Making College Work: Pathways to Success for Disadvantaged Students Kindle Edition
by Harry J. Holzer (Author), Sandy Baum (Author)
Too many disadvantaged college students in America do not complete their coursework or receive any college credential, while others earn degrees or certificates with little labor market value. Large numbers of these students also struggle to pay for college, and some incur debts that they have difficulty repaying. Making College Work provides a new review of the causes of these problems and offers promising policy solutions.
Some solutions, including better financial aid or academic supports, target individual students. Other solutions, such as stronger linkages between coursework and the labor market and more structured paths through the curriculum, are aimed at institutional reforms. All students, and particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, also need better and varied pathways both to college and directly to the job market, beginning in high school. We can improve college outcomes, but must also acknowledge that we must make hard choices and face difficult tradeoffs in the process.
Student Debt: Rhetoric and Realities of Higher Education Financing, uses evidence to explain the realities of student debt and how the current discourse obscures serious problems in how Americans make decisions about how to pay for college. Learn more about some of the policies in the publication, or purchase a copy.
Decision Making for Student Success: Behavioral Insights to Improve College Access and Persistence
by Benjamin L. Castleman (Author), Saul Schwartz (Author), Sandy Baum (Author)
Each year, many students with affordable college options and the academic skills needed to succeed do not enroll at all, enroll at institutions where they are not well-positioned for success, or drop out of college before earning a credential. Efforts to address these challenges have included changes in financial aid policy, increased availability of information, and enhanced academic support. This volume argues that the efficacy of these strategies can be improved by taking account of contemporary research on how students make choices. In Decision Making for Student Success, scholars from the fields of behavioral economics, education, and public policy explore contemporary research on decision-making and highlight behavioral insights that can improve postsecondary access and success.
Selected Publications, Testimonials, and Other Writings
Trends in Student Aid 2019
Jennifer Ma, Matea Pender, and CJ Libassi, co–authors
Trends in College Pricing 2019
Jennifer Ma, Matea Pender, and CJ Libassi, co-authors
“‘Endowments and Federal Tax Policy,” Urban Institute, July 2019.
“‘Free tuition’ is the opposite of progressive policymaking,” Sarah Turner co-author, Washington Post, May 3, 2019.
Reshaping Parent PLUS Loans: Recommendations for Reforming the Parent PLUS Program, Kristin Blagg and Rachel Fishman co-authors, Urban Institute, April, 2019.
Rethinking Federal Work Study: Incremental Reform is Not Enough, Urban Institute, March, 2019.
“Black students’ ‘unprecedented and unequal’ college debt should cause alarm,” Lorelle Espinosa co-author, Opinion, The Hechinger Report, February 19, 2019.
“Student Debt: The Unique Circumstances of African American Students” in Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, American Council on Education, 2019.
“Loosening Standards, Widening Inequalities,” Spiros Protopsaltis, co-author. Chronicle of Higher Education, February 22, 2019.
Does Online Education Live Up To Its Promise? A Look At the Evidence and Implications for Federal Policy, Spiros Protopsaltis, co-author, George Mason University, January 2019.
Improving the Targeting, Predictability, and Simplicity North Carolina’s State Grant Programs. North Carolina Student Aid Study Group Policy Brief, December 2018.
“How Students Pay for College,” Change, 50(3-4):135-141, October 2018.
Expanding Opportunity, Reducing Student Debt: Reforming California Student Aid, Robert Shireman and Jennifer Mishory, co-authors, The Century Foundation, April 2018.
Unaffordable Loans: When Should Schools Become Ineligible for Student Loan Programs, Saul Schwartz, co-author, Urban Institute, March 23, 2018.
Tuition and State Appropriations, Michael McPherson, Breno Braga, and Sarah Minton, co-authors, The Urban Institute, February 15, 2018.
Victoria Lee, co-author, April 23, 2018.
