ISER Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR) Director Dayna DeFeo and Research Professionals Jessica Passini and Trang Tran provided findings from two separate evaluation projects at a statewide meeting of educators and education administrators.

Dayna DeFeo, Trang Tran, and Jessica Passini at Alaska CAN March 2019

Dayna DeFeo, Trang Tran, and Jessica Passini

The Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion Network is a statewide collaboration with the goal of increasing the number of Alaskans with postsecondary credentials (apprenticeship, certificates, and advanced degrees) to 65% by the year 2025. Their 5th annual conference, held earlier this month in Anchorage, provided a forum to share best practices.

DeFeo and Passini presented on how students rate their college readiness skills and how those perceptions affect their interest in receiving student support services. DeFeo and Tran analyzed interview data from rural students who had completed postsecondary transitions, and identified their perceived barriers and supports in that process.

Both presentations discussed ways to support students and foster postsecondary success, and explored how ISER research can be applied in service of the public good.