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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

Family cooking

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

Student studying

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

Campus tour

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

Graduates pose for photographs

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 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

Student debt

What Do You Wish You Had Known About Student-Loan Debt and College Choice?

Student-loan debt now tops $1 trillion, and many former students are struggling to pay back their loans. As policymakers debate the best way to communicate value to college-bound students, CAP and Generation Progress plan to engage these former students to bring their voice to this important conversation.

By Elizabeth Baylor and Sarah Audelo | Thursday, December 12, 2013

Students at the University of Iowa

Resetting the Trillion-Dollar Student-Loan Debt Problem

article icon Issue Brief Students enrolled in our nation’s colleges and universities are borrowing at increasing rates, and the amounts they are borrowing are also growing. Here’s how refinancing can help.

By David A. Bergeron, Elizabeth Baylor, and Joe Valenti | Thursday, November 21, 2013

Meeting Students Where They Are

book_alt2 icon Report For more than 100 years, postsecondary education has been designed around the credit hour. An alternative approach is competency-based education, which makes student learning—not time—the focus.

By Rebecca Klein-Collins and Elizabeth Baylor | Thursday, November 7, 2013

How Qualified Student Loans Could Protect Borrowers and Taxpayers

article icon Issue Brief Reforming the nation’s bankruptcy laws to include some student debt is a way to not only help troubled borrowers but also to foster better student loans and stronger academic programs.

By Joe Valenti and David A. Bergeron | Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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