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Report Provides Data-Rich Look at State of Higher Education

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 09.28.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Reporting in last week's Inside Higher Education, Kasia Kovacs reviewed the findings of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, an initiativ...

Colleges As An Engine To Succeed. Really?

Bob Hildreth | Posted 06.21.2016 | Education
Bob Hildreth

Take a guess: What is the average graduation rate at America's four-year, non-profit colleges? Would you guess 85%? 75%? Maybe 65%? (Surely, it can't ...

What Students Like Me Really Need

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 06.01.2016 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

By Anna Populorum "As a student, I'm told where I need to go, but not how to get there. What kids like me really need is guidance. We need a commun...

What's Really Wrong With Higher Education and How to Fix It

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 05.12.2016 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

In Lesson Plan, William Bowen and Michael McPherson provide a concise, compelling, and, at times, courageous analysis of the ways in which institutions of higher education are failing to provide equal opportunity and lay out an ambitious reform agenda.

Making Sense of High School Graduation Rates

John Gomperts | Posted 03.03.2016 | Education
John Gomperts

In today's economy, a high school diploma doesn't guarantee success, but the lack of a diploma consigns a young person to almost certain failure. It is our responsibility to prevent young people from forfeiting and foreclosing their futures.

Educating for Democracy: Scamming High School Graduation Rates

Joel Shatzky | Posted 01.02.2016 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Instead of pretending that genuine learning can be obtained with testing, educators must put their own pressure on the policy makers to address issues in learning where learning begins: in pre-school environments. As

Why Can't More College Students Finish What We Ask Them to Begin?

Dr. Philip L. Yeagle | Posted 11.23.2015 | College
Dr. Philip L. Yeagle

If we are to meet the national goals of increasing the number and percentage of adults with advanced education, we must put students' needs first. Given the necessary tools, students do respond and return many times over the benefit to our country.

University Leaders Need to Build Meaningful Pillars to Support Diversity

Bill Destler | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Bill Destler

Naquan King was a successful college senior - a well liked, respected campus leader who already had a job lined up for after graduation. Yet he still felt something was missing from his university experience, something he needed to truly be prepared for his future.

When Adults Don't Quit on Youth, Youth Won't Quit on Themselves

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 09.21.2016 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

Seeing what happened to him, and to so many others, taught me a tough lesson: Without the presence of caring adults and support systems, students often leave the public school system feeling unwanted and rejected.

Community College and the American Dream

Daniel Greenstein | Posted 06.29.2016 | Education
Daniel Greenstein

Education changes lives and puts the American Dream within reach for millions of people. We see this every day at City Colleges of Chicago, a system of seven community colleges that has set a high bar for the success of every student, and accepts no excuses for failure.

March Madness: A Game Plan for Higher Education and College Athletes

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Helping student-athletes understand how the brain works should enable them to view the brain as something that can be strengthened and optimized, like the body. Through hard work and training, academic skills can develop in tandem with physical abilities.

Graduation Rates Are Rising, but Too Many Students Are Still Falling Behind

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Stacey D. Stewart

Even with these improvements, one in five students is still not graduating on time, and the graduation rate remains 13.4 percentage points lower for black and Hispanic students than for white students.

The Power of Youth Voice

John Gomperts | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
John Gomperts

Youth voice has always been vital to social and political change in America. From the civil rights marches in Selma that we remember this month to recent presidential elections, youth voice has the power to change the course of the nation.

Rebecca Klein

Why Schools Should Pay More Attention To Students' Grit And Self-Control | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics

It may be just as important to evaluate schools based on students’ levels of motivation and perseverance as it is to judge them based on students' s...

Teaching, Learning and the College Ratings Framework

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.20.2015 | College
Patricia McGuire

By dismissing the primary work of colleges and universities --- teaching and learning --- as impossible to measure across institutions, the proposed framework exposes the utter folly of the Administration's plan to impose some kind of generic rating system on the thousands of disparate institutions of higher education in this nation.

The College Completion Imperative: Public Higher Ed Steps Up

Muriel Howard | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Muriel Howard

Accountability is a hallmark of public higher education. In our commitment to student success, we will need more accurate and comprehensive measures of student progress--both as a yardstick for institutional improvement and to assure external accountability.

Grade Inflation, Academic Rigor, and College Graduation Rates

Bill Destler | Posted 02.07.2015 | Education
Bill Destler

I am deeply troubled by this misuse of graduation rates as an indicator of academic quality when in fact they could indicate, in some cases, exactly the opposite. The notion that a graduation rate near 100 percent is a sign of academic quality is simply nonsense.

Big School, Small School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A new study of the small high schools that New York City opened in the last decade seems to have re-ignited a debate about whether small high schools are better for kids than large schools and whether it's possible to really measure which is better.

In Defense of the College Graduation Rate

Robert Shireman | Posted 12.24.2014 | College
Robert Shireman

Already there are a lot of questions about the skills of college graduates. We would be well-advised not to make it even harder to trust that colleges are maintaining the integrity of the degree.

Higher Education and the Public Good

Muriel Howard | Posted 12.20.2014 | College
Muriel Howard

In short, the societal benefits of higher education far outweigh the benefit to any individual, and investment in higher education is easily repaid to the nation many times over.

From the Classroom to Kabul: Why Education Matters

Wes Moore | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Wes Moore

We can put our students on the trajectory to do great things. Become a mentor. Reach out to one of our American Graduate Day partners. Invest in our country's future by helping these kids.

The Biggest Misconception About Community College

Isa Adney | Posted 11.15.2014 | College
Isa Adney

Community colleges don't accept just "anyone." They accept everyone. And like any form of public education, that's what makes it so complicated and so important.

America: Dumb and Dumber

William E. White | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
William E. White

We blame teachers and schools, but in truth, the cause of American ignorance and stupidity is more fundamental than our school institutions. Parents, community leaders, public figures, popular culture icons, and peers tell our children--in words, deeds, and attitudes--that education is worthless.

Nobody Is Graduating In 4 Years

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.10.2014 | College

Only spending four years in college is pretty rare these days. An analysis by the data site FindTheBest of federal statistics housed in the Integr...

High School Dropout Rate: Causes and Costs

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 08.02.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Today I want to look at the underlying causes of the dropout mentality and how every student who does not earn a high school diploma hurts society as a whole. My hope is that in discovering shared traits among dropouts, we can achieve higher high school graduation rates as a nation.