College, Inc.: Access


Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 07/17/2012

Fixed-rate tuition can minimize college-price angst

Kettering University in Michigan is one of the latest institution to fix its tuition rate, so that students pay the same amount throughout their undergraduate education.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:04 PM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Finance | Tags:  college affordability, higher education

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 06/22/2012

At 150, land-grant public universities struggle to return to roots

Public higher education approaches a milestone.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:27 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  Morrill Act, public universities

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Wesleyan president: A degree in ‘three marvelous years’

A three-year degree is among the options one prestigious liberal arts school is weighing to make its product more affordable.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:47 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Liberal Arts | Tags:  college affordability, college tuition

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 05/18/2012

Graduation “gap” widens in Maryland

A frustrating finding, five years after the state’s university system pledged to cut the gap in half.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:37 AM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Public policy | Tags:  college graduation, minority completion, college success

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 05/15/2012

State grant aid goes increasingly to the wealthy

In the District, only 6 percent of state grant funds are awarded based on financial need, according to a new report.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:49 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  higher education, financial aid

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 05/04/2012

Free Harvard, MIT classes for all? Yes and no.

Joint initiative, edX, will offer Harvard and MIT courses to millions online. But that does not entitle every student to Ivy League credentials.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:30 AM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Online | Tags:  online education

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 04/24/2012

The case against lowering student loan interest rates

A guest blogger argues that low-low interest rates on student loans feed runaway college pricing and waste tax dollars.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:34 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance | Tags:  student loans, Obama, higher education

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 04/20/2012

Ohio State’s Gordon Gee proposes “differential” tuition

What if public colleges charged different rates according to how much each student’s courses cost them to teach?

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:52 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  higher education, college affordability

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Hispanics are crucial to college completion goals

Hispanics have made huge gains in college attainment, but there’s still a wide gap between completion rates for Hispanics and whites.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:43 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Public policy, Research | Tags:  Hispanics, college attainment

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Choosing a college without knowing its cost

Many public universities don’t yet know what they’ll charge in 2012-13, and some privates haven’t posted their rates. Yet, students are urged to decide early.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:49 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  college tuition, college admissions

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Obama college-cost plan may not work as prescribed

The president wants to penalize colleges that charge too much. But the plan might punish low-cost schools, too.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:39 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Higher Education, College cost, Obama education plan, Colleges and universities

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Rising college prices: Is federal policy partly to blame?

Vassar president opines that spiraling costs are partly a response to misdirected federal incentives.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:37 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Obama budget, higher education

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Student loans surpass auto, credit card debt

New report shows one-third of all student loan debt is held by those under 30.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:54 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Obama, student loans, higher education

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Are car loans, college loans so different?

Guest blogger asserts that a college education is a good investment — better, in the long run, than a car. Is a modest student loan such a bad thing?

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:33 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  financial aid, student loans, Obama

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Texas affirmative action case may hinge on Justice Kennedy

Affirmative action in college admissions is on the Supreme Court docket again, and swing vote Anthony Kennedy may determine the outcome.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:49 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Litigation | Tags:  affirmative action, college admissions, University of Texas, Supreme Court

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 02/23/2012

St. Mary’s College secures major gift for need-based aid

The $1 million donation for need-based aid is a significant boost for a public liberal arts college with a $30 million endowment.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:33 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Development, Liberal Arts | Tags:  St. Mary's College of Maryland, philanthropy, financial aid

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Harvard Asian-American discrimination probe ends

An Indian-American student has withdrawn his complaint alleging Harvard and Princeton rejected him over racial-ethnic bias.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:51 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Litigation | Tags:  civil rights, harvard university, college admissions

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Liberal learning: Only for the elite?

Guest writer says that all college students, not just the privileged, should learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:41 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Community Colleges, Liberal Arts | Tags:  college access, liberal learning, college attainment

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 02/10/2012

A bachelor’s degree for $10,000

Excelsior College offers a fairly cheap BA for students who are willing to do some independent study.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:24 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Finance, Online

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Guest post: A nontraditional university for nontraditional students

By some estimates, only a quarter of college students are “traditional,” in that they live on campus and study full time. Upper Iowa University offers a model for the other three quarters.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:46 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Online

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Guest post: An ‘Arab Spring’ of free online higher education

The writers envision a time when students access an entire college education online. But which model will prevail?

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:26 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Finance, Online, Pedagogy, Technology

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Student claims Harvard, Princeton discriminate against Asian-Americans

An Indian-American student in California got rejected both places despite high test scores. But are high test scores a guarantee of admission to a top Ivy?

