A Benchmark for Making College Affordable

The Rule of 10

August 19, 2015

The Affordability Benchmark for Higher Education helps to define a clear and common understanding of what “affordable” means to students and families.

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Good Jobs are Back

College Graduates are First in Line

August 14, 2015

The findings show that since 2010, the economy has produced 6.6 million employment opportunities. Out of these career opportunities, 2.9 million are considered good jobs. The key finding revealed that 2.8 million good jobs went to college graduates.

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Familiarity with Financial Aid

2015 College Decisions Survey: Part III

July 29, 2015

What forms of financial aid are prospective students familiar with? And what sorts of student aid do they expect to get? This policy brief attempts to answer these questions using new survey data. It looks at students’ familiarity with various types of student aid, such as scholarships, grants, loans, and tax credits. It also analyzes prospective students’ expectations about which types of aid they believe they’ll receive.

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Rethinking Credentialing

Quick Hits

July 28, 2015

A new, less confusing postsecondary education credentialing system could provide tangible benefits for students, workers, and employers, contends this working paper from the Center for Education Attainment and Innovation.

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Fact Sheet: Focusing Higher Education on Student Success

State-by-state data

July 27, 2015

Students who take out college loans but don’t graduate are three times more likely to default than borrowers who complete their degree, according to new state-by-state data from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Race, Class & College Access

Achieving Diversity in a Shifting Legal Landscape

July 24, 2015

A recent study from the American Council on Education takes an in-depth look at how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions are influencing admissions practices at selective colleges and universities around the country.

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The Path Least Taken II

Preparing non-college goers for success

July 23, 2015

The knowledge and skills that students acquire in high school are just as important for non-college goers as for college goers, says this report from the Center for Public Education. According to the study, training that leads to a professional license along with a strong academic high school program can translate into positive economic and social outcomes for young adults.

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Delivering Early Information About College Financial Aid

Exploring the Options for Middle School Students

July 15, 2015

A report from Urban Institute urges policymakers to find better ways of getting the word out about financial aid, to make contact with families while their children are young, and to personalize the information being provided.

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Indiana College Completion Report 2015

July 15, 2015

The number of Hoosiers earning bachelor’s degrees in four years or less has increased by nearly seven percent in the past five years, according to a new report from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The report also shows small gains in on-time completion for students earning associate degrees, as well as improvement in every demographic group.

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Economic Costs of Youth Disadvantage

and High-Return Opportunities for Change

July 15, 2015

Millions of youth face persistent gaps in opportunity that prevent them from reaching their potential and contributing fully to their communities and the economy, says this report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers. The study focuses on the disparities in education, exposure to the criminal justice system, and employment that persist between young men of color and other Americans.

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