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.


To motivate kids to go to college and take a chunk out of the ever-increasing cost, high schools are coming up with innovative ways to help students get a jump-start on college coursework.


Students received more dollars in state aid to attend college last year, but it still wasn't enough to keep up with rising tuition costs and inflation. An annual survey by the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (or NASSGAP) shows that states spent 2.7 percent more on financial aid in 2008-09 than the previous year. For need-based and non-need-based grant aid for undergraduates, states spent on average 5.6 percent more. Of the grant funds awarded last year, 72 percent was need-based and 28 percent was non-need-based, almost the same breakdown as seen in 2007-08. While ...


Twelfth place is not where the United States wants to be in the proportion of adults ages 25-34 with college degrees, compared with other industrialized nations. But that's where we are. If we are going to reach President Obama's goal to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, education leaders and policymakers need some help. Last week, a report by Grantmakers for Education highlighted barriers and best practices on campuses. Now, the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center has unveiled free new resources online. The College Completion Agenda 2010 Progress Report proposes 10 recommendations to boost ...


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