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This blog post is based on an Oct. 14 AIR response to a National Journal Education Insiders blog.
Of all the talks that parents should have with their children, a frank conversation about college costs and debt should be the least uncomfortable. But after years of dropping not-so-subtle hints about college’s importance, many parents are hesitant to admit they didn’t mean “any” college—thContinue Reading »
This is the second of two posts about U.S. teens’ results on a recent international assessment of financial literacy.
Every three years, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) releases the results for the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an international assessment of math, science and reading literacy of 15-year-olds. In the latest PISA admiContinue Reading »
While the Department of Education works through the summer to have the President’s college rating system ready by early fall, many rising high school juniors and seniors (and their parents) are touring colleges and poring over the Department’s College Navigator and College Scorecard to see how the schools that have made their short lists stack up against one another and national averages.<Continue Reading »
This is the season when many high school seniors have their college admission and financial aid offers in hand. Now, the cost of attending college becomes real—at least for the first year–because most students are only given dollar figures for the coming year, not what their costs might be in their sophomore, junior, or senior years.
According to an analysis of U.S. Department of EContinue Reading »
Earlier this month the Lumina Foundation’s annual Stronger Nation report noted that in 2013 the number of Americans ages 25 to 64 with “some college, no degree” rose about one quarter of 1 percent to an estimated 36.4 million.
That figure is especially important to the Adult College Completion Network (ACCN), which has set a goal of no more than 35.5 million “some college, no degree” aduContinue Reading »
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Congressman Tom Petri (R-Wisconsin) last week introduced the Investing in Student Success Act to encourage the development of Income Share Agreements (ISAs).
Writing in the National Journal’s Education Insiders blog, Fawn Johnson explained ISAs this way: “The bill would create a legal framework under which the student can agree to give the investor a pContinue 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 »
When a college student applies for federal financial aid, the government calculates that student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), a measure of how much the government thinks the student and his or her family can afford to pay for college. But when it calculates what that student’s parents can borrow through the federal Parent PLUS program, the government ignores its own calculation. ParentContinue Reading »
For the higher education community, the hottest ticket in town was President Obama’s invitation to the December 11 meeting aimed at helping lower-income students succeed in college. The event was postponed so Mr. Obama could attend Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa and has since been rescheduled for January 16. Next week’s meeting is a key ingredient in what the President has caContinue Reading »