It's out. U.S. News and World Report has posted its 2012 Best Colleges rankings.


News out from the U.S. Department of Education today on student-loan repayment reflects the hard times that young people are having with unemployment and the increasing trouble that those who attend for-profit colleges are having in paying back their debt. The official fiscal 2009 national student-loan cohort default rate has jumped to 8.8 percent, up from 7.0 percent in FY 2008. This is the highest the default rate has been since 1997. When it was first calculated in 1987, it was 17.6 percent and peaked in 1990 at 22.4 percent. The increase was felt in ...


New studies find that choosing a career path early is strongly correlated with community college students earning a degree.


Supporting the growing movement to promote college- and career-readiness, the nonprofit organization Achieve announced yesterday a new initiative to provide online resources and partnerships with states to advocate high academic expectations and preparation for all students. The Future Ready Project features a new website that will serve as an advocacy resource center. It is geared for education reform leaders, state policymakers, and parents looking to build coalitions of support. It provides free information, including fact sheets and research to help make the case for advancing the college- and career-readiness agenda. One section offers ideas for how to reach out to ...


Only reporting the graduation rates of first-time, full-time students does not fully capture what's happening on community colleges campuses. So a group of policy experts suggest two-year institutions look at the progress of part-time and transfer students, as well as track the learning outcomes and employment of their students to give a better picture of the performance of community colleges. The Committee on Measures of Student Success, named by the U.S. Department of Education in June 2010, released its draft report of recommendations Friday. If adopted, they could significantly expand how community colleges collect and report data. The committee ...


The 2012 U.S. News and World Reports' Best Colleges ranking to be released on Sept. 13 will include for the first time for-profit colleges and universities that grant bachelor's degrees and are regionally accredited—many of which are online programs. The news came in an article about the methodology behind the list posted on the U.S. News website by ranking guru and economist Robert Morse. Recently profiled in the Washington Post about the controversial, yet popular rankings, Morse has been at the helm of Best Colleges at U.S. News since 1989. This year, readers will notice that...


For those trying to sort out the details of the new federal regulations, referred to as "program integrity" rules, the U.S. Department of Education launched a Q&A website this week. Here, you can find out how the much-debated gainful-employment rules will work. The gainful-employment rules released in June are designed to force career-college programs (mainly at for-profit colleges) to be more transparent and accountable. Under the new regulations, a program can lose access to federal student aid if too many of its students fail to find "gainful employment" as defined by three measures linked to loan repayment and ...


Many students graduating from public high schools in Illinois—even students with good grades from top schools —are not prepared for the rigor of college, according to an analysis of state education data by the Chicago Tribune published Wednesday. Public school graduates at 10 of the state's 11 four-year universities averaged less than a 3.0 grade point average their freshman year, raising questions about college-readiness efforts. "The High School-to-College Success Report" tracked more than 90,000 high school students who had at least a B average and graduated between 2006 and 2008. Of that group, the average freshman...


Looking for some quirky ways to pick a college? Check out Newsweek's Best Colleges For You,—25 lists ranking schools based on everything from best food to most beautiful. After all, the magazine notes, who wants to go hungry or spend four years in Uglyville? Some lists, however, are more serious, ranking the cheapest, most rigorous, and best international schools. Although it offers an odd mix of topics, Newsweek chronicles its methodology to come up with the 25 lists. For instance, for the Accessible Professor list, it uses scores from evaluations at RateMyProfessor.com and student-to-faculty ratio from the National...


A new survey of students taken one year after they graduated from high school shows that most highly value college, but wish they were better prepared for it. Looking back, students say they regret not taking more math, science, and writing-intensive coursework in high school. One Year Out, a survey released today by the College Board on college readiness and affordability asked members of the class of 2010 how their high school experience prepared them for work and college. In addition to taking harder classes, 47 percent wished they worked harder in high school, and 37 percent said the requirements ...


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