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:22 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Privates

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 01/27/2012

College leaders question Obama’s tuition plan

The president proposes to reward or punish colleges on the merits of their tuition policies.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:25 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/26/2012

College grad rates are ‘bad data’

Critics solemnly invoke federal graduation rates as evidence of academic quality and public accountability. The grad rate doesn’t measure either, one college president says. 

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Public policy | Tags:  Trinity Washington University

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Should William and Mary students pay ‘market rates’?

President Taylor Reveley says the university should think about a more market-based tuition structure — but it’s just an idea, for now.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:11 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Aid, Finance, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  College of William and Mary

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/12/2012

DCTAG official: Choose your college with care

Some colleges do better than others as stewards of D.C. Tuition Assistance Grants. Two-fifths of grantees graduate overall.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:00 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Attainment, Public policy

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Population of needy college students is exploding

One state official shares data that show a 50 percent rise in the population of needy college students in a single year.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:46 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Is higher tuition what the public wants?

Some colleges have had success with highly publicized campaigns to reduce their annual tuition. But the strategy can backfire.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:41 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Aid, Finance, Marketing, Rankings, Privates

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Berkeley and the public Ivies: Five lingering questions

Further thoughts on the fiscal peril facing Berkeley and other top public universities.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:24 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Administration, Aid, Finance, Public policy, Publics

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 12/30/2011

Naval Academy professor: A veneer of selectivity

Whistle-blower professor contends the Annapolis service academy’s 7.5-percent admission rate is a sham: the real number, he says, may be over 50 percent.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:38 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Rankings | Tags:  U.S. Naval Academy

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Can the public Ivies be saved?

Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan, discusses — and rejects — two radical proposals that could potentially save the nation’s top public universities.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:17 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  University of Virginia

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Study: Two-fifths of high school graduates are unprepared for college or the workforce

Fully 40 percent of graduates are ready for neither college nor the workforce, according to the authors of a new study.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:31 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Community Colleges, For-profit colleges, Pedagogy, Research | Tags:  Johns Hopkins University

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Obama meets with star presidents to talk reform

Attendees include University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan, UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski and the New York state university chancellor.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:06 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Ten pricey colleges that don’t leave you in debt

These schools cost plenty, but generous aid packages mean the average graduate carries less than $20,000 in loan debt.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:08 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance | Tags:  Howard University

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Guest post: Cutting student aid like ‘eating our own seed corn’

Budget hawks in Congress see student aid as “spending,” but not as an investment, guest blogger opines.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:17 AM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 11/14/2011

Guest post: Is the SAT the best way to spend a Saturday?

The writer contends that de-emphasizing standardized tests has made for fairer admissions at Wake Forest University.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:27 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 11/03/2011

Is community college the best value in academia?

Even students from comparatively affluent families are choosing to start their college careers at community colleges.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:06 AM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Community Colleges

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Naval Academy prep school: asset or liability?

Roughly two-thirds of those who enter the Naval Academy Preparatory School go on to graduate in Annapolis. Does that bespeak success, or failure?

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:35 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions | Tags:  U.S. Naval Academy

Posted at 06:56 PM ET, 10/10/2011

College sticker shock: Is $55,000 the new $50,000?

Nineteen colleges now charge $55,000 or more in tuition, fees and living expenses, according to one of two new surveys of college sticker price.

By Daniel de Vise  |  06:56 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Rankings | Tags:  George Washington University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Guest post: Let’s be up-front about merit aid

A college president says his school has offered merit discounts for 20 years and thinks other schools should be transparent about such awards.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:55 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Aid, Finance, Privates

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Guest post: Don’t bank on the net-price calculator

A financial aid official contends that no one formula can predict what college will cost for each individual student.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:05 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Admissions, Finance, Public policy

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 09/27/2011

Report exposes hidden failure of part-time students

They make up two-fifths of the college population, aren’t counted by the government and take much longer to finish college.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:44 AM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Community Colleges, Public policy, Research

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 09/23/2011

Guest post: Get out your net-price calculator

By the end of October, every college in the land will provide parents an online tool to calculate the “net price” of attendance.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:06 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Access, Administration, Finance, Public policy

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 09/21/2011

Survey: Admission directors increasingly favor ‘full-pay’ students

Colleges are more likely to take “full-pay” students, even with lower test scores.

