Mapping New Pathways for Native Youth

While 208,838 American Indian and Alaska Native students were enrolled in college in 2012—a 17 percent increase from 2004—46 percent are first-generation and low-income, a population that often struggles with college completion. As the White House gears up for the first Tribal Youth Gathering, Christine Nelson looks at efforts to expand higher education opportunities for these students.

Low-Income Students Succeed at Small Private Colleges

A new report this week from the Council of Independent Colleges shows that small and mid-size private colleges–often left out of the conversation on higher education access and attainment–enroll a higher proportion of first-generation and low-income students than do public and private research universities.

VIDEO: Equity and Innovation in Higher Education

Louis Soares, vice president for ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, moderates a discussion between Sheryll Cashin and Cheryl Crazy Bull during the first ACE Annual Meeting Ideas Forum.

Will Performance-Based Funding Further Disadvantage Disadvantaged Students?

Performance-based funding (PBF) is becoming increasingly popular as an accountability tool to reward higher education institutions for specific student outcomes. Despite its popularity, however, a substantial body of empirical evidence shows PBF can have troubling and unintended impacts. With this in mind, Lyle McKinney and Linda Serra Hagedorn look at the Texas Student Success Points Model.

What Will “College 2050” Look Like?

What will “College 2050” look like? A panel at the closing plenary of ACE’s 97th Annual Meeting agreed that technology and innovation can play key roles in increasing the number of first-generation and low-income students who enroll and complete their degrees. But that technology must be deployed in ways that engage students in collaborative, supportive… Read more »

50 States, 50 Immigration Policies

As Congress works to block the president’s executive action on immigration reform, a quick look at the confusion caused by state immigration policies from a recent Center for American Progress report.

VIDEO: President Obama Announces Free Community College Plan

For a summary of the proposal and media reaction, see: FRIDAY BUZZ: President Obama Proposes Two Years of Free Community College

From Access to Graduation: Supporting Post-9/11 Undergraduate Student Veterans

Given the huge investment in veterans’ postsecondary education represented by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, one could argue that veterans who use this generous benefit are in a good position to enroll in college and ultimately earn a postsecondary certificate or degree. And some do. But for veterans who didn’t finish college, what were the barriers to their success?

Innovative Partnership Breaking Down Barriers in the Science World

NPR’s CodeSwitch blog featured a great story last week on a partnership between Vanderbilt University and Fisk University—both located in Nashville—that is successfully helping women and minority students earn PhDs in the sciences.

Two Partnerships Will Help Mid-Atlantic Community College Students Earn Four-Year Degrees

If you’re a community college student at certain institutions in the Philadelphia-Camden area, entering a four-year bachelor’s degree program just got a whole lot easier. Drexel University (PA) recently entered into an agreement with Delaware County Community College so that students can earn credits towards a bachelor’s degree while simultaneously taking classes at DCCC.