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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 »
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 »
The Department of Education released Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance in 2012-13; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred, 2011-12; and 12-Month Enrollment, 2011-12, part of their “First Look” series that “provides users with an opportunity to obtain access to IPEDS data soon after the close of data collection.” A few points of interest:Tuition continued to climb at public andContinue Reading »
A few days ago a friend of mine from college sent me a link to a new study issued by PayScale. The study evaluates all colleges and universities around the country based on the return on investment (ROI) graduates realized over 30 years. Our alma mater, Claremont McKenna, finished 11th on the list, and my friend was justifiably pleased the $120,000 it cost 15 years ago would, on average, be viContinue Reading »
One of the more popular predictions about the future of higher education is that hundreds of colleges will go out of business in the next decade, victims of the current economic crisis and an unsustainable financial model.
Perhaps there will be fewer small colleges, with some closing and others merging. More than half of American colleges and universities—some 2,500 institutions—enroll fContinue Reading »
Our first regular Higher Ed Data Central post gets a bit wonky (but don’t worry they won’t all get this deep into the weeds).
Previously, we posted a graph showing the number of highly compensated administrators per 1,000 students as compared with tuition. Over at the Pearson blog, Kristen DiCerbo suggested using a logarithmic curve instead. In fact, she even rewrote the code to add the Continue Reading »
The fourth capability of Education Sector’s new Higher Ed Data Central that we would like to highlight (see links for the first, second, and third capabilities) is the ability to combine data from different databases. For example, merging U.S. News and World Report college rankings with Department of Education IPEDS data allows us to investigate various relationships, such as the chart below shContinue Reading »
In case you missed this higher ed news nugget, the number of students worldwide enrolled in post-secondary institutions outside their home countries rose to a remarkable 4.1 million in 2010. That’s up from 2 million globally mobile students just a decade earlier, and 0.8 million as recently as 1975, according to the annual Education at a Glance report released last week by the Organization for Continue Reading »
By definition, community colleges are hyper-local institutions that aim to serve and support their local workforce. Some community colleges do that by training more welders and machinists; others produce more healthcare assistants, like dental hygienists; and still others mainly serve to funnel students to nearby four-year universities.
Given the diversity among missions, should these twContinue 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 »