Securing the Public Trust

Practical Steps toward Higher Education Finance Reform in California

February 9, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of students who might benefit from a bachelor’s degree are being left out because of the way in which California funds, budgets for, and makes financial decisions about its public university systems, contends this report by the College Futures Foundation.

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Five Facts about the Sharp Rise in College Living Costs

January 30, 2017

Rising room and board costs are becoming a major factor in the college affordability equation, says this report from the Urban Institute. The study found that room and board costs at four-year colleges have outpaced inflation, doubling since 1980 even after being adjusted for inflation.

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Policy Levers to Strengthen Community College Transfer Student Success

January 24, 2017

A new report from the Community College Research Center recommends ways that state policy could help to improve outcomes for community college transfer students in Texas. Among the report’s suggestions: (1) create stronger transfer pathways, (2) help students choose and stay on a transfer pathway, and (3) build momentum for regional community college-university collaboration.

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Student, Parent Perspectives on Income-Share Agreements

Findings From a Nationally Representative Survey on Income-Share Agreements

January 23, 2017

This report from the American Enterprise Institute shares perspectives from students and parents about income-share agreements, a relatively new higher education financing tool designed to supplement or replace student loans. Among the questions explored in the report: Will students and parents be receptive to ISAs or prefer them to traditional student loans? What would a core market for ISAs look like? What features of an ISA do potential recipients like or dislike? What type of student or family might seek out an ISA or opt to use one?

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Struggling to Survive, Striving to Succeed

Food and Housing Insecurities in the Community College

January 19, 2017

A study from the Community College Equity Assessment Lab finds that approximately one-third of California community college students experience the threat of homelessness and housing instability while 12 percent face the threat of hunger. The report details the consequences of these realities, as well as ways colleges can help affected students.

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Ambitious Leadership

How Principals Lead Schools to College and Career Readiness

January 19, 2017

A report from New Leaders shares success stories and strategies gleaned from principals who are making progress in moving students toward college and career readiness.

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5 Reforms to Improve Higher Ed

Ideas for the New Administration

January 11, 2017

A new issue brief from the Manhattan Institute calls on the Trump administration to zero in on some of the most urgent challenges facing higher education, including the student loan repayment crisis; the lack of information on college quality; the financial aid system’s burdensome complexity; and misguided efforts to reintroduce private lenders into federal lending and incentivize public service. Among the suggestions offered in the report for improvement: replacing the current system of lending with a single, straightforward loan program and adopting a universal, income-driven repayment plan for federal student loans.

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Who Goes to Grad School and Who Succeeds?

January 10, 2017

Students from higher-income backgrounds are more likely than others to enroll in advanced degree programs, more likely to complete their programs, and more likely to earn degrees that promise high value in the labor market, states a report from the Urban Institute.

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Shared Principles for Boosting On-Time Degree Completion

15 to Finish

January 9, 2017

A list of shared principles aimed at getting more college students to graduate on time and take on less debt.

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Small Loans, Big Risks

Major Consequences for Student Debtors

January 9, 2017

Student loan default is essentially “unrelated” to the amount borrowed, according to a report from Demos. Borrowers with the smallest balances—those with less than $10,000 in student debt—defaulted on their student loans at almost the exact same rate as borrowers with the largest balances of more than $100,000 in debt. The report says borrowers’ default rates were 13 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

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