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'Nontraditional' But Increasingly Common Barriers to Higher Education

Abby Miller | Posted 01.08.2015 | College
Abby Miller

This growing majority of students has essentially been penalized because their families or their schools were unable to provide the same encouragement and direction that more privileged students have access to.

What Will It Take to Be 'First in the World?'

Gail Mellow | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
Gail Mellow

President Obama has set a clear goal for our nation's education system: by 2020, the U.S. would once again be the world's leader in the proportion of its citizens holding college degrees or postsecondary credentials.

On Access For Low Income Students, Which Top Colleges Walk The Walk?

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.12.2014 | College
Peter Dreier

Because colleges and universities are tax-exempt institutions and receive other forms of government subsidies, policymakers can and should insist that they meet some basic standards in promoting economic diversity among their student bodies.

Applying to College Is Different This Year--Here's How

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 10.25.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

School hasn't even started for most students, but the college application process is in high gear for the Class of 2015. Students, parents, and couns...

White House Counseling Summit Raises Hopes, Questions, and Possibilities

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 09.29.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

This week's White House Summit on College Access was an historic day of recognition and reflection for school counselors. Held less than six weeks aft...

White House to States: Help School Counselors Now

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 09.01.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

The profession that has spent decades discussing student assessment and teacher tenure must radically improve the way school counselors are viewed and able to do their work in eight weeks.

Unspoken Lessons From Our Greatest Teachers, Our Students

Catherine Okafor | Posted 05.11.2014 | Education
Catherine Okafor

While some look at their students as "lazy," "ungrateful" kids, I see something much better. Our students are the ones that can teach us things that we would never expect.

Joy Resmovits

These Students Want College Degrees, But They're Getting Left Behind | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.27.2014 | College

When he was a kid, Will Farrior was "just like your average child and student making A's and B's while participating in extracurricular activities," t...

Where Is the Netflix for College Textbooks?

Dean Florez | Posted 04.28.2014 | Los Angeles
Dean Florez

Where is the technology fix or app for skyrocketing textbooks? Where are the barbarians at the gate? Those Silicon Valley warriors that took down Motown, turned my neighborhood Borders into a laundromat, eliminated Kodak AND my camera?

The Obamas' Jeffersonian Moment

Michael Roth | Posted 03.25.2014 | College
Michael Roth

Despite their many differences, we can see in Jefferson and the Obamas a common commitment to a broad, open-ended education as a vehicle for disrupting entrenched elites. When the best educational resources are dominated by the wealthiest, they become an elite bent on cultivating their pleasures rather than on extending knowledge and cultural vitality.

Getting to Zero

Gov. Jack Markell | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Gov. Jack Markell

Our at-risk students need our support and we need them to make it as far as they can go. The country's economic competitiveness, and our promise of economic opportunity for all Americans, depends on it.

Obstacles Preventing Access to Higher Education for All

Meghan Mason | Posted 11.27.2013 | College
Meghan Mason

I had the opportunity to meet with incredible young adults, ages 17 to 24. These young people are so resilient -- each one overcoming numerous barriers while juggling classes, jobs, family commitments and piles of financial aid paperwork.

College Readiness, the Cristo Rey Way

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Cristo Ray students are more than ready to make the most of college, because they're making the most out of high school. I asked one class what advice they would give to ninth graders interested in college, and one student said "time management."

Beyond Access and Affordability: An Education of High Value

Wendy B. Libby | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Wendy B. Libby

While values education may happen in the home or community, there is a critical role for schools and universities to play as we impart new knowledge -- and with it, provoke the discourse that instills personal and social responsibility.

Will New Federal Ratings of Colleges and Universities Help or Hurt?

Dr. Philip L. Yeagle | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
Dr. Philip L. Yeagle

The graduation rate calculation needs to account for students who eventually are able to complete their degrees, against steep odds, while preserving the incentive for full time students to complete their work in a timely fashion.

Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Building College Pathways From Rikers Island

Aviva Tevah | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Aviva Tevah

What they found was that lack of information and self-confidence are frequent barriers to college success for young men of color in the criminal justice system, who are often deterred by incomplete and inaccurate information about financial aid, admissions, and the benefits of a degree.

What Does Daniel Craig Have in Common With Low-Income Students?

Jessica Pliska | Posted 11.06.2013 | College
Jessica Pliska

British movie star Daniel Craig is accustomed to difficult situations. He plays James Bond, the suave and shrewd British spy who manages to escape from one impossible scenario after another.

Social Mission Should Be Part of College Ranking Equation

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Over Labor Day Weekend nearly 300,000 college and university students descended on Boston to begin another academic year, bringing with them energy, v...

Why College Costs So Much

Debora L. Spar | Posted 10.14.2013 | College
Debora L. Spar

What has instead driven the rise, on our campus and elsewhere, are two crucial but little discussed trends: expanded access and extended student services.

When Students Are Unprepared for College, the Solution Isn't Remedial Classes

Jessica Pliska | Posted 09.24.2013 | College
Jessica Pliska

As a nation we have expanded access to college for more students than ever, a tremendous accomplishment. However, we have failed at making sure they can graduate.

Helping the Kids: Wealthy Families and Declining Social Mobility

Chuck Collins | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Chuck Collins

Who is responsible for inequality? Is it the 1 percent, soaking up the lion's share of national income and wealth? Or the failure of people in the 99% to boost their earnings to get sufficient education and skills to compete in the labor market?

Leveling the Playing Field for Low-Income High Achievers

John Cronin | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact
John Cronin

We analyzed the growth of the top ten percent of students within their respective schools over three years in a large sample of 1,000 schools across the country. Our researchers hoped to see if the high achievers in high-poverty schools had the same growth as students in more affluent settings.

Improving Socioeconomic Diversity at Top Colleges and Universities

Catharine Hill | Posted 06.05.2013 | College
Catharine Hill

Our most significant policy challenge of the last few years has been weighing the social good of ensuring that qualified applicants can afford to attend against the fiscal constraints, worsened by the recession.

Mr. President, Are You Busy This Saturday?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 04.30.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Does everyone need to go to college? Should the last year of high school be a jump start for technical training -- and if everyone needs some education after high school, how are we going to pay for that?

New Federal Loan Policies Hamper Black College Enrollment

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 02.26.2013 | Black Voices

ATLANTA -- Ariadne Partlow dreamed of graduating Spelman College and moving on to medical school, but instead of studying biology this semester, she w...