How Do Campuses Support International Students?

From the last edition of ACE’s Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses, a snapshot of on-campus support for international students. The new edition is scheduled to be released in spring 2017, and will address the percentage of institutions that offer a “pathway” or bridge program to international students—the figure missing from above—among other data.

#PublicUValues: Average Cost of Public Universities Is $3,980 for In-state Students

On average, in-state students at public four-year institutions paid just $3,980 in tuition and fees during the 2015–16 academic year. This cost, known as the average net price, reflects the actual cost of tuition after scholarships, grants and tax benefits have been taken into consideration.

Free Community College at the State Level

A new report from the Education Commission of the States looks at how states are re-envisioning how they deliver financial aid to students. Among the findings: The status of free community college legislation at the state level:

Vouchers, Food Pantries, Completion Scholarships Among Campus Emergency Aid Programs

A new report from NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education gives a comprehensive look at colleges’ use of emergency aid to address a variety of student needs.

Tribal Colleges and Universities Lack Needed Federal Funds

“Tribal College and University Funding: Tribal Sovereignty at the Intersection of Federal, State, and Local Funding,” the second in a three-part series on Minority-Serving Institutions released by ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, shows that federal funding has not kept up with the steady growth of the Native population at these schools.

Is Higher Ed Moving the Needle on Women Presidents?

According to ACE’s 2012 American College President Study, only 26 percent of college presidents were women as of 2011. That means the needle has been moved just three percentage points since 2006. And because the total number of minority presidents hasn’t grown substantially either, the proportion of all presidencies held by minority women also remains low.

Racial Gaps Persist in Graduation Rates

The graduation rate for first-time students seeking bachelor’s degrees rose to 60 percent across all four-year institutions in 2014, according to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This represents a slight increase since 2000, when 57.5 percent of first-time students graduated.

Effective Strategies for Supporting Racial/Ethnic Diversity on Campus

As we await the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Fisher V. University of Texas at Austin, here’s a snapshot from Race, Class, and College Access, an ACE report that examines how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions are influencing contemporary admissions practices at selective colleges and universities.

Transfer Students, Transfer Policies

From 50-State Comparison: Transfer and Articulation Policies, Education Commission of the States. Two new reports out this week look at college student transfer rates and articulation policies throughout the country.