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Higher education policy wonks in Washington are preoccupied with revising federal student financial aid policy in the next higher education reauthorization. And why shouldn’t they be? Financial aid is overly complicated for students and families and it is burdensome for institutions.
Largely in response to the Gates-commissioned initiative to jump-start a needed conversation, many proposContinue Reading »
In my last blog post, I discussed how higher education is like the half-sun carved into George Washington’s chair at the National Constitution Center. I wondered whether it was dawning a new, Golden Age or fading into the twilight.
One way to ensure that higher education will continue to be a rising sun is to provide better information about how to target public subsidies through studentContinue Reading »
Recently, I was at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia looking at the half-sun carved into the back of George Washington’s armchair. According to the tour guide, during the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin wondered aloud if the design depicted the sun as rising or setting, seeing it as a metaphor for the fate of the nation. Because one cannot tell whether the image reprContinue Reading »
An unusual organization of policy leaders has joined the chorus for higher education reform. Chief state budget officers rarely speak collectively or publicly about higher education—instead focusing on state revenue issues, adjusting budgets in light of revenue surpluses (a rare event of late) or shortfalls, and enacting a budget.
But in a recent report, these state officials spoke out oContinue Reading »
As researchers and state governments rush to link workforce and postsecondary data on academic programs to the salaries of college graduates, let’s pause and ask what we really need to know. Measuring entry-level salaries or salaries five or six years after graduates are in the workforce provides limited information about the quality of higher education (and anyway, the databases for this undeContinue Reading »
College affordability is a problem that can be solved. Recent reports show many ideas to improve or solve college affordability. The most promising ideas promote strategic use of federal aid focused on financial need and partnerships with states to expand state, need-based financial aid programs and increase state investment in higher education. Sensible ideas about income-contingent loan repayContinue Reading »
Evidence shows that the value of postsecondary degrees remains strong, but it is just unaffordable for many students and their families. Given that evidence, what could be done to encourage more students to enroll in and succeed in higher education? Certainly better preparation in high school is important. Equally important is making higher education affordable. In response to economic pressureContinue Reading »
The United States loses too many students between high school and college. Even students who have successfully completed the college preparatory curriculum still find themselves taking remedial classes for math or English Language Arts upon entering college. About half of those entering community colleges and 20 percent entering four-year universities are channeled into remedial courses becauseContinue Reading »
It has been a long time since there was a clarion call for higher education. The GI Bill was likely the last national call of symbolism and significance. The country, drawn out of a depression from the war, was reluctant once again to risk high unemployment as hundreds of thousands of GIs returned home. A bold and untested idea was put into action, making it possible for the returning soldiers Continue Reading »
An annual fall ritual in higher education is the release of two reports by the College Board: one about trends in college pricing, the other about trends in student aid. If you are interested in the question “How much does college cost for students and families?” these reports will bombard you with numbers, definitions, estimates, and endless qualifiers. The most important message Continue Reading »