Child Care for Parents in College

A State-by-State Assessment

September 1, 2016

Child care is a crucial support for the 4.8 million parents in college, but it is difficult for students to find and afford, according to a new report by the Institute of Women's Policy Research. The report says that campus child care centers can help meet the care needs of student parents, but the percentage of institutions with child-care centers on campus is decreasing. In 2003, 55 percent of four-year public colleges provided campus child care, compared to 49 percent in 2015. At community colleges, 53 percent offered campus child care in 2003, and 44 percent offered it in 2015, the report finds.

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Transforming Chaos into Clarity

The Promises and Challenges of Digital Credentialing

August 24, 2016

How should our current higher education system be transformed to better prepare workers for the new economy? A brief from the Roosevelt Institute explores this question, focusing on the emerging challenges and opportunities associated with credentialing.

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How Late is Too Late?

Myths and Facts About the Consequences of Switching College Majors

August 23, 2016

Major switching does not necessarily delay degree progress, says this report by the Education Advisory Board. The study, which explores time to degree and graduation rates of students who change majors multiple times in college, shows that students who switched their majors as late as senior year are more likely to graduate from college than students who decide on a major when immediately arriving on campus.

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Supplementing the Bachelor's Degree

Two-Year Enrollment After Bachelor’S Degree

August 18, 2016

The percentage of students who enroll in two-year colleges after earning bachelor's degrees is at its lowest point in 14 years, says a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Only 5.8 percent of 2013-14 bachelor’s degree earners returned to college at two-year institutions, the report says.

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Post-College Effects of Merit-Based Aid

Post-College Effects of Merit-Based Aid

August 18, 2016

Financial aid influences both college enrollments and completions, but this working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows its impact may continue for years. Scholarships recipients are more likely to earn a graduate degree, own a home and live in higher-income neighborhoods, less likely to have adverse credit outcomes, and are more likely to be in better financial health than similar students who did not receive scholarships, according to the paper.

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Community Colleges

Multiple Missions, Diverse Student Bodies, and a Range of Policy Solutions

August 17, 2016

Community colleges’ multiple missions, funding structures, and program offerings may unintentionally undermine student success, suggests a report from the Urban Institute. The report offers insight on how some community colleges, frequently in partnership with states and other stakeholders, are effectively working on a student success agenda.

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After the Post-9/11 GI Bill

A Profile of Military Service Members and Veterans Enrolled in Undergraduate and Graduate Education

August 12, 2016

A new report from the National Center on Education Statistics examines military service members’ and veterans' enrollment in undergraduate and graduate education and their use of Veterans’ education benefits before and after the implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The report also compares military students and their nonmilitary counterparts' enrollment patterns, demographics, disability status, and participation in online education.

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What Free Won't Fix

Too Many Public Colleges are Dropout Factories

August 11, 2016

Simply addressing rising college costs isn’t enough to ensure students are equipped with the degrees and skills they need to succeed, contends a report by Third Way. The study finds that first-time, full-time students who enroll at an average four-year public university have less than a 1 in 2 chance of completing within six years.

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A Glimpse Inside the Coffers

Endowment Spending at Wealthy Colleges and Universities

August 2, 2016

Extreme wealth stratification is occurring among institutions of higher education, says this report from The Education Trust. In 2013, roughly 3.6 percent of colleges and universities—138 in total—held 75 percent of all postsecondary endowment wealth. Yet, nearly half of these institutions are in the bottom 5 percent nationally for their enrollment of first-time, full-time Pell Grant recipients, the report says.

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Matching Talents to Careers: From Self-Directed to Guided Pathways

How college choice is influenced by institutional, state, and federal policy

August 1, 2016

College majors have a direct impact on future earnings and the types of jobs students will secure. But community colleges often provide an often overwhelmingly large set of program options, many of which are poorly defined and not clearly aligned with student end goals, says this chapter of a publication from the Community College Research Center. To improve students’ major selections, the authors suggest that majors and programs be redesigned to be more coherent, easier to navigate and better connected to subsequent education and employment.

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