How We Influence Policy

VSAC’s research continues to shape higher education policy in Vermont

VSAC’s Research Department plays a critical role in solving issues surrounding higher education in Vermont. For 35 years, our expert researchers have worked to collect and analyze data from state and national sources—including Vermont students themselves—in order to provide Vermont policymakers with deeper insights into the complexities of the postsecondary experience in our state. Our reports help to facilitate informed decision-making around Vermont education policy and investment of the state’s resources.

First Look: Vermont Senior Survey Class of 2016

Initial findings for the Vermont High School Class of 2016 Senior Survey, including new data that explores math courses beyond Algebra II and students’ postsecondary aspiration.

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Vermont’s landmark nondegree grant program pays off in career opportunities and employment gains.

Legislative report on the VSAC Nondegree Grant Program, and the positive impact these grants have on aspects of  Vermonters’ lives, including employment, salary and wages, and future education plans.

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VSAC HIGHER EDUCATION FACT SHEETS FOR VERMONT COUNTIES

Download our higher education fact sheets for Vermont counties, FY2016, to learn more about county-specific research trends—and to see how we’re impacting students across the state:

Addison County (PDF)

Bennington County (PDF)

Caledonia County (PDF)

Chittenden County (PDF)

Essex County (PDF)

Franklin County (PDF)

Grand Isle County (PDF)

Lamoille County (PDF)

Orange County (PDF)

Orleans County (PDF)

Rutland County (PDF)

Washington County (PDF)

Windham County (PDF)

Windsor County (PDF)

 

PAST VERMONT SENIOR SURVEY REPORTS

Our research has been uncovering the nature of education trends in Vermont for years. Download past VSAC surveys of Vermont high school seniors to learn more:

 

Vermont’s Class of 2012: Highlights and Challenges for Pursuing Postsecondary Education

Two reports take an in-depth look at postsecondary aspirations, enrollment and persistence rates in a cohort of high school seniors, with a special focus on the differences in these rates by gender and parental educational attainment. 

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Vermont students increasingly drawn toward higher education—findings from VSAC survey of Vermont high school class of 2008 (planned activities)

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First-generation college-going rates increase in last decade—findings from VSAC survey of Vermont high school class of 2008 (actual activities)

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Vermont students understand value of higher education—findings from VSAC survey of Vermont high school class of 2007

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Parents’ hopes trump college background in students’ postsecondary decisions—findings from VSAC survey of Vermont high school class of 2005

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