The Association of American Universities and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement published this report bringing together several case studies documenting current and past attempts by research universities to comprehensively transform the way in which they teach undergraduate STEM courses. The authors hope for it to be a valuable resource for the higher education sector as it seeks new approaches to STEM education on a large scale.
The College Board takes a comprehensive look at the current trends in the price of higher education across the country, showing wide variation between similar institutions and a continued rise in costs of tuition and housing well above the rate of inflation.
This report from the Center for American Progress examines the current state of remedial education in universities around the country. Remedial education refers to classes and material which go over a curriculum that should have been covered in high school. Millions of students every year learn they must take these extra courses, costing them and their families a total of $1.3 billion across the 50 states. The report shows that this money is largely wasted as many of these students never end up finishing their education as they are significantly less likely to graduate than other students. It also touches on possible reforms and changes to the education system as a whole which could ameliorate the problems with remedial education.
The centrist think tank, Third Way, released this report which demonstrates how high the dropout rates are in public higher education. The report shows how many of these students must take on student loans which they must pay regardless of whether they graduate, saddling themselves with debt and negatively impacting the economy as a whole.
This report from the Education Trust details the extreme wealth stratification occurring among institutions of higher education across the nation. It finds that about 3.6 percent of colleges and universities hold nearly 75 percent of all postsecondary endowment wealth. The report also shows how this endowment wealth is not often used to invest in low-income students, leading to further exclusion for these disadvantaged students and entrenchment of the wealthy in academia.
This new report from the U.S. Dept. of Education discusses the current state of the success of low-income students in higher education, shining a light on institutions with good practices and outcomes while also making recommendations to the sector as a whole.