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Back to Basics: Simplifying the Financial Aid Process to Increase Access & Success (pdf, 248KB)

Mar. 2014

Report. Presents the College Board's strategies to simplify the federal financial aid system and increase transparency for students and families. The report is part of the Reimagining Aid Design & Delivery (RADD) 2.0 project, funded by the Gates Foundation.

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Back to Basics: Simplifying the Financial Aid Process to Increase Access & Success (Summary) (pdf, 115KB)

Mar. 2014

Executive Summary. Presents the College Board's strategies to simplify the federal financial aid system and increase transparency for students and families. The report is part of the Reimagining Aid Design & Delivery (RADD) 2.0 project, funded by the Gates Foundation.

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Trends in Student Aid 2013 (pdf, 3.6M)

Oct. 2013 Trends in Higher Education

Report. Provides annual data on grants, loans, work-study and education tax benefits available to assist students and families in paying for college.

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Trends in College Pricing 2013 (pdf, 3.6M)

Oct. 2013 Trends in Higher Education

Report. College prices for the 2013-14 academic year continue to rise nationally, with dramatic differences in pricing policies from state to state.

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Education Pays 2013 (pdf, 1.9M)

Oct. 2013 Trends in Higher Education

Report. Presents detailed evidence of both private and public benefits of higher education. It also sheds light on the distribution of these benefits by examining disparities in postsecondary participation among different demographic groups.

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Education Pays 2013 - How College Shapes Lives: Understanding the Issues (pdf, 1.2M)

Oct. 2013 Trends in Higher Education

Report. Builds on the information presented in Education Pays 2013 by discussing some of the ways in which the payoff of postsecondary education can be measured and providing insights into why there is confusion about that payoff, despite strong evidence.

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Affinity Network Final Report (pdf, 556KB)

Aug. 2013 Affinity Network

Final Report. Presents the challenges and accomplishments of the Affinity Network, a regionally-based initiative that facilitated cross-sector professional learning for the purpose of improving students’ transition from high school to college.

Policy Leadership and Institutional Support for the “Second Decade” (pdf, 400KB)

Jun. 2013 Access & Diversity Collaborative

Following the success of the original Access & Diversity Collaborative in the wake of the Michigan cases in 2004, the College Board is initiating an effort to reconstitute the Collaborative and enhance its mission in service to colleges and universities attempting to achieve their diversity enrollment goals in legally sound ways. In addition to access to materials and resources available to others, this plan encompasses a full array of special services and benefits to those who agree to affiliate as sponsors.

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Rethinking Pell Grants (pdf, 1.5MB)

Apr. 2013
Rethinking Pell Grants
Rethinking Student Aid

Report. Presents the recommendations of the Rethinking Pell Grants Study Group for strengthening the Pell Grant program and increasing the benefits it provides both to students and to society as a whole.

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Rethinking Pell Grants: In Brief (pdf, 1.4MB)

Apr. 2013
Rethinking Pell Grants
Rethinking Student Aid

Policy Brief. Provides an overview of the recommendations of the Rethinking Pell Grants Study Group. The group’s report outlines the following proposals designed to improve the program for young people growing up in low- and moderate-income families, while also better serving older adults returning to school to improve their labor market opportunities.

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Rethinking Pell Grants: One Pager (pdf, 681KB)

Apr. 2013
Rethinking Pell Grants
Rethinking Student Aid

One pager. Provides an overview of the recommendations of the Rethinking Pell Grants Study Group. The group’s report outlines the following proposals designed to improve the program for young people growing up in low- and moderate-income families, while also better serving older adults returning to school to improve their labor market opportunities.

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“Families need better awareness about college costs and aid,” Charlotte Observer, 11/11/12 - Article (pdf, 470KB)

Apr. 2013 College Is Affordable

Op ed. Written by the presidents of the North Carolina higher education systems.

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Education Leaders and the Arts (pdf, 153KB)

Apr. 2013 Arts at the Core

Research Brief. Describes a national survey of school superintendents and principals, which invited them to share their views on the value of the arts in education and offer insights on how arts decisions are made in their districts.

