Bernie Sanders’ college tuition plan would disproportionately benefit the rich: study

Bernie Sanders’ college tuition plan would disproportionately benefit the rich: study

Apr 25, 2016 | No Comments

Families from the top half of the income distribution would reap 24% more than their less-wealthy peers, under a free college plan like the one Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is proposing, according to an analysis published this week on the Brookings Institution website.

Is Affordability Really the Top Issue in Higher Ed?

Apr 25, 2016 | No Comments

DC Experts Weigh in During Panel Discussion

Monitoring the Gatekeepers

Apr 25, 2016 | No Comments

Obama administration continues to turn up pressure on accreditors, promising in new letter to measure the agencies against their peers and urging more focus on student achievement and troubled colleges.

Why Applying To All Eight Ivy League Schools Makes No Sense

Apr 18, 2016 | No Comments

The annual “Can you believe it? A student was accepted to all eight Ivy League schools!” headline is out, this year featuring the daughter of Nigerian immigrants who ran the table.  While it’s a “she beat the odds” achievement, applying to places that are so different in programs, sizes, locations and personalities is more like […]

The Spending War on Student Recruitment

Apr 18, 2016 | No Comments

At a time when everyone should be committed to lowering the cost of college, it could trigger a windfall for education marketers and become the most expensive component of a higher education, writes John Katzman.

Why Lowering Interest Rates Won’t Fix the Student-Debt Problem

Why Lowering Interest Rates Won’t Fix the Student-Debt Problem

Apr 18, 2016 | No Comments

One researcher argues that lowering tuition and offering grants would help more people earn a degree.

Public Research Universities’ Shifting Funding Models

Apr 18, 2016 | No Comments

As the recession fades into memory, some states are slowly increasing their funding for higher education, but many cannot. Economic need is spurring the majority of public university leaders to advocate for additional government funding, be more efficient, and create new funding opportunities to close the gap.

The Business of College

Apr 18, 2016 | No Comments

Successful institutions have an identity; part of identity is a sense of place.  At this time, students can seek higher education from any number of schools.  The marketplace is full of certification programs, quick paths to higher degrees, and various other sources of advancement.  Schools that want to stand out need to have more to […]

Jumping to Conclusions

Apr 18, 2016 | No Comments

Academic studies that have been critical of state performance-based funding policies lack the data to back up their conclusions, writes Martha Snyder, and fail to account for the design and implementation of these policies.

Top colleges put thousands of applicants in wait-list limbo, and some won’t admit any

Apr 18, 2016 | No Comments

Students applying to top colleges crave to hear “yes!” when decisions roll out in March and brace themselves for “no.” But huge numbers get a vague answer that is neither admission nor denial — a tantalizing “maybe” — with an invitation to join a wait list.

What does cutting rates on student loans do?

Apr 17, 2016 | No Comments

Are lower interest rates the best route to a fairer, more effective student loan program? From the rhetoric heard in Congress and on the campaign trail, the answer appears to be “yes.” But both empirical evidence and economic theory show that lowering interest rates is a blunt, ineffective, and expensive tool for increasing schooling and […]

ON THE VERGE

Apr 17, 2016 | No Comments

Costs and Tradeoffs Facing Community College Students

The future of college is not about it being free

The future of college is not about it being free

Apr 17, 2016 | No Comments

Free college may make for a terrific sound bite on the campaign trail, but it rings hollow. Framing the future of college as a debate about whether it should be free is a lost opportunity to discuss what’s really wrong with higher education in America — and a missed chance to help young Americans regain […]

Americans Overwhelmingly Value Degrees, Gallup-Lumina Survey

Apr 17, 2016 | No Comments

Some say college degrees are out-of-fashion in today’s economy. A new study conducted by Gallup on behalf of the Lumina Foundation, a foundation working to increase the proportion of Americans with postsecondary credentials, pushes back.

Are Colleges Too Obsessed With Smartness?

Apr 15, 2016 | No Comments

“When the entire system of higher education gives favored status to the smartest students, even average students are denied equal opportunities.”

Navigating the College Financial Aid Process: Unique Challenges for First-Generation Students

Apr 15, 2016 | No Comments

Students realize that they are requesting support worth as much as a quarter of a million dollars, so they complete all of these forms willingly and without complaint. But that doesn’t make the process any easier. Moreover, first-generation students often encounter additional challenges when it comes to completing the already complex assortment of financial aid […]

Not All Financial Education Is Effective.

Not All Financial Education Is Effective.

Apr 15, 2016 | No Comments

 Here Are 4 Ideas That Work

Student Debt Is Holding Back Millennials? Not So Fast

Student Debt Is Holding Back Millennials? Not So Fast

Apr 15, 2016 | No Comments

New research suggests student debt is indeed a barrier for college dropouts, but that it’s generally not holding back those who earned degrees

Report Ties State Aid to Improved Graduation Rates

Apr 15, 2016 | No Comments

Although other researchers have looked at how students benefit educationally from federal or institutional aid based on need, few researchers have specifically examined how need-based state aid helps its recipients’ prospects for college completion.

In Admission Decisions, the Deciders’ Own Backgrounds Play a Big Role

Apr 13, 2016 | No Comments

“We need to look carefully at whether the practices of admissions offices are consistent with the rhetoric,” said Michael Bastedo, director of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education and speaker at the 2nd annual conference for The Institute for Enrollment Management.

Expert: Student Data Underutilized in Promoting Success

Apr 13, 2016 | No Comments

Colleges and universities must make better use of the vast amount of student data that is available in order to bring about more timely graduations for all students, a data mining expert exhorted his colleagues Monday at an annual gathering of education researchers.

Reducing the Fear of Life After College

Apr 13, 2016 | No Comments

Jeff Selingo’s There Is Life After College places too much emphasis on vocational education and not enough on the virtues of the liberal arts.

Americans Value Postsecondary Education

Apr 13, 2016 | No Comments

The 2015 Gallup-Lumina Foundation Study of the American Public’s Opinion on Higher Education

The Pillaging of America’s State Universities

The Pillaging of America’s State Universities

Apr 13, 2016 | No Comments

The financial struggle of public research institutions may be a matter of choice—not necessity, as public leaders say.

Are Public Universities Neglecting In-State Students

Apr 13, 2016 | No Comments

Have Universities gone to far in accepting out-of-state students?

A Brighter Job Market, For Some

Apr 12, 2016 | No Comments

Recruiters generally about prospects for this year’s graduates.

Filling an Obvious Gap in the Ratings System: Industry Please Help!

Apr 12, 2016 | No Comments

This year “U.S. News & World Report” and other publishers will publish an array of postsecondary rankings. However, the rankings have become a marketing scheme toggling Harvard and Princeton as the top schools. The rankings are flawed on many levels, but most notable is the absence of industry participation.

STRENGTHENING THE PARTNERSHIP

Apr 12, 2016 | No Comments

A Survey of Proposed Higher Education Funding Solutions.

Rate of increase in degree-holders continues to lag behind national goal

Apr 12, 2016 | No Comments

The country is behind schedule in its goal of increasing the proportion of people with degrees to 60 percent by 2025.

College Business Officers Speak About the Future of Higher Education

Apr 12, 2016 | No Comments

Inside Higher Education and Gallup cooperated to produce the third annual survey of college and university business officers on a range of “hot button” higher education topics. A total of 457 campus and system chief business and financial officers participated.