First in My Family: Supporting First-Generation College Students

This video from the American Youth Policy Forum features the stories of several first-generation college students and graduates, and explores their challenges, sources of support, and recommendations for policymakers. It is estimated that between one-third and one-half of college students are first-generation. However, fewer than one-third of these students who enroll in a four year college will graduate within six years.

Between Scylla and Charybdis: Navigating the Cost of College

Even with its long-term benefits understood, the challenges for many households to afford college make it clear that the current model cannot simply continue without strategic innovation, writes Geoffrey Brackett, executive vice president of Marist College.

Closing Students’ Achievement Gaps at the National Level

Achieving the Dream was created in 2004 with support from the Lumina Foundation to improve student outcomes at community colleges by using data to inform decisions. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Kelly Field recently interviewed Achieving the Dream’s president and CEO, Karen A. Stout, to discuss the progress that has been made since the organization’s inception in improving outcomes for community college students.

Waiting for the Dominoes to Fall

Uncertainty reigns in Washington, DC these days. The surprise election of Donald Trump and the resulting one-party control of the legislative and executive branches makes substantial changes in federal policy over the next two years nearly inevitable. Jon Fansmith looks at what this could mean for federal financial aid.

College Promise Programs: Designing Programs to Achieve the Promise

Promise programs have the potential to increase higher education attainment and close persisting gaps, write Laura Perna & Elaine Leigh. But success depends on how the programs are structured, implemented and sustained.

Undergraduate Degree Earners Report, 2015-16

A recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center uses student-level data to examine differences between students earning their first postsecondary credential and those who went back to school to earn additional undergraduate credentials.

ACE Report Calls for Breadth of Opportunity and Perspective in Leadership Development Work

A new report finds that the ACE Fellows Program distinctive and intensive nominator-driven mentorship model delivers on its commitment to develop knowledge and skills for aspiring senior leaders in higher education.

Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Orders Full Operational Review

Institutions and systems are proactively thinking about how to confront a turbulent mix of demographic changes, stagnant revenue streams, and growing demands to simultaneously boost productivity while cutting costs. Recently, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) became the latest example of these looming realities.

New From Brookings: The Contribution of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Upward Mobility

The attainment gap between black and white high school students has been closing slowly over time. However, these gaps remain wide at the postsecondary level. A recent article from the Brookings Institution highlights new data from the Equal Opportunity Project to demonstrate how Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) act as engines of upward mobility… Read more »

Aligning Demographic Shifts and College Participation: Increasing Latino Degree Attainment

Delma Ramos and Morgan Taylor look at the importance of increasing attainment for Latino students, the largest minority group and the second largest racial/ethnic group in the country.

Higher Education Can Lead the Way Toward a More Tolerant Society

As Americans, we are privileged to have the world’s premier system of higher education, writes ACE’s Lorelle Espinosa. And as a laboratory for ideas and exchange, higher education can further lead the way to a more tolerant society through the actions of its leaders and the engagement of its whole community of learners.

New Report Looks at State and Local Tuition- and Debt-Free College Plans

A new report released this week looks at 11 plans that reduce or eliminate the cost of tuition or the need to borrow to cover it, including five at the state and two at the local level. The study summarizes the work of the Task Force on Assessing Tuition- and Debt-Free Higher Education, convened last July by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.