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Baum, Sandy; Harris, Douglas N.; Kelly, Andrew; Mitchell, Ted – Urban Institute, 2017
The federal role in higher education has grown over the past two decades, and now a new administration has the opportunity to chart the direction of the country's colleges and universities. To help inform these decisions, the Urban Institute convened a bipartisan group of scholars and policy advisers to write a series of memos highlighting the…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Higher Education, Federal Government, Government Role
Baum, Sandy; Chingos, Matthew – Urban Institute, 2017
The federal role in higher education has grown over the past two decades, and now a new administration has the opportunity to strengthen policies that support students and their colleges and universities. To help inform these decisions, the Urban Institute convened a bipartisan group of scholars and policy advisers to write a series of memos…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Loan Repayment, Federal Programs, Federal Aid
Baum, Sandy – Urban Institute, 2014
Much of the current skepticism about the financial payoff of higher education emerges from recent media focus on young college graduates struggling to enter a weak labor market. This brief highlights some of the complexities underlying discussions of the return to the investment in postsecondary education and describes some of the variation in…
Descriptors: Labor Market, Higher Education, Education Work Relationship, College Graduates
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Shireman, Robert; Baum, Sandy; Steele, Patricia – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2012
Over the past year, the authors have discussed college prices, college quality, and student financial aid with elected officials and staff from several state legislatures, financial aid administrators from a variety of campuses, and policy analysts from Washington DC advocacy organizations. They have also been able to informally gain insights at…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Audiences, Higher Education, Educational Quality
Baum, Sandy – Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, 2011
The headlines report that college tuition is rising rapidly and students are struggling to pay for college. Financial-aid issues have also been in the news lately, with questions about student debt particularly prominent. Non-tuition revenues are weak because of declining state appropriations, depleted endowments, and anemic annual giving. At the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Tuition, Student Financial Aid, Governing Boards
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Baum, Sandy; McPherson, Michael S. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2011
The world of higher education is a world of sorting, selecting, and ranking--on both sides of the market. Colleges select students to recruit and then to admit; students choose where to apply and which offer to accept. The sorting process that gets the most attention is in the higher reaches of the market, where it is not too much to say that…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Admission, Access to Education, Scaling
Baum, Sandy; Payea, Kathleen – College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, 2011
"Trends in Student Aid," an annual College Board publication since 1983, is a compendium of detailed, up-to-date information on the funding that is available to help students pay for college. This report sorts aid into grants, loans, tax benefits, and Federal Work-Study assistance. It documents funding from federal and state governments,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Higher Education, Full Time Equivalency, Tax Credits
Baum, Sandy – Trusteeship, 2010
The financial-aid policies and practices of colleges and universities have made too many headlines in recent times to remain the domain of technical experts. Boards of trustees, like other constituencies that are responsible for the health and well-being of postsecondary institutions, should be asking how issues being raised about student…
Descriptors: Low Income, Student Financial Aid, Colleges, Educational Finance
Baum, Sandy; McPherson, Michael – Trusteeship, 2009
Most economists expect the current economic downturn to be one of the most severe since World War II. In fact, there is a very real danger that the changing circumstances of students, families, state and federal governments, and educational institutions could interact to significantly diminish educational opportunity in the United States. The most…
Descriptors: Human Capital, Federal Government, Educational Opportunities, Student Financial Aid
Baum, Sandy – Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, 2004
Recent headlines about spiraling college prices combined with congressional proposals to penalize colleges and universities that increase their tuitions much faster than the rate of inflation could lead one to conclude that America faces an unprecedented crisis in college affordability. Closer examination of what students actually pay for college,…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, Scholarships, Paying for College, Tuition