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American Students Owe $1.7 Trillion in Debt – this system isn’t working for anybody

We talk a lot about the way in which higher education’s business model is breaking down, and here’s one of the reasons why it deserves to:  student debt has more than doubled in the United States over the last 10 years.  American students now owe more than $1.7 trillion dollars in debt for their education.   […]

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Online Education Needs to Understand the Difference Between Generic “Students” and Real People

We know the statistics – community college enrollment in the pandemic has plummeted across the nation and in California.  Now LAist has filled in those statistics with real people by conducting a series of interviews with students who’ve dropped out, and is encouraging others to share videos explaining why they couldn’t continue their education.   Qualitative […]

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Fewer People Are Attending College In This Crisis Because College Systems Aren’t Designed To Support Them

Yet another troubling trend for higher education: applications for federal student aid are way up among existing students, like juniors and seniors and grad students, but way down among potential new students, like high school grads. Put together, it looks like a lot of potential students are putting off their plans for college entirely, while […]

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College Funding Is a Patchwork of Workarounds Barely Held Together by Twine and Duct Tape

It’s never been a secret that international students paying full price to attend California colleges has helped keep those colleges financially viable.  The combination of world-class universities combined with California’s reputation as an open and cosmopolitan destination has made it one of the world’s educational hubs.   That may be changing, as international student registration in […]

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Equity in College Admissions Keeps Failing Because Colleges Keep Refusing To Do Something Different

California’s college systems had strongly endorsed a ballot measure – Proposition 16 – that would have permitted affirmative action for prospective college students.   It lost.  But they’re still reiterating their commitment to diversity and inclusion.   The need is great.  The simple truth is that educational attainment is strongly correlated with family income, and that family […]

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Americans Are More Divided By College Degrees Than Ever – What Should Colleges Do?

As recently as 2015, polls showed that Americans of both parties had a positive view of colleges and universities.  But that was also the year when the eventual president of the United States first said “I love the poorly educated!”   Now a new article in The Chronicle of Higher Education concludes:  America is more divided […]

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New Enrollment Numbers Show Why America Desperately Needs a “Public Option” for College Education

The numbers are in and, as predicted, it looks like a lot of people are putting off college in the time of pandemic.   According to recently released data, overall college attendance is down 3% from fall of 2019, and undergraduate enrollment is down 4%.  That’s bad enough.  But the most eye-popping statistic?  Enrollment by first-time […]

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Three Things a Student Needs to Make the Most of an Online Education

A study we conducted of Calbright’s first student cohort found that people whose goals for their education were specific and compatible with what Calbright provides were significantly happier with their experience.  Students who wanted things we don’t offer were less happy.  That seems so simple – but experts say it’s one of the key factors […]

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Dropping the SAT is Just the Start – Take Down All the Barriers to College

Will the coronavirus kill the SAT?  As a recent report in Forbes makes clear, momentum against the most famous admissions test for colleges is building.  Over the last decade, a gradually increasing number of schools had stopped asking for the test scores as part of their admissions process, or made them optional.  But during the […]

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