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Education Leaders and the Arts: PowerPoint Presentation (pdf, 1.2MB)

Apr. 2013 Arts at the Core

PowerPoint PDF. Describes a national survey of school superintendents and principals, which invited them to share their views on the value of the arts in education and offer insights on how arts decisions are made in their districts.

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Trends in Higher Education Project Brief (pdf, 699KB)

Apr. 2013 Trends in Higher Education

Brochure.

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Admissions in the 21st Century Project Brief (pdf, 446KB)

Apr. 2013

Brochure.

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Advocacy and Policy Center Overview Brief (pdf, 449KB)

Apr. 2013

Brochure.

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Diversity in the Balance, Part II: Key Steps for Higher Education Institutions to Consider in Preparation for the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision in Fisher v. University of Texas (pdf, 219KB)

Mar. 2013 Access & Diversity Collaborative

Policy paper. Guidance regarding prospective steps that institutions may consider during the months in which the Supreme Court is preparing its decision on the Fisher v. University of Texas case.

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Diversity in the Balance, Part I: Key Educational Principles from Amicus Briefs Filed in Fisher v. University of Texas (pdf, 182KB)

Mar. 2013 Access & Diversity Collaborative

Policy paper. An overview of the Fisher v. University of Texas case and key education arguments pressed by dozens of institutions and organizations that have filed on behalf of the University of Texas.

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Access and Diversity Project Brief (pdf, 452KB)

Mar. 2013 Access & Diversity Collaborative

Brochure.

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How Students and Parents Pay for College (pdf, 1 MB)

Mar. 2013 Policy Research

Research brief. This analysis brief provides insight on how students and their families finance an undergraduate education. We present data on the resources available to full-time undergraduate students through grants, federal tax benefits, and loan programs. We also estimate the amount families pay using earnings or other sources. These data show how the resources used by students and families differ by sector and how they have changed over time.

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Authentic Alignment and the Common Core (pdf, 583KB)

Mar. 2013 Affinity Network

Background Paper. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative has sharpened the focus on the importance of the alignment among standards, instruction, and assessment. However, they do require us to reconsider our alignment approaches given the fundamental shifts within the CCSS.

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How Students and Parents Pay for College (pdf, 1.05MB)

Mar. 2013 Trends in Higher Education

Analysis brief. Provides insight on how students and their families finance an undergraduate education and presents data on the resources available to full-time undergraduate students through grants, federal tax benefits, and loan programs.

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Measuring the Impact of High School Counselors on College Enrollment (pdf, 2MB)

Feb. 2013 Policy Research

Research Brief. This brief examines high school counselor staffing counts relative to four-year college enrollment rates. Recent evidence from a national survey of counselors provides support for claims by counselors and school administrators that current counselor staffing levels are suboptimal. An additional high school counselor is predicted to induce a 10 percentage point increase in four-year college enrollment.

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Collegiate Remediation: A Review of the Causes and Consequences (pdf, 638.38 KB)

Jan. 2013

Background Paper. This brief gives an overview of the prevalence, causes, and consequences of college remediation, which aims to improve basic literacy skills among college students. From the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center's Affinity Network.

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Trends in Student Aid 2012 (pdf, 3.43 MB)

Oct. 2012 Trends in Higher Education

Report. Provides annual data on grants, loans, work-study and education tax benefits available to assist students and families in paying for college.

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Trends in College Pricing 2012 (pdf, 2.65 MB)

Oct. 2012 Trends in Higher Education

Report. College prices for the 2012-13 academic year continue to rise nationally, with dramatic differences in pricing policies from state to state.

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The Role of High Schools in Students' Postsecondary Choices (pdf, 1021.91 KB)

Oct. 2012 Policy Research

Research Brief. This brief examines variation across U.S. public high schools in students' postsecondary choices. The results indicate that some high schools are substantially more successful than others at guiding students to choose postsecondary alternatives that are well-aligned to their academic credentials.

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College Choice: Informing Students' Trade-Offs Between Institutional Price and College Completion (pdf, 1.01 MB)

Oct. 2012 Policy Research

Policy Brief. This brief examines the potential trade-off students face between the net price of attendance and the likelihood of completing a college degree when they make their postsecondary choices. The results suggest that students from low-income families could attend colleges where they have a substantially higher probability of completing a degree and face no increase in net price.

