Higher Education

A Peek Inside the New IPEDS Outcome Measures Dataset

Much of higher education policy focuses on “traditional” college students—those who started college at age 18 after getting dropped off in the family station wagon or minivan, enrolled full-time, and stayed at that institution until graduation. Yet although this is how many policymakers and academics experienced college (I’m no exception), this represents a minority of… Read more »

Comments on the Trump Higher Education Budget Proposal

The Trump administration released its first full budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 today, and it is safe to say that it represents a sharp break from the Obama administration’s budget proposals. The proposed discretionary budget for the Department of Education is about $69 billion, $10 billion less than the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. Below,… Read more »

Five Takeaways from Five Years of Public Engagement

When I was beginning my final year of graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I started a blog with the goal of thinking through some of the interesting issues in higher education policy by writing about them. I joined Twitter a few months later (in February 2013), and I’ve done my best to consistently… Read more »

Studying With Your Smartphone? That’s Not So Smart

New research shows the mere presence of your smartphone – even if it isn’t ringing and you aren’t staring at it – undermines your ability to perform certain tasks. A team of psychologists ran a series of experiments with college students and found that their attention and problem-solving varied depending on the location of their… Read more »