The number of student loan borrowers in default increased to 4.6 million at the end of September, compared to 2.2 million in default four years earlier, according to US Education Department data. An analysis by the Center for American Progress found that nearly 90% of those who defaulted on a loan received Pell Grants, and 49% of defaulters left school without a degree.
The 86 colleges and universities that make up the American Talent Initiative have pledged to enroll 50,000 low- and moderate-income students by 2025. Six institutions, including Yale University, have publicly released outreach and recruitment plans.
The University of Missouri has become the 37th public institution to amass an endowment of more than $1 billion, officials said. The endowment grew by more than $400 million after the university launched a fundraising program six years ago.
The House education committee has advanced the PROSPER -- Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform -- Act for consideration in the full chamber. The legislation would change higher-education rules in several areas, such as student financial aid and college and university accountability.
Using a cellphone in class for academic purposes is supported by 94% of college students, according to a new survey. The data also showed students want more interactive, digital course materials, and that 75% say using personal devices in class has boosted their ability to learn.
A new analysis shows that Latino students at California community colleges are twice as likely to end up in the lowest level of remedial English than their white peers, while African-Americans are five times more likely. Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law reforming placement policies at the state's 114 community colleges.
College and university leaders can use data in a variety of ways, including to boost fundraising and improve admissions practices, writes Dave Doucette, director of west coast higher education sales for CDW. In this commentary, Doucette outlines how some colleges have used data to improve their performance.
A $1 million estate gift from former Kent State University President Carol Cartwright and her husband, G. Phillip Cartwright, will provide scholarships for underrepresented students pursuing degrees in the arts. The Cartwrights also will be donating $10,000 a year to support scholarships.
A proposal in the new higher education overhaul measure, known as the PROSPER Act, would roll back Obama-era rules that set minimum requirements for students to earn college credits. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., called the rules "ill-conceived," but critics say their repeal could harm students.
California and New York are the top destinations for international students enrolling in US colleges and universities, according to a report from the Institute of International Education. All states in the Top 10 saw slower growth in new international enrollment in 2016-17 compared with the previous year, the data showed.