10 Questions State Legislators Should Ask about Higher Education

With shrinking state budgets, lawmakers need to know what questions to ask and where to go for reliable information to make informed higher education policy decisions affecting college productivity and degree attainment. Tlhis report, from the American Legislative Exchange Council, provides a list of questions lawmakers should be asking of higher education institutions, along with online resources to get answers. More »

Report | Productivity

Four Steps to Finishing First in Higher Education: A Guide for State Policymakers

More students are enrolling in U.S. colleges and universities, yet the proportion of students earning a postsecondary degree or credential continues to decline. This publication focuses on four areas where states can drive a more productive higher education system to More »

Financial Aid

Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial-Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students

Federal and local financial aid policies hinder many low-income students from receiving the money they need to attend and graduate from college, concludes this report from the Education Trust. The report finds that only five of the nation’s four-year colleges and universities offer low-income students “a reasonable chance at a bachelor’s degree at a relatively affordable cost.” More »


Initial College Attendance of Low-Income Adults

Low-income students ages 18 to 26 attend for-profit colleges at four times the rate of other students, according to this report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy. More »


Affordability and Transfer: Critical to Increasing Baccalaureate Degree Completion

Community colleges are an entry point for many students seeking a bachelor’s degree, yet state financial aid and transfer policies that enable students to move from two-year colleges to baccalaureate-granting institutions are not keeping pace with current needs, argues this policy alert from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. More »

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