Issue Brief Outlines Strategies to Address “Stranded” Credits

As postsecondary attainment is increasingly tied to economic and workforce development, a new issue brief by Sarah Pingel of Ithaka S+R discusses strategies for institutions and states to better address stranded credits, or academic credits that students have earned but cannot access because they have an unpaid balance at another institution.

Urban Institute Proposes Alternative Postsecondary Accountability System

As core principles in designing the proposed system, the authors emphasized the need for accountability standards to apply to all institutions, while recognizing institutional differences by the level of programs.

Intellectual Property Stealing: Risk Factors for Academic Institutions

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) draws attention to the risk of sensitive information, such as research or technology data, being shared with the home countries of students and scholars studying at U.S. universities.

New Report Examines Differences in How Students Complete College

A new report from Sallie Mae and Ipsos explores the student journey through higher education for two major groups: completers and non-completers.

The Return on Investment for Business Degrees

A degree in business is one of the most popular choices at all levels—associates, bachelor’s, and master’s. A new report from Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce utilized College Scorecard data as of March 1, 2022 to investigate returns on investments on business degrees for over 1,700 institutions, from program choice to post-grad occupation.

New Reports Examine Pathways to a Good Job Among Today’s Young Adults

The Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University recently released two reports in a series on the delayed transition to a “good job” among young adults. A good job was defined as a job paying “at least $35,000 per year and $57,000 at the median for young workers (ages 25 to 35) nationwide, with adjustments based on cost-of-living differences among states.”

Annual SHEEO Report Sheds Light on State of State Higher Education Finance

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) recently released its annual State Higher Education Finance Report for fiscal year 2021. SHEEO’s stated purpose of this report is to “broaden understanding of the context and consequences of public policy decisions in each state that contribute to public higher education funding levels and funding distributions across states and nationally.”

New Report Draws Attention to the College Experiences of LGBTQ Students

A new report from the Williams Institute draws attention to the challenges students who identify as LGBTQ face compared to their non-LGBTQ peers. These challenges—especially for students with intersecting identities—may impact LGBTQ students’ academic journeys, mental health, and sense of belonging.

U.S. Strategic Innovative Competition: Why Inclusivity Is Important to STEM Success

Two new reports offer insights into recent legislative efforts that could impact science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and equity.

How to Reimagine Student Loan Servicing and Repayment

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) recently released a new report providing systemic solutions to improve student loan repayment in the United States.

Report Calls Attention to “Equitable Accountability System” in Higher Education

A new report from the American Enterprise Institute highlights the need for an “equitable accountability system” in higher education that considers students’ demographic and economic background in assessing institutional performance.

The Impact of the Second Chance Pell Initiative in Prisons

Five years after the Department of Education launched the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative (SCP), data highlights the impact of expanding postsecondary education programs in state and federal prisons.