Wait-list limbo is ending for college-bound students

May 26, 2016 | No Comments

May is a month of reckoning for colleges and students alike. Admitted students have a deadline of May 1 to choose where they want to enroll and place a deposit to secure a seat. Meanwhile, colleges are sifting through their wait lists for qualified candidates to fill any late holes in their classes. Many wait-list […]

Money shouldn’t outweigh merit in college admissions

May 26, 2016 | No Comments

Too often, money outweighs grades, test scores and resilience in determining the future of talented young people. One of the best predictors of how far children will go in school in America today is the wealth of their families.

Students, Families Should Be More Strategic About College Choices, Costs

May 26, 2016 | No Comments

While it remains clear that investing in a college education pays off, families should be more strategic in how they choose which college to attend and how to pay for it, according to anew paper from PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Consumer Finance Group.

How Much are Young Americans Paying a Month on Student Debt? Less than You Think

How Much are Young Americans Paying a Month on Student Debt? Less than You Think

May 25, 2016 | No Comments

A typical borrower between ages 20 and 30 pays $203 a month toward student debt

Whom Do College-Affordability Efforts Help the Most?

Whom Do College-Affordability Efforts Help the Most?

May 25, 2016 | No Comments

A case study in the way some government, university, and private programs to help Americans pay for college have become more likely to benefit wealthier students than even the most academically talented lower-income ones.

Building a Student-Level Data System

Building a Student-Level Data System

May 24, 2016 | No Comments

Comprehensive data collection on students in higher education would substantially benefit everyone involved in higher education

Institute for Higher Education Policy Releases 11 Papers to Get Smarter With Postsecondary Data

May 24, 2016 | No Comments

The Institute for Higher Education Policy thinks better use of data about our postsecondary system can lead to better choices by students, policymakers and institutions. IHEP, a Washington D.C-based nonprofit focused on college access and success, has released “Envisioning the National Postsecondary Data Infrastructure in the 21st Century,” a collection of 11 policy papers targeting state and federal […]

Term Enrollment Estimates

May 24, 2016 | No Comments

For Spring 2016

Uncertainty, Unpredictability, Chaos

May 24, 2016 | No Comments

A look into the future suggests next year will be uncertain and even chaotic for students, families and most colleges during the admissions process. The emergence of the new application and portfolio system of the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, along with the National Association of College Admissions Counselors’ reassessment of the Statement of […]

Why We Should (and Shouldn’t) Care About Student Loan Interest Rates

May 23, 2016 | No Comments

Any excitement about cheaper borrowing though needs to be put in context. Rates fluctuate annually and what’s cheap today may end up being more expensive (or cheaper) a year from now and even more expensive the year after that.

The Broken Bargain with College Graduates

The Broken Bargain with College Graduates

May 23, 2016 | No Comments

College-educated workers have not seen meaningful pay raises.

Regional Publics Cast Wider Nets and Rethink Retention

May 23, 2016 | No Comments

Those institutions, typically serving great numbers of low- and middle-income students, are under pressure to keep prices low even as state funding declines. That has forced some leaders to rethink traditional enrollment strategies. In the name of adaptation, they are sharpening recruitment tactics, seeking new ways to serve their markets, and fine-tuning student-success plans.

The Complex Data on Girls in STEM

The Complex Data on Girls in STEM

May 23, 2016 | No Comments

While the headlines about females excelling in science and engineering might grab the public’s eye, the underlying story is more complicated.

States have cut money for higher education 17 percent since the recession, report finds

May 23, 2016 | No Comments

Some states are increasing spending, but not to pre-2008 levels

Institutions must focus on value statements to remain competitive

Institutions must focus on value statements to remain competitive

May 23, 2016 | No Comments

The Institute’s own Kathy Dawley is interviewed.  “These institutions who are not in favorable demographic areas, don’t draw from favorable demographic areas, whose brand is not all that familiar or appealing and whose programs are kind of generic … have to think about how they develop and communicate a value proposition that is responsive to […]

Colleges Advised to be More Transparent with Key Data on Outcomes

May 23, 2016 | No Comments

In order to demonstrate what they are doing for students, colleges and universities must be willing to let data tell their story and stop perpetuating the faulty notion that charging a hefty tuition necessarily means students are getting a better education.

