It’s No Wonder Students Can’t Pay Their Debts–Colleges Blur Loan Requirements
A new report by New America and uAspire concludes that financial aid award letters are often too confusing to be useful to prospective students. The report, entitled “Decoding the Cost of College: The Case for Transparent Financial Aid Award Letters” lambasted award letters for obfuscating useful information about loans. It concluded, “award letters lack consistency […]
The Scandal of College Grade Inflation
(Video by Ashton Trumble): Watch Ashton’s video here.
When a University Regent Tries to Blow the Whistle: The Wallace Hall Case
We’ll soon learn if the Texas Supreme Court will allow UT to sweep the evidence of its hidden admissions favoritism based on influence under the rug.
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.
Small Loans, Big Problem
Almost 90 percent of students who defaulted left college with debt but no degree or certificate, according to the report. And roughly 60 percent of the defaulters were students who earned fewer than 15 college credits.
Indiana University used this one weird trick to cut student debt
It’s too early to tell how much the behavior of individual borrowers changed, but in aggregate, students at Indiana University took 11 percent less in federal loans during the 2013-14 school year.
The Case for Transparency In University Admissions Criteria
I have previously used this quote from Anthony Carnevale, “Higher education has become a powerful force for reinforcing advantage and passing it on through generations.” We need to take a hard look at this observation, and preferential admissions policies are a good place to start.
Reforms aimed at fighting grade inflation are falling short
The pressures to grade inflate are many: to attract students and boost enrollment; to appease graduating students seeking employment; and the desire on the part of universities to be “feeder schools” for graduate programs.
Public Colleges Raise Prices When Appropriations Go Down…and Up
Public institutions raise funds through students much faster than they lose them from states.
Texas Legislature Tries to Weaken Board Governance at UT-Austin
The interesting part of the story is that Hall’s investigations, confirmed by both internal and external audits of the admissions process, have been confirmed for their accuracy, despite the disparaging volleys the man has had to absorb.