Pathways in Name Only

Feb 29, 2016 | No Comments

 Most completion-oriented pathways reforms lack an overarching vision and fail to live up to their promise.

Building Student Momentum from High School Into College

Feb 29, 2016 | No Comments

This report proposes a new dimension to our understanding of how best to prepare high school students for higher education.

Collective Impact: Theory Versus Reality

Feb 29, 2016 | No Comments

Collective impact is an increasingly popular approach to addressing persistent social problems. It takes a place-based systems approach to social change and compared with other forms of collaboration is meant to be more structured and strategic. Such an approach is intuitively appealing, and it has the support of stakeholders at the local level, the state […]

Will Saudi Student Boom End?

Feb 25, 2016 | No Comments

Intensive English programs report declines in Saudi Arabian enrollments as colleges and universities watch for changes to the government’s massive foreign scholarship program.

Students Still Need More and Better College Data

Students Still Need More and Better College Data

Feb 25, 2016 | No Comments

Why do we know more about the cars we buy than the schools we choose?

How Low-Income Students Are Fitting In at Elite Colleges

Feb 25, 2016 | No Comments

People from the richest quarter of the population outnumber those from the poorest quarter by almost 25 to one at the nation’s most selective institutions.

How technology is upending college admissions

How technology is upending college admissions

Feb 25, 2016 | No Comments

“Gone are the days of anxious college applicants awaiting the fat or thin envelope in their mailboxes. No more truckloads of transcripts and recommendation letters piling up at the admissions office. Indeed, technology has upended the entire college application process.”

The Moral Absurdity of Denying Financial Aid to Undocumented Students

The Moral Absurdity of Denying Financial Aid to Undocumented Students

Feb 25, 2016 | No Comments

Financial-aid nights offer a fascinating window into the state of the world.

Don’t believe in free college as a panacea

Don’t believe in free college as a panacea

Feb 25, 2016 | No Comments

“It’s now an article of faith among progressives that public college should be free. Their logic is simple: Tuition is increasingly expensive, and high prices keep high school graduates from enrolling at all, cause some that do enroll to drop-out before earning a degree, and force students and families to take on student loan debt. […]

3 trends for better data management

Feb 25, 2016 | No Comments

After years of hype, hybrid clouds are beginning to live up to their early billing.

State of the States Report 2015

Feb 25, 2016 | No Comments

Poverty and Opportunity in the States: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Completing College: A State-Level View of Student Attainment Rates

Feb 25, 2016 | No Comments

This report focuses on six-year student success outcomes and college completion rates by state.

Consequential Boards Adding Value Where It Matters Most

Feb 25, 2016 | No Comments

“The value of American higher education faces multiple risks, and changes in governance are needed to address them. At risk are accessibility and degree attainment for current and future students, institutional fiscal sustainability, educational quality, economic development and social equity, service to communities, and knowledge creation.”

When students face financial hardships, these colleges step up

Feb 23, 2016 | No Comments

One unforeseen hardship can derail a college student’s dream of getting a degree, so an increasing number of U.S. schools are providing emergency grants to pull such students back from the edge.

A college degree is worth less if you are raised poor

Feb 23, 2016 | No Comments

People with more education have higher earnings. Boosting college education is therefore seen by many… as a way to lift people out of poverty, combat growing income inequality, and increase upward social mobility. But how much upward lift does a bachelor’s degree really give to earnings? The answer turns out to vary by family background.

As Big-Data Companies Come to Teaching, a Pioneer Issues a Warning

Feb 23, 2016 | No Comments

Rapid commercialization is exactly the wrong way to foster innovation at this early stage.

2 Keys to Success for Underprivileged Students: When to Start College, and Where to Go

Feb 23, 2016 | No Comments

Where students enroll, and how soon after high-school graduation they start college, can markedly affect their chances of earning a degree.

Financial Aid 101: Earlier FAFSA Provides More Time To Line Up Tuition

Financial Aid 101: Earlier FAFSA Provides More Time To Line Up Tuition

Feb 23, 2016 | No Comments

This year, students will find out how much money they’ll get from schools a lot earlier. That’s because the FAFSA can be submitted as early as October.

Higher Ed Insights Results of the Fall 2015 Survey

Feb 23, 2016 | No Comments

This report presents findings from the first panel survey, administered between November 16th and December 27th, 2015. The survey focused on innovative initiatives and strategies aimed at improving three student-centered outcomes: degree completion rates, the quality of student learning, and affordability (i.e., students’ ability to cover the costs of earning a degree).1 It also solicited […]

Is the Traditional College Education an Endangered Species?

Is the Traditional College Education an Endangered Species?

Feb 23, 2016 | No Comments

“The power of technology, the power of software, is that we can give it away for free. Free is powerful.”

If It’s Broke, Fix It

Feb 21, 2016 | No Comments

“…the way the federal government funds higher education is broken. And our elected officials cannot fix the system until they acknowledge this fact.”

The Stress of Paying for College

Feb 21, 2016 | No Comments

A survey of the nation’s college freshmen indicates a class of young adults stressed out about the cost of financing a degree, even if they’re relatively well off.

Status-Aspirational Pricing

Feb 21, 2016 | No Comments

The “Chivas Regal” Strategy in U.S. Higher Education, 2006–2012

The financialization of US higher education

Feb 21, 2016 | No Comments

A report documenting returns and costs across four types of transactions: (i) revenues from endowment investments, (ii) interest payments on institutional borrowing by colleges, (iii) profits extracted by investors in for-profit colleges and (iv) interest payments on student loan borrowing by households.

The Reality of College Doesn’t Match the Dream for Most First Generation Students

The Reality of College Doesn’t Match the Dream for Most First Generation Students

Feb 21, 2016 | No Comments

With calls for increased diversity echoing across the nation’s universities, first generation college students are teaching universities to look beyond racial and ethnic diversity. First generation college goers come from very diverse backgrounds, yet share a lot of the same challenges in navigating and succeeding in the university.

How the student debt crisis affects African Americans and Latinos

How the student debt crisis affects African Americans and Latinos

Feb 21, 2016 | No Comments

Loan Delinquency disproportionately affects minority communities.

Building ‘very low walls’ leads to higher ed innovation

Feb 17, 2016 | No Comments

Elon University’s president explains how to foster a culture of “of positive restlessness.”

Remaining Residential

Feb 17, 2016 | No Comments

Study suggests acceptance of online education still lags among high school students

Athletes’ Postcollege Outcomes

Feb 17, 2016 | No Comments

 New Gallup-Purdue study finds comparatively high levels of well-being and engagement among college athletes.

The Financialization of US Higher Education

Feb 17, 2016 | No Comments

With the 2016 Presidential election bringing renewed attention to rising college costs, UC Berkeley researchers have just released a groundbreaking study on broad and growing financial inequalities in U.S. higher education.