Let’s Educate More and Better Leaders—The World Needs Them

Good leadership can give our work and lives meaning and foster stability, unity, innovation, and equity. With so much at stake, Scott Cowen, president emeritus of Tulane University, suggests that leadership studies should be a strategic priority and part of the core curriculum at all colleges.

Meeting Gen Z: Avoiding the Demographic Cliff and Preparing for Their Future

Colleges must understand and respond both to the concerns and needs of Gen Z and the evolving demands of the marketplace—and do it fast—or they will fail, writes Allegheny College President Hilary Link.

What Is the Return on Investment for Higher Education?

The Bipartisan Policy Center has released a new report on the return on investment (ROI) for higher education institutions. Expanding on the prior studies, this report estimated ROIs for 3,349 higher institutions in the United States, by comparing students’ earnings after graduation—their college earning premium—and the costs of attending that institution.

New Report Highlights the Value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The authors used data from three surveys—the Strada-Gallup Education Survey, the Strada Outcomes Survey, and the National Survey of Student Engagement—to better understand the experiences and outcomes of HBCU students and alumni.

New Resource Aims to Improve Student Success, Job Outlook for Post-Traditional Learners

A new resource from the Education Strategy Group (ESG) seeks to equip institution and state leaders to better support post-traditional students as competing challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and labor market demands, impact adult-learner success.

Supporting Distressed Communities by Strengthening Regional Public Universities: A Federal Policy Proposal

A report from Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program outlines a new proposal demonstrating the value of federal investment in regional public universities (RPUs) during economic recovery.

Congress Lifted the Pell Grant Ban for Incarcerated People. What Now?

With Pell Grant access restored, we can now move forward with more postsecondary programs in prison, which are an evidence-based way to shatter many of the inequities and obstacles associated with reentry that people with low-incomes and communities of color face—the very communities that colleges and universities are strive to serve better.

Small Colleges Are Essential for U.S. Economic, Social Recovery

Keeping small colleges and universities functioning through the pandemic matters. Mary B. Marcy, president of Dominican University of California, writes about the steps we can take to ensure these institutions also can thrive after the pandemic is over.

Study Demonstrates the Return on Investment of Enrolling in a Public Four-Year College in Georgia

A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research examines how enrolling at a public four-year university impacts degree attainment and income earning outcomes among Georgia students.

Why do Black College Graduates Have a Lower Homeownership Rate?

The Urban Institute released a study examining the gap in homeownership rates between Black and White communities in the United States.

The Impact of Major on Earnings for Associate Degree Holders

A recent report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce analyzes student participation and labor-market outcomes for associate degree and certificate recipients.

The Public and Private Benefits of Education

As part of their Trends in Higher Education series, the College Board recently released a new brief focused on individual and societal benefits of education.