Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

January 22, 2018

Recovering Our Lost Public Esteem

Higher education leaders across the country are engaging in much hand-wringing over declining public confidence in colleges and universities. A variety of polls and surveys suggest multiple themes. Particularly prominent are findings that the value of college is declining in relation to the benefits.

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January 16, 2018

The Biggest Problem for State Higher-Ed Policy? Federal Higher-Ed Policy

The biggest concern for state higher-education policy in 2018 isn’t the continuing economic volatility, the questions about affordability for students, the disputes about free speech on campuses, or the difficulties in preventing and punishing campus sexual assaults. Instead, the top issue for states is the uncertainty created by the federal government, according to an annual report from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

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January 9, 2018

Adapting to Pressure

Although higher education's doubters are skilled at making bold proclamations about coming apocalypses, a considerable number of scholars and commentators have developed middle-of-the-road analyses that acknowledge challenges but remain more optimistic about colleges' and universities' future prospects.

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December 30, 2017

Higher Ed’s Low Moment

When all was said and done, the tax overhaul that President Trump signed into law a little more than a week ago didn’t beat up on higher education to the extent that earlier drafts of the legislation did. Americans who were deducting interest on student loans will still be able to do so. The tuition waivers that many graduate students receive won’t be treated as income.

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