Access, Affordability and Survival in American Higher Education

Jun 10, 2016 | No Comments

Data show that American higher education is moving into dangerous and uncharted waters that demand different decisions based on new ways of thinking.

Pell Grant Program Projected to See $7.8 Billion Surplus Next Year

Jun 9, 2016 | No Comments

Expecting fight for the funds, two Democrats push to keep the money for students

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 […]

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 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.

The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015

May 21, 2016 | No Comments

African American Students.

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.

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.

Top Choice

Top Choice

May 10, 2016 | No Comments

How one university goes to great lengths to evaluate — and win over — star applicants

Building a Grad Nation:

May 10, 2016 | No Comments

Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates

Why first-generation students don’t go to their advisors—and how to get them there

May 10, 2016 | No Comments

First-generation students may be unaware of the advising services their universities offer

Racial disparities in education debt burden among low- and moderate-income households

May 3, 2016 | No Comments

Evidence now demonstrates significant variation in education-debt levels by race and household income, with Black and lower-income students accumulating higher levels of education debt compared to their White and upper-income peers.

Should Everyone Go to College?

Should Everyone Go to College?

May 2, 2016 | No Comments

For poor kids, ‘college for all’ isn’t the mantra it was meant to be.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Are Public Universities Neglecting In-State Students

Apr 13, 2016 | No Comments

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

Test-optional college admissions can increase transparency

Apr 11, 2016 | No Comments

Schools increasingly choose not to require the scores, touting ‘holistic’ admissions processes

Initiative Aims to Eliminate Gaps Between Rich and Poor Students

Apr 5, 2016 | No Comments

Citing disparities in graduation rates between students from rich and poor backgrounds, leaders from a group of public urban universities recently launched a new collaborative initiative to improve completion rates and eliminate the gaps.

Applied to Stanford or Harvard? You probably didn’t get in. Admit rates drop, again.

Apr 5, 2016 | No Comments

Admission rates for super-selective colleges are headed in one direction: Down. Stanford, with the most competitive admissions in the country, this year edged below the 5 percent mark for the first time. Harvard’s rate, second-lowest among major colleges, hovers right above that threshold.

Increase Social Mobility By Reducing Risk In Higher Education

Apr 5, 2016 | No Comments

Higher education is often seen as an important enabler of upward social mobility. President Obama remarked last year that “higher education, more than ever, is the ticket to the middle class.”

A college-admissions edge for the wealthy: Early decision

Apr 3, 2016 | No Comments

Many of the nation’s top colleges draw more than 40 percent of their incoming freshmen through an early-application system that favors the wealthy, luring students to commit to enroll if they get in and shutting out those who want the chance to compare offers of grants and scholarships.

Record-Breaking Numbers of Applicants? Don’t Gloat

Record-Breaking Numbers of Applicants? Don’t Gloat

Apr 3, 2016 | No Comments

Even as colleges proudly report more and more applications, at many places the yield — the percentage of accepted students who enroll — has been declining.

The real heroes stepping up to get college knowledge to students who want and need it

Mar 31, 2016 | No Comments

Franklin & Marshall’s president praises nonprofit higher ed access programs.

Where College Admissions Went Wrong

Mar 31, 2016 | No Comments

“Far too many students are learning to do whatever it takes to get ahead—even if that means sacrificing individuality, health, happiness, ethical principles, and behavior.”

TRUE MERIT

Mar 28, 2016 | No Comments

Ensuring Our Brightest Students Have Access to Our Best Colleges and Universities

FULFILLING THE PROMISE, SERVING THE NEED

Mar 28, 2016 | No Comments

Advancing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students 

Why More Students Are Leaving the U.S. for College

Mar 24, 2016 | No Comments

Forty universities in Europe offer English-language bachelor’s degrees to American students for an irresistible price: free.