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.

Consumers get more information about a purchase they once made on trust: college

Aug 2, 2016 | No Comments

As the price keeps rising, pressure builds to reveal details of the return on this investment

New Rules for College Financial Aid Accounts

Jul 29, 2016 | No Comments

AS college students prepare for a new academic year, they can expect changes in the process of choosing a bank account to receive their financial aid balances.

The student loan problem no one is talking about

The student loan problem no one is talking about

Jul 18, 2016 | No Comments

More than one-quarter of student loan borrowers have debt, but nothing to show for it.

ROI And The Value Of Higher Education

Jul 18, 2016 | No Comments

There has been considerable discussion in higher education these days about “return on investment,” or ROI.

Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance in 2015-16; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred, 2014–15; and 12-Month Enrollment, 2014–15

Jul 18, 2016 | No Comments

This First Look provides users with access to IPEDS data soon after the close of data collection. This report is based upon preliminary data that have not been extensively reviewed or edited.

Do We Agree That College Should Be Affordable?

Jul 18, 2016 | No Comments

When we consider the numbers, the degree to which college has become unaffordable is shocking.

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.

Still questioning whether college is worth it? Read this.

Jul 6, 2016 | No Comments

A structural shift in the job market following the most recent economic recession has radically changed the composition of the American workforce, with four-year college graduates for the first time comprising a larger share of the workforce than those who got a high school diploma but don’t have a college degree, according to a report released Thursday […]

Does Paying Students to Finish Pay Off?

Jun 20, 2016 | No Comments

Tuition rebates are uncommon, but they’re not new.

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.

Balancing Tuition Predictability and Affordability: The Pitfalls of Guaranteed Tuition Plans

Jun 10, 2016 | No Comments

Every fall, newspapers around the nation report tuition increases as students head back to school. While tuition levels receive a significant amount of attention in the media, and by higher education leaders, policymakers, and families, the predictability of college prices is often overlooked.  

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

More Than Tuition: High Uncertainty and Complicated Incentives

May 11, 2016 | No Comments

MoreThanTuition series will look at the ways data can highlight weird patterns in cost of attendance (COA) estimates.

How Effective Is Chivas Regal Pricing In Higher Education?

How Effective Is Chivas Regal Pricing In Higher Education?

May 11, 2016 | No Comments

Noah Askin and Matthew Bothner recently explored the prevalence and effectiveness of the Chivas Regal pricing strategy in American higher education, and in this interview Askin reflects on their findings and shares some thoughts on the limitations and potential for pricing to impact demand and prestige growth in the competitive postsecondary marketplace.

How cities are expanding access to college and careers in the digital age

How cities are expanding access to college and careers in the digital age

May 11, 2016 | No Comments

Could digital badges—online, skill-based microcredentials—transform the way youth learn and employers hire?

Rethink Policies that Penalize Poor Students

May 10, 2016 | No Comments

Colleges should be on some sort of financial hook when their students don’t succeed…

More evidence that the sky is not falling due to student loan debt

More evidence that the sky is not falling due to student loan debt

May 5, 2016 | No Comments

There’s a real risk that the political hysteria around student debt will dampen college enrollment among students who would benefit from enrolling in further education but are scared to borrow for it.

Prediction: No commencement speaker will mention this – the huge ‘gender college degree gap’ favoring women

May 3, 2016 | No Comments

Based on Department of Education estimates, women will earn a disproportionate share of college degrees at every level of higher education in 2016 for the eleventh straight year.

Student Debt Is About to Set Another Record, But the Picture Isn’t All Bad

Student Debt Is About to Set Another Record, But the Picture Isn’t All Bad

May 3, 2016 | No Comments

This spring’s college seniors will see a good return: higher starting salaries

The (bigger than we realized) role race plays in college debt

May 3, 2016 | No Comments

Student debt is an inequality problem. Borrowing to invest in a good college education is a sound investment for many, if not most, young people. Debt is a problem for those whoborrow expensively to attend poor-quality institutions. And the debt problem has a strong racial dimension.

The Most Career-Minded Generation

The Most Career-Minded Generation

May 3, 2016 | No Comments

Compared to 30 years ago, young people today are much more likely to say they’re going to college to secure a good job and steady pay.