Academic Progress for Football Players: Is the NCAA For Real?

September 25, 2007

As the college football season kicks into high gear, its hard not to get caught up in or at least be exposed to the insane promotion of big-time college athletics.

Roundup: Week of September 17 - September 21

September 21, 2007

OECD Report Finds Other Countries Catching Up to U.S. in Higher Ed

Tough Choices Ahead on College Aid Plan

September 20, 2007

The massive college aid bill that Congress passed earlier this month is headed to the President for signature. As the newest member of the Higher Ed Watch team and a budget hawk, I thought I would point out some of the loose ends that are going to have to be tied up in the near future if the bill is to live up to its dual promise of increasing student financial aid without imposing any new costs on taxpayers.

A Way to Increase Socioeconomic Diversity at Elite Colleges

September 19, 2007

The Senate Finance Committee appears to be moving forward with a proposal that would require wealthy colleges and universities to spend a minimum percentage of their endowments each year a move which we at Higher Ed Watch strongly support.

Sara Mead Featured in The Washington Post on Charter School Reform

September 18, 2007

Sara Mead and Andrew J. Rotherham, two of my favorite educational researchers, have inspired me to save the charter school movement with five brilliant if perhaps too far-sighted suggestions for reform.


Here are my suggestions for fixing that situation, based largely on what I learned from Mead and Rotherham:

Roundup: Week of September 10 - September 14

September 14, 2007

Consolidation, Katrina Help Loan Default Rates Fall

Merit Aid Explosion?

September 13, 2007

Last week, Congress approved legislation that would transfer more than $20 billion over the next five years from over-subsidized banks to need-based student financial aid.

Quid Pro Quo

September 12, 2007

A recent Senate report on improper marketing practices by student loan providers participating in the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program landed with a thud in Washington last week. Sen. Michael B. Enzi (R-WY) was not alone when he dismissed the document, saying it "simply plows the same old ground."

Confusing Market Means and Ends in Higher Education

September 11, 2007

Responding to our coverage of last weeks higher education reconciliation bill, Catos Neal McCluskey asks, How can you love an auction because it supposedly uses market forces, while simultaneously supporting the gargantuan market distortion that is the overall federal student aid system?

Michael Dannenberg in The Boston Globe on Boost to Student Aid

September 8, 2007

Congress approved a $20.2 billion boost in financial aid for college students yesterday, a package that backers said would be the single largest increase in federal tuition funding since World War II.

The bill, which President Bush is expected to sign, raises the maximum Pell grant for low-income students from $4,050 to $5,400, and temporarily slashes interest rates on student loans by half.

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