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Higher Education: Archives

Scoring the College Scorecard

Students walking across campus 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.

by Ben Miller | Tuesday, February 16, 2016

How States Are Expanding Apprenticeship

President Obama speaks with a student-apprentice article icon Issue Brief States have been leading the way in developing strategies to prepare more workers for employment through apprenticeship.

by Angela Hanks and Ethan Gurwitz | Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hooked on Accreditation: A Historical Perspective

Students Everest College 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.

by Antoinette Flores | Monday, December 14, 2015

When a ‘Race Problem’ Becomes a Social Challenge

black student protest groupRecent 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.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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.

by Ben Miller | Tuesday, November 24, 2015

We Already Cleaned up the Student Loan Mess—Let’s Not Do It Again

graduates at commencementFacilitating the purchase of federal student loans by private lenders through offering tax benefits and a new federal guarantee would be a step in the wrong direction for students and taxpayers.

by David A. Bergeron | Monday, October 26, 2015

Consumer Protection and Higher Education Financing Alternatives

Rohit Chopra, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, testified before the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee.

by Rohit Chopra | Thursday, October 8, 2015

Capped Out

University of Washington students library article icon Issue Brief Unnecessary austerity in the federal budgeting process forces Congress to choose between paying for the nation’s largest college grant program or funding crucial domestic programs.

by Ben Miller | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Initial Analysis of College Scorecard Earnings and Repayment Data

college graduationMost undergraduate borrowers are repaying their loans, but results are getting worse, particularly in the for-profit sector.

by Ben Miller and Antoinette Flores | Thursday, September 17, 2015

Credit for Serving

service learning book_alt2 icon Report National service provides significant benefits for both students and communities, and colleges must do more to make these opportunities available for college credit to all students.

by Carmel Martin, Ben Miller, Shiv Rawal, Phoebe Sweet | Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Up to the Job?

desks article icon Issue Brief A new CAP analysis shows that accreditation agency ACICS—along with many other national accreditors—is not sufficiently vetting the institutions that it approves to offer federal student loans.

by Ben Miller | Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Proposed Student Loan Repayment Plan Would Extend the Same Income-Based Terms to All Federal Loan Borrowers

Johns HopkinsThe U.S. Department of Education’s proposed repayment plan would expand generous income-based repayment terms to all borrowers.

by Antoinette Flores | Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cash Management Rule Maximizes Student Access to Financial Aid Dollars

College student in dormThe U.S. Department of Education’s proposed regulations of campus financial products would ensure that students’ best interests are met.

by Joe Valenti and Elizabeth Baylor | Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Improving Student Loan Servicing

Financial aid officeThe Center for American Progress makes comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on ways to improve student loan servicing.

by Sarah Edelman and Ben Miller | Thursday, July 23, 2015

Don’t Make These Common Higher Education Mistakes

StudentsHere are some of the most common mistakes people make when discussing higher education, with tips on how to avoid them.

by Antoinette Flores | Monday, July 13, 2015