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Credit for prior learning is showing value. Should your college care?

Credit for prior learning is gaining traction, spelling potential leaps in equitable postsecondary access. However, several factors could hinder its progress without immediate attention, declares a new report from AACRAO.

U.S. voters want higher ed reform. Will it play a big role this election season?

The pandemic sprung a changing job market and a deeper mistrust in the cost of college, a new survey by Third Way finds. Here's what U.S. voters will be focusing on in a "high-stakes election year."

What can private institutions do about the middle-class squeeze?

As institutions increase their need- and merit-based scholarships to assist families from opposite ends of the economic spectrum, middle-class students are left with fewer options—and higher bills.

The 3 factors holding at-risk students back from graduating

Nearly a quarter of today's undergraduate students have seriously considered leaving school or were nearly dismissed, according to a new Sallie Mae study conducted by Ipsos.

Why some institutions can afford to market opaque sticker prices

Some institutions that leverage an intimidating sticker price are incentivized to keep up this practice—and equally dissuaded from stopping. 

This Colorado bill may pave the way for stronger upward transfer success stories

Community college students are often in the dark about which of their courses will count at the four-year level. Colorado wants to make it as transparent as possible—and hold institutions accountable.

Community college students are returning to four-year institutions, up nearly 8% since last year

Even more promising is the fact that this uptick in enrollment is mainly driven by students coming from economically disadvantaged groups. 

Three-year degree programs may be easier to implement than you think

The University of Minnesota Morris is excited to share with potential students that they could potentially save $20,000 on tuition costs for a bachelor's degree. The fix? It's scraping an entire year off students' academic calendar.

These access and affordability programs geared toward high schoolers reap great results

Whether by providing financial aid or direct admission, high school students are getting excited about these initiatives easing their entry into college.

Your student body has fewer Pell Grant students than 10 years ago

Seven of the 10 institutions to sport the most distressing drops in Pell Grant-eligible students had a per-student endowment below $100,000, according to a new report from The New York Times.

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