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A Review of the Causes and Consequences of Students' Postsecondary Choices (pdf, 882.58 KB)

Oct. 2012 Policy Research

Literature Brief. This brief gives an overview of the prevalence, causes, and consequences of students' postsecondary choices.

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K–12 Postsecondary Alignment and School Accountability: Investigating High School Responses to California’s Early Assessment Program (pdf, 955.61 KB)

Oct. 2012 Policy Research

Research brief. This brief studies California's introduction of the Early Assessment Program to bridge the gap between K-12 educational standards and postsecondary education requirements, similar to the Common Core State Standards movement.

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Collegiate Remediation: A Review of the Causes and Consequences (pdf, 465.07 KB)

Oct. 2012 Policy Research

Literature Brief. This brief gives an overview of the prevalence, causes, and consequences of college remediation, which aims to improve basic literacy skills among college students.

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College Is Affordable Brochure (Spanish) (pdf, 485.97 KB)

Sep. 2012 College Is Affordable

Brochure. Español. Clear and simple information for low-income parents of North Carolina middle school students about how to pay for college.

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College Is Affordable Brochure (English) (pdf, 350.67 KB)

Sep. 2012 College Is Affordable

Brochure. Clear and simple information for low-income parents of North Carolina middle school students about how to pay for college.

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Impact of Early Financial Aid Information (Presentation) (pdf, 1.56 MB)

Sep. 2012 College Is Affordable

PowerPoint PDF. Learn the outcomes from a study in North Carolina on providing low-income parents of middle school students clear and simple information about how to pay for college.

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Impact of Early Financial Aid Information (pdf, 158.85 KB)

Sep. 2012 College Is Affordable

Research Brief. Learn the outcomes from a study in North Carolina on providing low-income parents of middle school students clear and simple information about how to pay for college.

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Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Contributions and Challenges (pdf, 1.18 MB)

Aug. 2012 Policy Research

Research brief. This brief presents information about the characteristics of the nation’s Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) and their students, as well as the HSIs’ contributions to the educational attainment of the Latino population.

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Trends in Tuition and Fees, Enrollment, and State Appropriations for Higher Education by State (pdf, 1.77 MB)

Jul. 2012 Trends in Higher Education

Analysis brief. This brief presents information on recent trends in tuition and fees, enrollment, and state support for higher education by state, paying particular attention to the public two-year and four-year sectors.

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Trends in Public Higher Education: Enrollment, Prices, Student Aid, Revenues, and Expenditures (pdf, 1.03 MB)

Jun. 2012 Trends in Higher Education

Analysis brief. Relying on data from the College Board reports Trends in Student Aid 2011 and Trends in College Pricing 2011, as well as from the Department of Education and other sources, this brief focuses on trends in enrollment, published prices, and net prices (prices net of grant aid) at public two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

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Webinar: BigFuture Online Guided Tour (pdf, 340.73 KB)

Jun. 2012

PowerPoint PDF. Slides to accompany the BigFuture webinar of May 14, 2012.

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How Does Institutional Grant Aid Impact College Choice? (pdf, 962.15 KB)

Jun. 2012
Policy Research
Rethinking Student Aid

Research Brief. New evidence on how students’ choice of postsecondary institution is sensitive to grant aid offers from the colleges and universities. Institutional aid sensitivity is largest for students from the least wealthy families but does not vary by race/ethnicity or measured academic ability.

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Simplifying Student Aid: What It Would Mean for States (pdf, 1.62 MB)

Apr. 2012 Rethinking Student Aid

Report. The College Board recently completed a five-state study to learn how further simplification of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) would affect student eligibility for state need-based grant programs. The full report and results are now available.

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Arts at the Core Brochure (pdf, 4.78 MB)

Mar. 2012 Arts at the Core

Brochure. The College Board’s Arts at the Core Education and Advocacy Initiative strongly supports and promotes awareness of the vital role that the arts play in preparing students for college and career success. An education in the arts today is an investment in our youth for tomorrow.

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Advocacy 101 Presentation (pdf, 2.14 MB)

Dec. 2011

PDF. PowerPoint slides presenting what Advocacy is and how to get involved.

