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
Colleges need to be ready for a world in which considering race in college admissions is no longer legal.
There is a fundamental mismatch between what accreditors value and what external actors want.
Bridget Terry Long, recently named dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, on the strengths and opportunities of HGSE and what she hopes to accomplish in the role.
Differences in student and family background characteristics can account for about half of the black-white gap in default rates on student loans.
EdStat: Seven Regional Accreditors were Responsible for Accrediting More Than 80% of the Public and Private Nonprofit Colleges in the United States as of 2012–2013
Higher-education institutions have to stay accredited for their students to be able to use federal subsidies to pay for college.
EdStat: Between 2010 and 2016, NACIQI Identified Compliance Issues with 80% of the Accreditors Requesting a Status Renewal
Critics have observed that NACIQI and the U.S. Department of Education rarely hold accreditors accountable for their outcomes.
A higher-education institution has to participate in an accreditation review every five to ten years to stay accredited.
EdStat: As of 2012-2013, Seven Regional Accreditors Collectively Oversaw the Colleges that Enrolled Over 90% of All U.S. College Students
Over the course of 200 years, accreditors transformed from voluntary college associations into the gatekeepers for billions of dollars of public aid.
As the rising costs of tuition and fees outpace increases in financial aid and student debt skyrockets, there has never been a more critical time to bring innovation to our higher education system.
EdStat: Total State and Local Spending on Higher Education Increased by 13.5 Percent (in Inflation-Adjusted Terms) from 1987 to 2015 Nationwide
The student population increased far more rapidly than state spending during the same period of time.