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February 8, 2016

Geography Matters

Most public college students enroll within 50 miles of home, so location is more influential than policy makers think, a new study finds. If only tuition were lower, and high school students were armed with better data. That’s the idea that has guided the policy discussion about college access and affordability: to make better enrollment decisions, the story goes, students need money and information.

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February 8, 2016

How Should Colleges Share Ideas?

Innovation in higher education has mostly been relegated to individual campuses, often in the form of a small pilot program. A college tests an initiative with a small pool of students, and if the data look promising, it may expand it—eventually. What colleges want now, they say, is scale. Enter crowdsourcing.

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February 8, 2016

Low Income, High Graduation Rate

College completion rates have stagnated, and lower-income students in particular face long odds of getting to graduation. Two new studies, however, show that low-income students can graduate at high rates when they receive financial and academic supports from external groups.

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January 21, 2016

‘Best’ colleges don’t guarantee higher pay, better life

The college application season is under way, which means many students and families are paying extra attention to college statistics and ratings. However, College Measures and Gallup reported that there is little correlation between the type of higher-ed institution and post-graduation career placement. The quality of education is more valuable than the selectivity of the institution.

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