Geography and College Attainment: A Place-Based Approach

Place is an influential determinant of college opportunity and success. But geography should not be destiny. States and higher education institutions should adopt policies and practices that recognize place-based disadvantage, according to Roman Ruiz and Laura W. Perna of the University of Pennsylvania.

Strengthening the College Pipeline for Young Men of Color in California

A new report by The Education Trust – West, the California based office of The Education Trust, examines the barriers to educational opportunities for young men of color in California. The report incorporates interviews with male students of color, their parents, educators and school administrators with research to provide a picture of their experiences in the education pipeline.

Building Family-Friendly Campuses: Strategies to Promote College Success Among Student Parents

While the share of parents enrolled in college has been steadily growing—according to the most recent data, the proportion of students with dependent children has increased 30 percent from 2004-12—the share of parenting students who complete college remains low. Melanie Kruvelis of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research looks at steps institutions can take to better understand and support students with families.

Understanding Foster, Juvenile Justice and Crossover Youth

The American Youth Policy Forum recently released their Understand Foster, Juvenile Justice, and Crossover Youth microsite and blog series, which aim to increase understanding of the barriers these populations face.

A Federal-State Partnership for True College Affordability

A Federal-State Partnership for True College Affordability, a recent report by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) with support from the Lumina Foundation, estimates the cost of college affordability for traditional and non-traditional students.

On Second Thought: U.S. Adults Reflect on Their Education Decisions

According to a recent report by Strada Education Network and Gallup, 51 percent of adults would change at least one of their prior postsecondary educational decisions. Although most people said they received a high-quality college education, 36 percent regretted their field of study and 12 percent regretted their degree type. The desire to change major is especially prominent among bachelor’s graduates, with 40 percent reporting dissatisfaction with their choice.

Beyond Graduation Rates: Why the Data Matter—and Why They Don’t

Carol Anderson and Patricia O’Brien of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education in New England discuss the Graduation Rate Information Project, an initiative to address low graduation rates at the institutions their organization accredits.

CPRS Staff Join Panels on Data and Analytics at AIR Annual Conference

The Association for Institutional Research’s (AIR) Annual Forum kicked off this week in Washington, DC. The annual conference is the world’s largest gathering of higher education professionals who work in institutional research (IR), effectiveness, assessment and related fields.

Food Is a Basic Need: Dealing With Hunger on College Campuses

Wick Sloane writes that more data is needed on the issue of campus hunger before a comprehensive solution can be advanced—and on that score, an upcoming study from Government Accountability Office is a welcome development. This is the second post in a new series, Beyond the Margins: Meeting the Needs of Underserved Students.

The Potential of Degree Reclamation

In 2015, more than 35 million Americans aged 25 and older had completed some college but had not completed a degree. A recent report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), examines how two degree-reclamation initiatives, Project Win-Win and Credit When It’s Due, can be scaled up to the national level.

Labor Market Returns for Graduates of Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Title: Labor Market Returns for Graduates of Hispanic-Serving Institutions Author: Toby J. Park, Stella M. Flores & Christopher J. Ryan Jr. Source: Florida State University News This journal article highlights how earnings of graduates of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) compare to those from non-HSIs. The authors examined data for three cohorts who graduated from public high schools… Read more »

A New Accountability for Broadening Participation in STEM

Developing an appropriate accountability system for broadening participation is crucial to achieving a STEM workforce that reflects the diversity of the American population. Colleges and universities, on the front line of STEM research and education, must lead the way.