Monthly Archives: October 2012

More Information on the Education Week Article

I was happy to learn this morning that my research on value-added with respect to college graduation rates (with Doug Harris) was covered in an Education Week blog post by Sarah Sparks. While I am glad to get media coverage … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , ,

Need-Based Financial Aid and College Persistence: Experimental Evidence from Wisconsin

This afternoon, the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison released our new paper on the effects of the Wisconsin Scholars Grant on Pell Grant recipients attending public universities in the state of Wisconsin. In short, we … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged ,

Using Input-Adjusted Measures to Estimate College Performance

I have been privileged to work with HCM Strategists over the past two years on a Gates Foundation-funded project to explore how to use input-adjusted measures to estimate a college’s performance. Although the terminology sounds fancy, the basic goal of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Improving Income-Based Repayment

As regular readers of this blog know, I am keenly interested in exploring the cost-effectiveness of policies affecting the world of education. This week, the New America Foundation released a report detailing changes made by Congress and the Obama Administration … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Is College Cost Certainty a Possibility?

There are only a few certainties in life, such as death, taxes, and Murphy’s Law holding true at the most inopportune times. For nearly everyone, however, knowing the cost of college more than a few months in advance is definitely … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , ,

Overvaluing Harvard

Many parents went to send their children to what they consider to be the best colleges and universities. For quite a few of these families, this means that Junior should go to fair Harvard (after all, it’s the top-rated university … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged ,

The Top of the Ninth

This time of year, my thoughts turn fairly often to baseball. This is especially true this year with my beloved St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs. The familiar sounds of the game’s great announcers are the background of my summer, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Majoring in Football?

Unlike some in the higher education world, I am often a fan of big-time college athletics. They do provide important benefits to both the university and the broader community, such as social cohesion, increased levels of public support, and (under … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged

New Data on the Returns to College

Many people love to hate college rankings, but they have traditionally been one of the most easily digestible sources of information about institutions of higher education. We know very little about the outcomes of students who attend a particular college … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged ,

Right Idea, Wrong Time

It’s election season once again, so President Obama is coming back to Madison for a large campaign event right smack dab in the middle of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus Thursday afternoon. Given the amount of security required to host … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged ,