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.
Building a Student-Level Data System
Comprehensive federal data on people in college would help institutions, students, states, and the federal government.
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
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.
Illinois Budget Battle Jeopardizes College Access and Affordability
The budget impasse threatening Illinois public colleges will hurt students for years to come.
New Analysis of College Scorecard Data Shows College Completion on the Rise
Charts Data show that graduation rates at the nation’s public colleges are slowly improving, even among low-income students.
Scoring the College Scorecard
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.
How States Are Expanding Apprenticeship
Issue Brief States have been leading the way in developing strategies to prepare more workers for employment through apprenticeship.
Hooked on Accreditation: A Historical Perspective
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.
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.
The Importance of a Strong Federal Student Aid Office
Ben Miller, Senior Director for Postsecondary Education, testified before a joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Government Operations and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training in the U.S. House of Representatives.