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Students who rely heavily on financial aid tend to be concentrated in non-selective colleges, new research shows. Ariel Skelly/Getty Images

Federal Pell Grants help pay for college – but are they enough to help students finish?

New research shows that low-income students who qualify for the federal Pell Grant tend to go to non-selective colleges – and why that hurts their chances of graduation.
Colleges are increasingly being judged on how many students graduate. But is tying funding to graduation rates the way to go? George Rudy/Shutterstock.com

Should college funding be tied to how many students graduate?

States are increasingly adopting policies in which colleges get a small portion of their funding based on how many students graduate. A scholar explains why the policy may not achieve its aims.
Teacher turnover causes significant disruptions to the school year, researchers say. Rob Marmion/www.shutterstock.com

Teacher turnover is a problem – here’s how to fix it

About 16 percent of all teachers change schools or leave teaching. Often, these changes occur in the middle of the school year, which causes significant setbacks in learning, researchers say.
How can we help the tens of thousands of college students who have been defrauded? SpeedKingz/Shutterstock.com

Why students need better protection from loan fraud

Students across the country have been defrauded by for-profit schools. Fine print in their enrollment contracts has stopped them from bringing their cases to court, but new rules could help.
All students deserve a healthy lunch when they go to school. Africa Studio / Shutterstock.com

We should serve kids food in school, not shame

Students with unpaid meal debts have been experiencing some shaming policies at school. New rules are aimed at protecting these children, but the real solution may lie in free meals for all.
South Africa’s government is trying to approach student funding differently. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

South Africa’s student funding scheme should be strengthened

The ministerial task team's report presents a jaundiced view of an important organisation that's opened the doors of higher education to many who would otherwise have been closed out.
Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos speaks in Grand Rapids, Michigan. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File

Who is Betsy DeVos?

Confirmed in a historic tie-breaking vote by Vice President Pence, Betsy DeVos will be the next secretary of education. Here's what you need to know about her past legislative actions and proposals.
Are single-sex schools better? Franklin Park Library

Single-sex schools: Could they harm your child?

Separating girls and boys takes away opportunities to learn from one another. It also encourages stereotyping and sexism.
South Africa’s student protests are raising difficult issues, some of which are not being debated openly. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa’s #feesmustfall protests: some inconvenient truths

Demands being made by protesting students in South Africa purport to support the poor. But the most marginalised young people in the country will not benefit from free higher education.
Hillary Clinton takes questions during a student town hall at a campaign stop at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. Adrees Latif/Reuter

Why debt-free college will not solve the real problems in America’s higher education system

America's higher education has been split into two unequal worlds. Schools serving the bulk of America's underprivileged students lack resources. Making college free will not solve the problem.
What do the most disadvantaged students need for college success? Commencement image via www.shutterstock.com

Is a tuition-free policy enough to ensure college success?

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have called for making colleges and universities debt-free or tuition-free. Disadvantaged students need more than free college to achieve success.

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