The politics of higher education policy are actually less hospitable to reform than those in K-12. The root of the problem is our geographic system of representation. Because every congressional district benefits from federal student aid, most legislators have little incentive to do anything that could put their slice at risk.
If you’ve been watching the NCAA Tournament, chances are you’ve seen a few Enterprise Rent-a-Car commercials. They always feature young, attractive former college athletes who’ve traded in their jerseys for suits with Enterprise nametags.
This Center on Higher Education Reform report addresses America's failing student loan structure. The authors take an in-deth look at Income Share Agreements and their potential to replace traditional student loans.
The Obama administration's plan to rate colleges based on their access, affordability, and student success measures actually just continues the administration’s focus on trying to fix higher education by regulating existing colleges and ignores the sector’s fundamental supply-side problem.
AEI scholar Andrew P. Kelly reflects on the costly student aid system and its many failures - from the high schools that grant the diplomas to the colleges that gladly take Pell Grants from the underprepared to the students who fail to complete the courses.
In response to President Obama's plan to promote college affordability through a federal college ratings system, AEI's CHER team analyzed where universities lie in terms of access, affordability, and student success. What did we find? Few colleges perform poorly on all three measures, but hardly any perform well on all three, either.
While college graduates are more likely to climb the economic ladder, very few low-income people make it that far. In other words, our system of postsecondary education does promote social mobility, but only for the small segment of low-income Americans who actually finish a credential.
In response to President Obama's plan to promote college affordability through a federal college ratings system, AEI's Center on Higher Education Reform analyzes the current higher education environment to see where universities lie in terms of access, affordability, and student success.