You'd think that getting a bachelor's degree in three years would be appealing in today's tight economic times. But a front-page article in today's Washington Post says the concept has not caught on at colleges and universities. Students want to savor the college experience, despite the savings of thousands of dollars in accelerated programs. It will be interesting to see if the three-year path takes hold if students face reductions in Pell Grants or they find the amount of student debt they are amassing is burdensome....


A brief released today by the Institute for Higher Education Policy finds that in the last 10 years, low-income students have increasingly being drawn to proprietary colleges and now attend at four times the rate of other students. Students between ages 18 and 26 whose total household income is near or below the federal poverty level are likely to be overrepresented at for-profit institutions and underrepresented at public and private nonprofit four-year institutions, according to Portraits: Initial College Attendance of Low-Income Young Adults by IHEP, an independent, nonprofit public-policy research organization in Washington. Community colleges are the first choice for ...


At many colleges, getting admitted is not all about test scores.


The Education Department's new "gainful employment" rule is "modest" and may need to followed up by more aggressive legislation, says U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.


After a four-year experiment of letting applicants write essays as long as their hearts desired, Common Application is limiting essays to a 500-word maximum beginning this fall.


Students considering a for-profit college will now have a better picture of the value of their investment before enrolling with the release today of the Obama administration's final "gainful employment" regulations. In a statement from the U.S.Department of Education, it was announced that career colleges will risk losing access to federal student aid if they do not comply with the new standards, which will be phased in over the next four years. The goal is to provide students with information about the prospect for employment following graduation, so they don't fall into the trap that so many have ...


A new report released today by the Education Trust says that financial-aid policies too often benefit affluent students who would go to college anyway, rather than helping those with the greatest financial need. And when it comes to the bottom line of paying for college (after grants and aid), low-income students pay a higher proportion of their family income to attend than other students. "Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial-Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students" examines the "net price" of college (total cost of attendance minus total grant aid from all sources) using U.S. Department of Education data from 1,200...


Is the pressure to score high on SAT tests, get into Ivy League schools, and load up on AP classes depriving kids today of a carefree childhood? Monday's Washington Post has an opinion piece written by a mother lamenting the heavy workload of her high school junior and suggesting that the demands may be harmful to her daughter's health. While that intensity may be the case in some circles, it's not universal. Indeed, many students are not adequately prepared for college-level work and are forced to take remedial classes when they first enter college. In a recent focus group where ...


Current and former governors, university presidents, chancellors of state university systems, and other national education leaders recommend ways to improve college completion in a report, "Front and Center: Critical Choices for Higher Education" released this week. The report is based on discussions from a conference in December. Both the conference and report were sponsored by the Miller Center at the University of Virginia and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. The recommendations include: 1. Promote and reward institutional changes, such as putting more money into instruction and online learning, that can help increase the number of people ...


While the value of a bachelor's degree has been chronicled in recent studies by the American Institutes for Research and Pew Research Center, a new report released today by The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce looks more closely at the lifetime payoff depending on what you study. Pick engineering for your major and your lifetime income advantage over solely a high school diploma is about $1.1 million. Go into education and you can expect a boost of about $241,000 with your bachelor's degree. Researchers found as much as a 300 percent difference in earnings potential ...


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