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 »
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 »
‘Dual enrollment’ programs—where students attend both high school and college—are gaining in popularity as college costs soar.
One of the most appealing aspects of tuition-free higher education proposals is that they convey a simple message about higher education affordability. Although students will need to come up with a substantial amount of money to cover textbooks, fees, and living expenses, one key expense will be covered if students hold up their end of… Read more »
The official federal graduation rates for colleges and universities that serve large numbers of black, Latino and Asian students significantly underestimate how many of their students are earning degrees, according to a new report. THE TOPIC Graduation rates at minority-serving colleges WHY IT MATTERS Minority-serving institutions may graduate more students than federal data show “Pulling… Read more »
This piece originally appeared at the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center Chalkboard blog. Young adulthood is not only the time when most people attend college, but also a time when many marry. In fact, college attendance and marriage are linked and have social and economic consequences for individuals and their families. When (and if) people get… Read more »
Click here to download a PDF of this piece. The author worked at the Department of Education during construction of this rule. Introduction In 1994, Congress added to the Higher Education Act a provision directing the Secretary of Education to establish rules to allow students who were misled by their colleges to present a defense… Read more »
Massachusetts is leading 18 states and the District of Columbia in a lawsuit against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, challenging her plans to roll back regulations designed to protect students at for-profit colleges.
The U.S. Department of Education recently released its annual report on the federal Pell Grant program, which provides detailed information about the program’s finances and who is receiving grants. The most recent report includes data from the 2015-16 academic year, and I summarize the data and trends over the last two decades in this annual… Read more »
New strategies include changing academic offerings and lowering prices