“High Impact Practices” Increase Students Civic Engagement

High-impact practices (HIPs) are staples in higher education teaching that can have a positive influence on learning indicators for undergraduate students. In a new report, AAC&U synthesized the literature on the use of HIPs to assess how college students develop civic and community-based skills.

Increasing Investment in HBCUs

Attention has focused in recent years on public underinvestment in HBCUs. A new report from the Brookings Institution now sheds light on how HBCUs can build wealth from private capital through banks, philanthropies, and community development financial institutions.

Designing Equity-Minded Work-Based Learning Opportunities for Community College Students

Community college students often find themselves excluded from participating in work-based learning opportunities, which can be crucial for future employability. In a new report, New America showcases how five community colleges center equity in redesigning WBL to be more accessible and work for all students.

Why Is College Enrollment Declining?

Title: Exploring the Exodus From Higher Education Source: Edge Research, HCM Strategies, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation A collaborative study between Edge Research, HCM Strategies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aims to shed light on why an increasing number of people are choosing not to attend college. As enrollment has been… Read more »

NASFAA’s Annual Student Aid Profile Provides Overview of Federal Programs

Federal financial aid programs play a critical role for students as college costs continue to rise. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) recently released its annual publication outlining student aid available at the federal level. NASFAA aims to increase awareness of these programs, helping students understand how to apply for funds and improving public knowledge broadly.

Racial and Ethnic Inequities in Higher Education Have Lasting Implications

A new report from McKinsey & Company utilizes data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) highlights representation parity gaps for students and faculty and the subsequent implications these gaps have for life after college.

Report Looks at How Student Debt Impacts the Mental Health of Black Borrowers

Title: Student Debt Is Harming the Mental Health of Black Borrowers Author: Victoria Jackson & Jalil B. Mustaffa Source: The Education Trust   The Education Trust recently released its second of four reports focused on the challenges identified through qualitative data from the National Black Student Debt Study. The first report highlighted how Black women… Read more »

New Report Sheds Light on Role of Living Allowances in College Affordability

Policymakers and practitioners in higher education have focused on tuition in their efforts to improve college affordability. Living expenses, however, are often overlooked, although they are one of the major components shaping the total cost of attendance for college students.

New Report Highlights How Institutions Are Supporting Post-completion Success for Latino Students

Post-completion success continues to be an important conversation point as colleges and universities work to support students of historically marginalized backgrounds through their postsecondary education. Excelencia in Education recently released a report to examine the post-completion success initiatives at seven Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs).

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.