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Entering the 'Is College Worth It' Debate

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

The debate seems to have moved from "how to fix it" to the question of "is it worth fixing."

Student Success: No Magic Involved, a Graduation-Oriented Culture

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 04.15.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

While student access remains an important national goal, the knowledge-based economy makes completion of postsecondary education critical.

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.

WATCH: A Fix For 'The Dropout Crisis'?

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.01.2013 | College

Colleges need to focus on sending their students away with degrees instead of spending so much time recruiting and boosting enrollment numbers, argues...

Shifting the Higher Education Paradigm

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.17.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

To see the future of higher education, look to the less well-known schools that are educating large numbers of previously-marginalized students who are rapidly becoming the mainstream.

America Is Somehow Getting Smarter

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.06.2012 | College

A record number of young adults ages 25 to 29 have graduated both high school and college in the U.S., a new analysis of census data by the Pew Resear...

Higher Education Isn't a Political Issue

Dr. John Ebersole | Posted 11.12.2012 | College
Dr. John Ebersole

Granted, the different parties may have different approaches to increasing access to higher education and reducing the cost of a college degree. So if the issue isn't a political one, how do we categorize it?

WATCH: Are Latino College Enrollment Gains Enough?

Posted 08.23.2012 | Latino Voices

HuffPost Live's Alicia Menendez sets the stage to a great conversation by framing the issue of Latino educational achievement in its proper context: t...

The Best Educated States

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 07.30.2012 | College

According to new U.S. Census Bureau data, the number of 25-to 34-year-olds who have college degrees around the nation has gradually increased from 200...

College-Completion Lessons from ASU

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 06.16.2012 | College
Tom Vander Ark

Phil Regier runs a big online college of working adults. He pays attention to completion rates. President Obama set a goal of regaining the number-o...

Count Colleges Like Calories

Sheila Simon | Posted 05.05.2012 | Chicago
Sheila Simon

Our food has nutritional labels noting calories, fat, and sodium content that help us make informed decisions. Parents and prospective students could use similar help when it comes to making decisions about college.

Leading By Example: Ohio and the College Completion Agenda

Gaston Caperton | Posted 04.09.2012 | College
Gaston Caperton

We used to lead the world in college degrees. Now we've fallen dangerously behind. That's why we've set an ambitious goal for ourselves: we want 55 percent of Americans to have a college degree by the year 2025.

School Counseling at a Crossroads

John Bridgeland | Posted 01.15.2012 | Education
John Bridgeland

There are more than 100,000 school counselors in our middle and high schools. Yet, they are among the least strategically deployed education professionals and are almost entirely missing from our education reform debates.

America's Job Surplus and the College Completion Crisis

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
John Bridgeland

How can it be that today, 53 percent of employers -- and 67 percent of small business employers that create most new jobs -- find it difficult to find qualified workers?

Higher Education at the Crossroads: The Graduation Rate Craze

Susan Meisenhelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Susan Meisenhelder

An unintended consequence of the exclusive focus on graduation percentages is that it can mask -- and even exacerbate -- problems with access to and equity in our nation's colleges and universities.

Productivity Is Taking Hold in Higher Education

Gordon Davies | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Gordon Davies

Having been abroad during the academic year 2009-10, I returned to the States to find "productivity" a key word in political, corporate, and educational discussions of higher education.

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...

Rationing Knowledge: The 'College for Some' Movement

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kati Haycock

This is America. We should be committed to expanding knowledge and opportunities for all, not just the chosen few.

For the Future of Higher Education, Keep Your Eye on Toledo

Kristin Conklin | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Kristin Conklin

The U.S. is a leader in higher education spending, but ranks only 10th among developed nations in its proportion of younger adults with college degrees. The U.S. is simply not getting enough value out of the money it spends.

Community Colleges Try Innovative Ways to Improve Retention, Completion and Transfer Rates

Liz Willen | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Liz Willen

(Inver Hills Community College in Minn.) By Casey Selix of MinnPost and Liz Willen of The Hechinger Report This is the time of year Inver Hills Com...

Increase college completion rates: The next step for policymakers

Terrell Halaska and Kristin D. Conklin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrell Halaska and Kristin D. Conklin

On Tuesday, March 30, the President signed H.R. 4872, The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. This past weekend, in his weekly address, Pre...

Higher Education Should Maximize Service, Not Status

Gordon Davies | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Davies

Here's the new definition of prestige: an institution that serves the people of its state or region carefully at a price all of them can afford. Now, make that part of the definition of 'elite'."

Higher Education Can't Be a Discretionary Expenditure

Gordon Davies | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Davies

We need to give people opportunities to acquire more sophisticated work skills so this nation can reclaim intellectual -- and especially scientific and technological -- leadership in the world

On Education, Obama Blows It

Gerald Bracey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald Bracey

I have not the expertise to address the merits of President Obama's speech to Congress on the issues of the economy. I do claim some expertise on education. He blew it.