There is no way that the country can crank out enough college graduates to meet President Obama's goal of leading the world in the percentage of citizens with college degrees by 2020 unless higher education embraces radical innovations to become more efficient. That was the sentiment of a panel gathered yesterday at the Center for America Progress to discuss a paper, Disrupting College: How Disruptive Innovation Can Deliver Quality and Affordability to Postsecondary Education by Clayton Christensen, Michael Horn, Louis Caldera, and Louis Soares. The current business model for higher education is broken, said Soares, director of the postsecondary education ...

A new Facebook app matches student profiles colleges and universities to predict the likelihood of the student making the cut.

This generation of playdate-arranging, safety-obsessed, achievement-oriented parents often has a hard time letting the child take the lead in the college process. But, the experts say, we must.

We've written about how it's never too early to get kids prepared for college—setting goals as early as elementary school. This week, Jay Matthews offered some great suggestions in the Washington Post about sneaky ways to get middle schoolers on the right path. I love the simple ideas, from traveling to doing chores to supporting your kids' passions with hobbies. Check it out here....

Access to higher education is improving, as data from the U.S. Department of Education show many more students are going to college. Yet graduation rates have not budged, underscoring the challenge ahead for the country on the completion front. Overall college enrollment grew by 7.1 percent from fall 2008 to fall 2009 to nearly 21 million, compared with an increase of 4.8 percent in 2008 and 2.6 percent the year before, according to the new National Center for Education Statistics First Look Report released yesterday. For-profit schools posted the biggest gains in student enrollment last year. ...

School Counselor of the Year Randy McPherson describes the programs that have turned his school around.

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.


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