“How Students Pay for College,” Change, 50(3-4): October 2018
After Graduate and Professional School: How Students Fare in the Labor Market
Patricia Steele, co-author, February 2018.
Financing Graduate and Professional School Education
Patricia Steele, co-author, January 4, 2018.
Graduate and Professional School Debt
Patricia Steele, co-author, The Urban Institute,January 4, 2018.
Understanding College Affordability: How Students, Institutions, and the Public Pay for Higher Education, The Urban Institute, Fall 2017.
A Principled Federal Role in Higher Education, Douglas Harris, Andrew Kelly, and Ted Mitchell, co-authors. The Urban Institute, September 19, 2017.
Reforming Federal Student Loan Repayment: A Single, Automatic, Income-Driven System Matthew Chingos, co-author. The Urban Institute, September 19, 2017.
The Price of Graduate and Professional School: How Much Students Pay,
Patricia Steele, co-author. June 21, 2017.
The Federal-State Higher Education Partnership: Rethinking the Relationship,
Michael McPherson, co-author, May 16, 2017.
The Federal-State Higher Education Partnership: Lessons from Other Federal-State Partnerships, Kristin Conklin, co-author, May 16, 2017
The Federal-State Higher Education Partnership: How States Manage their Roles,
Matthew Chingos, co-author, May 16, 2017
College Affordability and Institutional Pricing Policies
Planning for Higher Education Journal, V45N3: 1-14, April-June 201.7
Wealth Inequality is a Barrier to Education and Social Mobility
Breno Braga, Signe-Mary McKernan, and Caroline Ratcliffe, co-authors, April 28, 2017.
“Yes, the Trump Budget Would Hurt Students — but It Could Be Worse,”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 16, 2017
Paying for College, Victoria Lee, co-author, April 7, 2017.
“What Colleges Should Know About Students’ Borrowing Patterns”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 5, 2017
Who Goes to Graduate School and Who Succeeds?
Patricia Steele, co-author, January 2017
“The Surprising Value that Need-Based Aid Brings”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 1, 2017
“Clinton vs. Sanders”
Inside Higher Ed, March 31, 2016
Community Colleges: Multiple Missions, Diverse Student Bodies, and a Range of Policy Solutions. David Baime, co-author, August 17, 2016
Strengthening Federal Student Aid: An Assessment of Proposals for Reforming Federal Student Loan Repayment and Federal Education Tax Benefits Martha Johnson, co-author February 2, 2016
A Framework for Thinking About Law School Affordability
Decision Making for Student Success: Behavioral Insights to Improve College Access and Persistence Ben Castleman, Saul Schwartz co-editors. New York: Routledge, 2015.
Educational Attainment: Understanding the Data
Alisa Cunningham, Courtney Tanenbaum co-authors.
George Washington University Graduate School of Education. 2015.
“College Endowments, College Prices, and Financial Aid”
Committee on Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight, United States House of Representatives. September 2016
Simplifying Federal Student Aid: Toward a More Effective Federal Grant Program for Students U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce
November 3, 2015
Endowments Won’t Solve College Affordability Problems September 10, 2019
Pricing Free College May 3, 2019
Which Households Hold the Most Student Debt? May 2, 2019
Making Student Loan Repayment More Logical and Equitable April 4, 2019
Putting the college admissions scandal in context March 18, 2019
How well does graduate school pay off? April 23, 2018
Incremental steps toward bold student loan reforms March 15, 2018
States can lead the way in making college affordable March 7, 2018
Changes to graduate lending policy are long overdue January 16, 2018
What makes college more affordable? November 1, 2017
Student loans work, but not for everyone October 17, 2017
Do too many community college students major in liberal arts? August 31, 2017
Devos opposed regulation. What will that mean for higher education? February 7, 2017
The student loan scandal doesn’t mean there’s a student loan crisis January 24, 2017
Protecting students in an anti-regulatory environment December 22, 2016
Should employers repay student loans or pay higher wages? April 13, 2016