Higher Education

The fourth quarter of the Obama presidency has been relatively active when it comes to higher education. Last year alone, the Administration announced a proposal to make two years of community college tuition-free, finalized and released a treasure trove of data on earnings and loan repayment data...
At public four-year institutions, low-income students must spend nearly three-quarters of their families income to cover the net cost of college each year, while middle-income families must fork over between one-third and two-fifths of their family’s earnings.
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Arne Duncan made some waves yesterday with a speech that ostensibly tried to provide some “tough talk” for colleges to do better at graduating their students, improving learning outcomes, and generally providing value in the labor market. It was a marker placed in the ground by the Secretary of...
On Sunday, the New York Times published an unbelievably misleading op-ed on the cost of college by Paul Campos, a law professor at University of Colorado, Boulder. In the piece, Professor Campos, who’s made a name for himself controversially disputing established conventional wisdom in the medical...
Today, President Obama announced a proposal to make two years of community college tuition-free. Specifically, the Administration is proposing a new federal-state partnership, in which states guarantee free tuition at community colleges for students who attend at least half-time, in addition to...
This past Friday, in a speech to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen, spoke out on the evils of economic inequality in the United States. She noted that the steady growth in inequality over the past several decades represents the most sustained rise since the...
President Obama is expected to announce this afternoon an Executive Order that would extend the protections of Income-Based Repayment (or more specifically, Pay As You Earn) to student borrowers who took out loans before 2007 or stopped borrowing by 2011. In recent years, Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and...
David Leonhardt’s post on whether “College Is Worth It” on The Upshot this week was the most widely emailed story at the New York Times earlier today—a sign that the public is very antsy about the costs and benefits of higher education. Leonhardt’s conclusion, based on new research from...
It’s graduation season, which means we’re being treated to a few time-tested media traditions for today’s wide-eyed graduates: Grievances about commencement speakers, predictions of doom over the massive amount of debt students are taking on, tales of hyper-competitive parents doing anything to get...
Paul Tough has a piece in the New York Times regarding the differential rates at which college students from different class backgrounds make it to graduation. Graduation Rates Tough claims "about a quarter of college freshmen born into the bottom half of the income distribution will manage to...
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