Introducing College InSight
Today we are launching a unique new web site for higher education data and research. College InSight (www.college-insight.org) will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in college affordability, student debt, economic and racial diversity, student success, and other important issues in higher education. The site replaces and improves upon our previous campus-level data site, EconomicDiversity.org.
College InSight provides user-friendly profiles with detailed information for almost 5,000 U.S. colleges and universities, and aggregates data to create totals and averages for states, types of schools, and other groupings. Compare colleges, states, and more based on important issues:
Affordability: tuition and the total cost of attendance; how students cover costs through federal, state, and college grant aid, as well as student loans; average student debt levels; colleges' use of need- and merit-based aid.
Diversity: data on the racial and ethnic diversity of both students and faculty; indicators of student economic diversity, such as the percentage of undergraduates who received federal Pell Grants and the income distribution of students who applied for financial aid.
Student success: graduation rates and the number of degrees and certificates awarded.
Please check out the site, and use it to find information the next time you're looking for college-level data. We will be continually making improvements to the site, and welcome your feedback and suggestions.
New Report on Foster Youth in California
In California and nationally, very few former foster youth make it to or through college, and cost is a major obstacle. A new report, Hopes & Hurdles: California's Foster Youth and College Financial Aid, shows that despite federal and state programs and policies intended to help them afford college, surprisingly few California foster youth who apply for student aid receive all the grants they should.
Pauline Abernathy Joins TICAS Staff
We are excited to announce that Pauline Abernathy, who has been serving as Acting Director of Policy and Strategy since May 2009, has joined our staff as Vice President. Pauline has a long history with the organization - she helped launch the Project on Student Debt when she worked at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was on our board before stepping in to lead national policy and advocacy strategy for the Institute.
(This message was sent to the Institute's mailing list on November 5, 2009.)