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Is It Really Cheaper to Start at a Community College?

The Consequences of Inefficient Transfer for Community College Students Seeking Bachelor’s Degrees

May 15, 2017

A working paper from the Community College Research Center explores whether it is more efficient for students to start at a two-year or four-year college if their intent is to complete a bachelor’s degree.

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Varying Degrees

In Depth

May 11, 2017

Americans believe in the tremendous potential of higher education—but they also feel that higher education is falling short of that promise, suggests a survey from New America. The inaugural survey shows both unifying themes and differences across age, gender, generation, region, and socioeconomic status when it comes to the value of a college education, who is responsible for student success, the ideal role of government, and the goal of higher education.

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Improving Oversight and Transparency at the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid

NASFAA Recommendations

May 10, 2017

A report from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators makes recommendations for improving the Education Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid. One of the recommendations offered: the creation of a robust customer satisfaction system, publicizing the results, and incorporating them into the FSA’s performance metrics.

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On The Chopping Block

Rising State Pension Costs Lead to Cuts in Higher Education

May 9, 2017

Increases in state spending on pension funds is driving disinvestment in public colleges and universities, says this report from the Manhattan Institute.

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Illinois Postsecondary Investments

May 4, 2017

In recent years, political gridlock in Illinois has taken a toll on funding for public higher education. This brief sheds light on how past policies and funding patterns impact the current environment in Illinois, including changes in state support, spending patterns, tuition, and financial aid over the last decade. The report concludes with incisive analysis that could inform a durable policy and investment framework to help Illinois meet the state attainment goal and the real needs of local communities and employers.

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Make It Simple, Keep It Fair

A Proposal to Streamline and Improve Income-Driven Repayment of Federal Student Loans

May 3, 2017

A report from the Institute for College Access & Success creates a practical roadmap for designing an income-driven repayment plan that may work better for both students and taxpayers. It includes a detailed proposal to streamline the multiple IDR plans into one plan that caps monthly payments at 10 percent of income, provides tax-free loan forgiveness after 20 years of payments, and targets benefits to borrowers who need help the most.

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The 20% Solution

Selective Colleges Can Afford to Admit More Pell Grant Recipients

May 2, 2017

Low-income students have rarely had much success on college campuses. Although college enrollment rates generally have been rising for all population groups, enrollments have risen the least for low-income students.

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Better Together

Policies that Link Children’s Savings Accounts with Access Initiatives to Pave the Way to College

May 2, 2017

Children’s Savings Accounts are an underutilized savings tool that can help bridge college access and affordability divides between low-income and higher-income families, states this policy brief from the Institute for Higher Education Policy and the Corporation for Enterprise Development. The report details how policymakers might better integrate CSAs with college affordability initiatives, financial and social supports, and community engagement efforts.

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Quality Principles and Standards for Competency-Based Education Programs

May 2, 2017

These principles and standards were developed in response to a growing need for definitions of quality as it relates to competency-based education. They can provide guideposts and assurances to policymakers and accreditors tasked with regulating this vibrant, and still emerging, field of practice.

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Degrees With Less Debt

Effective Higher Education Strategies for Underrepresented Student Populations

April 28, 2017

A report commissioned by St. Louis Graduates and released by the Illinois Education Research Council identifies higher education institutions that are more successful in supporting and graduating underrepresented students from the St. Louis region and with less debt. One of the strategies cited in the report’s findings: the importance of university leadership committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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