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Would Mandatory Income-Driven Repayment Plans For Student Loans Work For Everyone?

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Last week, The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) released a report regarding the income-driven repayment (IDR) plan for student borrowers, called Should All Student Loan Payments Be Income-Driven? Trade-offs, and Challenges. The report finds that by making the IDR plan mandatory some unintended consequences may prevail.

TICAS was on the forefront …

Apprenticeships Help Create Jobs. So Why Are They In Decline?

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Ask CEOs and corporate recruiters whether they're finding the workers they need, and they'll lament about a skills gap that threatens productivity and growth—not just in their companies but in the economy at large. Yet employers and state legislators have been decidedly lukewarm about a proven solution to the problem: apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships can …

Jumpstarting Competency-Based Ed

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The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) has picked 14 institutions to participate in a "jumpstart" program for competency-based education. With funding the Lumina Foundation, the council will help the 14 colleges and universities develop degree programs that are based on competencies rather than the credit hour standard. The group includes …

Fewer U.S. Graduates Opt For College After High School

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The proportion of new American high school graduates who go on to college — a figure that rose regularly for decades — now appears to be declining. Last October, just 65.9 percent of people who had graduated from high school the previous spring had enrolled in college, the Bureau of Labor Statistics …

Students With Associate Degrees Are More Likely To Earn Baccalaureates

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Community college students who transfer to four-year colleges with an associate degree are more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than similar students who transfer without one, according to a new study from the Community College Research Center (CCRC).

Nearly two thirds of community college students who transfer to four-year colleges do so …

More Earn Degrees, But 60% Goal Is Uncertain

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More Americans are earning college degrees, but the attainment rate must increase to meet the Lumina Foundation’s Goal 2025, a new report shows. Lumina wants 60 percent of adults to hold a “high-quality” degree, certificate or other postsecondary credential by 2025. Currently, 39.4 percent of working-age adults have earned a two-year or …

How Some Colleges Are Offering Free Textbooks

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Open textbooks are catching on among educators and institutions looking to save students money. A 2014 study by The Student Public Interest Research Groups, which advocates for open textbooks, found that textbook costs are deterring students from purchasing assigned materials and impacting their course selection — and schools are starting to take …

Job Postings For Non-Grads Few And Far Between Online

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Less-educated Americans desperate for work may not be finding a job online for one simple reason: The job they want isn’t being posted there. A new analysis of online job postings, released this week by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, finds that most jobs for people with a college …

A Key To College Success: Involved Dads

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This month, millions of high school seniors across America are making important decisions about which college they will attend for the next four years of their life. Based on my professional experience talking to high school students considering attending the University of Virginia, where I teach sociology, many of these seniors seem …

Smaller Share Of US High School Grads Entering College. Why?

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The share of young Americans who head to college has been edging down, despite the major influence that education has on individual living standards. A new annual review finds that 65.9 percent of 2013 high school graduates were enrolled in colleges or universities as of last October. That compares with a 66.2 …

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