policy memo

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Directions: After a policy abstract is constructed and discussed, a policy memo comes soon after. What is a policy memo? Policy memos are not an abstract because they should focus on a policy recommendation. They are not a type of thesis statement. Please review the three suggested websites on how to construct a well written policy memo. Also, see the sample policy memo document which is specific to Delaware.

Based on the policy abstract you constructed in the last assignment, create a policy memo document on the same policy issue. If you need to change topics for some reason, please inform the instructor.

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Name:_______________________________________________________________________________ POL 403 Writing for Public Policy Public Policy Memo Directions: After a policy abstract is constructed and discussed, a policy memo comes soon after. What is a policy memo? Policy memos are not an abstract because they should focus on a policy recommendation. They are not a type of thesis statement. Please review the three suggested websites on how to construct a well written policy memo. Also, see the sample policy memo document which is specific to Delaware. Based on the policy abstract you constructed in the last assignment, create a policy memo document on the same policy issue. If you need to change topics for some reason, please inform the instructor.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES STATE OF DELAWARE LEGISLATIVE HALL DOVER, DELAWARE 19901 MEMORANDUM DATE: DECEMBER 29, 2010 TO: REPRESENTATIVE JOHN DOE FROM: JANE DOE RE: PERFORMANCE MEASURES FOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS Legislation creating both the SEED and INSPIRE Scholarship programs failed to identify specific ways that the success of these state funded scholarship programs would be measured and reported. Both the University of Delaware and DTCC are currently collecting data regarding student performance, however that data can be difficult to obtain and is not consistent. Since its inception in 2005, there have been a number of misconceptions about the SEED Scholarship program and its overall success. Establishing specific performance metrics would certainly help address these concerns. In an effort to identify how success was measured for other state funded scholarship programs, my research found that most states do not address how these programs will be evaluated. Members of the public and state government officials in Georgia and New Jersey have requested additional information on their state funded scholarship programs, however this information has not been made available. Reports from both states indicate that the data needed to determine each program’s overall success was not collected and/or maintained. Please see the attached documentation regarding the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship program and the West Virginia PROMISES Scholarship program. Both Florida and West Virginia identify specific performance measures and publish their findings on an annual basis. Florida publishes a Long Range Program Plan for the Bright Futures Scholarship program and each year evaluates the need for specific data that is collected. If the determination is made that some data is no longer needed, the LRPP for the following year eliminates it from the list. This is also true of information that has not been previously collected, as it can be added to the LRPP for future monitoring. For your consideration, below is a list of specific information I thought would be useful when considering performance metrics for Delaware’s scholarship programs: - - Semester to semester retention rates Year to year retention rates Number of students who fail courses and/or are required to take remedial courses each semester Number of students who fail courses and/or are required to take remedial courses each year Total number of courses failed and/or remedial classes taken per semester (student may have failed more than one class or taken more than one remedial course) Total number of courses failed and/or remedial classes taken per year Time to receive degree completion rates Number of students who eventually graduate with a degree Number of students employed within one year of graduating Number of students who seek additional education opportunities after receiving degree Data can also be collected which would include more personalized information for individual students, such as: - Race Gender GPA’s per semester/year and graduation Recommendation Draft a House Joint Resolution creating a working group to identify specific performance metrics that would adequately measure the success of the SEED and INSPIRE Scholarship programs. Suggested members for this working group: - Representatives from U of D, DTCC and DSU Representatives from the House and Senate Education Committees Representative from the Controller General’s office Representative from Office of Management and Budget Representative from the Higher Education Office Lt. Governor Matt Denn, possibly to serve as Chair of the working group Both DOE and/or OMB could possibly provide the staffing required for this working group. The working group would be tasked with drafting legislation that would create a permanent board/council/commission. The board would meet at regular intervals to collect data, tabulate the results and publish those findings in an annual report for the Governor, the General Assembly and the public at large. The board could function as a part of the Delaware Higher Education Office, with both DOE and OMB providing staff support. If a resolution is introduced and a working group is established in early 2011, a final report with their findings could be published by May 1st or June 1st. Subsequent legislation could then be passed before the General Assembly recesses on July 1, 2011. Positives By first creating a working group, each school is given the opportunity to provide input on the type of data that would be collected. By outlining and legislating uniform performance measures, the state and the public will have access to information about the success of both scholarship programs. The state would be afforded additional oversight to monitor how tax dollars are spent, whereby eliminating opportunities for any spending practices that are inconsistent with the current laws governing each program. Negatives It is likely that the schools and possibly state government officials will cite the lack of resources (i.e. employees) to serve on or assist with the working group. The same argument would likely apply to any permanent board or commission. Overall, I believe that DSU will be the most receptive to this legislation, and DTCC will likely provide the most resistance.

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