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Annual Paperwork Should Not Stand in the Way of Affordable Student-Loan Payments

Multiyear authorization could easily fix a common problem that makes it hard for student borrowers to keep their income-based payment plans.

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Linking Existing Federal Data Systems to Expand Knowledge of Higher Education

The federal government already collects information about college students that could be used to improve the U.S. higher education system, but siloed systems and legal barriers stand in the way.

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Building a Student-Level Data System

Comprehensive federal data on people in college would help institutions, students, states, and the federal government.

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Improving Data to Better Serve Low-Income Students

The U.S. Department of Education’s recent proposal to collect data on Pell Grant recipients’ graduation rates is a step in the right direction, but it needs to be improved.

Looking in All the Wrong Places: College Oversight Source Documents

cursor icon Interactive This index contains a sample of documents from the U.S. Department of Education that evaluate American colleges, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Illinois Budget Battle Jeopardizes College Access and Affordability

The budget impasse threatening Illinois public colleges will hurt students for years to come.

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New Analysis of College Scorecard Data Shows College Completion on the Rise

bars icon Charts Data show that graduation rates at the nation’s public colleges are slowly improving, even among low-income students.

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Scoring the College Scorecard

book_alt2 icon Report Nearly six months after the release of the College Scorecard, the reviews are in, and the consensus is that there is a great deal that’s good about the data in the college selection tool. But there is also significant room for improvement.

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How States Are Expanding Apprenticeship

article icon Issue Brief States have been leading the way in developing strategies to prepare more workers for employment through apprenticeship.

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Hooked on Accreditation: A Historical Perspective

article icon Issue Brief After more than six decades and repeated attempts at reform, accreditors are still struggling to fulfill their gatekeeping role and protect our nation's students.

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When a ‘Race Problem’ Becomes a Social Challenge

Recent high-profile incidents of racism on U.S. college campuses highlight long-term realities for students of color and help reframe the purpose of higher education in the face of demographic shifts.

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