How to Build a Higher Ed Data System Fit for the 21st Century

May 21, 2016 | No Comments

During an event on Wednesday, the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) hosted a series of panel discussions on developing a more comprehensive data infrastructure for the 21st century, and released a series of 11 policy papers outlining ways to improve current systems, and where there’s room to create something that doesn’t yet exist.

What Happens When You Warn Students About Their Loan Debt?

What Happens When You Warn Students About Their Loan Debt?

May 21, 2016 | No Comments

Indiana University officials say borrowing by undergraduates at the school has dropped 18 percent since 2012. That’s when the university began sending students annual letters that estimate their total loan debt and future monthly payments, as part of a push to boost their financial literacy.

The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015

May 21, 2016 | No Comments

African American Students.

Credentials Reform: How Technology and the Changing Needs of the Workforce Will Create the Higher Education System of the Future

Credentials Reform: How Technology and the Changing Needs of the Workforce Will Create the Higher Education System of the Future

May 21, 2016 | No Comments

The shift in postsecondary credentialing and the needs of the 21st-century workforce will revolutionize higher education. Colleges and universities have vast potential to be positive agents of this change.

How Universities Can Map their Way to Smarter Risk and Cost Control

May 21, 2016 | No Comments

Demographic changes, shrinking federal and state support, a lethargic economic recovery, anemic endowment returns and increasing wariness of student loan debt comprise a perfect storm converging on America’s mid-sized colleges and universities, threatening to swamp their finances in seas of red ink.

Nonprofit Colleges’ Discount Tuition Might Not Pay Off

May 21, 2016 | No Comments

Even though private nonprofit colleges are discounting tuition at record rates, it remains to be seen if the strategy will pay off with higher amounts of enrollment.

Playbook for Transfer

May 19, 2016 | No Comments

Community college experts team up to develop a guide to help colleges and universities build success transfer pathways and increase bachelor’s completion.

Nine universities on one small campus? It’s real. It’s here. And it could be higher ed’s future.

May 19, 2016 | No Comments

Shady Grove is a program unlike any other, with nine state universities converging at the Rockville, Md., campus, part of an effort that began 16 years ago to reduce college costs, produce an educated workforce and encourage college completion among populations that traditionally struggle to get their ­degrees.

Diversity in Academe: Who Sets a College’s Diversity Agenda?

May 17, 2016 | No Comments

True diversity remains a struggle for many colleges. This special report looks at who actually sets a college’s diversity agenda, and what makes that agenda flourish or flop.

How and Why You Diversify Colleges

How and Why You Diversify Colleges

May 17, 2016 | No Comments

It’s a win for America and its imperiled promise of social mobility.

The Partnership Between Colleges and Helicopter Parents

The Partnership Between Colleges and Helicopter Parents

May 17, 2016 | No Comments

Many public universities now rely heavily on parents—particularly those with money, time, and connections—to meet their basic needs.

Financial aid “arms war” continues to drain cash from colleges

May 17, 2016 | No Comments

By offering steeper discounts to fill seats, institutions sap their revenue

Discounting Hits New Highs

May 17, 2016 | No Comments

Private colleges and universities are trying new strategies after discount rates rose to unseen levels yet again.

EXAMINATION OF THE NACUBO 2015 TUITION DISCOUNTING STUDY

May 16, 2016 | No Comments

On May 16, NACUBO released its annual Tuition Discounting Report, measuring the trends and strategies employed around tuition discounting across our member institutions. This week on NACUBO In Brief, Ken and Lesley offer valuable background on the report, and share their unique insights on the state of discounting as custodians of this report.