Putting Your Major to Work: Career Paths After College

Authors of a recently released report by the Hamilton Project delved into the many occupational paths that students within the same major take after graduating from college.

How Should We Think About College Affordability?

Before colleges can constructively evaluate and improve their pricing and financial aid policies, they should have a solid understanding of what should go into determining how realistic it is for students and families in different circumstances to pay for the education offered, writes the Urban Institute’s Sandy Baum.

Private College Tuition Discounts Continue to Hit Highs

According to a new report released by NACUBO, private colleges and universities are discounting their tuition revenue at the highest rates to date. By offering grants, scholarships and fellowships, the institutions that participated in the 2016 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study averaged an estimated 49.1 percent institutional tuition discount rate for first-time, full-time students in 2016-17—the highest in the history of the survey.

2017 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase: Research & Design for Impact

The National Science Foundation today launched its virtual showcase event, 2017 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase: Research & Design for Impact. For the next week, the site will showcase work funded by NSF and other federal agencies with the aim of improving teaching and learning of STEM fields.

A Risk Sharing Proposal for Student Loans

Authors of a recently released policy brief by The Hamilton Project argue that institutional accountability in the federal student loan program has weakened. As a solution, the authors propose the use of risk-sharing based on cohort repayment rate to increase institutional accountability.

The Whys and Hows of Shared Leadership in Higher Education

Elizabeth Holcombe and Adrianna Kezar of the University of Southern California look at the possibilities of shared leadership for the higher education sector, which they say will ultimately allow campuses to become more nimble in a complex, constantly changing environment.

College Costs in Context: A State-by-State Look at College (Un)affordability

The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) recently released an issue brief analyzing the net price of college as a share of a student’s family income. According to the brief’s findings there are great inequities in the affordability of public colleges within and across states.

Equity Attainment Gaps Growing in Most States

A recent blog post from Young Invincibles examines equity gaps between white, African American and Latino students. Data shows that over the past 10 years, educational attainment gaps between white and African American students widened in 38 of the 45 states, and the gap between white and Latino students widened in 39 states and DC.

Center for American Progress’s Higher Ed, Not Debt Campaign Surveying Colleges and Universities on Protections for Undocumented Students

Higher Ed, Not Debt—a multi-organizational project of the Center for American Progress—is asking colleges and universities to respond to a survey for a dataset that will showcase the breadth and type of actions institutions are taking to support their undocumented students.

Reducing Barriers to Transfer for Community College Students

While access to a high-quality and affordable college education is essential, access means little if students are unable to meet their educational goals once they arrive, writes Jon Turk. A new brief from ACE and Hobsons explores upward transfer—the movement from a community college to a four-year institution—for students who matriculate soon after high school.

Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States: 2017 Trend Report

The Pell Institute and PennAHEAD recently released the annual Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States report for 2017. According to the report, equity gaps remain in American higher education. The cost of college has continued to increase, and yet, Pell Grants do not cover the same proportion of the average cost of college as they once have.

SHEEO Releases Annual State Higher Education Finance Report

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) recently released its annual State Higher Education Finance (SHEF) Fiscal Year report for 2016. According to the report, state and local governments provided nearly $90 billion in FY 2016 to support higher education, marking the first decline in overall state and local support in four years.