By Daniel de Vise  |  08:30 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Administration, Admissions, Aid

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 08/26/2011

Families spent less on college this year, survey finds

Wealthy families increasingly choose community colleges, Sallie Mae survey finds.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:06 PM ET, 08/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Aid, Community Colleges, Finance

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 08/25/2011

Study: Hispanics now outnumber blacks in college

Hispanic enrollment surged 24 percent in a single year, Pew study finds.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:45 PM ET, 08/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Community Colleges, Research

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 08/18/2011

Montgomery College immigrant tuition challenge dismissed by judge

A judge has dismissed a suit that challenged Montgomery College’s practice of charging lower resident tuition to illegal immigrants who graduate from local public schools.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:39 PM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Community Colleges, Litigation, Public policy

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 08/18/2011

Women enjoy college more than men, survey says

They already outnumber men in college attendance, attainment.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:22 AM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Research

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 08/12/2011

SmartMoney college rankings gauge ‘value’ of public, private schools

A SmartMoney analysis comparing future earnings to tuition cost finds public universities are a better investment

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:24 AM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Rankings | Tags:  University of Virginia, University of Richmond

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 07/13/2011

Admission dean pulls back curtain on merit aid

Administrator at University of Rochester analyzes merit scholarship data to affix a value to every good grade and AP test score.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:17 PM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Admissions

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 07/12/2011

St. Mary’s College defends its tuition

Maryland’s public liberal arts college charges more than any other state university in the region, but less than its liberal-arts peers.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:56 AM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  St. Mary's College of Maryland

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 07/11/2011

The 12 best college financial aid policies

Several dozen colleges have pledged to replace loans with grants in aid awards. Here are some of the best deals, according to aid experts.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:56 PM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Maryland immigrant tuition bill goes to voters

One grass-roots campaign appears to have stalled another, and Maryland’s version of the DREAM Act may be blocked.

By Daniel de Vise  |  06:06 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Finance, Public policy, Publics

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 07/03/2011

The bottom line: which top universities have the highest net price?

Most of the top private national universities charge around $50,000 a year in tuition, fees and living expenses. What the average student actually pays is another story.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:38 PM ET, 07/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Access, Finance, Rankings, Privates | Tags:  Catholic University

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 06/29/2011

Will a college savings account inspire college attendance?

Pilot program gives KIPP students savings accounts; research suggests a kid with college savings is more likely to attend college.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:01 AM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Attainment, Research

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 06/24/2011

Report: Only five colleges properly serve needy students

Report finds only five schools that serve large numbers of low-income students, charge them reasonable prices and graduate more than half their charges.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:32 PM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy, Research | Tags:  University of Virginia

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 06/14/2011

University of the People: Tuition-free higher education

Pasadena school offers courses at little or no charge to students who could not otherwise afford a college education.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:19 PM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, For-profit colleges, Online | Tags:  University of the People

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Merit aid can ease college sticker shock

Colleges offer so much aid today that the average student pays just 58 cents on the dollar of published tuition and fees.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:50 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Admissions, Finance, Marketing | Tags:  financial aid

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 05/24/2011

Former Towson (and current U-Mass) President Caret on grad rates

“We all know, from years of experience, which students can graduate from our campuses. Focus on them.”

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:57 PM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Administration, Attainment, Publics | Tags:  Towson University

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 05/23/2011

Tuition discounting hits record high

The average student now pays 58 cents on the dollar of published college tuition.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:12 AM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Research | Tags:  NACUBO, financial aid

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 05/09/2011

D.C. program helped put DCPS on the college map

DC-CAP has brought the city’s public school system close to the national average in college attendance.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:19 AM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Attainment, Public policy | Tags:  DC-CAP, D.C. public schools

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Cal State's Reed: Don't cut Pell grant program

California State University broke with years of tradition in the 2008 downturn by adopting competitive admissions. For the first time in a long time, California students in the top third of their classes with B averages weren't guaranteed admission. Since...

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:22 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Administration, Admissions, Aid, Attainment, Community Colleges, Finance, For-profit colleges, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  Cal State University, California higher education, Charles Reed CSU, Pell grants, higher education cuts

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 01/24/2011

More seats at U-Va. could ease admission woes

The University of Virginia announced Monday that it had received more applications than ever: 23,942, a 6 percent increase. But the university is adding freshman seats in the fall, and that means a slightly more favorable admission rate. The university...

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:32 PM ET, 01/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Access, Access | Tags:  UVA accepting more students, UVA admissions, UVA applications record, University Virginia admissions