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For Less Simplicity In Our College Messaging

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.10.2013 | College
Robert Shireman

We college advocates have succeeded in making the case for college. Every family feels the urgency, and schools are focused on getting students ready. Maybe we can now ease back on the simplistic messaging and offer up, as an educational exercise, somewhat more complex but more accurate information.

Why Governor Snyder Is Wrong About College Access

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 02.08.2013 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

I wondered if Governor Snyder has any idea that his criticism of the college access movement -- the movement that led to these gains -- awakens echoes of the elitism college access is meant to erase.

Closing the Achievement Gap

Elsa Nunez | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Elsa Nunez

What can we do about it? States need to enact multiple initiatives simultaneously -- policies that will help to create a comprehensive and cohesive policy framework.

American Success Depends on Expanding Access to Higher Ed

Dr. David Svaldi | Posted 02.26.2013 | College
Dr. David Svaldi

A careful look at credential completion rates, which have become of interest to both state and national politicians, reveals that completion rates for low-income students haven't really improved over the last 50 years.

The Pig is a Viper: College with Too Much Debt is Not Worth It

Bob Hildreth | Posted 01.15.2013 | College
Bob Hildreth

Saving is not enough. Families must educate themselves about the college access process. Many Americans spend more time buying a car, yet the risk of a lemon is nothing compared to the risk of shackling their children with debt.

American Colleges Are Failing Low-Income Students | Posted 10.05.2012 | College

For many students, the U.S. system of higher education works very well. Even with rising tuition, most four-year and community colleges still offer a ...

The Battle for the Future of Access to Higher Education

Marcus Bright | Posted 11.12.2012 | College
Marcus Bright

These cuts, along with a doubling of the Stafford Loan interest rate and an ending of loan interest subsidies for enrolled students, threaten to significantly alter the social mobility of an entire generation.

Strive for A's Not D's

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 06.19.2012 | Education
Rebecca Joseph

Our schools need to promote higher standards. LAUSD should and can become a leader in the country of a movement to move kids towards true college readiness.

The Flying Car of Higher Education

Paul Freedman | Posted 06.19.2012 | Education
Paul Freedman

How do we make higher education more personal and affordable?

Rich Summer Plans That Are Free

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 03.31.2012 | College
Rebecca Joseph

Yes, we understand kids need to relax and get rejuvenated during the summer, but the summers are long and the more competitive the college, the more that college will expect applicants to use summers in meaningful ways.

Why Charters and College Access Programs Should Cream

Robert Schwartz | Posted 07.24.2011 | Education
Robert Schwartz

The achievement trap has become an unintended effect of high-stakes testing under NCLB.

Attitudes Toward Access To Higher Education Affected By Race: Study

Posted 06.05.2011 | College

A new study shows that perceptions of who has greater access to higher education differ according to race, with black and Hispanic respondents more li...

Think Public Transportation Isn't a Social Justice Issue? Think Again

Molly Secours | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Molly Secours

It is no secret that lack of transportation is the number one deterrent to employment and community involvement across the country. Public transportation speaks volumes about a society.

Is Higher Education Living Up to Its Promise of Opportunity for Low-Income Students?

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Laracy

Michelle Asha Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, contributed the following commentary on the correlation between postseco...

A DREAM Undeterred

Lindsay McCluskey | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Lindsay McCluskey

What happens to a dream deferred? It is realized by the undeterred.

Students Are Voting Again to Build a Movement

Lindsay McCluskey | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Lindsay McCluskey

Students are voting again in 2010 because we're building a movement. It is a movement to make education a right and has been a driving force behind social progress for decades.

College From Pennsylvania to Chicago's South Side to the Future, With Fish

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

Between the shootings steps from school boundaries and the domestic violence, there's not a whole lot of good news on the teen front. But I have some.

Three Cheers for Shop Class

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

Auto shop, wood shop, metal shop -- all horrors of a certain segment of the high school population. Let's face it, shop class never got much respect.

College Access: The Missing Link

Karen Arnold, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Arnold, Ph.D.

The current debate on postsecondary education access overlooks a crucial period that derails the college plans of many low-income students who successfully graduate high school and gain college admission.