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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 »
While President Obama’s new higher ed proposals have generated considerable commentary, much of it seems to be missing two key points.
The first is admittedly based on my reading of the proposal thus far, and I grant that the proposal is vague enough that you can read pretty much whatever you want into it. Most of the commentary compares the new ratings system to U.S. News & World 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 »
Along with death and taxes, it has often seemed like rising tuition is an unpleasant reality that we have no choice but to come to terms with. But perhaps rising tuition isn’t inevitable.
While not many people have noticed, tuition has been falling at for-profit colleges. The graph below uses data from the Digest of Education Statistics and shows that after adjusting for inflation, tuitiContinue Reading »
Even a casual reader of education news coverage is sure to come across brouhahas involving the fast-growing, for-profit higher education sector nearly every day. In the past week alone, we’ve read about several developments:Protests among some alumni and board members about the Thunderbird School of Management’s recently announced alliance with global for-profit Laureate Education, Inc. FContinue Reading »