Measuring Up: The National Report Card on Higher Education

Measuring Up 2006

Measuring Up 2006 consists of the national report card for higher education and fifty state report cards. Its purpose is to provide the public and policymakers with information to assess and improve postsecondary education in each state. Measuring Up 2006 is the fourth in a series of biennial report cards.

This Web site provides state leaders, policymakers, researchers and others with access to the national report card as well as access to all fifty state report cards. In addition, the site can compare any state with the best-performing states in each performance category, compare indicator scores and state grades for any performance category, obtain source and technical information for indicators and weights, and allow visitors to download the reports. Further, the Measuring Up Web site has the capacity to view previous report cards from 2000, 2002, and 2004.

Measuring Up 2006 was released at the National Press Club on September 7, 2006. View video clips from this event.

What's New?

International Comparisons

Measuring Up 2006 is the first edition that provides international comparisons for the nation as a whole and for all 50 states. More...

Improvement in Indicators

The data behind the persistence indicators in the Completion category have improved since the last edition of Measuring Up . These indicators measure the percentage of first-year students returning for a second year at two-year or four-year colleges and universities. More...

Learning Category

In the Learning category, Measuring Up 2006 is the first edition that provides data for all 50 states on the extent to which colleges and universities prepare students to contribute to the workforce (see the “Graduates Ready for Advanced Practice” indicator). More...

Note: Additional information about each of these changes can be found in the Technical Guide for Measuring Up 2006.