Five lessons I learned the hard way from the college application process

Aug 3, 2016 | No Comments

At my lowest moment during the college application process, I closed the blinds in my room and buried my head in despair.

How important are high school courses to college performance? Less than you might think

Aug 3, 2016 | No Comments

While there are certainly many economic and cultural factors in long-term dropout rates, we argue that an overlooked hurdle to solving the problem is short-sighted measurement: education leaders too often judge high school success by high school metrics, not whether students end up with the knowledge and perseverance to attain a degree.

Experts: Direct More Institutional Aid to Low-income Students

Aug 3, 2016 | No Comments

Colleges and universities should rethink the way they distribute institutional aid in order to matriculate more students who lack the means to pay, several scholars said Thursday at a discussion on enrollment management.

How important are high school courses to college performance? Less than you might think

Jul 30, 2016 | No Comments

While there are certainly many economic and cultural factors in long-term dropout rates, we argue that an overlooked hurdle to solving the problem is short-sighted measurement: education leaders too often judge high school success by high school metrics, not whether students end up with the knowledge and perseverance to attain a degree.

Do Colleges Need to Be Need Blind?

Jul 30, 2016 | No Comments

Some maintain that they can drop the policy and preserve access, but those who have gone need blind have seen gains in student diversity.

Race-Conscious Admissions Policies Face More Tests After ‘Fisher’

Race-Conscious Admissions Policies Face More Tests After ‘Fisher’

Jul 29, 2016 | No Comments

Lost in all the analysis of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which approved the university’s affirmative-action plan, is the fact that the court had traveled 38 years in time only to end up where it started.

Report: Colleges Need to Support, Integrate Access Programs for Maximum Impact

Jul 20, 2016 | No Comments

Many colleges and universities are involved with programs aimed at increasing access and success for low-income, first-generation, and minority students. But in order to fully maximize the impact those programs can have on students’ lives, institutions need to take the initiative to fully integrate them into the campus culture, and ensure they have the support […]

College costs are out of control

College costs are out of control

Jul 18, 2016 | No Comments

A college education is now the second-largest expense an individual is likely to make in a lifetime — right after purchasing a home. Ironically, one of the reasons the price tag continues to climb is the abundance of loan dollars that discourages schools from keeping their costs in line.

College and the New Class Divide

Jul 18, 2016 | No Comments

Contrary to college standing as an open thoroughfare for Americans wanting to improve their lives, it has become a gated toll road primarily available to those from middle-class and upper-class families.

Commentary: Let’s Level The Playing Field In The College Admissions Game

Commentary: Let’s Level The Playing Field In The College Admissions Game

Jul 15, 2016 | No Comments

What does it take to get into a top college? Good grades? High SAT scores? Service trips to Central America? All of these help — but what might be most important is knowing how to play the college admissions game.

Public Opposes Affirmative Action

Jul 14, 2016 | No Comments

Supreme Court decision, praised by college leaders, is opposed by nearly two-thirds of adult Americans. Support is higher for considering athletic ability or alumni child status than race in admissions.

Public Colleges Chase Out-of-State Students, and Tuition

Public Colleges Chase Out-of-State Students, and Tuition

Jul 14, 2016 | No Comments

A state audit in March reinforced what many California parents already suspected: On a constant hunt for more revenue, the prestigious University of California system gave favorable admissions treatment to thousands of higher-paying out-of-state and foreign students, to the detriment of Californians.

The Best Schools Are Bargains For High-Performing, Low Income Students

The Best Schools Are Bargains For High-Performing, Low Income Students

Jul 7, 2016 | No Comments

For students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, many of whom are first-generation college-goers, attending a highly selective university or college can open the door to an array of lifelong opportunities and benefits, from rigorous academics and first-class resources to well-connected professors, alumni and classmates.

AMERICA’S DIVIDED RECOVERY

Jul 6, 2016 | No Comments

College Haves and Have-Nots

The Typical College Student Is Not Who You Think It Is

The Typical College Student Is Not Who You Think It Is

Jul 6, 2016 | No Comments

What percentage graduated from high school and enrolled within a year at a four year institution where they live on campus?

Free College Is Not Enough

Jul 6, 2016 | No Comments

While a well-intentioned concept, it falls substantially short of what today’s students really need, argues Nancy Zimpher.

Brexit’s Enrollment Effects

Jun 30, 2016 | No Comments

Following the Brexit vote, many anticipate a drop in the number of E.U. students at U.K. universities. Could American institutions attract some of them?

Survey: Parents, Students Underestimate Financial Aid Eligibility

Jun 30, 2016 | No Comments

Parents and students from low-income households were also likely to underestimate their chances of receiving financial aid.

Why College Access Depends on Your ZIP Code

Jun 30, 2016 | No Comments

Even though it’s no surprise that some areas constitute “education deserts,” as Hillman calls them, the deep scarcity of colleges within manageable commuting distance shows how difficult it could be for students of limited means to have a meaningful college choice. 

Race Still a Crucial Factor in College Admissions Process

Jun 29, 2016 | No Comments

A new college admissions guidebook, Earning Admission: Real Strategies for Getting into Highly Selective Colleges, authored by admissions strategists Greg Kaplan and Linda Wang, looks at the challenges in the admissions process.

Underestimating Financial Aid Eligibility

Jun 29, 2016 | No Comments

Slightly less than one-quarter of parents and 37 percent of students believe they will qualify for financial aid, according to the results of a survey released this week by Royall & Company, a division of the Education Advisory Board (EAB).

Are There Good Alternatives to Affirmative Action?

Are There Good Alternatives to Affirmative Action?

Jun 29, 2016 | No Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of race in some admissions decisions, but it doesn’t mean all colleges are free to employ the practice.

Research Examines Barriers to College Access, Success

Jun 20, 2016 | No Comments

Socioeconomic gaps in college enrollment and attainment have increased over time, despite policy efforts to improve access and rising returns on a college education, according to a recent paper in the Economics of Education Review.

Commercialization and Fraud in International Student Recruitment

Jun 20, 2016 | No Comments

Over the past weeks a series of reports and articles have circulated addressing issues related to the increased numbers of international students coming to the US. It is important to look at those publications together to gain perspective on the commercial (and potentially corrupt) activities resulting from the trend.

Use of Predictive Validity Studies to Inform Admission Practices

Jun 16, 2016 | No Comments

This paper explores the broader subject of predictive validity studies related to a variety of admission criteria and student outcomes. Because of the breadth of this subject, the focus of the paper is on the extent to which validity studies are being utilized on campuses around the country and the ways in which the studies […]

What First-Generation College Students Want

What First-Generation College Students Want

Jun 14, 2016 | No Comments

Sometimes young people are left out of the conversation about what they need to succeed.

Giving Students a Second Chance

Jun 14, 2016 | No Comments

A new White House initiative asks colleges to look past criminal records, removing an obstacle to higher education.

7 findings that illustrate racial disparities in education

Jun 10, 2016 | No Comments

A list of seven findings about racial disparities in education that scholars and contributors at the Brookings Institution have highlighted over the past year.

College Readiness in New England: A Snapshot

Jun 10, 2016 | No Comments

Are students in New England acquiring the knowledge needed to pursue postsecondary education?