Race, Student Debt, and For-Profit Graduate Schools

Graduate school enrollment is exacerbating the black-white debt gap, but there is at best a weak case for calling out for-profit schools in that trend.

Who Will Provide Quality Control for Dual Enrollment Courses?

A battle in Indiana over who is qualified to teach the dual-enrollment courses meant to yield college credit for high school students.

Making College Earnings Data Work for Students

State and federal policymakers have embraced the idea that prospective college students need better information on earnings outcomes for individual colleges and programs of study.

Fulfilling the Promise of Community College: The ASAP Demonstrations

An innovative program of wrap-around support services known as Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) boosts graduation rates.

A Silver Lining for Online Higher Education?

While the overall picture regarding online higher education is mixed, some new papers present some cause for optimism, especially if we can figure out ways to successfully monitor and certify the quality of online education.

Should Policymakers Make College Free or Better Support Institutions?

Providing the right mix of financial aid and non-financial supports to the students who need them most is a better idea than eliminating tuition for all or most families.

Black-White Disparity in Student Loan Debt More Than Triples After Graduation

Racial gaps in total debt are far larger than even recent reports have recognized, far larger now than in the past, and correlated with troubling trends in the economy.

Are Students Buying What We’re Selling?

The “jobs to be done” theory can help reformers, school leaders, and education entrepreneurs alike bridge the frequently gaping chasm between need and demand in education.

No College Left Behind?

Higher education reform increasingly feels like a rerun of the past two decades of K-12 reform—only on a 15 year time delay.

What We’re Watching: Sara Goldrick-Rab on The Daily Show

Sara Goldrick-Rab was a guest on The Daily Show this week to talk about her new book, Paying the Price, about the cost of higher education, our current system of financial aid, and some strategies for cutting costs.

10 States Spend More on Employee Retirement Costs Than on Higher Education

Pensions are eating further and further into state and local education budgets, eating up dollars that could be spent on lots of other things, especially higher education.

Want More College Graduates? Improve Our K–12 System

We have already closed the gap between college readiness and college attainment.

Match Beyond

Match Beyond combines College for America, the disruptive, online university, with a relatively new college and jobs services division of Match Education, a charter management organization.

What We’re Watching: The End of the ‘College for All’ Debate?

College Summit argues that it’s time to stop debating how many kids should go to college. Instead we should be helping students choose the right college.

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To Lower Costs, Don’t Expect Professors to Lower Salaries

Those who fear that the emergence of technology will replace teachers have their worries misplaced.

Fixing Pell Grants

The federal government should inject an element of merit into the selection of Pell
grantees.

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Pell Grants Shouldn’t Pay for Remedial College

A huge proportion of this $40 billion annual federal investment is flowing to people who simply aren’t prepared to do college-level work.

Online Learning in Higher Education

Randomized trial compares hybrid learning to traditional course

Study finds that students enrolled in a large “hybrid” course learned as much as students in a traditional course, at substantial cost savings

What We’re Watching: The Great Brain Race

Ben Wildavsky and others discuss his new book, which looks at how international competition for the brightest minds is transforming the world of higher education, on this episode of Ideas in Action.

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