Beyond Enrollment

Lauren Ingeno, Inside Higher Ed, August 2013

Amid a national debate about how the federal financial aid system could be improved, a new study shows that an increased amount of need-based aid with no strings attached can have positive, long-term effects for low-income students.

Obama's Plan Aims to Lower Cost of College

Tamar Lewin, New York Times, August 2013

President Obama announced a set of ambitious proposals on Thursday aimed at making colleges more accountable and affordable by rating them and ultimately linking those ratings to financial aid.

The Common Core and the Common Good

Charles Blow, New York Times, August 2013

Our educational system is not keeping up with that of many other industrialized countries, even as the job market becomes more global and international competition for jobs becomes steeper. The Common Core could help, if well implemented.

College-for-all vs. career education? Moving beyond a false debate

Sarah Carr, The Hechinger Report, August 2013

What could be more egalitarian than sending disadvantaged students to institutions once reserved for the most privileged? Yet what could be more pragmatic than acknowledging that in cities where more than half of students fail tests of basic academic skills, imposing purely academic aspirations might be a fool’s errand?

The Pay is Too Damn Low

James Surowiecki, The New Yorker, August 2013

The reason the minimum wage has become a big political issue is not that the jobs have changed: it’s that the people doing the jobs have. Today, plenty of family breadwinners are stuck in these jobs, and low-wage workers are older and better educated than ever.

It's the opportunity gap, stupid

Prudence Carter, Kevin Welner, New York Daily News, May 2013

The evidence is overwhelming: Poverty is what produces the achievement gap. So why do we ignore it?

Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising

A report from the OECD, December 2011

In the three decades prior to the recent economic downturn, wage gaps widened and household income inequality increased in a large majority of OECD countries. This occurred even when countries were going through a period of sustained economic and employment growth. This report analyses the major underlying forces behind these developments.

Mind the Gap: Why good schools are failing black students

Nancy Soloman, for National Public Radio, featuring Prudence Carter, September 2009