Gates Foundation Asks: Is College Worth It?

THE BILL AND MELINDA Gates Foundation, the philanthropic and sometimes controversial group whose funding has influenced major education policy decisions in the U.S., is launching a new higher education initiative to answer the question, “Is college worth it?” “More than at any other time I can remember, students and families across America are asking themselves, is college worth it,’” Sue Desmond-Hellmann, president of the Gates Foundation, said. “As the cost of a credential rises and student Read More

Education Department Is Rejecting University Grant Applications Because Of Double-Spacing

Universities making simple mistakes on Department of Education grant applications, like using the wrong spacing or type face, are losing thousands of dollars in federal funding. At least 40 colleges and organizations applying for federal grants for Upward Bound, a program established in the 1960s that helps pay for low-income students to attend college, have been rejected for failing to follow strict guidelines regarding spacing and font, according to The Chronicle for Higher Education. Wittenberg University Read More

REPORT: Expanding College Opportunity by Advancing Diversity and Inclusion

The U.S. Department of Education today released a report, “Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education,” building on the Administration’s efforts to expand college opportunity for all. It presents key data that show the continuing educational inequities and opportunity gaps for students of color and low-income students and highlights promising practices that many colleges are taking to advance success for students of all backgrounds. More than ever before, today’s students need to be prepared to Read More

FACT SHEET: ED Launches Initiative for Low-Income Students to Access New Generation Of Higher Education Providers

Today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is inviting eight selected partnerships between institutions of higher education and non-traditional providers to participate in the EQUIP (Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships) experiment. These partnerships will allow students—particularly low-income students—to access federal student aid for the first time to enroll in programs offered by non-traditional training providers, in partnership with colleges and universities, including coding bootcamps, online courses, and employer organizations. The goals of the experiment are to: (1) Read More

New U.S. Department of Education Report Highlights Colleges Increasing Access and Supporting Strong Outcomes for Low-Income Students

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to helping all Americans complete a quality, affordable college education, the U.S. Department of Education today released a report highlighting the efforts of colleges and universities to promote access, opportunity and success among low-income students, and identifying areas of much-needed improvement. “For students from low- and moderate-income families, a college degree is the surest path to the middle class in our country. I applaud the colleges and universities Read More