Common Core Goes to College

A policy brief from the New America Foundation urges colleges and universities to enhance their support of the Common Core State Standards and collaborate more closely with public schools to determine what it means to be “college ready.” According to the report, colleges have not adjusted their admissions, financial aid, remedial education, and teacher preparation policies to effectively align with the standards. More »


A Cure for Remedial Reporting Chaos

A new report from the Education Commission of the States analyzes how states identify, track, and report the number of students referred to remedial instruction in postsecondary school. Among the report’s conclusions: A lack of consistency exists across states on how remediation is measured and reported. More »


Breaking with Tradition

Breaking with Tradition from the New America Foundation makes the case for why federal student grant programs need to be better tailored to the increasingly large group of students who are older, balancing family and work commitments with academics, and likely to be at a greater risk of non-completion due to attending part time, being academically underprepared, or other issues. More »


College Persistence & First-Time Students

The percentage of first-time U.S. students who return to college for a second year has dropped 1.2 percentage points between 2009 and 2012 from 69.9 to 68.7 percent, according to a report from the National Student Clearinghouse. More »


Still Searching: Job Vacancies and STEM Skills

Workers with skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics play a key role in driving innovation and economic growth. This report from Brookings Institution finds that skills common to STEM occupations are in short supply relative to demand. Meanwhile, job seekers possessing neither STEM knowledge nor higher education face stiff competition for a scarce number of jobs, the report says. More »

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What Is the Real Cost of College in California?

The increasing time it takes to graduate from college in California is adding significant costs on students, families, and taxpayers, says a report from the Campaign for College Opportunity. Both reports call for reducing the number of years it takes for students to earn a degree to decrease costs and increase capacity at California’s public college and universities. More »

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Performance Funding at MSIs

More states are funding higher education institutions based on their performance or outcomes instead of relying solely on student enrollment to determine funding formulas. This report from the Southern Education Foundation discusses the implications of performance funding models for campuses with unique missions and/or student populations like Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). More »

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