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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Finding Time

Millennial Parents, Poverty, And Rising Costs

April 29, 2015

About one in four college students is a parent, and 40 percent of these students work full-time jobs, says a report from Young Invincibles. Providing resources such as affordable on-campus childcare and flexible and secure work scheduling could make a significant difference in helping these individuals attain a postsecondary degree or credential, the report suggests.

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How America Saves for College 2015

Sallie Mae’s National Study of Parents with Children Under Age 18

April 28, 2015

Nine in 10 American parents believe a college education is an important investment in their child’s future, yet fewer than half (48 percent) are saving for college, according to this report from Sallie Mae. Those who do have a college fund are saving less than they did in past years, says the report.

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The State of Higher Education in California

April 27, 2015

More of California’s Latinos are earning high school diplomas and entering college, but they remain underrepresented in every segment of higher education and have significantly lower levels of college degree attainment than other racial/ethnic groups, according to a report from the Campaign for College Opportunity. The study proposes that statewide public policies and college and university practices are major barriers to more Latino students completing college.

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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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Revisiting Apprenticeships

April 8, 2015

The resurgence of apprenticeships and their relevance in today’s higher education landscape is the subject of this issue brief from the American Council on Education. A second brief from ACE examines how extensively open textbooks are being used today and whether they can help keep college costs down.

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