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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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Moving Beyond College

Rethinking Higher Education Regulation for an Unbundled World

August 18, 2015

New “unbundled” higher education providers with modular, low-cost offerings powered by technology have begun to emerge, but are constrained by the higher education regulatory system’s reliance on the traditional bundled model, says this report from American Enterprise Institute.

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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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The Student Experience

How Competency-Based Education Providers Serve Students

June 29, 2015

Rising tuition prices and finite public budgets have spawned a lively policy debate about innovation in higher education. In particular, competency-based models have garnered a lot of attention from policymakers, reformers, and funders.

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College Information Design and Delivery

Insights from the Cognitive Information Processing Literature

May 28, 2015

Report covers:

  • Consumers’ propensity to search for information regarding consequential financial decisions;
  • How consumers process information once they have obtained it; and
  • How differences in consumer characteristics such as socioeconomic status or education level have an impact on information search and processing behaviors.

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NASFAA Task Force Report

Consumer Information

October 7, 2014

The NASFAA Consumer Information Task Force was convened to conduct a thorough review of the current student consumer information requirements and propose ways to streamline both the content and delivery of those requirements. The proposals in the following report were produced for incorporation into NASFAA’s full set of recommendations for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

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Untapped Potential

Making the Higher Education Market Work for Students and Taxpayers

October 6, 2014

Policymakers should replace existing higher education regulations with two simple accountability mechanisms: a performance floor that would kick the worst-performing institutions out of federal aid programs and a risk-sharing policy that would give institutions skin in the game.

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A Better Higher Education Data and Information Framework for Informing Policy

The Voluntary Institutional Metrics Project

July 9, 2013

A framework for considering data in policymaking by moving to a defined set of five critical metrics that collectively provide a holistic perspective on institutional performance across postsecondary sectors.

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