“Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink”

When the topic is data, today’s CEOs are apparently feeling much the same about it as the sailor immortalized in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” felt about water. In the 2019 PwC Annual Global CEO Survey, CEOs were quite clear about how dissatisfied they are with how data is used in their… Read More

Fall 2019 Enrollment Estimates from the Clearinghouse: New Hampshire Sees YoY Increase

The National Student Clearinghouse’s Research Center has just released the Fall 2019 estimated U.S. enrollments in postsecondary education, and for the nation as a whole, the news isn’t good. The NSC estimates that enrollment has decreased 1.3% from last year. Since the NSC began producing this analysis in 2012, enrollments have dropped each year. In… Read More

ROI for New Hampshire’s Institutions

Last month, the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce released, “A First Try at ROI,” a thorough report that aims to evaluate the Return on Investment (ROI) for a student attending any particular college in the U.S. The scope of the project is quite impressive: taking the government’s College Scorecard data, the Georgetown team… Read More

Marlboro College (VT) Closing Down, In Three (or so) Pictures

I woke up this morning to the news that another small, liberal arts-focused college in the Northeast is closing at the end of this academic year. Marlboro College (VT) will become the Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College. It joins 3 other Vermont colleges that have announced closures in the… Read More

UPDATE: “Heart of Detroit” Tuition Pledge

In July we documented the impact of the “Kalamazoo Promise” program. Begun in 2006, this program covers 100% of the cost of tuition at selected colleges in Michigan for any student who graduated from the Kalamazoo public schools. Now Wayne State University has announced a similar program, the Heart of Detroit Tuition Pledge. Detroit residents… Read More

Class Size Influences Womens’ Success in STEM

The latest research study by Cissy Ballen et. al. and published in BioScience investigates the factors that influence the performance gap we see in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classes between men and women. The culprit? A metric that’s common at colleges and universities: class size. Previous research shows that women participate less than… Read More

Is It Worth It?

This time of year is one for families and their college students to reflect on their journey, and increasingly on how much that journey has cost. According to the College Board’s annual survey of college costs, in AY2018/19, published tuition and fees for private institutions was $35,830; for publics, $10,230. This doesn’t include Room and… Read More