China to limit programs preparing students for college abroad

China to limit programs preparing students for college abroad

Dec 31, 2015 | No Comments

“The Chinese government has stopped approving new international programs and is moving to make existing programs less attractive and accessible for families because of location and price.”

The stubborn race and class gaps in college quality

The stubborn race and class gaps in college quality

Dec 31, 2015 | No Comments

“…college is an important step towards greater social mobility and reduced income inequality. College is also an important tool for tackling race gaps. But the challenge is not just about quantity: college quality counts for a good deal, too.”

Three Reasons for Those Hefty Tuition Bills

Three Reasons for Those Hefty Tuition Bills

Dec 28, 2015 | No Comments

“The College Board reports that published tuition and fees at a typical private, nonprofit college… have increased over 70 percent in the last 20 years.”

As Graduation Rates Rise, Experts Fear Diplomas Come Up Short

As Graduation Rates Rise, Experts Fear Diplomas Come Up Short

Dec 28, 2015 | No Comments

“The number of students earning high school diplomas has risen to historic peaks, yet measures of academic readiness for college or jobs are much lower.”

Harvard’s Tuition in 1840 Was $75

Dec 23, 2015 | No Comments

“For those without scholarship aid, it is a greater financial burden to buy a year at Harvard today than it was 175 years ago…”

CCAP – 2015 in Review in Higher Education

Dec 23, 2015 | No Comments

“While there were events regarding the economics of higher education that were noteworthy in 2015, by far the biggest news related to the upsurge in campus protests, somewhat reminiscent of the protests of the late 1960s. The breakdown in law and order in the broader society, best exemplified by increased urban rioting, spread to campuses, […]

Outlook on Student Success: Blending academics and life lessons

Outlook on Student Success: Blending academics and life lessons

Dec 23, 2015 | No Comments

“Across higher education, institutions are blending instruction and extracurricular lives. Living/learning communities, data-driven advising and academic pathways, among other progressive initiatives, have produced results at enterprising two- and four-year institutions—and will therefore see more widespread adoption across higher ed.”

Why Must International Students Pick Up the Tab for U.S. Higher Education?

Why Must International Students Pick Up the Tab for U.S. Higher Education?

Dec 22, 2015 | No Comments

“Not only has the number of students increased over the past years, but the actual cost of the tuition specifically for international students has also spiked up in conjunction while the financial aid opportunities stayed limited.”

Higher Ed Reform Starts in High School

Dec 22, 2015 | No Comments

“College graduates still, on average, have a significantly higher earning potential than high school graduates. But is this wage gap because colleges are doing a better job of preparing students for the workplace, or are America’s high schools simply failing to develop the student skills and competences they once did?”

How to Make Higher Education More Affordable

How to Make Higher Education More Affordable

Dec 22, 2015 | No Comments

“…What’s  the big-picture vision on offer from each [political] camp?”  

Colleges’ Climate for Low-Income Students Shapes Academic Confidence

Dec 22, 2015 | No Comments

Some colleges put significant resources into recruiting and financially supporting low-income students. But how colleges describe those programs also matters, according to a new paper.

Designing the Dream College

Dec 17, 2015 | No Comments

Lessons Learned From a Month of Conversations With Students

Downward Spiral on Enrollments

Dec 17, 2015 | No Comments

The several-year decline in enrollment in American colleges and universities continued and arguably intensified this fall.

ACT Launches Dual-Enrollment Initiative

Dec 17, 2015 | No Comments

Company best known for its college readiness assessment asserts four recommendations: Develop consistent funding mechanisms for sustainability and creation of dual-enrollment courses. Ensure high-quality instruction. Offer additional support for dually enrolled students. Use online resources to increase access.

Putting the Dream of Higher Education within Reach

Dec 16, 2015 | No Comments

“Today, the “I Have A Dream” Foundation is helping to shine a spotlight nationally on the issue of educational support for low-income families.”

