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.

Making Informed Decisions in College

A report published by Complete College America documents the scope and implementation of the Purpose First strategy—an initiative aimed to help students identify a clear academic path, build early momentum, and make informed decisions about courses and careers throughout the their college journey.

State Failure To Plan Sets Up Students To Fail

A new issue brief released by Ithaka S+R argues states should prioritize developing coherent policy agendas for higher education funding, in order to maximize efficient use of appropriated and increasingly limited taxpayer funds, while also improving a range of student outcomes.

Are More Colleges Closing? (Spoiler Alert: Probably Not)

There is no doubt that colleges and universities in demographically challenged states are facing serious headwinds. Yet, stories suggesting that colleges are closing more frequently than they did before don’t withstand a careful examination of the data.

New Survey Highlights What Americans Think About Higher Education

New America has released its most recent version of the Varying Degrees Survey that describes how Americans perceive higher education in 2019.