High Costs, Uncertain Benefits

What Do Americans Without a College Degree Think About Postsecondary Education?

May 4, 2015

When it comes to higher education and workforce development, governors and state policymakers are actively searching for reforms that will increase their stock of human capital without breaking the bank. What policies should they pursue and what pitfalls should they avoid? This issue brief from the American Enterprise Institute attempts to answer those questions with a list of dos and don’ts to encourage higher education reform.

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Beyond College Rankings

A Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two- and Four-Year Schools

April 24, 2015

A new report from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program explores the “value-added” of two- and four-year colleges in the United States. Unlike many previous measures of college performance, the report’s “value-added” approach accounts for the difference in the expected economic success of alumni and the actual outcomes of graduates.

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The Role of Business in Promoting Educational Attainment

A National Imperative

April 22, 2015

Highlights how companies in Detroit, Memphis, New York City, and Miami are helping employees advance their education. Features practices to increasing workers' education, such as partnerships between companies and colleges, collaborations with local governments and economic development organizations, and internal company initiatives.

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Redesigning State Financial Aid

Principles to guide state aid policymaking

April 20, 2015

This report from the Education Commission of the States calls on states to make financial aid systems more goal-driven and data-informed, timely and flexible, and inclusive of all students—adult and traditional, part-time and full-time, online, and in the classroom. The study includes examples of states that currently are using some of the principles discussed in the report.

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Postsecondary Education Aspirations and Barriers

The 2014 Gallup-Lumina Foundation Study of the American Public's Opinion on Higher Education

April 16, 2015

An overwhelming majority of Americans continue to believe that having a certificate or degree beyond high school is important to our success as a nation and as individuals. But, according to new results released today from the annual Gallup-Lumina Foundation Poll on Higher Education, Hispanics and African Americans believe most strongly in the power of postsecondary education to help deliver good jobs and a better quality of life.

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The Economy Goes to College

The Hidden Promise of Higher Education in the Post-Industrial Service Economy

April 14, 2015

This report analyzes long-term changes in how goods and services are produced. These shifts have created millions of high-skill professional jobs and increased the economic value of obtaining a college degree. The report finds that college-educated workers now produce more than half of the nation’s annual economic value. The findings undermine the fear that good manufacturing jobs of the past are being replaced with low-paid, dead-end service jobs.

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Helping or Hindering?

State Policies & Latino College Completion

April 3, 2015

A new policy brief from Excelencia in Education examines higher education policies and practices in three states - California, Colorado, and Texas - and how those efforts may promote or hinder college access and degree completion for Latinos.

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The 2015 Gubernatorial State of the State Addresses and Higher Education

What your governor said about higher education is 2015

March 26, 2015

College affordability, workforce development, community colleges, and career and technical education are among the top higher education priorities in governors’ state of the state addresses this year, according to a new list created by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

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Increasing Postsecondary Attainment Through Smarter Student-Loan Repayment

March 25, 2015

Modernizing the way student loans are repaid to promote affordability and boost degree attainment is one premise of a new report from the Center for American Progress. Specifically, the report proposes using the Internal Revenue Service’s wage-withholding system to repay student loans automatically. This modern system would make all federal borrowers eligible for simple, affordable repayment terms based on income and employ modern data exchanges and smart strategies to help students proactively manage student-loan debt, the report says.

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Solving the Equation

The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing

March 25, 2015

A new report from the American Association of University Women offers a broad set of suggestions to help women enter and persist in engineering and computing. Among the report’s recommendations: adapting successful academic models to the workforce and classrooms and introducing the idea of engineering and computing at an early age.

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