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The U.S. Department of Education’s Degrees of Debt study, released last week, examines data on student borrowing and loan repayment for students one year after graduating in 1994, 2001, and 2009. For me, the most interesting findings included:
From 1992-93 to 2007-08…The proportion of bachelor’s degrees recipients with student loan debt increased from 49 percent to 66 percent (figuContinue Reading »
In The Missing “One-Offs”: The Hidden Supply of High-Achieving, Low Income Students, Caroline M. Hoxby and Christopher Avery revealed that many high-ability, low-income students aren’t attending top colleges, undermining the notion that higher education is as meritocratic as some claim. U.S. News & World Report’s* recent college rankings provide further proof to substantiate this point.Continue Reading »
President Obama is on fire to make higher education more available at a reasonable cost to more Americans. Addressing the faculty and students at the University of Buffalo on Thursday, he made a convincing case that unless higher education wakes up to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century we will find ourselves uncompetitive and increasingly vulnerable economically and socially.<Continue Reading »
The sad and sorry saga of income based repayment (IBR) continues. In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jason Delisle and Alex Holt document the latest scandal, excerpts here:
“One of the nation’s leading law schools is exploiting a huge loophole in federal financial-aid law, and taxpayers are clearly on the losing side. If other schools catch on, the reContinue Reading »
President Obama unveiled a new plan to make college more affordable today. A key piece is a new ratings system that will help determine federal funding for colleges.
“To identify colleges for providing the best value and encourage all colleges to improve, President Obama is directing the Department of Education to develop and publish a new college ratings systContinue Reading »
Last Wednesday, the New York City Department of Education released its study of teacher education programs in the New York metropolitan area. The basic message: College and university teacher education programs are more alike than different—and overall, the results are not reassuring. I think I know some of the reasons why.
But first a quick look at the department’s findings. Using data Continue Reading »
Last week we looked at which accreditors had the most lenient standards (by one measure anyway) for four-year colleges. Today, we’ll look at the same question for two-year colleges.
We identified two-year colleges with possibly loose graduation requirements (colleges with a much higher default rate than we would expect based on their graduation rate*) and tallied the number of such colleContinue Reading »
Much of the talk about online education over the past year has been dominated by Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). In just a little more than a year, MOOC providers like Coursera have attracted more than 2 million students to 200 courses from several dozen university partners.
If you take a look at the list of universities that have partnered with Coursera, it reads like a Who’s Who oContinue Reading »
While the media continues to swoon over MOOCs, the most important story in higher education has gone less noticed—the financial box in which most college presidents in the United States find themselves today. And it seems there is little most of them can do to escape it.
On Friday, the Wall Street Journal ran an excellent article on Loyola University in New Orleans. Despite its proud hisContinue Reading »
Robert Kelchin brought our attention to a nice data visualization on default rates at Around Learning. Go check it out. On the last graph, you can look at default rates by accreditor, which prompted me to add accreditor information to our database.
Earlier this month we looked at which colleges may have had loose graduation standards by identifying colleges with a much higher default ratContinue Reading »