The sticker price at Pennsylvania State University runs about $30,000 a year for in-state students. At Swarthmore College, it’s nearly twice that. Yet Swarthmore ends up being cheaper for most students. That’s because this private liberal-arts college near Philadelphia offers many families a hefty discount, bringing down the average cost to even less than taxpayer-subsidized Penn State’s.
This kind of information used to be hard or impossible to find, because colleges don’t always want people knowing what they really cost—or that some families may be paying a lot less than others. But now the U.S. Department of Education collects this information, and we’re making it available in even more detail through our Tuition Tracker database.
The College Board, the company that produces the SAT, announced Wednesday its college admission exams don't focus enough on important academic skills. While the Board rethinks how to measure what students know before college, Massachusetts is developing a system that tests students' knowledge after college.
The SAT redesign Wednesday has us here at On Campus wondering about the "test-optional" trend emerging in higher education. More schools are dropping tests like the SAT and ACT as an application requirement, relying instead on GPA. Just how widespread is this trend? According to , a standardized testing watchdog, more than 800 universities or colleges no longer require either test.
In the midst of a passionate discussion about the future of higher education here on Tuesday, one young man stood up and wanted to know if the goal of higher education is to make people productive – or to make them happy.
It was an unexpected query for a panel entitled: “Can the liberal arts survive in an age of innovation,’’and just one of the many dozens of discussions that have been taking place this week at SXSW.edu, a packed and often frantic festival of ideas, technology, workshops and networking.
For-profit colleges are facing the prospect of tighter federal regulations that would, among other things, require them to provide accurate information to the public and prohibit misleading advertisements. Are these schools - and the students they serve - getting a fair shake?
Last week we covered a story exploring the potential benefits of a gap year – postponing the start of college. In our interviews, we reported that although the gap year may be important in helping some young students mature and realize their ambitions in life, the privilege of affording this experience is very much contingent on one's economic background. Today, we hear some of your comments on our report to get a better idea of how people feel about gap years.
New York is looking to reach out to a population that doesn't often come to mind when talking about increasing access to higher education -- prison inmates.
Earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an initiative to provide college classes to those incarcerated in his state's prisons. The plan would offer classes in 10 different prisons and inmates could receive an associate or a bachelor's degree in two and a half, to three years time.
In this digital age, what’s the status update of America’s promise of an equal shot at education for all – for descendants of slaves as well as first-generation immigrants? Where does the pressure to get into and through college come from?
A new provocative documentary film explores these and other questions by following two middle-class African-American boys from the time they enter kindergarten in one of the country’s most elite private schools through high school graduation.