Jamie Merisotis Biography

September 24, 2015

Download a printer-friendly version of Jamie Merisotis' biography  | .pdf | 2 pgs.

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Proposing a Federal Risk-Sharing Policy

September 9, 2015

New paper by Robert Kelchen proposes a new federal risk-sharing policy to ameliorate federal aid expenditure policies that are currently structured to limit college accountability and encourage colleges to stop offering federal loans in order to preserve Pell Grant eligibility.

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Who is Today's Student?

A two-page summary

September 1, 2015

When thinking of typical college students, most of us envision 18- to-21- year-olds fresh out of high school taking classes full-time on a sprawling campus. That is no longer true: full-time, 18- to 21-year-old students now make up just a third of the college population. Today’s students represent a new reality.

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Today's Student


September 1, 2015

Think You Know the Facts? Today's College Students Are:

  • Balancing Multiple Responsibilities
  • Older and More Racially Diverse
  • Financially Support Themselves... And Often Struggle to Make Ends Meet
  • Less Likely to Graduate

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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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Moving Beyond College

Rethinking Higher Education Regulation for an Unbundled World

August 18, 2015

Report discussing a series of reforms to the federal approach to quality assurance: increased transparency, a chartering model, and an outcomes-based accountability framework. Also proposes a couple of ways that policymakers could rely on private financing to bear some of the risk in quality assurance.

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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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