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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 »
A persistent problem with trying to analyze higher education is a lack of information about student financial resources. Fortunately, IPEDS has recently started to release some to this information. It’s not perfect, as it only counts “full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who received Title IV federal student aid,” but itContinue Reading »
Recently, I was at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia looking at the half-sun carved into the back of George Washington’s armchair. According to the tour guide, during the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin wondered aloud if the design depicted the sun as rising or setting, seeing it as a metaphor for the fate of the nation. Because one cannot tell whether the image reprContinue Reading »
It is well known that on average, college graduates earn more than non-college graduates. The two dominant theories to explain this are the human capital and the signaling theories.
Here’s the most extreme form of the human capital theory: students enter college as blank slates and the education they receive makes them more productive. This higher productivity leads to higher wages, so Continue Reading »
Last week, Capella University President Scott Kinney wrote a piece in Inside Higher Education encouraging the U.S. Education Department to make available data it collected initially for the now much-in-doubt gainful employment regulation that would allow universities to examine the earnings data of their graduates by degree area. A few weeks before, the Washington Post ran a story on how VirgiContinue Reading »