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Martinez, Ignacio; Turner, Sarah – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
The Pell grant program is the largest source of need-based federal financial aid available to low-income students, currently providing a maximum of $5500 in grants to undergraduate students. The program is a major investment of public money, and policymakers have a responsibility to ensure that the investment yields results. Because low-income…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, Student Financial Aid, Grants, Federal Aid
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Ehrenberg, Ronald G.; Webber, Douglas A. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2010
The "Great Recession" has caused a fiscal crisis in both public and private higher education that is unmatched in recent memory. Institutions' attention is focused on what they can cut out of their budgets. Student-service expenditures are often seen as discretionary in institutional budgets; they are viewed by some critics as…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Colleges, Persistence, Graduation
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Doyle, William R. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2009
Stateline.org recently called this recession the worst in 50 years for state budgets. As has been the case in past economic downturns, higher education looks to be particularly hard hit. Funds from the American Recovery and Relief Act may have postponed some of the difficulty for many colleges and universities, but the outlook for public higher…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Economic Climate, Economic Impact, Student Financial Aid
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Hauptman, Arthur M. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2008
Typically, efforts made by colleges and universities to provide more accountability are linked to having institutions provide more information and make their processes more transparent to their various stakeholders. One way in which public institutions can reasonably be held accountable is to rely to a large extent on the relationship they have…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Accountability, Tuition, Higher Education
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Tebbs, Jeffrey; Turner, Sarah – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2005
The extent to which colleges and universities provide opportunities for students from the most economically disadvantaged families is an important indicator of the potential for U.S. higher education to promote intergenerational mobility. Yet the measurement of "opportunity" for low-income students at the level of individual colleges and…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Colleges, Universities, Measurement Techniques