Prisons vs. Campuses

State funding for the median public research university declined by more than 26 percent in the years immediately following the Great Recession (2008-13), according a new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Postsecondary Developmental Education in the States

ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy hosted an event today on developmental education reform that featured the release of two case studies on curricular innovation in the states—one focused on Tennessee and the other on Connecticut.

#SaveStudentAid: Perkins Loans Program Set to Expire Sept. 30

The Perkins Loan Program is set to expire on Sept. 30 unless Congress extends it in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Established in 1958, the program provides loans to undergraduate and graduate students of need at a low interest rate.

Back to School by the Numbers

As students across the country return to college for the fall semester, the Census Bureau has released a compilation of statistics and historical data on American education from kindergarten through graduate school. Included in these numbers is a snapshot of how undergraduate enrollment has grown since 1993:

Private Institutions Are Lowering Tuition and Increasing Student Aid

In The 2014 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study, the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) finds that private colleges and universities continue to lower tuition and fees for undergraduates. The study also reveals that schools have given out more financial aid than in previous years.

Post-Fisher Changes in Diversity Strategies

Race, Class, and College Access, an ACE report that examines how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions are influencing contemporary admissions practices at selective colleges and universities, includes this finding: Institutions increased their use of diversity strategies following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

Public Research Universities Are Improving Access and Affordability

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences examines how public research universities are increasing access and affordability in its report “Public Research Universities: Why They Matter.”

A Proposed Path to a Simplified FAFSA

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is working on ways to streamline the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A new report by the NASFAA FAFSA Working Group developed a proposed model that would simplify the process while still ensuring program integrity and accurate targeting of federal funds. Under this model,… Read more »

Student Spending on Course Materials Continues to Decrease

A new report by the National Association of College Stores (NACS), Student Watch™: Attitudes and Behaviors toward Course Materials: Spring 2015, finds that average annual spending by students on course materials has dropped in recent years.