Community Colleges and Career Education

New non-degree programs skip the general education requirements

The EdNext Podcast: Connecting Student Loans to Community College Attainment

As college costs rise, some see cause for alarm in rising levels of student loan debt. However, a new study finds that students who take out loans do better in school. Lesley Turner joins Marty West to discuss that new study, “The Benefits of Borrowing: Evidence on student loan debt and community college attainment,” which she co-authored with Benjamin M. Marx.

In the News: Study Cites the Benefits of Taking Student Loans

Despite their toxic reputation, student loans help recipients earn better grades, take more classes, and graduate sooner, a new study finds.

The Benefits of Borrowing

Evidence on student loan debt and community college attainment

The Education Exchange: Lowering College Costs by Offering Credits for Free

Steve Klinksy, founder and CEO of Modern States Education Alliance, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to explain how the organization is able to provide an on-ramp to college with its “Freshman Year for Free” program.

Amid College Success Push, The U.S. Overlooks The Fact That One In Four Students Are Parents

When parents enter postsecondary education, they meet a system that isn’t designed with them in mind.

Can For-Profit Colleges Rebound?

A second chance to innovate, amid tough market conditions

In the News: College Students Predicted to Fall by More Than 15% After the Year 2025

The Northeast is expected to be the hardest hit, but demand for spots in elite institutions is not expected to decline.

High Expectations Demand High Support

Strengthening college readiness at the California State Universities

EdNext Podcast: Are Private Colleges At Risk?

Private colleges currently enroll 30 percent of students attending four-year colleges, but they face declining enrollment and mounting deficits. Is a crisis on the horizon? Stephen Eide, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins Education Next editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his article “Private Colleges in Peril.”

In the News: Alexa, What’s the Deal With You, Anyway?

Several universities are putting free Amazon Echo Dot devices in student dorm rooms to help students more easily access information about their schools.

In the News: New England’s Smallest Colleges Are Struggling

A review of financial conditions at New England’s small private colleges finds that tuition revenue is failing to keep up with expenses at more than half the schools.

EdStat: A New Version of the HEA Would Cut the “90/10” Rule, which Requires Colleges to Raise a Minimum of 10 Percent of their Revenues from Sources Other than Federal Financial Aid

As part of our Fall 2018 forum, Kevin Carey discusses rethinking the rules on higher-ed spending.

Rethinking the Rules on Federal Higher-Ed Spending

How can Congress spur innovation while clamping down on fraud?

Change the Rules to Unleash Innovation

Although federal spending on higher education has expanded access, it has also had an unintended effect.

Strong Hand of Regulation Protects Students

Lawmakers charged with writing a new Higher Education Act (HEA) face a dilemma.

EdStat: Every Year, the Federal Government Spends More than $100 Billion on Higher Education, Mainly in the Form of Grants and Subsidized Loans to Students

As part of our Fall 2018 forum, Michael B. Horn and Alana Dunagan discuss rethinking the rules on higher-ed spending.

EdStat: 10 States Will Have at Least 20 Percent Fewer High-School Graduates in the Pipeline by 2030

Raw population numbers are what matter most in predicting future demand for postsecondary education.

EdStat: The Private Nonprofit Sector Enrolls About 30 Percent of All Students Attending Four-Year Colleges

How will the fiscal crisis impact this sector? And what kind of higher-education system do we want?

Accreditation’s Insidious Impact on Higher Education Innovation

While Washington, D.C. slams accreditors for not holding colleges and universities accountable for their student outcomes, the more insidious failure of accreditation is the stifling effect on innovation at existing institutions.

EdStat: Of the 30 Percent of Undergraduate Students Who Did Not Apply for Federal Student Aid in 2011-12, Roughly a Third were Likely Eligible for Pell Grants

For the purpose of awarding need-based aid, what matters most is increasing financial aid applications among those most likely to be eligible for financial aid.

EdStat: School Districts with Higher Child Poverty Levels Have Lower FAFSA Completion Rates—About 3 Percentage Points for Every 10-Percentage-Point Difference in the Child Poverty Rate

Students in relatively affluent districts are more likely to have access to the one-on-one assistance that helps students submit the FAFSA, enroll in college, and receive more financial aid.

EdStat: 124 Four-Year Private Nonprofit Colleges have Closed in the Past 25 Years, According to Data from the National Center for Education Statistics

Many higher-education experts are concerned that more closures may be looming.

FAFSA Completion Rates Matter: But Mind the Data

When it comes to analyzing completion rates for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it is important to address several measurement challenges.

Private Colleges in Peril

Financial pressures and declining enrollment may lead to more closures

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