The troubling use of ‘merit aid’ at public flagships and research universities

May 2, 2016 | No Comments

Eight public universities spent 100 percent of institutional aid on non-needy students in 2014-15

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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

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.

Americans Value Postsecondary Education

Apr 13, 2016 | No Comments

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

A Brighter Job Market, For Some

Apr 12, 2016 | No Comments

Recruiters generally about prospects for this year’s graduates.

Test-optional college admissions can increase transparency

Apr 11, 2016 | No Comments

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

Why Upperclassmen Lose Financial Aid

Apr 11, 2016 | No Comments

Financial Aid for upperclassmen is especially inscrutable…

The data problem that perpetuates America’s ongoing college-value debate

Apr 9, 2016 | No Comments

There’s still widespread debate in the U.S. about whether going to college is “worth it “ – and frequent portrayal of a nation that’s over-saturated with college-degree holders who’ve struggled to find work in the recession. Which begs us to ask, why does the back-and-forth continue, even with an abundance of evidence to the contrary?

Why traditional institutions must assess or be assessed

Apr 5, 2016 | No Comments

Purdue University scholar discusses what standardized assessments for institutions may look like, what they should incorporate.

Gaming the Formula

Apr 5, 2016 | No Comments

State performance funding formulas lead to small decline in Pell revenue per student, new study finds, suggesting public colleges may be gaming formulas by enrolling fewer low-income students.

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.

Latest Census Data on Educational Attainment Shows Women Lead Men in College Completion

Apr 3, 2016 | No Comments

A cross blog post from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Random Samplings Blog.

The Dispute Over Whether Attending a Good College Helps or Hurts Average Students

The Dispute Over Whether Attending a Good College Helps or Hurts Average Students

Mar 28, 2016 | No Comments

“Mismatch is a not a racial effect. Mismatch is something that affects all groups.”

The colleges that do the best – and the worst – at graduating low-income students

Mar 24, 2016 | No Comments

Schools are being scored for the first time based on the number of recipients of Pell Grants they enroll—grants that go to children of families earning around $40,000 or less, and used as a measure of low income—and the proportion who actually get degrees.

Understanding financial responsibility scores for private colleges

Mar 24, 2016 | No Comments

Small private nonprofit colleges are increasing tuition discount rates in an effort to attract a shrinking pool of traditional-age students in many parts of the country, while credit rating agency Moody’s expects the number of private nonprofit college closings to triple to about 15 per year by next year.

Sophisticated test scams from China invade U.S. college admissions

Mar 22, 2016 | No Comments

Students hire impostor “gunmen” to take the SAT, the GRE and other tests

The Myth of the College-Ready Student

Mar 21, 2016 | No Comments

Higher education institutions must abandon a paradigm that allows them to deflect accountability and embrace the burden of being student ready, argues Byron P. White

FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID POLICY AND COLLEGE BEHAVIOR

Mar 21, 2016 | No Comments

The higher education system as a whole siphons off a rather small fraction of the federal aid.

The College Scorecard Strikes Out

Mar 21, 2016 | No Comments

A federal tool meant to help students pick a school can be downright misleading.

The College and Career Readiness of U.S. High School Graduates

Mar 16, 2016 | No Comments

For more than a decade, Achieve has issued an annual 50-state report on each state’s adoption of college- and career-ready (CCR) policies as reflected in state standards, graduation requirements, assessments, and accountability systems.

3 Highlights From a Survey of Presidents on the Campus Racial Climate

Mar 13, 2016 | No Comments

In a climate where freshmen say they are more likely than ever to protest, campus leaders are facing extensive demands from activists who want their colleges to be more inclusive. And many college presidents say they’re meeting with organizers and responding to their concerns, according to new survey results…

The difference between being eligible for college and ready for college

Mar 4, 2016 | No Comments

More US schools may soon be held accountable for teaching life skills like perseverance and compassion  

New Analysis of College Scorecard Data Shows College Completion on the Rise

New Analysis of College Scorecard Data Shows College Completion on the Rise

Mar 2, 2016 | No Comments

Last fall, the U.S. Department of Education released an extensive set of higher education data containing never-before-seen metrics on student outcomes. Known as the College Scorecard, the new data aim to provide consumers with better information on how colleges stack up against each other and to help students make better decisions when choosing a college.

A fight in Maryland to stop colleges from stripping low-income students of institutional aid

Mar 1, 2016 | No Comments

Could the entire $1 billion-per-year U.S. private scholarship industry be at risk?