Postsecondary Attainment Grows, But Slowly

New data on nationwide postsecondary attainment released this week by Lumina Foundation in its latest A Stronger Nation report indicates that 40.4 percent of working-age Americans (ages 25-64) held high-quality two- or four-year degrees in 2014, up slightly from 40.0 percent in 2013.

Fewer Europeans Interested in U.S. Degree Programs

According to an upcoming report by ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement in partnership with the Boston College Center for International Higher Education, the total number of European students enrolled in degree programs in the United States has decreased by 25 percent over the past 15 years. Conversely, the number of Americans pursuing degrees in Europe is on the rise.

College Graduation Gap Growing Between White and Black Students

A new report by The Education Trust shows that graduation rates for black students have declined slightly — widening the black-white graduation rate gap to 14.5 points — while graduation rates among white students have improved modestly over the past 10 years.

College Completion on the Rise for Low-Income Students

A new Center for American Progress analysis of College Scorecard data shows college completion is on the rise, perhaps most notably for low-income students.

CAOs Want More Training in Fundraising, Survey Finds

ACE’s recent survey of chief academic officers (CAOs) found that the majority of CAOs want more training in fundraising, followed by more professional development in budgeting and financial management and assistance with governing board relations.

American Freshman Survey: More College Students to Participate in Protests

A new survey, The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2015, finds that 8.5 percent of college freshmen overall say there is a “very good chance” they will participate in student protests while in college, up from 5.6 percent of freshmen in 2014.

Majority of Freshmen at Public, Four-Year Institutions Live Within 50 Miles of Home

“Education Deserts: The Continued Significance of ‘Place’ in the Twenty-First Century,” an ACE-commissioned paper released this week, explores how where students live affects their options for attending college. Place still matters—in fact, 57.4 percent of incoming freshmen attending public four-year colleges enroll within 50 miles of their permanent home.

State Legislative Efforts Target Guns on Campus

As lawmakers in states around the country debate whether to allow concealed guns on campus, a new report from the Education Commission of the States and NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education offers a detailed summary of state legislative action and higher education system policy decisions.

Men Continue to Outnumber Women on College Governing Boards, Other Areas

“Pipelines, Pathways, and Institutional Leadership: An Update on the Status of Women in Higher Education,” a new infobrief by ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy and ACE’s Division of Leadership Programs, found that men outnumbered women on both public and independent governing boards by more than two to one, according to preliminary data.