“Success as Well as Access”

Jenna Ashley Robinson of the John William Pope Center for Higher Education supports the American Dream 2.o’s proposed reorganization of the Pell Grant in her article, “Success as well as Access”: http://www.popecenter.org/commentaries/article.html?id=2940

Looking Out For Students: Innovation in Remedial Education

Eduardo Padrón, president of Miami Dade College and coalition member, encourages policy makers to think creatively about raising standards in remedial education in a Miami Herald editorial. “We need solutions that advance our remedial programs to new levels of success and provide supports for the current, vast needs of our students. While I am equally against any taxpayer money being wasted, cutting funding with a hatchet is not the answer,” he wrote.You can read the entire piece here:http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/18/3402936/pell-grants-for-poor-students.html

Better Data, Stronger Accountability

Joining forces to address achieving new and smarter levels of accountability through stronger data collection, two American Dream 2.0 coalition members laid out their vision for better measurement in higher education in the Washington Monthly. The two coalition members, Robert Reischauer, an economist and former director of the Congressional Budget Office, and Michael McPherson, Spencer Foundation president and coalition chair, spoke to the problems that arise from inadequate or misguided measurement systems. “Policies are clearly needed that make colleges, as well as students, take responsibility for dropouts. To do this we will need to measure more, and develop better measures,” the two ...

The American Dream 2.0: Reforming Student Aid

Sandy Baum, senior fellow at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and a member of the American Dream 2.0 coalition, calls for changes to the federal student aid system to support better student outcomes. She explains, “Federal student aid should be designed to increase educational attainment. Targeting aid is not just about equity. It is also about effectively achieving society’s economic goals.”   Read the full article here with subscription to the Journal of College Admission: http://www.nacacnet.org/research/PublicationsResources/Journal/Pages/CurrentIssue.aspx (Spring 2013)

Leverage Student Aid to Raise Graduation Rates

Kim Cook, a member of the American Dream 2.0 coalition, talks about how leveraging student aid could raise graduation rates. Read the full article here: http://chronicle.com/article/Leverage-Student-Aid-to-Raise/138389/