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Can Applying to More Colleges Increase Enrollment Rates? (pdf, 878.38 KB)

Oct. 2011 Policy Research

Research Brief. Using a 2004 sample of students who applied to at least one four-year college, this research brief finds that applying to more colleges causally increases students’ probabilities of enrolling in a four-year college, especially for those lower-income students applying to only one or two colleges.

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(PowerPoint) Complexity in College Admission: The Barriers Between Aspiration and Enrollment for Lower-Income Students (pptx, 1.14 MB)

Oct. 2011

PowerPoint. Presentation from the October 27, 2011 live webcast of the Complexity in College Admission: The Barriers Between Aspiration and Enrollment for Lower-Income Students release.

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Trends in College Pricing 2011 (pdf, 2.05 MB)

Oct. 2011 Trends in Higher Education

Report. College prices for the 2011-12 academic year continue to rise nationally, with dramatic differences in pricing policies from state to state.

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Trends in Student Aid 2011 (pdf, 1.8 MB)

Oct. 2011 Trends in Higher Education

Report. Provides annual data on grants, loans, work-study and education tax benefits available to assist students and families in paying for college.

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Trends in Community College Education: Enrollment, Prices, Student Aid, and Debt Levels (pdf, 1 MB)

Jun. 2011 Trends in Higher Education

Policy brief. The authors describe the published prices of community colleges and the other expenses students face while enrolled and how these prices vary across states. They also examine institutional revenue sources, the financial aid community college students receive, student debt, and degree completion patterns at two-year public colleges.

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Cracking the Student Aid Code Presentation (ppt, 1.8 MB)

Apr. 2011 Rethinking Student Aid

PowerPoint. Slides from the April 28, 2011 Learning to Lead: Admissions in the 21st Century webinar. The webinar discussed research from the Cracking the Student Aid Code study.

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Trends in For-Profit Postsecondary Education (pdf, 1.02 MB)

Apr. 2011 Trends in Higher Education

Report. As debates over the role of the for-profit sector in postsecondary education continue, it is important that the discussions be grounded in evidence. Sandy Baum and Kathleen Payea, independent policy analysts for the College Board, have released this report to inform discussions of the rapid growth of this sector.

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Pell Grant Reform Letter (pdf, 351.17 KB)

Apr. 2011 Rethinking Student Aid

Letter. A letter to the College Board from prominent financial aid researchers regarding Pell Grant reform.

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Cracking the Student Aid Code: Parent and Student Perspectives on Paying for College (pdf, 2.27 MB)

Jan. 2011 Rethinking Student Aid

Report. Based on research with parents and students of low- and moderate-income backgrounds and explores their attitudes, expectations and experiences with the Federal financial aid process.

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Voices in the Arts (pdf, 1.56 MB)

Nov. 2010 Arts at the Core

Booklet. Brings together voices from artists, arts educators and students. Their work and stories illustrate the important role that the arts can play in preparing students for college and career success.

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Trends in Higher Education Series 2010 Webcast Presentation (ppt, 1.89 MB)

Nov. 2010 Trends in Higher Education

PowerPoint presentation to accompany the Trends 2010 webcast dated October 28, 2010.

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Trends in Student Aid 2010 (pdf, 1.47 MB)

Oct. 2010 Trends in Higher Education

Report. Provides annual data on grants, loans, work-study and education tax benefits available to assist students and families in paying for college.

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Trends in College Pricing 2010 (pdf, 1.78 MB)

Oct. 2010 Trends in Higher Education

Report. College prices for the 2010-11 academic year continue to rise but record increases in federal grant aid may ease the financial burden.

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A Diversity Action Blueprint on Policy and Practices for Higher Education (pdf, 1.78 MB)

Oct. 2010 Access & Diversity Collaborative

Report. Provides guidance on advancing institutional policy development and facilitating discussions on policies that promote the achievement of a diverse class of students. Highlighted issues include: educational soundess of policies; effective communications regarding policy objectives; and legal soundness of policies.

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Education Pays 2010 Webinar Presentation (ppt, 4.02 MB)

Sep. 2010 Trends in Higher Education

PowerPoint presentation to accompany the Education Pays 2010 webinar dated September 21, 2010.

