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April 23, 2014

The Schuette Decision

Many in education will bewail the Supreme Court's Schuette decision. I think that's misguided. For what it's worth, here's my take.

March 10, 2014

5 Reasons I'm Tepid on the "New" SAT

Last week, the College Board excitedly unveiled its revamped SAT. I found myself unwowed, despite the adoring coverage. Now, I'm not particularly opposed to the changes, and I don't have any huge objections. But I am really puzzled that so much commentary seems to take the College Board's self-serving claims and promises at face value. Why my doubts? Here are five reasons.

June 24, 2013

Making Sense of Higher Ed "Innovation"

In a new Hudson Institute white paper "Beyond Retrofitting," Andrew Kelly and I try to explain what it'll take to rethink and redesign higher education. If the current wave of "innovation" and breathless enthusiasm for MOOCs are to amount to more than one more faddish interlude, it'll require susta...

June 20, 2012

Leaders & Laggards Takes a Hard Look at Higher Ed

The Institute for a Competitive Workforce (an arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) yesterday published an expansive new state-by-state report on public higher education: Leaders and Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education. The lead researcher on the effort was my ta...

June 13, 2012

College Rankings Inflation: Don't Be Dazzled by Faux Prestige

It's the time of year when lots of high school seniors start thinking about starting college, while their parents gulp at the tuition bills. As often as not, students and parents have navigated the selection process with the aid of popular college guides like US News and World Report or Barron's Pro...

October 07, 2011

The Changing Face of Higher Education

Higher education is paying far too little attention to the needs of adult, nontraditional students. While the quintessential college student leaves home at eighteen to go live on a college campus for four years, that familiar archetype is now the exception. There are 17.6 million undergraduates e...

March 28, 2011

The Future of Pell

Last week, the Chronicle of Higher Education offered up a forum on what the future holds for Pell Grants. CHE explained, "When Congress proposed last month to cut spending for the Pell Grant program, which was created more than 30 years ago and remains the foundation of federal higher-education sup...

December 20, 2010

Why the GAO Should Play Powerball

On Friday, Andrew Kelly and I penned an Inside Higher Ed column that called out the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for the fact that its influential and scathing report on for-profit colleges turns out to be riddled with errors. Even worse, the GAO did its damndest to keep it under the rada...

July 23, 2010

Liking the NGA's Tune on "Complete to Compete"

Last week, National Governors Association Chair Joe Manchin (a Democrat from West Virginia) announced his "Complete to Compete" initiative, which will enlist "governors, higher education leaders, and other key groups in an effort to boost college completion and attainment rates with existing resourc...

March 18, 2010

College-Ready... and Then?

For all my concerns about No Child Left Behind's grandiose ambitions and misguided hyper-prescriptiveness, its profound contribution was the wealth of information that's now available on graduation rates and student achievement. Given that, it's striking that Uncle Sam spends vastly more on higher ...

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