Allows users to browse and compare information about affordability, diversity, and student success in higher education. Users can view snapshots of important data, dig deep into a topic of interest, or explore all available data to create their own dataset.
Five years after the Department of Education launched the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative (SCP), data highlights the impact of expanding postsecondary education programs in state and federal prisons.
A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center finds that enrollments of undergraduate and graduate students, fell a further 4.1 percent or 685,000 students in spring 2022 compared to spring 2021. This follows a 3.5 percent drop last spring, for a total two-year decline of 7.4 percent or nearly 1.3 million students since spring 2020.
Which schools deserve to top lists of the best colleges in the U.S.? That depends on what you mean by “best.” If “best” means the most prestigious and more selective admissions, then sure, current college rankings are doing what they’re meant to do. But if the point of higher education is to buoy economic mobility, those lists that make headlines every year aren’t showing the whole picture.
A new working paper that aims to calculate the effects of COVID-19 vaccine mandates at colleges estimates that they reduced death rates in fall 2021, saving 7,319 lives. The working paper, released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that vaccine mandates at colleges reduced deaths from coronavirus by an estimated 5 percent.
Admissions requirements for popular majors are a challenge many students don’t expect after they’ve successfully gotten into college. Large public universities are far more likely than private ones to limit access to popular majors by GPA. Experts say that hurts students of color and those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, robbing them of future income—and their dreams.
As colleges continue to dig out from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are turning to technology for help. One of these tech practices involves early alert systems to promote student success. Research from New America sheds light on how community college leaders view early alert systems, plus what can be done to implement this technology more equitably.
A new report examining peer mental health supports on college campuses found that such programs are popular and useful, though they also raise some concerns. The report, Peer Programs in College Student Mental Health, commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation and produced by the Mary Christie Institute, was based on interviews with 22 peer counseling and mental health experts and survey responses from 57 college counseling center directors.
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Presents an argument for improving the metrics used to assess community college performance. The paper suggest that when it comes to evaluating the performance of two-year institutions, traditional outcomes metrics can provide an incomplete picture, failing to account for the multiple missions of community colleges, the diversity of the students they serve, and the variety of educational pathways those students pursue.