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  • Washington Post Op-Ed Emphasizes Reducing Risk Over Cost in Higher Ed

    HigherEd Industry News LRAP In The News October 9, 2019

    College can be a risky investment, a point Beth Akers, Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow, makes in her report, “Should College Come with a Money-Back Guarantee?” In a recent Washington Post opinion piece, Akers makes the case for focusing on mitigating the financial risks associated with attending college, rather than reducing cost. Higher education is stuck […]

  • Manhattan Institute Paper Explores Importance of Mitigating College Risk

    HigherEd Industry News LRAP News October 8, 2019

    There is no question in the minds of students across the country: college is expensive. It makes them hesitate to enroll at their dream school. It pushes them to sacrifice a major they are passionate about for one that may or may not have more earning potential. In response, many colleges are focusing on strategies […]

  • Helping Grads Get on their Feet

    HigherEd Industry News October 6, 2016

    Nearly half of recent college graduates are underemployed (i.e. working in positions that don’t typically require a college degree), according to new research published by the New York Federal Reserve. But that doesn’t mean they’re all baristas — or working in other low-skilled occupations. 44.6% of recent grads are working in positions that don’t require a college degree, […]

  • Debt Concerns Impact Enrollment: 2016 Survey of Admissions Directors

    HigherEd Industry News September 23, 2016

    Worry about student debt continues to negatively impact enrollment for colleges of all types, according to an annual survey recently published by Inside Higher Ed. The 2016 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors asked 339 admissions directors (or those with equivalent titles) about issues relevant to their profession: particularly, the growing impact of debt on students’ enrollment decisions. Nearly 9 of […]

  • College Drives Homeownership (Even with Debt)

    HigherEd Industry News May 26, 2016

    It’s become quite popular to blame student debt for holding back young adults’ abilities to own homes. But the debate on student debt and homeownership tends to err in focusing on the detriments of student debt, rather than the benefits that come with having a college education. Of course, debt being in and of itself burdensome is — […]

  • Questioning the Barista Myth

    HigherEd Industry News January 18, 2016

    Paying for college can seem daunting considering the seemingly endless stories of college graduates burdened with incredible amounts of student debt. But are these anecdotes really representative of the norm? Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York don’t think so. Jaison Abel and Richard Dietz – who have researched the topic of higher education for years – found that while […]

  • The Impact of Financial Assistance on Alumni Affinity

    HigherEd Industry News January 7, 2016

    The transformation of a prospective college applicant to a prospective alumni donor happens quickly and often long before graduation. It’s reasonable to infer that a positive campus experience would result in a greater propensity to give back to one’s alma mater. But which experiences influence giving the most? A recent study by Ruffalo Noel Levitz […]