. 2010: New Report released Initial Postsecondary Enrollment Statistics through December 2009 for Class of 2009 Central Texas Graduates Print E-mail

In September 2010, the Student Futures Project published the report Initial Postsecondary Enrollment Statistics through December 2009 for Class of 2009 Central Texas Graduates. This report provides data on enrollment rates in 2 and 4-year colleges by high school and school districts.  

Click here to view the report.

 
Jul. 6, 2010: Student Futures Project: Overview and Potential Print E-mail

“Student Futures Project: Overview and Potential” presented at the EPCC/UTEP Data Sharing Symposium. Click here to view the presentation.

 

 
Jun. 8, 2010: Student Futures Project on Data Quality Webinar Print E-mail

Chris King presented the Student Futures Project at the Data Quality Campaign Webinar hosted in Washington, D.C. Click here to view the presentation.

 
Mar. 4, 2010: Chris King Presents at IDEC Asia Seminar Print E-mail

On Mar. 4, Ray Marshall Center Director Christopher King presented at the IDEC Asia Seminar in Hiroshima, Japan. The presentation provided information on how the Central Texas Student Futures Project promotes postsecondary success through regional university partnerships.
Click here to view the presentation.

 
Feb.16, 2010: Recent Results and a Model for ReplicationTexas Policymakers & Funders Briefing Print E-mail

This PowerPoint presentation, prepared for a policymaker and funder briefing hosted by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, provides an overview of the Central Texas Student Futures Project, its recent results, and plans for the future.

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Dec.10, 2009: Survey Outcomes Print E-mail

In December 2009 the Student Futures Project released a report by Tara Carter Smith and Greg Cumpton highlighting the findings from the 2009 senior surveys. The senior survey is a primary component to the Student Futures Project research, providing details on graduates' family backgrounds, high school experiences and preparations for the future, which assist researchers in determining key influences and factors that affect students' postsecondary education decisions and outcomes.

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Oct. 2009: Project researchers schedule briefing in U.S. Capitol Print E-mail
Christopher King of the Ray Marshall Center and Drew Scheberle of the Austin Chamber of Commerce will present findings from the Student Futures Project for members of Congress and other invited guests at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, October 15, 2009. The presentation will highlight the critical role the Student Futures Project has played in the effort to improve high school direct-to-college enrollment rates in the Metro Austin area, and will include information of how partner schools are using the Student Futures Project data to make improvements in their districts.
 
Sep. 2009: Education and Work After High School: Central Texas Outcomes through December 2008 Print E-mail

 

On September 30, 2009, the Student Futures Project released a research report Education and Work After High School: Central Texas Outcomes through December 2008, by Greg Cumpton, Deanna Schexnayder and Christopher King. This is the third report in a series which tracks Central Texas high school seniors from the graduating classes of 2006, 2007 and 2008 in their postsecondary education choices and outcomes.

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Aug. 2009: Texas Business Review Article on the Student Futures Project Print E-mail

 

The Texas Business Review, a publication of the Bureau of Business Research at The University of Texas at Austin, featured a report from the Texas Student Futures Project in its August 2009 issue. The article, written by Deanna Schexnayder, Greg Cumpton, Christopher King and Chandler Stolp, summarizes the project and presents its findings as of that date to an audience of Texas businesspeople and policy makers. Click here to view article.

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