Research & Reports


Research Presentations

Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion Inventory – Scott Miller, MPPM, Senior Consultant, McDowell Group, LLC.

Getting to 65 by 2025: Understanding the Demographic Landscape – by Dan Robinson, Research Chief, Alaska DOLWD, Research and Analysis

Looking Ahead to 2020: Occupational Projections and Training Needs – Dan Robinson, Research Chief, Alaska DOLWD, Research and Analysis

College Access and Success in Alaska: Data Analysis – Patrick Kelly, NCHEMS


The 2015 Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion Program Inventory, commissioned by the Network through ACPE, and developed by the McDowell Group, LLC. provides the most comprehensive overview of Alaska’s postsecondary access and completion environment available to date. Download the report here.


Here is a list of research and reports that provide further evidence about the importance of a college degree.

  • ACT publishes the “Condition of College Readiness” each year and periodically publishes additional reports focused on particular sub-groups. Their recent report focuses on the college readiness of low-income students. Key findings in the 2013 report include:
    • About 95% of students from low-income families wish to pursue some type of postsecondary education, compared to about 87% of all students.
    • Only 59% of students from low-income families immediately enrolled in postsecondary education, compared to 71% of all students.
    • Fewer students from low-income families take a core curriculum, at 69%, compared to 84% of students from high-income families (defined as family income of more than $100,000 a year). Only 20% of students from low-income families met at least three of the four ACT academic benchmarks, compared to 62% of students from high-income families.