he poet John Godfrey Saxe famously suggested that if you like law and sausage, you shouldn’t watch them being made. He said that in 1869, when graduate school was in its infancy in the United States. If he had waited, Saxe might have added graduate admissions to that list.
Since the Great Recession and recovery, conventional wisdom has held that a decent share of recent college graduates are working as baristas or sales clerks instead of putting their degrees to use.
Ben Britt of Atlanta measures the changes that have transformed the American economy over the past generation in the distance between his life in his late twenties and his father’s experiences at the same age.
Recent government sanctions against predatory for-profit colleges that preyed on veterans by using inflated job promises have opened the window on the wider challenges of helping veterans transition from service to higher education.
The U.S. Education Department (ED) plans to change states’ access to data from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning in 2017. But some state leaders fear this change will make it harder for them to administer their state aid programs, which could have a trickle-down effect on community college students and the financial aid officers who serve them.
Colleges and universities, and those applying to them, have an ever-increasing selection of rankings and research reports to compare each institution with its neighbors. But do any of these have value beyond marketing, or advancing a certain public policy agenda?
Indiana business leaders have made clear the important role that expanding civil rights protections to LGBT Hoosiers plays in helping their own companies recruit top talent. Less discussed is how Indiana’s collective economic and social prosperity suffers if we fail to advance LGBT nondiscrimination now.
As one of the leading higher education foundations in the United States, Lumina Foundation has a long history of investing in and supporting not-for-profits to improve postsecondary completion rates. In 2009 Lumina Foundation announced Goal 2025; the aim of increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. To help achieve this lofty ambition and complement their current work, Lumina Foundation has launched the Lumina Foundation Showcase Prize to identify, recognize and showcase the best practices in social ventures working in, or closely aligned to, the higher education space.
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities this week announced a project to work with 44 of its member institutions to substantially change students’ experience during their first year of college. The project is aimed at improving college completion rates, with a particular eye at helping low-income and first-generation college students, as well as members of minority groups. The public university group said the work would feature several proven methods of improving student retention and success.
With the surging cost of college tuition, debate has raged among parents and policy makers about whether earning that piece of parchment is really worth it.