January 2011 Archives

The College Board Policy and Advocacy Center kicks off a national campaign to push for 55 percent of Americans to hold a postsecondary degree by 2025.


You don't have to shell out $47 or kill a Saturday to take the SAT if you are a high school junior living in Delaware. On April 13, the SAT will be administered statewide to all juniors in Delaware public schools during the regular school day, the Delaware Department of Education announced today. Money the state won in the Race to the Top competition is funding the $1.8 million contract with the College Board to give the test in high schools for the next four years. Last year, about 36 percent of 11th graders in Delaware took the test, ...


ACT Inc. finds that public two-year colleges are doing a better job retaining freshmen, while four-year private colleges are slipping.


A new paper applies practices common among high-performance organizations to community colleges in an proposal for boosting graduation rates.


A report finds just 46 percent of parents know the cost of attending a public college in their home state, and many don't know about the aid available.


A national survey of college students finds 45 percent had no significant gains in critical thinking skills in their first two years of college.


The business community has a lot to offer in the nation's effort to increase college graduation rates, says the head of a philanthropic group. Between advising higher education on how to be more efficient, supporting workers who pursue college, and advocating policy change, Jamie Merisotis, the president and chief executive officer of Lumina Foundation, today called on business leaders to become part of the movement to boost college graduation. He spoke at the Economic Club of Indiana in Indianapolis where Merisotis' national private foundation is based. In this speech, Increasing College Attainment: It's Everyone's Business, Merisotis rallied the corporate community ...


Knowing how well colleges do in graduating students makes a difference to parents in choosing a school, a study released today by the American Enterprise Institute shows. Providing graduation-rate information positively affects a parent's choice when looking at two separate public, four-year colleges in their state—increasing the probability that parents would choose the institution with the higher graduation rate by 15 percentage points, according to the study, Filling In the Blanks: How Information Can Affect Choice in Higher Education. The information had more influence on the decisions of parents with less education, lower incomes, and less knowledge of the ...


Students in a high school program that combines strong academics, demanding technical education, and real-world experience were more likely to go on to college than their peers, new research shows.


Filling out the FAFSA is the first step in the financial-aid process.


A new report released today by the Center on Education Policy reveals that states lack solid plans to coordinate with higher education on linking college-admissions requirements or curriculum to the common standards. The report, States' Progress and Challenges in Implementing Common Core Standards, is based on a confidential survey of state deputy education secretaries from 42 states and the District of Columbia this fall. According to the survey, seven states plan to align first-year undergraduate core curriculum with the standards. Another 26 state leaders did not know if this change would be implemented, and three said it would not. Twenty-four ...


High school students are so tech savvy, it was just a matter of time before their college application began to reflect that. Check out the article in the Washington Post today about students making video essays for their college applications. Is it a fad or a trend to stay? We'll see. In this competitive college climate, if done well, it could be a way to set yourself apart....


Different factors stand out at two-year and four-year institutions.


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