The Future of Affirmative Action

The Future of Affirmative Action

Dec 16, 2015 | No Comments

“Affirmative-action policies, which have provided a leg up in admissions to black and Latino students at selective colleges for almost 50 years, are in deep trouble.”

A Shifting Education Model in China

A Shifting Education Model in China

Dec 14, 2015 | No Comments

An emphasis on success beyond test results takes cues from the U.S. but is only part of the plan to reshape the country’s approach to learning.

Sensible Explainer: Susan Dynarski

Sensible Explainer: Susan Dynarski

Dec 14, 2015 | No Comments

She translated the economics of higher education for a broad audience.

Coalition Builder: James G. Nondorf

Coalition Builder: James G. Nondorf

Dec 14, 2015 | No Comments

“….no one has done more than Mr. Nondorf to propel the venture, according to some of the coalition’s earliest participants, who describe him as intensely focused on the project. Over the past year, he says, ‘every spare moment that I didn’t know I had has been devoted to the coalition.’”

American Higher Education: Some Good Cheer for the Holidays

Dec 14, 2015 | No Comments

“… as we move toward the New Year, it might be also wise to take a step back and think a bit about the extraordinary role that higher education plays in America.”

Purdue Students as Investments?

Purdue Students as Investments?

Dec 11, 2015 | No Comments

Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University, has testified before a congressional committee about income-share programs to help students finance their college education. Now his university is about to test the idea. Last month the Purdue Research Foundation announced that it had signed a letter of intent to further explore income-share agreements with Vemo, a company that works […]

Groups Band Together to Improve Transfer Pathways.

Dec 11, 2015 | No Comments

“Improved transfer pathways from community colleges to four-year institutions may be the best answer to America’s college completion woes, say three influential groups that will prod states and colleges on transfer.”

Scalia Steps Into ‘Mismatch’ Debate

Scalia Steps Into ‘Mismatch’ Debate

Dec 11, 2015 | No Comments

“In the current Supreme Court case involving the University of Texas, the “mismatch” theory has been well-briefed on both sides….”

Supreme Court Laments How Little It Knows About Race-Based Admissions

Supreme Court Laments How Little It Knows About Race-Based Admissions

Dec 10, 2015 | No Comments

 “We’re just arguing the same case. It’s as if nothing had happened,” complained Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who wrote the opinion of the 7-to-1 majority the last time the court heard the case, and is regarded as a potential swing vote this time around.

Trustee Frustration over Transparency and Finances

Dec 9, 2015 | No Comments

Trustees of comprehensive public universities don’t feel as though they have an adequate understanding of the finances at the institutions they lead, and many of them are concerned the boards they serve on merely rubber-stamp the proposals presented to them by administrators.

What People Want to Know About the Payoff of Different Degrees

Dec 9, 2015 | No Comments

Anthony Carnevale from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce shares his take on the role college rankings should play in students’ searches and the one question he says people always have about the labor-market return on a degree.

The New Stars of Digital Education

The New Stars of Digital Education

Dec 9, 2015 | No Comments

Higher education is going through a well-documented digital revolution. Colleges and universities are awash in data. Accelerated-learning “bootcamps” challenge the supremacy of the establishment. But, as it turns out, it just might be higher education’s digital sidekicks that have the potential to unmask — and transform — higher education’s greatest challenge.

How College Rankings Limit Innovation in Higher Education

Dec 9, 2015 | No Comments

Do college rankings support the innovation and change needed in higher education? Or do they actually hinder our ability to take risks and try new things?

Moody’s: Stability and Modest Growth

Dec 7, 2015 | No Comments

“This is good news. Any positive change in the dismal negative outlook offered in recent years is improvement. The higher education community has something to celebrate, even if the celebration is muted.”

College Board’s CSS Profile Will Also Use Older Tax Data

Dec 7, 2015 | No Comments

The College Board’s CSS Profile, a supplemental financial-aid form used by more than 200 colleges to award their own aid, will shift to using “prior-prior year” tax data, the chair of the organization’s board has informed its trustees. The board made the decision in a unanimous vote on Wednesday.