Policy Issues


One-Size-Fits-All, 108-Question Financial Aid Form Has To Go

Concerned that a bill from two United States senators proposing the use of as few as two questions to determine financial eligibility for college will gain traction, a national organization of financial aid professionals has presented an alternative for simplifying the process of applying for financial aid.

National Student Financial Aid Profile Report Finds Dramatic Increase in Need

As Congress debates reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, a national organization of financial aid professionals has issued its latest "National Student Aid Profile" to help policymakers understand what they're making decisions about.

Survey: Most Profs Find HS Grads Unready for College or Work

Survey: Most Profs Find HS Grads Unready for College or Work

The faculty survey found that in two-year colleges, only 4 percent of instructors found students "most generally able to do what is expected." The number was slightly higher in four-year schools: 12 percent. The rest reported that students had arrived to higher ed with at least some gaps in preparation.

Report Proposes Changes for Educator Prep Programs

All students, particularly those with disabilities, would benefit from stronger licensure standards for teachers and principals, identification of key skills for new teachers and more rigorous educator preparation programs, according to a new report from the University of Florida and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

New Registry Will Demystify Badges, Credentials and Degrees

George Washington University, Southern Illinois University and Workcred, a nonprofit affiliate of the American National Standards Institute, are teaming up to build a "credential registry" that would increase the transparency and value of industry credentials and degrees.

New Legislation Would Make Community College Free for Eligible Students

The soon-to-be-introduced America’s College Promise Act of 2015 aims to make two years of community college free for eligible students, and provide what proponents are calling an affordable pathway for low-income students to a four-year college degree.

U North Carolina and SAS Launch a Dashboard to Monitor Teachers' Success

The University of North Carolina and business analytics firm SAS hope to boost enrollment in UNC’s Colleges of Education through improved performance tracking of teachers who graduate from the UNC system.

U Michigan Wins Grant To Train Education Researchers

The University of Michigan has won a $4 million grant to launch a predoctoral research program in education sciences.

Four States To Gain Data-Driven Workforce-Education Alignment Help

An organization that works with community colleges and industry to make sure people learn the "middle skills" they need to get good jobs will be working with four states to implement new data tools to inform decision-making for workforce policymakers.

Brandeis U Goes 'Conflict-Free' with Computer Buying

Brandeis University is the 19th institution worldwide to sign on to ensure that the computers and electronic equipment the university buys have no connection to the mining sector of conflict-ridden areas, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.