Higher Ed

  • 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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  • What Happened With Cohort Default Rates?

    …The U.S. Department of Education recently released student loan cohort default rates for colleges and universities. Schools with rates of 30 percent or more for three consecutive years (and those with 40 percent or more for one year) were in danger of losing federal financial aid. In the…

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  • Fast Fact: How Much Does the Pell Grant Buy?

    …Produced by Ed Trust staff.…

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  • A Next-Generation Design for Federal Financial Aid

    …This morning, we’ll be hosting a panel discussion about better targeting federal financial aid, work-study dollars, and other funding to more effectively benefit students and taxpayers. It’s a culmination of four policy proposals released this year (from four entities, Ed Trust included) that provide policy recommendations for…

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  • Fast Fact: What Will You Learn at Conference This Year?

    …Produced by Ed Trust staff.…

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  • Rutgers–Newark: Leading the Way in Diversity, Degrees

    …For years, Rutgers University–Newark struggled to embrace its diversity — students reported feeling unwelcome on campus based on race, ethnicity, and religion. And it showed in in the university’s graduation rates: In 2002, more than half of white students graduated, while only 38 percent of African Americans got a…

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  • Fast Fact: Are High School Grads Ready for the Workforce?

    …Produced by Ed Trust staff.…

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  • What If You Had a 5 Percent Chance of Graduating College?

    …Would you enroll in college (or send your son or daughter), if you (or they) had only a 5 percent chance of graduating? What about 10 percent? 15 percent? … No? More than 450,000 students do it every year, enrolling in four-year colleges and universities with atrociously low graduation…

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  • Need-Blind Is Just Like Colorblind: Why Low-income Kids Should Receive Preferential Consideration in College Admissions

    …Need-blind college admissions processes evaluate applicants solely based on a broadly defined definition of merit (wink wink), detaching information on students’ financial need from the application review and final admission decision. Since need-blind colleges, particularly those that meet students’ full financial need, never reject a prospective student because…

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