Postsecondary Access & Success

The college diploma has become essential to achieving stable employment and financial security. Research on postsecondary success is therefore one of CEPR’s main priorities. Such research includes analyzing patterns of college readiness, application, choice, and success, and identifying opportunities and interventions to improve student postsecondary outcomes.

Access to Opportunity

Access to Opportunity (A2O) is a partnership with the College Board aimed at measuring and improving secondary students’ access to rigorous high school coursework and enrollment in well-matched colleges, with a focus on the most disadvantaged students.

Digital Messaging to Improve College Enrollment & Success

The Digital Messaging to Improve College Enrollment & Success (DIMES) project is an evaluation of whether a series of low-cost digital messaging interventions can influence college applications and enrollment for students at risk of not going to college.

Evaluation of Tennessee Pre-College Remedial Math Programs

What are the short-term and long-term outcomes for students who participate in math “pre-remediation” as high-school seniors?

This is a study of senior-year math programs in Tennessee designed to “pre-remediate” students with low math achievement. This evaluation includes the SAILS (Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support) Program, an innovative K-12 community college partnership that offers students a community college standards-aligned curriculum via a blended learning platform.

Strategic Data Project

Since 2008, the Strategic Data Project (SDP) has partnered with school districts, charter school networks, state education agencies, and nonprofit organizations to bring high-quality research methods and data analysis to bear on strategic management and policy decisions.

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Angela Boatman

Angela Boatman

Affiliated Researcher
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education
Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
Lindsay Page

Lindsay Page

Affiliated Researcher; SDP Fellowship Faculty Advisor
Assistant Professor of Research Methodology
University of Pittsburgh School of Education
2017 Jul 10

SDP Institute for Leadership in Analytics

Jul 10 (All day) to Jul 14 (All day)

Location: 

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

The SDP Institute for Leadership in Analytics is a five-day data workshop at Harvard University for education analysts and system leaders who want to leverage data to inform decision making and improve student achievement. The curriculum provides a foundation or refresher course on problem analysis, technical methods, program evaluation, and data visualization and communication techniques. Hands-on activities, including computer lab sessions, demonstrate how to gain key insights around priority topics such as teacher effectiveness or college-going success. Participants need not be an expert in statistical programming, though a basic understanding is recommended.
Learn more on the SDP Website

2017 Aug 07

Online Course: Using Research to Inform Decisions

Aug 07 (All day) to Aug 20 (All day)

Location: 

Online

Using Research to Inform Decisions will guide you in how to find and evaluate pertinent research, with a constant eye toward how such research can be used to inform various school- and district-level decisions. The workshop provides an overview of how practitioners use research and offers several simple tools to help you find the study you need. You will also learn strategies and structures that help foster an environment where research truly informs decision-making. Read more about Online Course: Using Research to Inform Decisions

Upcoming Event Focuses on College Going in Kentucky

August 17, 2015

(Frankfort, KY) – On Monday, August 17, the Kentucky Department of Education, in partnership with the Strategic Data Project (an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University), 55,000 Degrees, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and Jefferson Co. Schools will hold a news briefing and discussion on college going in Kentucky. Read more about Upcoming Event Focuses on College Going in Kentucky

Delaware Takes the Lead in Tackling College Readiness and Retention

July 17, 2013

Delaware took a major step today toward improving low college graduation rates that are holding back the capabilities of our workforce nationwide. Governor Jack Markell and Secretary of Education Mark Murphy joined researchers from the Strategic Data Project (SDP), a program of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, to release findings on Delaware students’ college readiness, enrollment, and retention, presenting one of the first thorough analyses done for any state by SDP. The project continues the data-driven approach to student achievement that helped Delaware Read more about Delaware Takes the Lead in Tackling College Readiness and Retention