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Buffie, Nick – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
Given the skyrocketing costs of higher education, some borrowers -- particularly those with low incomes and those who were scammed by for-profit colleges -- genuinely need assistance. But portraying student loan forgiveness as a working-class issue is highly misleading. In fact, data on student borrowing shows that debt relief benefits few…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Financial Aid, Loan Repayment, Student Loan Programs
Maag, Taylor – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
Fewer young adults believe college is important, only about one-third of the American public has confidence in higher education. A recent study from Pew Research Center revealed that Americans are increasingly concerned about affordability, access, and the overall payoff of a college degree. Meanwhile, technological advances and AI have begun to…
Descriptors: College Students, Paying for College, Federal Aid, Grants
Kim, Anne – Progressive Policy Institute, 2019
As many as 41 million Americans live in "higher education deserts" -- at least half an hour's drive from the nearest college or university and with limited access to community college. Many of these deserts are in rural America, which is one reason so much of rural America is less prosperous than it deserves to be. The lack of higher…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Higher Education, Rural Areas, Educational Innovation
Kim, Anne – Progressive Policy Institute, 2019
As many as 4.4 million U.S. jobs are going unfilled due to shortages of workers with the right skills. Many of these opportunities are in so-called "middle-skill" occupations, such as IT or advanced manufacturing, where workers need some sort of post-secondary credential but not a four-year degree. Expanding access to high-quality career…
Descriptors: Labor Needs, Career Education, Federal Aid, Eligibility
Craig, Ryan – Progressive Policy Institute, 2019
House Democrats yesterday introduced major legislation to reauthorize the landmark Higher Education Act. Although reauthorization is long overdue, the new legislation, called the College Affordability Act, proposes mainly marginal improvements to a broken higher education financing system. Moreover, it doesn't do enough to help people who don't go…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Educational Legislation, Job Skills
Osborne, David; Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2019
The poor quality of many school systems is a serious impediment to social mobility for children from low-income and minority families, who cannot easily pick up and move to communities with good schools. The number of students taking college remediation classes has soared, and too many students graduate high school underprepared to enter either…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Public Schools, Poverty
Osborne, David; Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools operated by independent organizations. Freed from many rules and topdown policies constraining district-operated schools, charter school leaders have direct control over most school-level decisions. Indiana has the best charter school law in the country, according to the National Alliance of Public…
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Charter Schools, Equal Education, State Aid
Weinstein, Paul, Jr. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2014
The American higher education system is the finest in the world. Students from across the globe continue to flock to American universities, while the competition among U.S. students for slots at these elite schools is tougher than ever. There are cracks in the fiscal foundations of higher education, however, and they are growing wider. The costs…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Postsecondary Education, Costs, Paying for College