Gimmicks like the White House's latest plan don't help much — in fact, they make the system even more complex.
Expanding Pay As You Earn boosts government public subsidies for a broken higher-education financing model and will reinforce the already strong bias in public policy toward college attendance at the expense of other post-secondary options.
The U.S. cannot reach the levels of educational attainment required for international competitiveness without closing the considerable gaps in attainment that persist across groups.
If we want to enable more equitable opportunities for the nation's children, we need to invest in parents.
June is fast turning into college affordability month on Capitol Hill.
It is a horrible practice to ban commencement speakers because we disagree with them on policy.
Given the enormous and disproportionate role that MSIs play in the lives of young men of color, it seems that they are the keeper of many of the secrets to empowerment and success among this group.
Lawmakers have undoubtedly heard plenty from colleges and universities about real problems with the Department of Education's forthcoming college ratings system. One way to limit problems is for Congress to repeal the ban on a student unit record system.
As I read about the evolution of online college courses, and the debate about its efficacy, I'm drawn to recall my experiences as a young, 16-year-old college freshman.
It was in the dark ages, 1950-54, a time when veterans on the GI Bill flowed into college classrooms. While we kids caroused and "found" ourselves in our new social setting, away from home for the first time, there was a stark difference between us and them.
They were older, more serious, many already married and living in married student quarters. They were focused and dead serious in classes. They were there to be educated and get on with their lives. We were there to grow up and find ourselves.
The youth unemployment rate for newly minted college graduates in the 20- to 24-year-old age bracket is at an all-time high of 60.6 percent, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Labor.
This raises the question of whether students can find meaningful employment after graduation with the degrees they currently have.