Winners and Losers in President Trump’s Student Loan Plan

President Trump proposed major changes to the federal student loan program in his first budget request to Congress.

Should Congress Take a Page from the Gainful Employment Playbook?

Instead of targeting institutions of higher education, the government should consider targeting individual programs.

The Open Access Dilemma

How can community colleges better serve underprepared students?

Should We Abandon College Scorecard?

Making data available on how much money is earned by graduates of specific colleges with specific majors had no measurable effect on which college or field students enrolled in.

Federal Work-Study: Past Its Prime, or Ripe for Renewal?

The Trump administration seeks to cut funding for the Federal Work-Study program by nearly 50 percent, from $990 million to $500 million, and to reform the program.

In the News: Consumer Agency Condemns Abuses in Loan Forgiveness Program

A report released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warns of problems with a federal program that forgives some student loans for people who take public service jobs.

Promises and Pitfalls of Online Education

Online courses for college students can improve access, yet they also are challenging, especially for the least well-prepared students.

The Disinvestment Hypothesis: Don’t Blame State Budget Cuts for Rising Tuition at Public Universities

Surprisingly, researchers and the media have demanded very little evidence before concluding that state funding cuts are causing tuition to rise.

In the News: Franklin & Marshall’s Mission to Make College More Equitable Is Changing the Face of Higher Ed

This weekend, 17 percent of graduates who receive their diplomas at Franklin and Marshall College’s commencement will be low-income Pell Grant recipients.

Measuring Up

Assessing instructor effectiveness in higher education

Lessons From the End of Free College in England

The English experience suggests that making college free is hardly the only way to increase quantity, quality, and equity in higher education.

Boosting Hispanic College Completion

Does high-school recruiting help more students graduate?

What We’re Watching: Improving Federal Student Aid

Earlier this week, Matt Chingos testified at a hearing on “Improving Federal Student Aid to Better Meet the Needs of Students” before the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development.”

Universities Gone Innovating

Higher education is capable of innovating, but each institution will have to figure out what is right for its circumstance.

Don’t Forget Private, Non-Profit Colleges

The private, non-profit sector may be in a position to contribute even more to the nation’s educational attainment and economic mobility than it currently does.

Reforming Remediation

College students mainstreamed into statistics are more likely to succeed

Opposing Perspectives on Student Debt

Is the college loan crisis reality or myth?

A New Path to a College Degree

Match Beyond helps low-income students succeed

As Cuomo Proposal Rekindles Free College Movement, New Research Provides Ammunition for Skeptics

Is free tuition the most effective use of additional funds for higher education?

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.

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