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Ever since the White House introduced its College Scorecard, critics have emerged from every corner (including my colleague Jeff Selingo on this blog yesterday). The Scorecard is incomplete and does not evaluate the proper measures, we are told. Selecting a university and judging quality based on five variables limits and insults what a college education is all about. The data is too general anContinue Reading »
Uneven opportunity. A new College Board report shows that while thousands more students are taking (and passing) Advanced Placement exams, those opportunities vary depending on location and race. (USA Today)
“College is an inside game.” A San Jose charter school seeks to teach “college as a second language,” helping first generation students navigate the logistics—as well as the academicContinue Reading »
Best edu-tweet from last night’s State of the Union? @smarick: PreK, high schools, CTE, and higher ed get big attention. K-8: the Jan Brady of this year’s SOTU. (Twitter)
When does a policy start? “The point is that a counter-intuitive idea—that policy effects can occur before a policy is adopted—must be taken seriously,” writes Tom Loveless. It’s something to consider for implemenContinue Reading »
How much attention will education get in tonight’s State of the Union? In President Obama’s past addresses, education has totaled 4 percent (in 2010) to 17 percent (in 2011) of the entire text. (American Enterprise Institute)
Gaming the system. When a professor at Johns Hopkins University said he would grade students on a curve (the highest score on the final would receive a 100 percent,Continue Reading »
There are currently 37 million adults who have some college but no degree. Many of them, for one reason or another, have dropped out of college and have been working for years. But they are being left behind in an economy that increasingly demands skilled and credentialed workers. As President Obama described in his State of the Union address, growing industries in science and technology havContinue Reading »
In the State of the Union and again in a speech at the University of Michigan last Friday, President Obama laid out a new higher education agenda. As I wrote at The New Republic, it’s an ambitious and welcome plan that’s important less for what policies are likely to pass Congress in an election year (few) and more for setting the parameters of future debate. Naturally, the higher eContinue Reading »
Good news for those of us who can’t wait until 9:45 this morning to hear the details of the President’s plan to put colleges “on notice”—we don’t have to. In the wee hours of the morning, the New York Times posted an article previewing the college affordability speech the President will give at the University of Michigan. There’s a lot in here—and the President will need Congress to help make iContinue Reading »
In his State of the Union Speech last night, President Obama proposed reducing the interest rate on federally subsidized student loans in the 2013 fiscal year, expanding the Federal Work Study program, making the American Opportunity Tax Credit permanent, and pressuring colleges to curb tuition growth.
But he made no mention of Pell Grants.
In pointing out this omission, we’re notContinue Reading »
President Obama’s State of the Union included seven minutes on education. So here’s seven responses to his speech, courtesy of the edu blogosphere (and in no particular order):
Dana Goldstein says she was “underwhelmed” by the President’s address, but she discusses his proposal to bump the dropout age to 18.
Alyson Klein at Education Week provides thoContinue Reading »
Given the increasing attention being paid by the President, Vice President, and Secretary of Education to college costs, we expected to hear something about it in the State of the Union. The question was whether the President would just continue to use his bully pulpit to implore institutions and states to keep costs down or whether heContinue Reading »