A Small Nonprofit’s Big Remedy for the Plagues of Today’s College Students—Debt and Dropout
Debt and dropout rates are the twin plagues of today’s college students, both in Texas and across the nation. A small nonprofit in Austin has developed what they see as a vaccine for these modern plagues.
Free College Tuition Can’t Solve Higher Education’s Biggest Problem
The major problem is not the control of the growth of tuition. This is neither the primary barrier to student access to higher education, nor to success once they get there. That primary barrier is student postsecondary readiness.
States Can Learn from Texas’s Response to Tuition Hyperinflation
The federal government has not taken appropriate measures to solve this issue. Texas has responded by developing accessible and affordable degree programs at the state level in order to enable students of low socioeconomic backgrounds to pursue a college degree.
Pricing Revolution: Texas Expands Its Affordable Bachelor’s Degree Program
Perry’s challenge was met with a mixture of disbelief and derision. The chairman of the Travis County Democrats called Perry’s idea “preposterous,” adding that “nobody in higher education believes that is even possible.” That was then. But this is now.
Heard on the “Grapevine”: Expenditures Are Rising. Will We Stop Hearing about Cheap States?
While there is likely some truth to the idea that public institutions up their prices to recoup lost state and local revenue, we have good data showing that those schools tend to raise their prices in both flush and flimsy funding times.
Tax University Endowments?
A growing number of higher education observers and leaders are focusing on the accumulation of wealth among the larger university endowments and calling for this so-called “excessive” wealth to be taxed in the public interest, and there are rumblings in Congress about bills being drafted to do just that.
Not Quite a “Catastrophe”
As a sitting, non-profit college president who has lived with the realities of both public and private higher education for more than two decades, I don’t share the belief that the sky is falling.
How to Improve Education for Low-Income Students
Good education empowers Americans to move up the economic ladder. But today the education system fails millions of low-income students and is no longer the great opportunity equalizer. So it is time to take some sorely needed actions to shake things up.
Equity and Access
Over time, there has been growing inequality in resources per FTE student. To add to the irony, students at the most selective institutions pay a much lower proportion of the cost of their education.
The Newly Updated Help-That-Hurts List
For several years I have maintained an informal list of studies finding that funds from government student aid programs are in one way or another “captured” by colleges, universities, or someone other than the students whom the money is supposed to help.