Higher Education

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Andrew P. Kelly’s presentation of survey results sheds light on how individuals view the costs and benefits of going to college.

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Although excitement is growing about the potential for competency-based education (CBE) to transform the higher education marketplace, little attention has been paid to the needs of employers hiring graduates with CBE credentials.

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The long-term viability of competency-based education programs hinges on the credibility of these programs’ credentials in the eyes of employers—a credibility that depends on the quality of the assessments CBE programs use to decide who earns a credential.

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Traditional higher education is running headlong into a deepening crisis, one where consumers increasingly feel trapped and desperate for an alternative. The future of learning must include more than open online courses.

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama March 26, 2015. The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell more than expected last week while activity in the services sector hit a six-month high in March, underscoring the economy's solid fundamentals despite a recent softening in growth. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Rating colleges may seem like a straightforward task. But there are many reasons why the federal government is not equipped to do it well, and it will likely create as many problems as it solves.

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We need an educational system that brings children, with all combinations of assets and deficits, to adulthood having identified things they enjoy doing and having learned how to do them well.

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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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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks at the Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

It’s not that student loan programs aren’t generous enough. It’s that the existing protections they offer are poorly designed and difficult to use for the people who need them most.

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Republican nominees for 2016 must explain to voters how they can believe in both the importance of education and in a limited federal role.

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Some of the countries we lionize for their high-achieving and tuition-free higher education systems are successful in part because they do things that many Americans dislike. They track students into different paths and ration access to the most prestigious ones.

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AEI’s Rick Hess hosts a research conference featuring presentations of eight new papers that explore hard questions about the role of philanthropy in school reform today.

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Rather than waiting for one-size-fits-all accountability to be imposed by government officials, Purdue’s faculty has a chance to craft a system that reflects their university’s mission and goals. They have an opportunity to help lead the national policy debate — not just respond to it.

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