10 Considerations at Your Next Education Conference

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute I was thinking the other day about all the education-related events that I have attended in my career—literally hundreds and hundreds—and was thinking of what I have learned from these events. I have even put on over 50 events in the last decade, so I know a thing or two about them. More recently, I … Continue reading 10 Considerations at Your Next Education Conference

Four Years Later: What Happens After College Graduation?

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute This morning I woke up to a New York Times article about an unemployed graduate of a for-profit institution. We’ve read many of these types of articles. Although they are mostly anecdotal, the sheer number of these articles, along with our unemployment data, assign more credibility to these writings. We know that … Continue reading Four Years Later: What Happens After College Graduation?

FM and IM—You Say Potato, I like Potahto: But We Can’t Call the Whole Thing Off

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute A recent article published by the Chronicle of Higher Education titled “Are Poor Families Really Paying Half Their Income at Elite Colleges?,” penned by Beckie Supiano and Soo Oh, reminded me of the old Gershwin tune, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” The graphic-based brief uses data from the University of Notre … Continue reading FM and IM—You Say Potato, I like Potahto: But We Can’t Call the Whole Thing Off

The College Core Curriculum: Enlightenment or Gatekeeper?

By Watson Scott Swail, Ed.D. President and CEO, Educational Policy Institute According to the Community College Research Center[1] at Teachers College, approximately 60 percent of incoming community college students are referred to at least one developmental course, and less than a quarter of students who enroll in those courses complete a degree within eight years. Many of the students who take developmental courses do so … Continue reading The College Core Curriculum: Enlightenment or Gatekeeper?

Do We Have it All Wrong? Where Access & Retention Collide

By Watson Scott Swail, Ed.D. President and CEO, Educational Policy Institute The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center recently released a report updating data on student retention and persistence. Unfortunately, the news was not good, as the fall-to-fall retention rate (e.g., freshman-to-sophomore) fell 1.2 percent between 2009 and 2012 from 69.9 to 68.7 percent. Although one percent does not sound like very much, in a national context, that … Continue reading Do We Have it All Wrong? Where Access & Retention Collide