Improve college attainment rates: Invest in high school guidance counselors

A recent study by Caroline Hoxby and Christopher Avery hasn’t gotten a lot of media attention but is a must read. In fact, I just became aware of the study myself even though it was issued as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research back in December. Policymakers, educators, parents, and the

New CPE Report Connects High Schools to College Success

The Center’s latest report “High school rigor and academic advising: Setting up students to succeed” has already made some waves. As a matter of fact, the Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, and Education Week have already written extensive articles about the report that show how high schools make a difference in whether or not

What’s in a grad rate?

The Education Department is moving forward with plans to change how it calculates grad rates for colleges. It will no longer measure solely first-time, full-time students. As this article from Inside Higher Ed points out, many community colleges in particular have large populations of part-time or returning students. Four-year colleges often have many transfer students as