Higher Ed

  • Stop Fighting Over Pell and Start Delivering on Its Promise

    …In March, the Trump administration released its “skinny budget” — essentially its wish list for the government’s funding for fiscal year 2018, which begins Oct. 1. Congress will use this as a starting point, but it has the ultimate responsibility to pass a budget for the president to sign. This…
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  • Guiding Students Toward Degrees

    …It’s that time of year when college seniors are busy, readying themselves for graduation after four (or five or six) long years of working toward that degree. They’ve taken all the courses, they’ve paid all the money, they’ve worked and studied all the hours; and finally…
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  • College Hoops and Black Student Success: Why March Can Be So Maddening

    …Like many of you, I took some time during the last two weeks to relax and watch some college hoops. I’ve always loved college basketball, particularly March Madness. But, if I’m being completely honest, my inner education/racial justice advocate often finds the Madness … quite maddening. So, as…
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  • Ed Trust Mourns the Passing of Founding Board Member Roger Wilkins

    … Roger Wilkins, who died at 85 Sunday morning, was everything the newspaper reports say he was: a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a tenacious warrior in the fight for civil rights, a scholar who brought his probing intellect and perspective to matters of race and class in American history. He…
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  • More on Black Student Success: What It Means to Be at the Top of Our List

    … Over the last few years, Ed Trust has released several reports on graduation rates and gaps for low-income students and students of color at four-year colleges and universities. In each of these reports, including our most recent, “A Look at Black Student Success,” we included lists of…
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  • On Mission and Movements: John King’s First Day at Ed Trust

    … For two decades Ed Trust staff and education advocates all over the country have been motivated by a guiding question: What would Kati do? #WWKD. But a few weeks ago, when the board announced that John B. King Jr. would be Kati’s successor, that question quickly shifted … What…
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  • Why Closing Gaps in Graduation Rates Requires a Focus on Enrollment

    …If every college and university closed the gap that exists in graduation rates between Black and White students on their campuses, there would still be a gap nationwide. That’s because Black students aren’t as well represented as White students in the more selective colleges and universities that tend…
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  • OASIS at Work: Redesigning Courses to Boost Completion

    …What happens when you bring institutional leaders from 10 campuses together to exchange ideas about student success? That’s exactly what the OASIS Network was designed to see. Queens College recently received a $5.6 million federal grant (over five years) to increase the number of Hispanic students in STEM…
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  • A Tale of Two Colleges: Similar Students and Different Results

    … As the college admission letters start to trickle in, young adults across the country are facing one of the largest investment choices of their lives: where to go to college. Identifying the right institution could mean a lifetime of higher earnings and more stability and opportunity in the labor…
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  • DeVos Hearing: What We Heard and What We Didn’t

    …Last night, education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos did what advocates are supposed to do: Point out a problem and make a case for their theory of action for how to solve that problem. The issue with last night’s Senate confirmation hearing, though, is that we didn’t get much…
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  • Martin Luther King Jr.: The Chief Aim of Education Is to Save Man From the Morass of Propaganda

    …This post first appeared at the Huffington Post. Many of the civil rights movement’s demands had to do with the unequal schools and truncated educational opportunities African American children — and other children of color — faced. But this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I decided to reread the poignant essay…
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  • A Teachable Moment in Deeply Troubled America

    …"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them." — James Baldwin In the weeks since the election, network news and social media feeds have continued to reveal the corrosive effect of toxic and damaging rhetoric on our children: Images…
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  • Pushing, Prodding, and Cajoling Our Country Toward Educational Justice — Even Amidst Alarming Times

    …This first appeared on Huffington Post. Count me among those who have been deeply worried about what the next four years will mean for social and educational justice. While I’m a life-long Democrat, my concern is not that our president-elect is a Republican. Low-income students and…
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  • America’s College Attainment Problem Is About More Than Affordability

    …Amid mounting concerns about the cost of college and toppling student loan debt, policymakers are proposing various forms of relief, from increased financial support to free college entirely. Many of these proposals would require what’s called a federal-state partnership — an agreement between both tiers of government that, in…
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  • Holding Up Data as a Mirror

    …This op-ed first appeared at Inside Higher Ed. Around this time every year, as colleges and universities begin to spring back to life, I am reminded of my years working within central administration and the excitement in watching the sea of people full of promise come spilling back onto…
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  • Love Isn’t All We Need In America Right Now

    …In the online comment section under news articles on recent shootings of and by police are missives from pained, well-intentioned Americans, crying various themes of “love is ALL we need” to end racism and bridge the gap of a deeply divided America. And while these pleas to simply love…
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  • The $500 Million Club in Higher Ed

    …A new report we’ve released today shows that just 3.6 percent of colleges and universities — 138 in all — held a whopping 75 percent of all postsecondary endowment wealth in 2013. Because these institutions, which we dub the “$500 million club,” benefit tremendously from their endowments (e.g., no…
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  • Georgia State: Leading the Way in Student Success

    … Last week, PBS NewsHour profiled Georgia State University’s efforts to boost success among students of color, those from low-income families, and students who are the first in their families to attend college. Those efforts include early identification systems (which look for red flags that a student is…
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  • How Well Are Colleges and Universities Preparing Students to Thrive?

    …Our College Results Online web tool has been updated with new data and a few new, important variables that can help students and families weigh the investment in a college degree against the return expected down the road. The new variables are: Ten-year post-enrollment earnings. In the past…
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  • Write the Check: Pell Dollars for Pell Students

    …Congress is faced with a unique opportunity — an opportunity to make college more affordable for millions of college students by re-investing in Pell Grants. How is this possible given tight budget constraints? In short, as the economy improved, college enrollments declined, bringing the cost of the Pell Grant program…
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