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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Issue Brief Presenting standardized information about student-loan debt to students before they enroll may help them make college choices that minimize debt.
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.
Issue Brief Progressive reforms to the tax code can help support college access and affordability, and benefit student-loan borrowers.
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.
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.
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.
Issue Brief Federal matching grants would allow states to significantly lower the cost of postsecondary education at public institutions.
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.
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.
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.