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Volume 1 Issue 1: February 14, 2015 (Summary)

Volune 1 Issue 2: February 21, 2015 (Summary)

Interactive Data

60x30TX Higher Education Plan
Documents and Yearly Progress Reports

American Educational Research Association

Association for the Study of Higher Education

Baker Institute for Public Policy
Rice University

Center for Education Policy Analysis
Stanford University

Center for Public Policy Priorities

Center for Houston’s Future: The Region’s Think Tank

The Charles A. Dana Center
University of Texas at Austin

Closing the Gaps: The Texas Higher Education Plan
Documents and Yearly Progress Reports

Collective Impact Forum

George W. Bush Institute

Hobby Center for Public Policy
University of Houston

Houston Education Research Consortium

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

National College Access Network (NCAN)

National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs
Harvard University

Rice University Center for Education

Texas Center for Education Policy

Texas Education Agency

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)

Texas Higher Education Data (THED)

Texas Public Education Information Resource (TPEIR)
Website houses reports on P-20 Texas public school students.  Reports are searchable by topic, geographic area, and keyword.

Texas Student Data System

UNESCO Global Database on the Right to Education

U.S. Department of Education: K-12 Reforms

William T. Grant Foundation Understanding the Use of Research


Cathy Horn. (September 2015). Is the STAAR Test the best way to assess school and student success?  American Leadership Forum, Houston, TX.

Cathy Horn and Stella Flores. (July 2015). The trajectory of affirmative action research and lessons to consider.  Invited presentation at A Dream Undone? Higher Education Access and Opportunity in a Shifting Legal Landscape (co-hosted by American Council on Education, College Board, and Hobson University).


Crisp, G., Horn, C., Dizinno, G., & Barlow, E. (In Press). Does receipt of automatic admission affect likelihood of withdrawal?: A comparative study of two emergent research institutions. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice.

Horn, C., & Flores, S. (In Press). When policy opportunity is not enough: The complexity of college access and enrollment. Journal of Applied Research on Children.

McKinney, L. & Novak, H. (In Press). The relationship between FAFSA filing and persistence among first-year community college students. Community College Review.

McKinney, L., Roberts, T. & Shefman, P. (In Press). Financial aid counselors’ perspectives and experiences of loan borrowing among community college students. Journal of Student Financial Aid.

McKinney, L., Scicchitano, M. & Johns, T. (In Press). The community college baccalaureate: Implications for institutional policy and planning. Journal of Applied Research in the Community College.

McKinney, L., Scicchitano, M. & Johns, T. (2013). A national survey of community college baccalaureate institutions. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 37,54-63.

Horn, C. (2012). Higher education and workforce indicators. Human capital development and education: Early childhood, K-12, workforce preparedness. Texas: Center for Houston’s Future. 

Horn, C. (2012). Alternative admissions practices. J. Banks (Ed.), Encyclopedia of diversity in education, Volume 1 (pp. 90-91). CA: Sage.

McKinney, L. & Roberts, T. (2012). The role of community college financial aid counselors in helping students understand and utilize financial aid. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 36(10), 761-774.

Horn, C., & Flores, S. (2011). Race-Conscious decisionmaking in a state-driven admissions process: Texas, the University of Texas at Austin, the Top Ten Percent Plan. In D. Heller (Ed). The states and public higher education policy: Affordability, access, and accountability 2nd Edition (pp. 106-126). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Novak, H. & McKinney, L. (2011). The consequences of leaving money on the table: Examining the persistence of first-year students who do not file a FAFSA. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 41(3), 5-23.

Agronow, S., & Horn, C. (2010). The effectiveness of California standards tests as alternatives to the SAT in predicting freshman grades. in E. Grodsky & M. Kurlaender, (Eds.), Equal opportunity in higher education: The past and future of California’s Proposition 209 (155-172). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Crisp, G., Horn, C., (2010). Modeling the racial and ethnic implications of admissions policy changes in the pursuit of tier one status. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 3(2), 71-84.

Flores, S., & Horn, C. (2009-2010). College persistence among undocumented students at a selective public university: A quantitative case study analysis. The Journal of College Student Retention, 11, 57-76.

Horn, C., McCoy, Z., Brock, C., & Campbell, L. (2009). Remedial testing and placement in community colleges. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 33,1–16.

Horn, C., Plazas Snyder, B., Coverdale, J., Louie, A., & Roberts, L. W. (2009). Educational research questions and study design. Academic Psychiatry, 33(3), 261-267.

Rodriquez, G.M. and Rolle, R.A. (2007). To What Ends and By What Means? The Social Justice Implications of Contemporary School Finance Theory and Policy. New York, NY: Routledge, A Taylor & Francis Group.