10 Questions to Ask When Seeking an Affordable College Education

April 10, 2014 | Blog, News

This blog grew out of a twitter conversation on #collegecash that took place in late March. I thank those involved…

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Rethinking Financial Aid’s Role in Student Retention

September 21, 2013 | Blog

The administration of federal student aid is a highly complex and bureaucratic job thanks to a great deal of program…

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Reality Check: Obama is Standing for Students

August 27, 2013 | Blog

Since when did an effort to ensure that students receive a high-quality affordable education in exchange for their financial aid…

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New Evidence on Need-Based Grant Aid

August 12, 2013 | Blog

Ben Castleman and Bridget Long of Harvard University just issued a terrific new paper on the impacts of a Florida…

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UVA: Poster Child for Empty Promises and False Hopes

August 7, 2013 | Blog

Just a few years ago, we the people of UW-Madison were hearing quite a bit about the flagship university of…

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What Constitutes "Satisfactory Academic Progress" in the 21st Century?

July 15, 2013 | Blog

I often receive email from students who’ve learned of my interest in the contemporary college experience and want to provide…

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Putting the UW System Tuition Freeze in Context

June 3, 2013 | Blog

Today’s Journal Sentinel has an excellent chart illustrating how the challenge of paying for college in Wisconsin has changed over…

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It’s Good to Be an Education Optimist

April 19, 2013 | Blog

Once in awhile people ask me how I can continue to call myself an education optimist when the “new normal”…

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Make College Free

March 8, 2013 | Blog

It is long past time to make college free, and thankfully the Atlantic writer Jordan Weissman just laid out the…

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How to Turn Higher Education into an Engine of Inequality

March 5, 2013 | Blog

Step 1:  Build an enormous and expansive set of opportunities for higher education and tell everyone that a college education…

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