Education writer Jay Matthews offers a different approach to ranking schools: looking at the number of college-level tests taken.


They don't like how the list is generated, the impact the rankings have on how schools operate, or find it useful in narrowing the college search, but they know they have to deal with it.


A new initiative to push for access and affordability in higher education was unveiled with support from college faculty members from across the country.


Two new national surveys by the Pew Research Center reflect discontent among families and administrators about the value and quality of a college education.


As the academic year winds down, many high school juniors are looking ahead to summer. Aside from work and visiting campuses, what should they do to prepare for college?


For all the money, time, and effort it takes to earn a bachelor's degree, people often wonder: Is the investment worth it? The answer for the student is a clear "yes" when it comes to the advantage in lifetime earnings, according to a new study released today by the American Institutes for Research, a not-for-profit behavioral and social-science research organization in Washington, and Nexus Research and Policy Center, a non-profit institution based in San Francisco that promotes access to higher education and policies to improve proprietary schools. And, the more competitive the school, the higher income the student can expect. ...


The national discussion over how to improve college-competition rates often takes place among policymakers and educators. But why not ask students themselves about what keeps them from getting a degree?


Still looking for a college this fall? High school seniors continuing to search may want to check out the 2011 Space Availability Survey released this morning by the National Association of College Admissions Counseling This survey's results are compiled into a searchable list of 279 public and private colleges that are still accepting applications for Fall 2011 freshmen and/or transfer admissions. It also includes availability of housing, financial aid, enrollment figures, and contact information. The list is based on an email survey of four-year colleges that are NACAC members. As space availability changes at schools, it is updated and ...


Moving beyond programming to educate young children, the nation's public radio and television stations are reaching out to middle and high school students with a new initiative announced today to help improve graduation rates. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is giving $4.4 million to stations in cities where dropout rates are particularly high to raise awareness of the issue and support programs to help students stay in school. Some of the cities in the two-year project include Las Vegas, New York, Miami, Chicago, and Philadelphia. The project, American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen, is a partnership with CPB, the ...


As of yesterday, many high school seniors were likely breathing a sigh of relief. After months of visiting campuses, comparing aid packages, and weighing options, May 1 was the deadline when most students finally had to decide where they will be headed to college in the fall. Next, colleges and universities will be calculating their yield rate—the percentage of admitted students who decide to enroll. From an institutional perspective, this is an important statistic. Admission officers lobby prospective students hard to lure them to campus in hopes of improving their yield. Fewer than half of all students admitted to a...


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