Headlines and political speeches about the student debt crisis are everywhere. In this blog post, Mark Schneider discusses a recent Brookings report in which, he argues, the most important finding relates to who enrolled in colleges after the 2007 recession. Prospective students, he says, need to know their chances of success before they enroll—and before they borrow.
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3 Jun 2015
In this blog post, Mark Schneider explores the issues currently up for discussion before the Senate Health Education and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the impact on higher education.
1 Oct 2014
Many students who don’t have the money, time or inclination to pursue a bachelor’s degree are looking at the associate’s degree as a way into the labor market. And, according to Mark Schneider in this blog post, if they make good choices about where to go and what to study, their decision may prove wise.
18 Aug 2014
The Program for International Student Assessment, an international assessment of math, is now including a financial literacy component. As Mark Schneider explains in this blog post, the first series of results are not good: In the United States, 18 percent of 15-year-old students scored below the baseline of proficiency.
6 Jun 2014
U.S. Department of Education data from May 2014 show stagnating scores in math and reading among high school seniors; yet younger students are showing progress. In this blog post, Mark Schneider uses NAEP data to further explore this disparity.
2 May 2014
In this blog post, Mark Schneider uses data to show that despite the recent push for expanded opportunities for apprenticeships, we need to remember that not all apprenticeships lead to equal outcomes.
13 Mar 2014
How do the condition, design, and use of facilities affect student achievement, teacher quality, teacher retention, and community support? In this blog post, Mark Schneider notes that this is a critical issue that too few understand, and suggests we need to know much more about the condition of our school buildings and address those problems now.
10 Jan 2014
A decade ago, the U.S. Department of Education began reporting “Student Right To Know” graduation rates for America’s colleges and universities. While this federally mandated measure is flawed, it still captures the completion statistics of one of the nation’s largest groups of students. As this blog post shows, the news isn’t good; since accreditation is one of American higher education’s key gate-keeping mechanisms, maybe we should be more concerned about whether students graduate and rethink accrediting these failure factories.
7 Jan 2014
A major theme addressed by President Obama is improving low-income students’ access to the nation’s most prestigious campuses. This goal is wrapped in “undermatching”—the idea that low-income students are not applying to the more selective colleges they could attend. But, as this blog post explains, perhaps the more important goal is improving the success of graduates from broad-access institutions.