Demographic Boom and Bust

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The national growth in high school graduates ends now, a new report says. Some regions should brace for declines -- even as others prepare for continued expansion.

Enrollment Managers Struggle With Image

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Perception that they focus only on hitting numbers and increasing test scores nettles them. But they also admit many colleges operate that way -- and find it hard to fight pressures from on high.

Affirmative Action Challenged Anew

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Lawsuit against U. of Texas raises novel question: If a university has diversity success with a "percent plan," does that preclude doing more?

New Salvo in Fight on Immigrants

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North Carolina attorney general's office says that without a state law saying that undocumented students can attend community college, it's safer not to let them in at all.

How States Make Use (or Not) of Community Colleges

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New analysis shows significant gaps in percentages of enrollments at 2-year institutions, as well as in growth rates and tuition policies.

Is There a Crisis in Education of Males?

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Women's group issues report arguing that class and race are more powerful than gender in trends facing boys, but others question the analysis.

Dual Degree for a Different High School Population

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Could programs that have been seen as ways to help most talented students also be a way to help those who might otherwise skip college?

Is Retention Improvement Within Colleges' Reach?

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Low graduation rates. High transfer rates. Students who never graduate. Gaps -- sometimes embarrassingly large -- between minority and white students’ retention rates. Are retention problems just too difficult to solve?

How 2 Scandals Might Have Been Prevented

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Furor at West Virginia U. over inappropriately awarded degree, and possibility of such a situation at VCU, may point to what happens if registrars don’t have clout.

Paying for Exclusivity

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One university's unconventional approach to outsourcing international student recruitment and services -- involving multi-million dollar payment from a corporate provider -- raises questions.


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