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Archibald, Robert B.; Feldman, David H. – Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2018
This brief explores forces that have affected college tuition over the postwar period. College costs, general subsidies, and changes in the national distribution of income have all affected the trajectory of college tuition over time. The idea that more generous federal grants and loans cause upward pressure on list-price tuition has only been…
Descriptors: Tuition, Paying for College, Economic Factors, Salaries
Elliott, William – Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2018
After decades of making minor tweaks to the U.S. financial aid system, there is a need to develop truly novel approaches to paying for college. Until now, the goal of financial aid has been narrowly framed as providing young adults with enough money to pay for college while minimizing the short-term burden to taxpayers. Because of this narrow…
Descriptors: Children, Banking, Money Management, Paying for College
Tandberg, David A.; Laderman, Sophia A. – Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2018
Higher education makes important contributions to the betterment of society and to the lives of individuals. On a societal level, higher education supplies an educated citizenry and workforce. For individuals, higher education provides an opportunity for personal development, fulfillment, and economic mobility. States play a large role in helping…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, State Aid, Educational Finance, Higher Education
Wiederspan, Mark – Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2018
This brief examines two types of state service-contingent aid programs: conditional grants/loans and loan forgiveness. Conditional grant or loan programs provide a financial award to currently enrolled students and, in exchange for receipt of the award, students must fulfill certain service or work requirements after graduating from college. Loan…
Descriptors: State Aid, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs, Loan Repayment
Baum, Sandy – Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2017
In most states and in the nation as a whole, the combination of constrained resources and rapid enrollment growth during the Great Recession left a legacy of significantly diminished per-student funding for higher education. Adequate funding is a necessary component of supporting college access and success and meeting state goals for educational…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, College Students, Access to Education, Resource Allocation
Kelchen, Robert – Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2017
As the price of a public college education has risen at well above the rate of inflation for decades, college affordability has become a key concern in public policy discussions. At the same time, recent high school graduates from lower-income and middle-income families are nearly 20 percentage points less likely to enroll in college the following…
Descriptors: College Programs, Tuition, Paying for College, Access to Education
Jang, Sung Tae; Horn, Aaron S. – Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2017
Teacher preparation refers to a "state-approved course of study, the completion of which signifies that an enrollee has met all the state's educational or training requirements for initial certification or licensure to teach in the state's elementary or secondary schools" (Department of Education, 2016, p. 6). The widespread concern for…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Programs, Program Effectiveness, Academic Achievement
Horn, Aaron S.; Jang, Sung Tae – Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2017
Many school districts and states have long encouraged teachers to pursue graduate education. Teachers are frequently permitted to use graduate credits for recertification (Hill, 2007), and teachers with graduate degrees generally earn a higher salary or receive an annual stipend (Miller & Roza, 2012). Advocates have argued that graduate…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Masters Degrees, Graduate Study, Educational Attainment
Kelchen, Robert – Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2017
The rising price of attending college has made college affordability an increasingly important policy issue in recent years. In order to make college more affordable for students and their families, states can pursue three possible options. The first option is to provide additional state appropriations to colleges, which allows institutions to…
Descriptors: Tuition, Paying for College, State Aid, Grants
Francis, Perry C.; Horn, Aaron S. – Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2016
The purpose of this research brief is to provide an overview of mental health issues and counseling services on college campuses. The findings from several national surveys are reviewed to estimate the prevalence of anxiety and depression, suicide and suicidal ideation, and violence among college students. Common prevention and treatment programs…
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Mental Health, College Students, Academic Achievement
Horn, Aaron S.; Reinert, Leah; Jang, Sung Tae; Zinth, Jennifer Dounay – Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2016
As dual enrollment programs continue to expand, a critical challenge is to ensure that the quality of such courses offered in high schools is equivalent to the quality of courses taught in postsecondary institutions. Standards for faculty qualifications have historically constituted one facet of efforts to regulate educational quality, and thus…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, Accreditation (Institutions), Higher Education, Program Implementation
Horn, Aaron S.; Reinert, Leah; Reis, Michael – Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2015
Colleges and universities are increasingly adopting various software solutions to raise degree completion rates and lower costs (Ferguson, 2012; Vendituoli, 2014; Yanosky, 2014). Student success software, also known as Integrated Planning and Advising Services (IPAS), appears to be in high demand among both students and faculty (Dahlstrom &…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Academic Achievement, Computer Software, Educational Planning
Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2015
State policymakers are increasingly interested in identifying and rewarding postsecondary institutions that effectively and efficiently promote timely degree completion. Among the more commonly used performance indicators in this endeavor are graduation rates and degrees produced per expenditure or revenue. Graduation rates in particular have been…
Descriptors: Time to Degree, Graduation Rate, Socioeconomic Status, College Readiness
Horn, Aaron S.; Reinert, Leah – Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2014
Financial aid may be particularly critical for promoting full-time enrollment, continuous enrollment, and a manageable balance of school and work responsibilities, which influence the likelihood of timely degree completion (Adelman, 2006; Attewell, Heil, & Reisel, 2012; Hossler et al., 2009). For example, Attewell, Heil, and Reisel (2012)…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Enrollment, Academic Persistence, Graduation Rate
Horn, Aaron S.; Kamata, Takehito – Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2014
One of the iconic symbols of the collegiate experience is the graying professor pontificating behind a lectern to a massive audience of dreary-eyed students. In fact, 45 percent of faculty at four-year institutions still report "extensive lecturing" as the teaching method used in most of their courses (Hurtado et al., 2012). And yet,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, College Faculty, Literature Reviews, Meta Analysis
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