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Report Sheds Light on Higher Education and Income Mobility

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 01.31.2017 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

There is plenty of data suggesting that education, particularly a college or university degree, leads to higher incomes. Less is known about the impac...

The New Face of the Textbook Monopoly

Ethan Senack | Posted 10.26.2016 | College
Ethan Senack

Today, the Student PIRGs released a new report titled Access Denied that investigates the concerning growth of online access codes in college classroo...

States' Obsession with College Access Threatens Graduation Success

Bob Hildreth | Posted 09.15.2016 | Education
Bob Hildreth

Have you ever wondered why enrollment in college has continued to rise despite tuition increasing at such a fast rate? While the economic recovery and...

Meeting The Needs Of Tomorrow's Leaders

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 06.27.2016 | Education
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

College campuses across the country are experiencing increased student activism. Students are challenging practices inside and outside the classroom,...

A Coach for Every Low Income Student

Jim McCorkell | Posted 06.14.2016 | College
Jim McCorkell

Do you remember what inspired you to go to college? Take a minute, think back, and see if you can recall the specific moment. Maybe it was your firs...

What College Means

Lateef Romeo | Posted 05.23.2016 | Black Voices
Lateef Romeo

The most powerful influence on a teenager is another teenager. Our shared experiences give us perspective and help us believe in ourselves and overcome any obstacles.

An Open Letter to America's Rising Scholars, Low-Income Graduates of 2016

Jim McCorkell | Posted 05.19.2016 | College
Jim McCorkell

I am curious; did you scan the crowd at your graduation ceremony and wonder how many of your fellow graduates grew up low income? Did you spend a minute thinking about the low-income peers who began the first year of college with you but slipped away as you persisted? I know I had.

Inequality in Online Services Can Worsen the Educational Achievement Gap

Bob Hildreth | Posted 04.08.2016 | Education
Bob Hildreth

Access to the internet is increasing rapidly, and many organizations, whether they are non-profit, for-profit or governmental, have transitioned to the web, and many are only operating online.

A Game Changer for Students and Counselors

Julie Vivian | Posted 03.22.2017 | Education
Julie Vivian

As an advisor, I can forward on every scholarship opportunity in the world and encourage my students to apply for any program they find, but with increasing competition and even higher expectations, it is very difficult to rely on "winning" scholarship money or qualifying for grants amongst a field of so many other competitive applicants.

All Students Can Learn, if Given the Right Opportunities

Miguel Martinez-Saenz | Posted 02.23.2017 | Education
Miguel Martinez-Saenz

While education has a number of legitimate goals, among the most central are promoting cognitive and socio-emotional development, allowing students to attain general knowledge and skills, and helping students become desirable from the perspective of employers. For the latter, they must graduate.

College Admissions for Low-Income Students: A Dose of Reality

Jessica Pliska | Posted 11.18.2016 | College
Jessica Pliska

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, a new organization which includes that nation's most selective colleges and universities, recently surprised high school guidance counselors and college access and success organizations.

Building a STEM Education Ecosystem in Baltimore

Paul Mincarelli | Posted 10.28.2016 | Education
Paul Mincarelli

Across the country, school districts, informal educators, non-profit organizations, and entire communities are mobilizing to enhance STEM learning opportunities for America's youth.

Keeping Score: New Iteration and Limitations of the College Scorecard

Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher | Posted 10.07.2016 | College
Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher

The College Scorecard endeavors to provide those college-bound with institutional data to make informed decisions in selecting which college to attend based on factors such as costs, completion rates, etc. Nonetheless, there is a wrinkle considering the way in which completion is calculated.

How California Is Helping Low-Income Students Succeed In College

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.21.2015 | Media

The New York Times: California’s Upward-Mobility Machine When it comes to recruiting and retaining an economically diverse student popula...

How A Small Michigan Town Is Sending All Its Kids To College

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact

Baldwin has never been a place particularly associated with high academic achievement. The small, rural northwestern Michigan town of 1,200 residents ...

TedX and College Finance: A Danger in Your Community

Bob Hildreth | Posted 07.14.2016 | Education
Bob Hildreth

I told you so. In a Ted Talk almost two years ago I told you so. I said that while too much student debt is bad for students, it may be worse for colleges. Events in 2015 are starting to prove me right. Ordinarily I wouldn't be a scold but there still remains a huge misunderstanding of what is happening.

One Path to Debt-Free College

Equal Justice Works | Posted 07.09.2016 | College
Equal Justice Works

"The Affordable College Compact" calls for state and federal partnership in higher education with the goals of substantially increasing public investment in higher education and reducing student debt.

We Have Created a Monster!

Bob Hildreth | Posted 06.17.2016 | Education
Bob Hildreth

We, just like Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelly's great novel, had all good intentions. Increasing college access and affordability for students less able to pay, by making federal grants and low-interest loans available, seemed like the right thing to do.

Congress Wants to Weaken the Pell Program. Here's Why They Shouldn't.

Tom Sullivan | Posted 06.09.2016 | College
Tom Sullivan

Colleges and universities are playing their part in making college accessible and affordable. But we can't do it alone. We need a strong partnership with the federal government, one where Pell awards are increased, not diminished in inflation-adjusted dollars.

Lousy College Counseling for Bright Kids From Poor Homes

Harold O. Levy | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Harold O. Levy

If we truly care about things like the economic inequality or class mobility, putting more degrees in the hands of academically talented young people from poor areas is certainly a way to make a significant difference.

The Case For Closing The Opportunity Gap

Jessica Pliska | Posted 06.21.2015 | College
Jessica Pliska

Hong Deng's story is just one of thousands. Every day our country misses out on the talents, dedication and creativity of students like her because we don't give them the tools they need to go to college and launch a career. It's time to change that.

The 'Student Debt' Bill of Rights

Bob Hildreth | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Bob Hildreth

President Obama's efforts to simplify the student loan program and to end poor loan services and deceptive debt collection practices are all good. However, the changes he put forward do not go far enough to adequately address the problems of high tuition and high debt.

Do You Need a College Admissions Counselor?

Ishan Puri | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
Ishan Puri

Every year we hear dizzying statistics about the college admissions process. Thousands of students apply to colleges with single digit acceptance rates, and often it feels like a lottery ticket to get accepted.

'Nontraditional' But Increasingly Common Barriers to Higher Education

Abby Miller | Posted 03.10.2015 | 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.