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AEI’s Andrew P. Kelly, College Board’s Jessica Howell, and Seton Hall University’s Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj host a major research conference that explores college match, featuring eight new studies and analyses.

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Covering an education story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI education team.

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Conservative policymakers have been an important check on spending, but have largely failed to enunciate their own higher education agenda. An alternative vision should create space for new postsecondary options and ideas, not just address the amount of funding.

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Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) (C) talks with reporters following the weekly Republican caucus luncheon at the US Capitol in Washington June 18, 2013.

Senator Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, will deliver a keynote address on higher education reform, followed by a discussion addressing the opportunities for and obstacles to change.

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Futurists think that traditional colleges are doomed. I think that many institutions can adapt to these new challenges, but only if they’re willing to question the structures and routines that too often go unquestioned.

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College, once a sure ticket to the middle class, is causing a lot of anxiety these days. People are concerned about its cost, about low graduation rates and about the poor employment prospects of some graduates. We’re beginning to see the outlines of two rival approaches to addressing these problems.

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US Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers remarks at the National Review Institute 2015 Ideas Summit in Washington May 1, 2015. Reuters

On many levels, the comparison simply isn’t accurate between Rubio-Warner reforms and Obama’s reckless expansion of income-based loan repayment.

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Given the limits of public budgets, we shouldn’t allow the current focus on banishing student debt through increased spending to overshadow established bipartisan ideas that might achieve similar goals but at little to no cost to taxpayers.

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With a better understanding of how to avoid particular situations, a student’s chance of experiencing assault can be diminished.

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Striking differences exist between competency-based and traditional higher education programs in how students are recruited, admissions and credit transfer policies, how credits are earned, and interactions with peers and faculty.

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AEI scholars and education experts offer their vision for a compelling and comprehensive education platform, designed to assist presidential candidates in their approach to education issues.

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Although conservative presidential candidates might be tempted to double down on rhetoric about abolishing the federal role in education, conservatives should instead offer a reform agenda that clarifies how to tap into the strengths of the federal system to foster educational opportunity for all.

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