Who Lives in Education Deserts?

Posted on April 15, 2019

“For most college students, place matters. And closer is often better. In 2016, almost 40 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen reported that their colleges were less than 50 miles from their homes, a proportion that has heldsinge the 1980s. Studying close to home, family, and community can be even more vital for the roughly one in four undergraduate students  who are considered nontraditional — those who are older, have child-care duties, work full time, or attend college part time.” Continue reading

Beyond Tuition

Posted on April 10, 2019

“More than 50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson took the stage at what was then known as Southwest Texas State College to sign the first Higher Education Act. “To thousands of young men and women, this act means the path of knowledge is open to all that have the determination to walk it,” Johnson declared. “It means that a high school senior anywhere in this great land of ours can apply to any college or any university in any of the 50 states and not be turned away because his family is poor.” Continue reading

Do community colleges need a new funding structure?

Posted on March 19, 2019

“Community colleges receive minimal resources while serving a significant number of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, according to a new report from The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank. While these institutions often focus on increasing access to higher education by offering financial aid, relatively few students earn certificates or degrees.”

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