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Only about half of the nation’s college students earn a “four-year” bachelor’s degree within six years. This personal defeat for the many students who fail to graduate is a double whammy since so many also take out student loans without ever reaping the financial rewards that go along with graduating. Given persistent failure rates and mounting student debt, how prepared students are to enter and suContinue Reading »
For the last five years, Arizona State University and the education investment firm GSV Advisors have held an education innovation summit, bringing together investors and companies (ranging from small struggling startups through big dogs) to discuss trends in education, display innovative products, and, quite frankly, to do deals. This year’s summit was in Phoenix in late April. While much of the vaContinue Reading »
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 where Continue Reading »
As many new governors and state school officers prepare to take the helm in 2015, state leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to lay out a bold vision for ensuring that all students – regardless of zip code and background – have equitable access to great teachers and leaders. Today, the Department of Education released Frequently Asked Questions about requirements states must follow to submContinue Reading »
No matter what side you’re on in the battle over standards, testing, school choice, or teacher tenure, everybody agrees that kids must leave high school ready for college and careers.
State leaders are giving this commitment a lot of thought and are working to define what “college and career ready” means for their students. So far, 36 states and the District of Columbia have working defiContinue 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 »
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 »
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 »
President Obama announced in August that the Department of Education would be creating the Postsecondary Institution Rating System (PIRS), a new rating system for colleges. The Department of Education issued a request for ideas on how to design and implement the PIRS. This series of blogs posts is adapted from the comment we plan to submit. Last week, we presented our recommendations for the neContinue 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 paper released recently by the Community College Research Center reminds the champions of MOOCs and other online initiatives of one very important detail: Not all students prefer an online education; many higher education students still want in-person discussions and on-the-spot feedback.
But that’s not to say it will stay that way.
The CCRC paper is based on a small survey of cContinue Reading »
The bad news continues for Erie, Pa.
I wrote about this lakeside city last year, detailing failed efforts to establish a community college in the town formerly known for its manufacturing prowess. While a lot of those industrial jobs moved abroad, the ones that are left are more technical, requiring credentials and training beyond high school. Without a community college, Erie workers onContinue Reading »
Deep Springs College has intrigued me ever since I first read about the singular institution in a mass-mailing sent to me as a high school student. The tiny, all-male, two-year college is located on a cattle ranch and alfalfa farm in an isolated valley in California’s high desert. The 26 hand-picked students at Deep Springs study great books, work on the ranch, and govern the institution to a sContinue Reading »
Over at Ed Money Watch, Clare McCann argues logically enough that a loophole in the 90/10 rule should be closed. In case you don’t keep up to date on all the latest in arcane higher ed rules, the 90/10 rule “requires for-profit colleges to get no more than 90%of their revenues from Title IV federal student aid.”
The basic idea was to ensure that students pay something—they’ll be more dilContinue Reading »
The new data on federal financial aid recipients that we explored last week continues to yield new insight. Recall that the data is not perfect, as incomes are counted only for “full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who received Title IV federal student aid,” so many students are not included. Nevertheless, the data coverContinue 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »