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Online learning has become a permanent fixture of our system of higher education. Yet, public colleges and universities, which educate the vast majority of college students, have been visibly slow to embrace it. Many of these institutions were founded with a mission to serve their citizens, including those unable to attend in residence. Yet even as the technological means to achieve this goal Continue Reading »
For many students, the excitement of opening an acceptance letter is quickly overshadowed with anxiety over how to pay for their education. Colleges try to allay the concerns of students and their families with another letter, one that details the student’s financial aid award. This letter explains the financial aid students will receive and shows how much they will be expected to pay upfront—Continue Reading »
The last couple of years, I received a nice refund check from the federal government. I was a full-time grad student for most of last year, working two jobs, and using student loans to cover my expenses. Last year, I was able to take the full $2,500 Student Loan Interest Deduction. I got an even bigger refund in 2010 because I qualified for the Lifetime Learning Credit. But the more I lContinue Reading »
Representative Virginia Foxx (R – N.C.) has no patience for students who whine about their student loan debt. After all, she was able to work her way through college without taking on a single penny of debt. According to Foxx, “We live in an opportunity society… You don’t sit on your butt and have it dumped in your lap.” Thank goodness we have someone like Foxx who is willing to pContinue Reading »
I just might have to pinch myself. One of my dreams for higher education looks like it is actually going to come true. On Wednesday, the Department of Education released an action plan to enhance postsecondary graduation rate data. If you’re not excited about this, you should be. For years, we’ve been using incomplete—woefully incomplete—completion data. And yet policymakers and researcContinue Reading »
Today the College Board launched a new resource, BigFuture, meant to help students make better decisions about college. Where the government’s College Navigator provides an overwhelming dashboard of mind-numbing statistics on institutions with (seemingly) little attention paid to user-friendliness, BigFuture draws you in with savvy graphics and a heavy-hitting quote:
Your big fuContinue Reading »
In honor of Pi Day we have polled everyone here at Education Sector about their favorite pie. Except for the one person who professes to “hate” pie (something the rest of us cannot fathom), we have a total of 13 different favorite pies. Clearly, we are an organization made up of strong- and independent-minded thinkers (and eaters).
What’s your favorite pie? And moContinue Reading »
Everyone, including President Obama, has March Madness fever. Here at Education Sector, we too have been hard at work completing our own bracket.
In past years, we have used the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rates, or GSRs, to determine our bracket. This year, we’re changing it up. Given that student loan debt has all but taken over the higher education conversation in recent months, fContinue Reading »
Things are so bad with California’s financing of its public higher education that Harvard now costs less than Cal State East Bay for some students. This leaves students only one choice: to pack their bags and head to Cambridge in the fall. But first, all they have to do is get accepted. While HarContinue Reading »
While the academy has been arguing about the carrots and sticks of President Obama’s higher education reform package, little attention has been paid to what The Atlantic refers to as the “magnifying glass”—the proposed “College Scorecard” and “Financial Aid Shopping Sheet”. This is partly because a magnifying glass of sorts already exists. Over the past couple of years, the government has madeContinue Reading »