August 2010 Archives

To keep freshman on track and ultimately boost graduation rates, colleges are ramping up counseling services and coming up with creative ways to improve class attendance.

How much will college really cost? That's what the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 is requiring colleges and universities to help families figure out. It mandates schools develop a net price calculator to help students get a clear picture of the cost of college at a specific institution before the student applies. Yesterday, the College Board announced the piloting of a net price calculator for college and university adoption. A diverse group of 20 institutions are testing the calculator, including community colleges, small liberal arts colleges, and large public and private research universities. The calculator is customized for each ...

The rising cost of college has families thinking hard about how to pay for it—and teens are stepping up to do their part.

Parade magazine asked a panel of 43 high school counselors to recommend outstanding schools that often fly under the radar. Here's a look at their picks.

The federal government's investigation of deceptive practices at for-profit colleges and proposed rules to improve oversight are sparking reaction from the companies and questions about the proper target.

We've heard lots of talk lately from policymakers, administrators and educators about the problem of college completion. There has been extensive research and multifaceted proposals on keeping students in school, but sometimes the answer can be as simple as a few hundred bucks in a pinch. That's what the Dreamkeepers program is about—providing emergency grants to help students recover from unexpected financial setbacks so they can stay in school and graduate. The average award is just $523. Some grants have been as low as $17 for a bus pass. The maximum lifetime award is $1,500, according to Janine...

U.S. News and World Report released its 2011 list of Best Colleges this morning. There had been some controversy earlier this year over the peer-assessment portion of the survey, in which college officials fill out questionnaires about other institutions. In the past, their assessment counted for 25 percent of each college's overall rating. This year, the weight for academic reputation is 22.5 percent and more voices were included. For the first time, U.S. News also included the opinion of high school counselors in its evaluation. Feedback from 1,800 high school counselors surveyed made up a third ...

Is Chicago's move to end open-door community college admissions a sign of things to come?

How is your state doing when it comes to college completion and minority students? Two reports released Monday by Education Trust, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, rank public and private colleges based on their demonstrated success—or failure—to graduate African-American and Latino students at rates similar to their white classmates. In the reports, "Big Gaps, Small Gaps: Some Colleges and Universities Do Better Than Others in Graduating African-American Students" and "Big Gaps, Small Gaps: Some Colleges and Universities Do Better Than Others in Graduating Hispanic Students," a small or nonexistent graduation-rate gap between minority and white students...

In a new report, the Government Accounting Office details investigations at 15 for-profit colleges that found deceptive and fraudulent practices.

Now that the U.S. Department of Education has put out its proposal to rein in for-profit colleges, people are beginning to sift through the details of the draft regulations and offer their two cents.


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