Characteristics of today’s students
Chart from the Center for Law and Social Policy showing characteristics of undergraduates.
2002 Report from the National Center for Education Statistics.
Interactive feature from the Chronicle of Higher Education from 2010 shows student demographics in detail.
Data from Forbes Magazine about college demographics.
Interactive charts compiled by Atlantic Monthly.
Pew report shows changing demographics among college students.
2013 Report from the Pew Research Center.
Need for more college graduates
Georgetown University report arguing that the United States needs more college graduates.
Discusses the President’s call for making America a world leader in college degree attainment.
Helping nontraditional and low-income students succeed in college
Article about serving nontraditional students by Stephen G. Pelletier in Public Purpose.
Report from The Future of Children arguing that “[a]lthough access to higher education has increased substantially over the past forty years, student success in college—as measured by persistence and degree attainment—has not improved at all” and discussing ways to increase college completion.
Report to Congress from the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance discussing barriers to college completion.
2012 report to Congress from the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance arguing that financial barriers lead students to enroll later or work while in college, thus contributing to the number of nontraditional students.
Organization of private colleges that serve low-income students, whose goal is to increase those students’ degree attainment.
Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education focused on colleges and universities set up primarily to serve “the needs of underrepresented, low-income students of color,” such as historically black colleges and universities (HCBUs) and tribal colleges.
US News list showing the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants among its top-ranked colleges and universities.
Report from the Congressional Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.
Inequity in Higher Education
New America Foundation blog post by Stephen Burd and Alex Holt.
2013 Report by Stephen Burd of the New America Foundation arguing that most scholarship aid now goes to wealthy students.
Article from Inside Higher Ed discussing attempts to get colleges to steer more financial aid to needy students, rather than to “merit aid.”
Hechinger Report article.
Report from Georgetown University demonstrating that among African American and Hispanic students, even those with A averages in high school are less likely than white students to attend selective colleges and universities.