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December 06, 2011

Income and Gender Gap in College Attainment Widens

Your odds of going to college and finishing are much greater if you are a woman and from a family with money. While not particularly a news flash to many, a study by University of Michigan researchers traces these trends back more than 70 years and documents growing gaps in attainment by income and ...

December 05, 2011

Obama Calls In College Presidents to Talk About Affordability

President Obama is meeting with college presidents and higher education leaders today at the White House to talk about college affordability, access, and success, Inside Higher Education and UPI are reporting. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is also expected. The guest list is reported to i...

November 09, 2011

Young Adults Realize Importance of College, But Balk at Costs

A survey out today of young people ages 18 to 34 shows they embrace the value of a college education, but are frustrated with the rising cost of tuition and increased debt they take on to afford it. The nationwide, bipartisan survey was commissioned by the The Institute for College Access and Succe...

November 08, 2011

Public Education Network Sets College- and Career-Ready Goal

Getting more students ready for college and careers is a job that's too big for schools to do alone, says Amanda Broun, senior vice president for the Public Education Network, a national association of local education funds (LEFs) and individuals working to advance public school reform in low-income...

November 07, 2011

Designing Policies to Encourage Early High School Graduation

There is a lot of money to be saved when high school students graduate early, so many states are offering incentives for high-achieving students who take this route. But as states craft policies, researchers at Jobs for the Future, a Boston-based national nonprofit, looked into the best way to encou...

October 27, 2011

New Approach to College Ranking Based on Student Choice

Today, yet another new ranking of colleges is out—this listing ordered by student choice. Parchment, an education data company based in Scottsdale, Ariz., released Parchment Top-Choice College Rankings based on actual student-enrollment decisions. The colleges were ranked based solely on the d...

October 13, 2011

Quality of Net-Price Calculators Varies Among Colleges

The deadline of Oct. 29 is fast approaching for colleges to meet a federal requirement to have cost calculators on their websites. While designed to be a helpful way for families to comparison shop for colleges, the quality of what's been put online is mixed and not always user-friendly. The Instit...

October 10, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Movement Gets Support From Higher Ed

Just what is the Occupy Wall Street thing all about? I found it hard to explain to my kids at the dinner table the other night. It's about people being angry at the system, I said. The financial system. Big corporations. Now, I can expand that to include frustration with and from higher education....

September 28, 2011

Education Department Gives 34 College-Improvement Grants

The U.S. Department of Education has announced that 34 colleges and universities will share $13 million in grant money as part of the Strengthening Institutions Program to help improve institutions to better serve low-income students. Funds can be used for planning, faculty development, academic pro...

September 27, 2011

Report Finds Part-Time College Students Rarely Graduate

What many think of as a traditional college student—one who lives on campus, attends classes full time, and doesn't need to work much—makes up only 25 percent of those in higher education today. Three-quarters of students are college commuters, often juggling families, jobs, and schools. F...

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