Higher Ed

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  • Going to SXSWedu 2016? Vote for Ed Trust!

    …We have a couple of panels up for consideration in next year’s SXSWedu conference, but it’s up to you to make sure we’re there. Interested in any of the following topics? Vote for us by this Friday, Sept. 4! And hopefully, we’ll see you there…
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  • Setting the Record Straight on Pell

    …Since Hechinger Report released its analysis on the graduation rates of Pell Grant recipients, some people have called the effectiveness of the Pell Grant program into question. Lost in those arguments, though, are three crucial points about the program: Since 1972, Pell has been a student voucher designed to improve…
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  • Pell Grants Provide Access; Institutions Must Support Completion

    …The Hechinger Report just published an article on the graduation rates of Pell Grant recipients at 82 of the largest public and private institutions in the nation. Considering nearly 9 million low-income students receive Pell Grants annually, it’s a topic that we care deeply about. In fact…
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  • An Open Letter to College Dropout Factories

    …Visit this page for a complete list and an interactive map of the 113 college dropout factories. Dear College Dropout Factories, As part of our quest to increase the public demand for greater accountability in higher education, The Education Trust has continued our commitment to identifying four-year colleges and…
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  • Higher Ed’s Pivotal Role in Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

    …Today, I testified before the United States Commission on Civil Rights as it convenes a hearing on the effect of college access and success on the socioeconomic mobility of people of color. I’m glad that the commission is digging into this subject because it gets too little attention.…
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  • An Updated College Results Online = More Data for You

    …College Results Online has been updated with the most recent data from the federal government (2012-13), giving you even more information to compare in this one-stop shop tool. At CollegeResults.org — now in its 10th year of compiling and sharing critical information on colleges across the country — you…
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  • ‘Where Is the Compassion?’ Conversations About Baltimore and Educational Improvement

    …This week, I had dinner with my sister-in-law in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and was deeply immersed in our conversation about the Baltimore protests when a Jewish woman in her mid-60s asked to join us. Acknowledging that even though it was an odd request for a total stranger…
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  • The FASFA Divide: Getting More Low-Income Students to Apply for Aid

    …Almost 20 percent of students with family incomes low enough to qualify for a Pell Grant never even apply. And many more students who qualify for other types of financial aid are missing out, too, having never submitted their Free Application for Federal Student Aid. According to our analysis…
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  • Senate and House Republican Budget Proposals: Protecting Pell Not A Priority  

    …D.C. insiders know that the congressional budget proposals don’t have the force of law. However, these proposals should not be summarily dismissed, as they set forth Republican priorities. And unfortunately, it looks like the Pell Grant program, which supports low- and moderate-income student access to…
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  • Bridging the College Info Gap

    …When researchers mailed college information to high-achieving, low-income students last year, follow-up survey results were promising: Many students reported feeling more knowledgeable than their peers about the college application and financial aid processes. But when asked if they recalled receiving the mailings, only 40 percent of…
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  • Celebrating 10 Years of College Results Online!

    …Ten years ago, we created College Results Online to challenge the conventional wisdom that colleges’ graduation rates were simply a function of the students they served. Since then, this online tool has shown us that colleges serving similar students often get very different results. College Results Online began with…
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  • Black Students (and Issues of Race and Perception) Matter

    …Credit: Franklin Marshall College My nephew, a young black male who takes AP classes and is applying to college, has always had a hopeful and trusting attitude. But as he witnesses the senseless police killings of black males and the resulting non-indictments, his perspective has started to shift…
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  • ‘It Stops Today': Racial Profiling in the Classroom

    …The day-to-day realities of the impact of racial profiling come alive in the stories under the #AliveWhileBlack hashtag. But it’s not just tales of interacting with law enforcement or being followed around a store while shopping. Many of the incidents take place in schools, troubling encounters…
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  • Education and Racial Justice: The Need for a Protest Within

    …My whole life’s work has been bound up in the fight for racial justice. So my heart aches every time I confront evidence of how far we still have to travel until we leave behind for good the ugliness that rips our country apart. I see that evidence…
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  • The Problem With Merit Aid

    …There is a misnomer in a term commonly used in higher education: merit aid. The use of “merit” implies excellence or worthy of praise, but unfortunately, in this context, merit is often synonymous with privilege. Unlike federal and need-based financial aid, which take into account students’ financial circumstances…
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  • Blog: Is Tufts’ Lack of Diversity Undermining Its Civic Mission?

    …The White House recently hosted a summit on civic engagement at one of the nation’s most elite and least diverse institutions of higher learning, Tufts University. This venue was most likely selected because of Tufts extensive, and rather unique, curricular and co-curricular emphasis on civic education and engagement…
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  • Blog: #EdTrust2014 Conference — Day Two

    …If you’re looking for information from Day One, click here. FINAL UPDATE 2:10 p.m. Heard Around Conference Degrees of Preparation: Ensuring students have the classroom-ready teachers they need In Tennessee and Delaware, state departments of education are working toward stronger accountability systems for their teacher…
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  • Staying Optimistic in the Midst of Dysfunction

    …When I feel overwhelmed about the madness in Washington, I have a time-tested strategy: I get myself as fast as I can to a high-poverty school that is hitting it out of the park for poor kids. When I talk with well-supported teachers who have seen…
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  • Fast Fact: Latino Student Achievement on the Rise

    …Produced by Ed Trust staff.…
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