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Examining Gainful Employment in Career Education

The effectiveness and approach of for-profit colleges has been questioned, resulting in efforts to define the legal requirement that the programs lead to gainful employment.

By David A. Bergeron | Friday, October 31, 2014

The Impact of the Great Recession on Public Colleges

cursor icon Interactive Direct state investment in and enrollment at public universities and community colleges for each state is presented to support the need for a restored state-federal partnership in postsecondary education.

By Elizabeth Baylor and Antoinette Flores | Monday, October 27, 2014


A Great Recession, a Great Retreat

book_alt2 icon Report Since the onset of the Great Recession, direct state investment in public universities and community colleges has declined. This report analyzes the retreat in funding in the 50 states and calls for a restored state-federal compact in postsecondary education to ensure that high-quality programs remain affordable and a central tenant of the American Dream.

By David A. Bergeron, Elizabeth Baylor, and Antoinette Flores | Monday, October 27, 2014

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Effects of State Higher Education Cuts on Communities of Color

article icon Issue Brief As diversity among U.S. students increases, investment in public colleges—particularly in two-year institutions that disproportionately serve students of color—is an investment in the future.

By Farah Z. Ahmad | Monday, October 27, 2014


The Middle-Class Squeeze

book_alt2 icon Report America's middle class is being squeezed by stagnant—and in many cases declining—incomes and rising costs. To address the middle-class squeeze, we need to enact policies that will both increase incomes and also address rising child care, higher education, health care, housing, and retirement costs.

By Jennifer Erickson | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the 2013 Poverty and Income Data

bars icon Charts New poverty and income data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census underscore that it is time to enact policies to create jobs, raise wages, and invest in family economic security.

By Melissa Boteach and Shawn Fremstad | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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How Public Universities Can Promote Access and Success for All Students

article icon Issue Brief Several colleges and universities have greater success than others graduating students of color and low-income students, as well as closing gaps across demographics, which offers a promising model for other higher-education institutions.

By Antoinette Flores | Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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Important Insights on College Choice and the Burden of Student-Loan Debt

article icon Issue Brief Presenting standardized information about student-loan debt to students before they enroll may help them make college choices that minimize debt.

By Elizabeth Baylor and Olivia Murray | Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Student job fair

Competency-Based Education: Adding Value in the Liberal Arts

Due to concerns regarding the value of a liberal arts degree, new methods of assessing student progress are being used. Competency-based education measures market-driven student skills as the primary evaluation tool and is an innovative force in higher education.

By Antoinette Flores | Thursday, June 12, 2014

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Harnessing the Tax Code to Promote College Affordability

article icon Issue Brief Progressive reforms to the tax code can help support college access and affordability, and benefit student-loan borrowers.

By Joe Valenti, David A. Bergeron, and Elizabeth Baylor | Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Student loans

Perils in the Provision of Trust Goods

book_alt2 icon Report A greater tendency toward predatory behavior is the logical and predictable result of a college’s decision to adopt an investor-owner model. Market-based reforms have the potential to help steer for-profit institutions toward better outcomes for students and taxpayers.

By Robert Shireman | Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Lessons Learned

article icon Issue Brief Higher-education institutions, particularly those that disproportionately serve students of color, play a critical role in educating low-income students and reducing economic inequality.

By David A. Bergeron, Farah Z. Ahmad, and Elizabeth Baylor | Thursday, April 10, 2014

Student at college graduation

What Does Value Look Like in Higher Education?

Students and families spend billions of dollars each year to pay tuition and fees at our nation’s colleges and universities without understanding the value of the college education for which they are paying. A college rating system could protect students and families while helping restore public confidence in higher education.

By David A. Bergeron | Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Public College Quality Compact for Students and Taxpayers

article icon Issue Brief Federal matching grants would allow states to significantly lower the cost of postsecondary education at public institutions.

By Elizabeth Baylor and David A. Bergeron | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

College graduation

A Path Forward

book_alt2 icon Report The U.S. education system lacks clear pathways for students to follow from high school to a career. Emerging approaches to reform show promise for encouraging program completion, reducing costs, and improving the quality of education.

By David A. Bergeron | Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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