Monthly Archives: September 2014

Analyzing the New Cohort Default Rate Data

The U.S. Department of Education today released cohort default rates (CDR) by college, which reflects the percentage of students who default on their loans within three years of entering repayment. This is a big deal for colleges, as any college … Continue reading

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What Are Cohort Default Rates Good For?

Today marks the start of U.S. Department of Education’s annual release of cohort default rates (CDR), which reflects the percentage of students who default on their loans within three years of entering repayment. Colleges were informed of their rates today, … Continue reading

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Testimony to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance

Below is a copy of my September 12, 2014 testimony at the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance’s hearing regarding the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS): Good morning, members of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Department of Education … Continue reading

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Rankings, Rankings, and More Rankings!

We’re finally reaching the end of the college rankings season for 2014. Money magazine started off the season with its rankings of 665 four-year colleges based on “educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings.” (I generally like these rankings, in spite … Continue reading

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