Monthly Archives: October 2013

Let’s Track First-Generation Students’ Outcomes

I’ve recently written about the need to report the outcomes of students based on whether they received a Pell Grant during their first year of college. Given that annual spending on the Pell Grant is about $35 billion, this should … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , ,

The Value of “Best Value” Lists

I can always tell when a piece about college rankings makes an appearance in the general media. College administrators see the piece and tend to panic while reaching out to their institutional research and/or enrollment management staffs. The question asked … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Two and a Half Cheers for Prior Prior Year!

Earlier this week, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) released a report I wrote with Gigi Jones of NASFAA on the potential to use prior prior year income data (PPY) in determining students’ financial aid awards. Compared … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Free the Pell Graduation Data!

Today is an exciting data in my little corner of academia, as the end of the partial government shutdown means that federal education datasets are once again available for researchers to use. But the most exciting data to come out … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

State Need and Merit Aid Spending

I’m fortunate to be teaching a class in higher education finance this semester, as it’s a class that I greatly enjoy and is also intertwined with my research interests. I’m working on slides for a lecture on grant aid (both … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , ,

What Should Be in the President’s College Ratings?

President Obama’s August announcement that his administration would work to develop a college rating system by 2015 has been the topic of a great deal of discussion in the higher education community. While some prominent voices have spoken out against … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments