The need for clear-eyed policymaking on student loan defaults

New evidence reveals characteristics of borrowers who default on their student loans and the consequences of defaulting.

Working toward diversity: Set-aside plans in New York City public schools

Pilot schools in New York City created "set-asides" that reserved seats for certain groups of students.

40 years after the Bakke decision, what's the future of affirmative action in college admissions?

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement means that the days of considering race in college admissions are likely limited.

Graduate students are taking on less debt, but some groups still borrow disproportionately

Average annual borrowing is about three times as high for graduate students as for undergraduates.

The prevalence of police officers in US schools

More than two-thirds of high school students already attend a school with a police officer present.

Should all colleges be eligible for federal student aid programs?

The federal government provides loans to students to attend colleges from which most students fail to graduate or have low earnings, even with a degree.

Would increases in state appropriations stop tuition prices from rising so fast?

It's easy to exaggerate how much changes in appropriations explain and are reflected in tuition increases.

To create evidence-based preschool policy, we first need to democratize the evidence

Research on how to maximize the effectiveness and equity of public preschool has not kept pace with the growth of these programs.

How well does graduate school pay off?

Median earnings for adults with professional degrees are almost twice as high as those for bachelor’s degree holders.