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Baum, Sandy; Kurose, Charles; McPherson, Michael – Future of Children, 2013
This overview of postsecondary education in the United States reviews the dramatic changes over the past fifty years in the students who go to college, the institutions that produce higher education, and the ways it is financed. The article, by Sandy Baum, Charles Kurose, and Michael McPherson, creates the context for the articles that follow on…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Postsecondary Education, Educational Finance, Institutional Characteristics
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Deming, David; Goldin, Claudia; Katz, Lawrence – Future of Children, 2013
For-profit, or proprietary, colleges are the fastest-growing postsecondary schools in the nation, enrolling a disproportionately high share of disadvantaged and minority students and those ill-prepared for college. Because these schools, many of them big national chains, derive most of their revenue from taxpayer-funded student financial aid, they…
Descriptors: Proprietary Schools, Colleges, Student Characteristics, Undergraduate Students
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Teranishi, Robert T.; Suarez-Orozco, Carola; Suarez-Orozco, Marcelo – Future of Children, 2011
Immigrant youth and children of immigrants make up a large and increasing share of the nation's population, and over the next few decades they will constitute a significant portion of the U.S. workforce. Robert Teranishi, Carola Suarez-Orozco, and Marcelo Suarez-Orozco argue that increasing their educational attainment, economic productivity, and…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Community Colleges, Outreach Programs, Educational Attainment
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Goldrick-Rab, Sara; Sorensen, Kia – Future of Children, 2010
Noting that access to higher education has expanded dramatically in the past several decades, Sara Goldrick-Rab and Kia Sorensen focus on how unmarried parents fare once they enter college. Contrary to the expectation that access to college consistently promotes family stability and economic security, the authors argue that deficiencies in current…
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Community Colleges, State Aid, College Attendance
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Brock, Thomas – Future of Children, 2010
Although "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. Thomas Brock reviews systematic research findings on the effectiveness of various interventions designed to help at-risk students remain in college.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Community Colleges, Young Adults, Barriers
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Haveman, Robert; Smeeding, Timothy – Future of Children, 2006
Most Americans expect the nation's colleges and universities to promote the goal of social mobility to make it possible for anyone with ability and motivation to succeed. But according to Robert Haveman and Timothy Smeeding, income-related gaps both in access to and in success in higher education are large and growing. In the top-tier colleges and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Social Mobility, College Role, Efficiency