Characteristics of today’s students
- Yesterday’s Nontraditional Student is Today’s Traditional Student
Chart from the Center for Law and Social Policy showing characteristics of undergraduates.
- Nontraditional Students
2002 Report from the National Center for Education Statistics.
- Who Are the Undergraduates?
Interactive feature from the Chronicle of Higher Education from 2010 shows student demographics in detail.
- The Typical College Students is Not a ‘Typical’ College Student
Data from Forbes Magazine about college demographics.
- Who’s Going to (and Graduating from) College, in 7 Charts
Interactive charts compiled by Atlantic Monthly.
- Trends in College Completion, Cost, and Debt
Pew report shows changing demographics among college students.
- Hispanic High School Graduates Pass Whites in Rate of College Enrollment
2013 Report from the Pew Research Center.
Need for more college graduates
- The Undereducated American
Georgetown University report arguing that the United States needs more college graduates.
- Obama Administration on Higher Education
Discusses the President’s call for making America a world leader in college degree attainment.
- Success for Adult Students
Article about serving nontraditional students by Stephen G. Pelletier in Public Purpose.
- Young Adults and Higher Education: Barriers and Breakthroughs to Success
Report from The Future of Children arguing that “[a]lthough access to higher education has increased substantially over the past forty years, student success in college—as measured by persistence and degree attainment—has not improved at all” and discussing ways to increase college completion.
- Do No Harm: Undermining Access to Will Not Improve College Completion
Report to Congress from the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance discussing barriers to college completion.
- Pathways to Success
2012 report to Congress from the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance arguing that financial barriers lead students to enroll later or work while in college, thus contributing to the number of nontraditional students.
- Yes We Must Coalition
Organization of private colleges that serve low-income students, whose goal is to increase those students’ degree attainment.
- Center for Minority Serving Institutions
Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education focused on colleges and universities set up primarily to serve “the needs of underrepresented, low-income students of color,” such as historically black colleges and universities (HCBUs) and tribal colleges.
- Economic Diversity among the Top 25 Ranked Schools
US News list showing the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants among its top-ranked colleges and universities.
- Measure Twice: The Impact on Graduation Rates of Serving Pell Grant Recipients
Report from the Congressional Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.
- Does Your Favorite Private College Serve Low-Income Students Well? Find Out Here
New America Foundation blog post by Stephen Burd and Alex Holt.
- Undermining Pell: How Colleges Compete for Wealthy Students and Leave the Low Income Behind
2013 Report by Stephen Burd of the New America Foundation arguing that most scholarship aid now goes to wealthy students.
- Baby Steps for Need-Based Aid
Article from Inside Higher Ed discussing attempts to get colleges to steer more financial aid to needy students, rather than to “merit aid.”
- Poorer Families are Bearing the Brunt of College Price Hikes
Hechinger Report article.
- Separate & Unequal: How Higher Education Reinforces the Intergenerational Reproduction of White Racial Privilege
Report from Georgetown University demonstrating that among African American and Hispanic students, even those with A averages in high school are less likely than white students to attend selective colleges and universities.