New non-degree programs skip the general education requirements
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.
Despite their toxic reputation, student loans help recipients earn better grades, take more classes, and graduate sooner, a new study finds.
Evidence on student loan debt and community college attainment
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.
When parents enter postsecondary education, they meet a system that isn’t designed with them in mind.
A second chance to innovate, amid tough market conditions
The Northeast is expected to be the hardest hit, but demand for spots in elite institutions is not expected to decline.
Strengthening college readiness at the California State Universities
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.”
Several universities are putting free Amazon Echo Dot devices in student dorm rooms to help students more easily access information about their schools.
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.
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?
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.
When it comes to analyzing completion rates for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it is important to address several measurement challenges.
Financial pressures and declining enrollment may lead to more closures