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.
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.
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.
Under the bill, student-loan borrowers would get a reasonable interest rate that does not change over the life of the loan.
Issue Brief Interest-rate policy for federal student loans should put students first and protect low- and middle-income students from the doubling of interest rates on July 1.
Video Paired with declining incomes and rising housing costs, student-loan debt is stifling the broader economy. This video depicts real-life circumstances of Americans young and old hampered by student-loan debt.
New reports from the Center for American Progress and Campus Progress detail what an increase in the interest rate on Stafford student loans would mean for several states.