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Education Pays 2010: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society (pdf, 4.11 MB)

Sep. 2010 Trends in Higher Education

Report. Released every three years, this report presents detailed evidence of the private and public benefits of higher education. It also sheds light on the distribution of these benefits by examining both the increases and the persistent disparities in college participation and completion.

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Tuition Discounting: Institution Aid Patterns at Public and Private Colleges and Universities, 2000-01 to 2008-09 (pdf, 3.17 MB)

Sep. 2010 Trends in Higher Education

Report. Analyzes data about the undergraduate tuition discount rate – the ratio of institutional grant aid to published tuition and fee charges – among colleges and universities based on data from the College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges.

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Policy Brief of Tuition Discounting: Institution Aid Patterns at Public and Private Colleges and Universities (pdf, 1015.33 KB)

Sep. 2010
Policy Research
Trends in Higher Education

Summary of the report analysis and findings.

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Who Borrows Most? Bachelor's Degree Recipients with High Levels of Student Debt (pdf, 898.48 KB)

Apr. 2010 Trends in Higher Education

Policy brief. Focuses on the 17 percent of 2007-08 bachelor’s degree recipients who graduated with more than $30,500 in education debt. The data in this report describe the prevalence of high debt levels among bachelor’s degree recipients by sector, race/ethnicity, dependency status and income.

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The College Board Advocacy & Policy Center 2010 Brochure (pdf, 1.71 MB)

Apr. 2010

Brochure. An introduction to the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center

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Access & Diversity Toolkit for Higher Education Professionals (pdf, 2.58 MB)

Dec. 2009 Access & Diversity Collaborative

Toolkit. A practical guide for officials responsible for the development and implementation of student-related access and diversity polices designed with ten tools to help facilitate constructive, campus-based dialogues and policy discussions.

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Arts at the Core Brochure (pdf, 2.81 MB)

Oct. 2009 Arts at the Core

Brochure. Provides an introduction to the voices and ideas that make up the National Task Force on the Arts in Education (NTFAE). Learn more about the importance of the arts in education through these essays from leading thinkers and policymakers in arts education.

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Recommendations for Advancing the State of Arts Education in the 21st Century (pdf, 2.39 MB)

Oct. 2009 Arts at the Core

Report. The report from the National Task Force on the Arts in Education (NTFAE) confronts challenges to the state of the arts in education, identifies the many benefits of arts learning, and details eight key recommendations for advancing the place of the arts in American education.

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Paying for College: Students from Middle-Income Backgrounds (pdf, 1.14 MB)

Oct. 2009 Trends in Higher Education

Brief. Information on paying for college for students from middle-income backgrounds

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Trends in Community College Prices and Student Aid (pdf, 1.06 MB)

Oct. 2009 Trends in Higher Education

Brief. Summarizes trends in community college prices and provides information about average student aid and debt levels.

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Trends in College Pricing 2009 (pdf, 1.87 MB)

Oct. 2009 Trends in Higher Education

Report. Provides up-to-date information on undergraduate tuition and fees, room and board, and other expenses. It also includes information on revenues and expenditures of colleges and universities, as well as related topics.

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A 21st-Century Imperative: Promoting Access and Diversity in Higher Education (pdf, 1.66 MB)

Oct. 2009 Access & Diversity Collaborative

Policy brief. Summarizes major policy, legal, and educational trends that college and university leaders should be aware of as they shape their institutional access and diversity policies. In collaboration with ACE.

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Trends in Student Aid 2009 (pdf, 1.68 MB)

Oct. 2009 Trends in Higher Education

Report. Provides annual data on grants, loans, work-study and education tax benefits available to assist students and families in paying for college.

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Rethinking Student Aid Project Summary (pdf, 796.28 KB)

Oct. 2009 Rethinking Student Aid

Summary. Provides a summary of the principles underlying the study group's recommendations and current work on this initiative.

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Arts at the Core: Summary of Recommendations (pdf, 517.86 KB)

Oct. 2009 Arts at the Core

Summary of recommendations from the National Task Force on the Arts in Education (NTFAE)

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Access & Diversity Collaborative – 2009-2010 Project Overview (pdf, 867.01 KB)

Oct. 2009 Access & Diversity Collaborative

Summary. An overview of the activities of the Access & Diversity Collaborative for 2009-2010.

