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The Condition of College and Career Readiness: 2014

August 29, 2014
ACT recently released their annual report on the college readiness of the incoming college class.   

In addition to listing policy suggestions and recommendations, it summarized the following findings:
  • The percentage of graduates meeting the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in 2014 remained relatively steady.
    • The number of students achieving the science benchmark increased only slightly, from 36% in 2013 to 37% in 2014, while the number of students attaining the math benchmark dropped from 44% in 2013 to 43%. There was no change in the percentage of students meeting the English and reading benchmarks.
    • 26% of students met all four of the college readiness benchmarks (science, math, English and reading).
  • 57% of Asian students and 49% of white students met at least three or more college readiness benchmarks, compared to 23% of Hispanic students and 18% of African American students. Students who meet at least three benchmarks have a much stronger chance of success in their first year of college than those who meet fewer than three.
  • 86% of ACT-tested graduates indicated a desire to attend college.
    • Among the 87% with the same aspirations in 2013, only 69% actually enrolled.
    • Closing this gap could result in an increase of over 300,000 students enroll in postsecondary education.
  • 80% of students tested selected a major they planned to study in college. The most popular choice was nursing, followed by medicine, business, and mechanical engineering.
    • Fewer than 50% of students choosing these majors met all four of the college readiness benchmarks.

Transferability of Postsecondary Credit Following Student Transfer or Coenrollment

August 29, 2014
According to a report recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics, 35% of (first-time/full-time) undergraduates enrolled in at least two colleges  over a six year period. 39% of these students did so without transferring any credits from their original institutions.

Among the report’s other findings:
  • Of the 35% of students who transferred between institutions, 21% transferred once and 11% more than once.
  • Of the students who transferred, 39% transferred no credits, 28% transferred some credits, and 32% transferred all credits.
    • On average, students lost about 13 credits when transferring.
  • Most transfers originated from public, two-year colleges and nearly all (90%) credit transfer opportunities occurred between institutions that were regionally (not nationally) accredited.
  • Students with higher GPAs had better success transferring credits from one institution to another.
  • Transferring from a four-year institution to a two-year institution (“reverse transfer”) resulted in fewer numbers of credits being accepted, as did a “horizontal transfer” (transferring between a four-year and a four-year or between a two-year and a two-year).
  • The best chances students had for transferring credits was transferring from a two-year to a four year institution.

Summer of Surveillance Revelations Highlights Spread of Spy Tech to Repressive Regimes

August 28, 2014

As the fallout from Edward Snowden’s revelations continue to dominate the news, another surveillance scandal has begun making headlines: powerful, Western spy technology reaching the hands of human rights-abusing, repressive regimes.

Asset Building News Week, August 25-29

August 28, 2014
Publication Image The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include back to school, inequality, and assets.

NASFAA Consumer Information Task Force Report

August 22, 2014
A recent report from The National Association of Student Financial aid Administrators (NASFAA) argues that consumer information requirements for postsecondary institutions could be enhanced, streamlined or eliminated to limit regulatory burden on institutional officials. The report details 15 recommendations ranging from improving the Department of Education’s College Navigator to repealing the ban on the federal-level student unit record system.

Among the report’s other recommendations: