Monthly Archives: February 2014

Are Free Lunches the Obama Administration’s Financial Aid Simplification Policy?

Politico’s Morning Education newsletter reported today that First Lady Michelle Obama will announce that all school districts with at least 40 percent of students eligible for free or reduced price lunches (FRL) will be given funds so all students in … Continue reading

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The Multiple Stakeholder Problem in Assessing College Quality

One of the biggest challenges the Department of Education’s proposed Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) will face is how to present a valid set of ratings to multiple audiences. Much of the discussion at the recent technical symposium was about … Continue reading

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Will Federal Aid Be Tied to College Ratings? (Poll)

With all of the discussion of what will be included in the proposed Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS), there has been relatively little discussion about whether federal Title IV financial aid will actually be tied to the ratings by 2018—as … Continue reading

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Are Academics Public Intellectuals? (And What Can We Do?)

The Sunday New York Times included an editorial piece by Nicholas Kristof with the title, “Professors, We Need You!” In this piece, Kristof argued that the vast majority of faculty do not do a good job connecting with media and … Continue reading

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My Suggestions for Federal College Ratings

Today is the technical symposium for the Obama Administration’s proposed Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS). My slides for the presentation can be found here. I welcome your comments!

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Spring Admissions: Expanding Access or Skirting Accountability?

More than one in five first-year students at the University of Maryland now start their studies in the spring instead of the fall, according to this recent article by Nick Anderson in the Washington Post. This seems to be an … Continue reading

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Senator Warren’s Interest Rate Follies

First-term Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is a darling of the progressive Left, and she has been mentioned as a possible Presidential candidate in 2016 (although she has stated she’s not running). One of the ways she has gained support with … Continue reading

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