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    College Ratings and Affordable Education

    Dec 24, 2014

    There are reasons to believe American students from the middle- and lower-income tiers aren't making affordable college choices. Can a new ratings system help them make better, more affordable decisions?

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    Commentary

    Cost of College in the United States

    Jan 16, 2015

    For middle- to lower-income families in the U.S., in particular, the costs associated with attending a four-year university are becoming nearly impossible to bear. More and more students are ending up with significant debt after graduating from college, putting financial pressure on them at the outset of their professional careers.

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    Commentary

    Making the 'Gap Year' More Inclusive and Purposeful

    High schools and universities should work together, with the support of policymakers, to develop programs that would provide a wider spectrum of U.S. students with the opportunity to take a purposeful gap year—and enter college with some real-world adult experience behind them.

    May 19, 2016

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    Can College Outreach Programs Improve College Readiness? The Case of the College Bound, St. Louis Program

    In the past decade, there has been a proliferation of community- and school-based college readiness programs designed to increase the participation of students who have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education.

    Apr 11, 2016

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    Commentary

    Should Undocumented Immigrant Youth Pay In-State Tuition to Attend College?

    Undocumented children are entitled to free primary and secondary public education everywhere in the United States, regardless of their legal status. But when they finish high school, their options for college vary depending on the state in which they live.

    Jul 28, 2015

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    Testimony

    Higher-Education Benefits for Post-9/11 Military Service Members and Veterans

    Many types of federal educational benefits are available to U.S. veterans. However, there are many ways Congress can ensure long-term viability of assistance, thus improving access to affordable higher education for the post-9/11 generation and their families.

    Mar 17, 2015

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    Commentary

    America's College Promise: Meeting the Higher Education Challenge

    President Obama's proposal to cover the costs of two years of community college offers hope to many American students, but two key challenges should be addressed: meeting the needs of underprepared students and devising a system to smooth the transfer of credits from one institution to another.

    Jan 19, 2015

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    Commentary

    To Fight Obesity, Make UC a Laboratory

    With its Global Food Initiative, the University of California is seeking ways to help the billion people who go to bed hungry each night. At the same time, UC could also be addressing obesity. Experimenting with changes to the food environment and documenting their impact on diet and weight gain would accelerate progress on this national problem not just for students, but for all Americans.

    Oct 30, 2014

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    Commentary

    The Price for Student Satisfaction and Success in Higher Education

    Choosing the right university and the best course of study is one of the most important decisions young people and parents will make. Not everyone makes the right decision. Of the wide range of factors involved in choosing a university, how important are university tuition fees to young people and their parents?

    Aug 14, 2014

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    Commentary

    Four Approaches to Improve Higher Education in India Through Policies

    In India, university enrolment has grown from 10 to 23 million from 2000 to 2013, and so has interest in improving access and quality. A review of research on higher-education policies on affirmative action, financial aid, private education, and vocational education identifies gaps in research on improving access and quality.

    Jun 12, 2014

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    Report

    CalMHSA Student Mental Health Campus-Wide Survey: 2013 Summary Report

    Report provides the results of a California survey of colleges and universities on mental health experiences and attitudes, perceptions of campus mental health services, and perceptions of overall campus climate toward mental health and well-being.

    Jun 3, 2014

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    Commentary

    Instead of Promoting STEM Education Indiscriminately, Try This

    With all the evidence demonstrating the importance of STEM education for success in the 21st century, well-intentioned policymakers may be tempted to indiscriminately promote all STEM curricula, across all levels of education. But unpacking what STEM really means reveals the need for a more nuanced approach.

    Mar 31, 2014

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    Commentary

    What to Make of P-TECH Schools

    There is no doubting the viability of STEM skills in the 21st century job market and the long-term benefits of going to college. But the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) program could be promising for two reasons that have nothing to do with technology.

    Feb 21, 2014

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    Commentary

    How to Assess 21st Century Competencies: 12 Key Lessons

    Assessing competencies such as creativity and global awareness can provide educators with a broader set of indicators they can use to inform instruction and set goals with students. However, evidence about the effects of testing suggests that caution and careful planning is warranted when developing a new assessment system.

    Feb 18, 2014

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    The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Mexico as Preparation for Higher Education

    In this study we analyse the relationship between Mexican students' enrolment in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and their college preparedness using a case-study methodology.

    Jan 1, 2014

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    Commentary

    The Skinny on the Freshman 15

    Colleges should acknowledge their responsibility not to put their students at risk for weight gain, obesity and the host of chronic diseases related to poor diets, writes Deborah Cohen. Students have to make their own food choices, but it's colleges who're setting the table.

    Aug 21, 2013

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    Commentary

    The Cost of Higher Education: The Big Picture

    According to Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan, tuition is becoming less affordable because institutions are not performance-oriented and thus do not use their funding wisely. But would a more efficient system really bring measurable reductions in tuition costs?

    Jul 12, 2013

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    Journal Article

    The Effects of Tobacco Marketing

    Viewing tobacco ads in retail locations may be associated with higher smoking risk. The tobacco industry has begun using these promotions more than traditional channels, such as billboards and magazines.

    Jan 1, 2013

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    Commentary

    Preserving Access and Quality in an Era of Rising University Tuition Fees

    State financing of higher education is under stress as countries all over the world struggle with fiscal pressures. Researchers review a number of cost-sharing policies that can be adopted and how they may affect access to and the quality of education.

    Sep 28, 2012

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    Not Making the Transition to College: School, Work, and Opportunities in the Lives of Contemporary American Youth

    In applying latent class analysis techniques, we identified multiple types of students who do not pursue college. One group of non-enrollees (27.6%) reports forgoing college because the economic barriers are too high – either because of college affordability or family financial responsibility.

    Jul 1, 2011