June 12, 2017
Becoming the first woman and the first African-American chancellor of the University of Kansas seemed, in many cases, more remarkable to others than to Bernadette Gray-Little herself. “For a number of people that I met here in Lawrence, especially women, it was extraordinarily important and significant,” Gray-Little said. “...They didn’t know that they would ever see this day. There was some similar reaction from members of the African-American community who were alums, or people who worked here, who lived in the community — a sense that this was very important to their experience for this to happen.”
May 16, 2017
House Democrats on Monday said they plan to seek an increase in the Pell Grant to make college more affordable but conceded the increase would only be by a couple hundred dollars. The plan is part of a new “Aim Higher” legislative campaign that touches on broad issues of access, affordability and completion, although lawmakers offered few details about the specific policy solutions they intend to introduce.
April 28, 2017
Purdue University’s acquisition of Kaplan University is an unexpected tectonic shift in American higher education, revealing both the changing roles of public universities and the dwindling fortunes of for-profit colleges. The deal announced Thursday has the Indiana-based public research university acquiring nearly all of the credential-issuing side of Kaplan’s higher education business -- seven schools and colleges that make up Kaplan University, but not its School of Professional and Continuing Education.
April 20, 2017
“Computer Science Is Tough Sell to Women” (U.S. News, April 11) casts a much-needed spotlight on the shortfall in women earning degrees in STEM disciplines like engineering and computer science. The STEM degree deficit hardly just affects earnings. A dearth of diversity creates a headwind for discovery and innovation, too. A growing body of research has found that diverse teams are more innovative than homogenous ones, especially within STEM contexts. Compared exclusively to male teams, for example, mixed-gendered teams generate 40% more technology patents.
April 11, 2017
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in February met with Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, along with 11 presidents of four-year, public universities. She also met with leaders of historically black colleges and universities that month.
April 3, 2017
It's never easy. There are many obstacles to getting that college degree. Money is often the biggest of all. And it is the number one reason why students fail to get their degree when they are just a semester or two from graduation. Cleveland State University started taking a look at students who had to delay or stop their studies just a few credits short of receiving their diploma.
March 23, 2017
In order to reduce disparities and make college more accessible, policymakers and higher education leaders should initiate a national discussion to establish a free and universal K-14 system. That was one of the key arguments made Wednesday at a higher education forum meant to highlight ways to increase postsecondary attainment and give students a better shot at securing one of the growing number of jobs that require education beyond high school.
February 6, 2017
Since education policy professor Sara Goldrick-Rab arrived at Temple University eight months ago, she's brought in two large grants, totaling more than $6 million for research on making college more affordable. They include a nearly $4 million grant, announced Monday, under which she will lead a team researching the effectiveness of “completion grants” aimed at preventing needy college seniors from dropping out. Goldrick-Rab is partnering with the national Association of Public and Land-grant Universities to implement the U.S. Department of Education research grant.
February 6, 2017
Several public universities are taking part in a pilot program to provide small-dollar grants to help low-income students complete their degrees. The five-year project is a collaboration of Temple University and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, which will use a nearly $4 million grant from the Education Department to examine and build out completion aid programs at up to 10 universities.
January 30, 2017
Public colleges and universities enroll nearly three-quarters of students. The sheer size of these institutions means that they have the potential to substantially increase economic mobility nationally. These schools can increase enrollment and maintain quality, something often missed in rankings. Scale is an asset.