Avoiding Roommate Shock, Online Ultimately, college officials hope that these roommate-recommendation programs can combat a costly problem: interpersonal conflicts so severe that they can prompt students to transfer to other schools before their sophomore year. (The New York Times) Does Khan Academy Work? No one really knows how well it works. Sure, it’s cheaper than a real classroom, but Read more

In Moody’s U.S. college credit ratings, downgrades far outnumber upgrades Moody’s has downgraded three dozen four-year colleges and universities since July 2013, a sign of continuing financial fragility in higher education. (The Washington Post) Should Colleges Be Able to Determine Costs of Living? There are three potential reasons why other costs included in the costs of attendance Read more

Why we still need affirmative action for African Americans in college admissions Pretending color doesn’t matter doesn’t actually work, and it’s unfair. (The Washington Post) Colleges Keep Increasing Discounts to Keep Students Coming The so-called discount rate—the amount of revenue that goes back out the door in the form of financial aid to fill seats—was projected to have Read more

How to increase socioeconomic diversity in college More resources must be allocated to financial aid. Colleges and universities can make these decisions and commit even greater resources on their own, but the government can also create greater incentives to do so. (The Washington Post) How Fixing Corporate Welfare Might Kill Many For-Profit Schools This latest chapter is Read more