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Five Education Trends to Watch as Mid-term Elections Approach; The View Many Candidates Have of College Is Totally Outdated

As the 2014 mid-term elections approach, the view many candidates have of higher education in America is outdated. Some of the old buildings remain from when they were in school, but who college serves now and how it’s delivered has changed dramatically. And those changes require a new way of thinking from our federal and state policymakers. More »

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Addressing the Academic Barriers to Higher Education

Improving placement in college remediation classes; providing better college remediation services; and adopting measures to prevent the need for remediation are three recommendations this policy memo from The Hamilton Project at Brookings outlines to better address the academic barriers many students face in their pursuit of higher education. More »


College and Career Readiness: A Quick Stats Fact Sheet

Ninety-three percent of middle school students say their goal is to attend college. However, only 44 percent enroll in college and 26 percent graduate with a college diploma within six years of enrolling, according to this fact sheet from the National High School Center. More »


Men of Color: A Role for Policymakers in Improving the Status of Black Male Students in U.S. Higher Education

Participation from a wide variety of stakeholders, including colleges and universities, community-based organizations, and foundations, is key to improving college readiness, postsecondary educational outcomes, and degree-attainment rates for Black men, says this report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Degree attainment

Completing College: A National Review of Attainment Rates

More students follow diverse pathways to obtain their college degree, with many transferring to several schools before they graduate, enrolling part time or switching between part-time and full-time status. These realities call for changes in the way attainment rates are currently calculated, says this report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. More »


Inseparable Imperatives: Equity in Education and the Future of the American Economy

As U.S. policymakers search for answers to rebuild the economy, one priority strategy must be a plan to eliminate gaps in education attainment so that the fastest-growing populations – students of color and diverse ethnicities – can reach their full potential, concludes this report from Alliance for Excellent Education. More »

Student success

Economic Diversity Among Selective Colleges

Many high-achieving low-income students do not attempt to attend highly selective U.S. colleges and institutions because of perceived price barriers, says this report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy. The report explores the use of no-loan programs as a way to influence students’ ability to succeed in college. More »

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