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One section of the National Center for Education Statistics’ newly released Projections of Education Statistics to 2022 homes in on enrollment in higher education. This piece of the 41st edition of NCES’ annual forecast of future trends in important education indicators is a virtual storehouse of information about enrollments in the nation’s colleges and universities since 1997 and a guide to wContinue Reading »
The Department of Education held a technical symposium last week to discuss what kind of data and analysis the federal government should use for President Obama’s accessibility, affordability, and outcomes rating for U.S. colleges (Official title: Postsecondary Institution Rating System).
Three key takeaways from the meeting:
First, the current higher education data infrastructurContinue Reading »
Parents and students want to know: Who or what is to blame for the skyrocketing (up 50 percent in 10 years) cost of a college education? Some blame faculty salaries, cuts in state aid, or excessive spending. But “Administrative Bloat”— a flurry of new vice presidents, provosts, deans, and other professional workers – has been a target high on everyone’s list.
New analysis from AIR’s DelContinue Reading »
President Obama announced in August that the Department of Education would be creating the Postsecondary Institution Rating System (PIRS), a new college-rating system. The Department issued a request for information on how to design and implement the PIRS. This Blog Special Analysis is adapted from the comments we plan to submit.
Education Sector@AIR has put together a prototype of what Continue Reading »
A decade ago, the U.S. Department of Education began reporting “Student Right To Know” graduation rates for America’s colleges and universities. While this federally mandated measure is flawed—covering only full-time, first-time, beginning students and focused on a six-year window for graduation—it still captures the completion statistics of one of the nation’s largest groups of students. And tContinue Reading »
The 2011–12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study recently released by the Department of Education is full of interesting details about who receives aid and how much they get. One clear conclusion from the data is that the targeting of two important federal financial aid programs occasionally misses the mark.
Pell grants and subsidized student loans are designed for students from low-Continue Reading »
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 »
Stereotypes are dangerous—they hurt, they mislead and they ultimately diminish us all. When whole groups are stereotyped, prejudices that damage the social and educational fabric result. This problem is evident when women and minorities are stereotyped in the science, technology, engineering and math fields known as STEM. The challenge of enrolling and graduating more women and minorities in SContinue 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 »
Tenure in higher education is a sacred cow. Jobs for life (with no mandatory retirement) we are told are the backbone of academic freedom, original research, and high level teaching.
Yet, we see that the ranks of the permanently employed are thinning: according to a new study by National Bureau of Economic Research, in 1975 57% of all higher education faculty were in the tenure system; bContinue Reading »