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How Much Are College Students Borrowing? (pdf, 220.91 KB)

Aug. 2009 Trends in Higher Education

Policy Brief. Analyzes data about patterns of student debt from the U.S. Department of Education's National Postsecondary Student Aid Study.

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Summary of Principles and Recommendations for Reforming Federal Student Aid (pdf, 597.11 KB)

Sep. 2008 Rethinking Student Aid

Executive Summary. A summary of the recommendations of the Rethinking Student Aid study group.

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Fulfilling the Commitment: Recommendations for Reforming Federal Student Aid (pdf, 1.14 MB)

Sep. 2008 Rethinking Student Aid

Report. The final report of the Rethinking Student Aid study group, which provides a comprehensive set of recommendations for policy reform to restructure and simplify the federal student aid system to increase access to and success in higher education. This publication also includes estimates of implementation costs.

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Fulfilling the Commitment: Recommendations for Reforming Federal Student Aid in Brief (pdf, 503.11 KB)

Sep. 2008 Rethinking Student Aid

Policy Brief. Presents in concise form the recommendations of the Rethinking Student Aid study group.

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The Effectiveness of Student Aid Policies: What the Research Tells Us (pdf, 2.29 MB)

Sep. 2008 Rethinking Student Aid

Report. Background research and analysis that informed the report from the Rethinking Student Aid study group.

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Race-Neutral Policies in Higher Education: From Theory to Action (pdf, 200.12 KB)

Jun. 2008 Access & Diversity Collaborative

Report. Intended to help institutions in their efforts to lawfully achieve the educational benefits of diversity on their campuses through the use of a combination of objectively measurable race-neutral practices.

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Not Black and White: Making Sense of the United States Supreme Court Decisions Regarding Race-Conscious Student Assignment Plans (pdf, 3.85 MB)

Sep. 2007 Access & Diversity Collaborative

Policy paper. Provides practical guidance for public school districts stemming from U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Parents Involved in Community Schools V. Seattle School District No. 1 and Meredith V. Jefferson County Board of Education. Joint publication of the National School Boards Association and the College Board.

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Echoes of Bakke: A Fractured Supreme Court Invalidates Two Race-Conscious K-12 Student Assignment Plans But Affirms the Compelling Interest in the Educational Benefits of Diversity (pdf, 185.82 KB)

Jul. 2007
Access & Diversity Collaborative
Policy Research

Policy paper. Provides initial analysis of implications for postsecondary education in the Supreme Court's student assignment decision in Parents Involved in Community Schools V. Seattle School District No. 1

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Education Pays 2007 (pdf, 556.26 KB)

May. 2007 Trends in Higher Education

Report. Presents detailed evidence of both private and public benefits of higher education. It also sheds light on the distribution of these benefits by examining disparities in postsecondary participation among different demographic groups.

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From Federal Law to State Voter Initiatives: Preserving Higher Education's Authority to Achieve the Educational, Economic, Civic, and Security Benefits Associated with a Diverse Student Body (pdf, 560.37 KB)

Mar. 2007 Access & Diversity Collaborative

Policy paper. Addresses questions regarding the future of race-conscious enrollment practices in higher education, and gives recommendations for action.

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Admissions and Diversity After Michigan: The Next Generation of Legal and Policy Issues (pdf, 712.88 KB)

Jan. 2006 Access & Diversity Collaborative

Report. A practical tool for higher education leaders that helps guide institutional decisions regarding diversity and the use of race and ethnicity in the admissions selection process.

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Federal Law and Financial Aid: A Framework for Evaluating Diversity-Related Programs (pdf, 3.55 MB)

Jan. 2005 Access & Diversity Collaborative

Policy manual. Provides a framework to help structure and inform institution-specific reviews of race- and ethnicity-conscious financial aid and scholarship policies.

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Federal Law and Recruitment, Outreach, and Retention: A Framework for Evaluating Diversity-Related Programs (pdf, 1018.37 KB)

Jan. 2005 Access & Diversity Collaborative

Policy manual. Provides a tool to help college and university leaders understand how to structure their recruitment, outreach, and retention programs in a manner that best achieves their diversity-related goals and minimizes legal risk.