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Stay sharp. Check out this graphic on the anatomy of a number 2 pencil and the history behind it. (The New York Times)
Nerd alert. Harvard and Princeton battled it out on Twitter with math equations. The two Ivy League schools each posted long-winded equations to solve and were good sports to each other—Princeton tweeted Harvard saying to show work and have a good weekend. (Huffington PContinue Reading »
Taking on responsibility. The 2013 College Student Pulse done by Citi and Seventeen magazine found that while most students are responsible for their own college expenses, parents are still footing their cell phone bills. Money-related issues are on the top of the list of concerns students have, and most of them were surprised at how much college costs. (Business Wire)
The fight to fix hContinue Reading »
Our new study, In Debt and In the Dark: It’s Time for Better Information on Student Loan Defaults, made two main points. First, we should improve the way we use default rates to hold colleges accountable by comparing expected to actual default rates rather than having a single cutoff that applies to all colleges (See a short synopsis).
The second point was that default rates are a great Continue Reading »
More than “remember” and “tell”. More critical thinking will be required of students in preparation for success on the new Common Core assessments. Mindless multiple choice is being replaced with essay questions and the requirement that students explain and justify their answers. How will new curriculums look different from the old ones? (The Journal)
A one-year fix. Lawmakers are tentatContinue Reading »
At colleges and universities across the country, the class of 2013 is leaving campus with more than just a diploma in hand. The average debt of this year’s college graduates is $30,000, a number that has doubled in the past 20 years, even after adjusting for inflation, according to Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of FinAid and FastWeb, two student-aid websites.
The problem is that while studeContinue Reading »
Advanced placement. New Mexico received $1 million to promote AP classes among Hispanic and American Indian students. This year, less than half of graduating seniors statewide enrolled in an AP class. (ABQ Journal)
Mining through college. University of Alaska Southeast’s Center for Mine Training is expecting 150 students next year for their certification and associate degree program. MinContinue Reading »
“Extremely suspect accounting.” The profits made by student loans is “more fiction than fact.” Andrew Kelly explains. (The Atlantic)
Where’s the money? Administrative positions seem to be the next financial leech in higher ed, but the analysis shouldn’t stop there, writes Matthew Yglesias. (Money Box)
Quieting the Dance of the Lemons. In 2011-12, Los Angeles Unified School DistricContinue Reading »
The details of the president’s higher education budget are pretty vague at this point, but from what they’ve released so far, here is the good and bad.
“Makes Student Loan Interest Rates More Market-Based… The rate on new loans would be set each year based on a market interest rate.”
Determining what the interest rate on studContinue Reading »
Jeff Selingo’s post the other day was a good reminder of how much vital information about student debt we lack, notwithstanding the huge public attention that’s been paid to rising student borrowing in recent years. Both families and policymakers seeking to understand federal student loans and parental PLUS loans need much more fine-grained information about debt levels, default rates, and the Continue Reading »
For the last several months, we’ve seen the results of more than a dozen studies to remake the federal student aid system, part of the Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The idea behind the effort is to seed ideas for the future of financial aid in advance of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
The reports include mContinue Reading »