Inside Higher Ed
According to federal data on online enrollment, prices and completions, as well as state-by-state data from the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, it appears online education has successfully increased access to higher education for adult students, but those students graduate at sharply lower rates than their peers who study in-person or with blended learning modalities.
Inside Higher Ed
To recruit international students who don’t meet the necessary criteria for direct admission, a growing number of American universities are contracting with corporate entities to recruit and manage first-year pathway programs designed to grow the population of full-pay international students. Institutions report mixed experiences with this model.
Chronicle of Higher Education
Two new reports by the Education Trust finds that states have a lot of work to do with regard to degree attainment for Black and Latino students. New Jersey was one six states with extreme gaps in degree attainment for Black students compared to their White peers. The Education Trust provides recommendations for states to close the attainment gap, including strategies that would assist adults who are well beyond high-school age. (Subscription required)
June 12, 2018 Student Success
A 2017 workplace salary data study concluded that graduates of four-year colleges in New Jersey generally earn more than their peers nationwide. While the average salaries for graduates vary widely from school to school, the broad trend holds for both public and private colleges in New Jersey.
The New York Times
In 2014, 11 large public research universities began working in collaboration with the goal of increasing retention and graduation rates for their most vulnerable students. The alliance universities have increased the number of degrees awarded by 10 percent through a variety of strategies and interventions at the institutional level.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education
A quantitative and qualitative analysis of 11,000 financial aid award letters reveals that students and families often do not receive an accurate picture of the full cost of attendance and out-of-pocket costs associated with enrollment at higher education institutions. A recent report offers recommendations to institutions to increase transparency as it relates to financial aid.
Pell Grant recipients comprise about a third of the undergraduate student population in the United States. Two recent reports offer insight into who these students are, where they choose to enroll, and how they perform academically.
The New York Times
First-generation-to-college students are pioneers, but often face additional challenges in navigating higher education. The New York Times asked five first-generation journalism majors to interview other first-generation students at Florida International University, New York Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University, and San Francisco State University about their experience.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
“The Condition of Education”, an annual report from the U.S. Department of Education covers the education life cycle from child-care expenses to employment outcomes. The report is designed to help policymakers and the public monitor educational progress. Among other interesting findings, it provides examples of the ways in which the higher-education landscape differs from popular perceptions of it. (Subscription required, but view the full report HERE)
The Wall Street Journal
EMSI: Labor Market Analytics conducted a study of 445 institutions of higher education to get a sense of where alumni move after graduation. In their study they found technology, finance, and government sectors draw more heavily from elite colleges, while alumni from the Big East conference tend to be attracted to large metropolitan areas and graduates from the SEC are less attracted to cities. The interactive data finder allows users to explore alumni movement in greater detail. (Subscription required)