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How Do You Value a College Degree?

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 05.09.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Writing in the Washington Post recently, Nick Anderson noted that " . . . a great number of students and parents want to know their financial bottom ...

Why Current College Measures Fail Today's Students

Kimberly Cassidy | Posted 04.20.2016 | College
Kimberly Cassidy

Years of hard work and months of nervous anticipation are coming to a crisis point for high school seniors around the country. May 1st is decision day...

Beware of College Rankings Without Context

Jonathan M. Brand | Posted 02.01.2017 | College
Jonathan M. Brand

When the U.S. Department of Education released its first College Scorecard in September, the media narrative was that college rankings would become more reliable, because they could take advantage of large amounts of federally verified data.

The New College Scorecard: How to Find Gold in the Data Dump

Dr. Michele Hernandez | Posted 11.17.2016 | College
Dr. Michele Hernandez

As if college admissions wasn't confusing enough, now we have yet another ranking system to supposedly make it more transparent.

College Scorecard Misses Opportunity to Make Key Point: Borrowing and Repayment Are Married

Karen Gross | Posted 10.20.2016 | College
Karen Gross

We shouldn't separate the front end and back end conversations about the costs of education. It is time to link borrowing with repayment at the front end. Then, and only then, will we be able to truly look at college affordability

A Better Way to Measure the Impact of Higher Education

Scott Cowen | Posted 09.30.2016 | College
Scott Cowen

The Obama administration's College Scorecard, while perhaps a good idea in theory, has serious shortcomings, as it does not acknowledge regional differences, fails to break down the data by field of study, and ignores the impact of transfer students and drop-outs.

The Education Department Isn't Warning Students About Beauty Schools

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics

The new College Scorecard from the U.S. Department of Education, which the Obama administration touted as providing vital consumer information for pro...

Finding The Right College Is Hard. New Database Helps Students Choose Wisely.

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 09.14.2015 | Technology

A new government website is helping Americans make more educated decisions about where they go to college. And unlike, the makers of Co...

The College Scorecard: Painting by the Numbers

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 09.14.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Let's be clear that more information is a good thing, showcasing the complexity and diversity of offerings available in American higher education. There are, however, at least three issues that must be addressed for the College Scorecard to work well.

College Scorecard Sandbags Equity in Higher Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 09.13.2016 | College
Patricia McGuire

The College Scorecard completely ignores the increasingly non-traditional nature of the nation's undergraduate student body today, and instead, presents data as if most college students are privileged children whiling away four years in some grove of academic luxury.

"At-Risk" Students and the College Scorecard

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 08.23.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

For the federal government, efforts to score colleges and universities does not square up to the history of how higher education developed.

Proposed Federal Scorecard for Higher Education Misses the Mark

Thomas J. Botzman | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Thomas J. Botzman

Colleges and universities that prepare a diverse array of students for life, responsible citizenship and successful careers may, as a result, be ranked as "third tier" institutions.

College Scorecards and the Liberal Arts

Thomas A. Kazee | Posted 05.05.2014 | College
Thomas A. Kazee

President Obama is right to emphasize greater access to college for historically underserved populations, but this is not the way to achieve that goal.

College Graduates Building Meaningful Lives: Don't Measure Success by Your Paycheck

Cynthia Huggins | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Cynthia Huggins

A college education should also impress on students the importance -- the absolute necessity -- of a meaningful life in which they get to define success for themselves. Learn to play the clarinet. Read a Brontë novel. Coach a basketball team. Or just spend an hour walking a dog.

Rebuilding Higher Education: Playing to Win

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 11.08.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

The underlying tragedy will be that national policymakers and the higher education community will likely be caught up in an acrimonious debate that will only lead ultimately to a standoff. But the rhetoric masks far deeper problems that American higher education must address soon.

President Obama's Contributions to Financial Literacy

Beth Kobliner | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Beth Kobliner

April is Financial Literacy Month! What steps will you take to get financially fit?

Why Obama's College Scorecard Falls Short

Dr. Laura Perna | Posted 05.11.2013 | College
Dr. Laura Perna

The College Scorecard -- a recent White House effort to help Americans find the best value for their education dollars -- doesn't do enough to help the disturbing number of people for whom college continues to be unattainable.

The Department of Education's College Scorecard

Tim_Hall | Posted 05.08.2013 | College

Although it provides college-bound students with some useful information, it misleads them about institutional performance by focusing on the six-year graduation rate to "score" colleges and universities. Use of the six-year rate is misleading for two primary reasons.

College Education Cost: The Risks Ahead

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 05.04.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

The Department of Education raises legitimate concerns about sticker price. The American public needs to be better educated about what this means for them. Higher education leadership must be prepared to address consumer concerns.

New Tool Eases College Process

The Miami Hurricane | Posted 05.02.2013 | College
The Miami Hurricane

With the College Scorecard, students have a service that wouldn't be provided elsewhere. Even if students research colleges on their own, they are more likely to find information that is skewed, biased or disorganized.

A Scorecard Is No Way to Pick a College

Patricia McGuire | Posted 04.23.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

Nowhere in the recently released White House "college scorecard" can I find a section about a school's worth in inspiring careers in public service, working for social justice, living simply, not exalting money as the only benchmark worth talking about. Instead, it equates excellence with salaries.

The Value Beyond the College Scorecard

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 04.23.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Is education principally about the best deal out there? Is it really a transaction that can be reduced to metrics whose applicability and level of appropriateness varies widely within a diverse higher education system?

Obama's College Scorecard: 'Get the Most Bang for Your Educational Buck'

Elizabeth Romero | Posted 04.22.2013 | College
Elizabeth Romero

Making a list of colleges is one of the indicators for successfully enrolling in a university after high school. The online scorecard will help prospective students assess the cost and value of attending individual colleges and universities.

Obama, Rubio Offer Similar Prescriptions For College Aid Changes

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama challenged Congress in his State of the Union Address Tuesday night to reform how college financial aid is distributed, and onc...

Obama And Romney: Wrong On Student Loan Interest Rates

Posted 06.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Brookings Institution. It is written by Matthew M. Chingos, governance studies fellow at the Brown Center on Ed...