Taking the Next Step: The Promise of Intermediate Measures for Meeting Postsecondary Completion Goals

Taking the Next Step distinguishes between milestones that must be attained in order to get to completion and success indicators that increase a student’s chances of completion. The authors review 11 cases of the use of intermediate measures by multistate, single-state or single-system, and multi-institution initiatives, noting differences in approaches, definitions, and uses of "milestones" data. Taking the Next Step concludes with clear advice for the "next generation" of efforts to collect and report data on intermediate measures. The goal is to encourage common practices and definitions, as well as more thoughtful and effective uses of these data for institutional improvement, policy reform, performance funding, and accountability purposes.

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