The Value of Postsecondary Credentials in the Labor Market: An Experimental Study | September 2014
CAPSEE released The Value of Postsecondary Credentials in the Labor Market: An Experimental Study (A CAPSEE Working Paper) in September 2014. Examining employers' perceptions of postsecondary degrees using a field experiment, the study found that job candidates with degrees from an online for-profit school were 22 percent less likely to get a callback than those from nonselective public institutions. The research findings have been covered by the following outlets:
- Washington Post | September 25, 2014
The Investment in For-Profit Colleges Isn't Paying Off
- U.S. News & World Report | October 1, 2014
3 Must-Know Facts About For-Profit Colleges, Student Debt
- New York Times | October 7, 2014
Why Aid for College Is Missing the Mark
- Minneapolis Star Tribune | October 8, 2014
Sorting Good from Bad Among For-Profit Colleges
Why Federal College Ratings Won't Rein In Tuition | September 20, 2014
In an article for the New York Times, CAPSEE Fellow Susan Dynarski discusses the Obama administration's plan to rein in college costs.
CAPSEE's 2014 conference, The Value of Education and How to Further Strengthen It took place on September 18–19, 2014 in Washington, DC. The conference proceedings were covered by several news outlets.
- Washington Monthly | September 26, 2014
Sometimes a Community College Degree Is Actually Worthless
- Community College Daily | September 22, 2014
Adding Value to Higher Ed
- The Hechinger Report | September 19, 2014
Some Degrees Produce No Bump in Earnings, Research Finds
- Inside Higher Ed | September 19, 2014
Wage Data Done Right
Report: Work-Study Students More Likely to Graduate | July 29, 2014
Inside Higher Ed reports on the findings of the latest CAPSEE study, conducted by Judith Scott-Clayton and Veronica Minaya.
Financial aid research conducted by CAPSEE scholars was the subject of a series of opinion pieces in the New York Times.
- An Answer on a Postcard: Simplifying Fafsa Will Get More Kids Into College | June 18, 2014
In this New York Times op-ed, two legislators cite CAPSEE research in arguing for simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- There Is a Simpler Way for Students to Apply for Financial Aid | June 20, 2014
Susan Dynarski (a CAPSEE researcher) and Mark Wiederspan argue that the benefits of simplifying the financial aid application process outweigh potential shortcomings.
- A Closer Look at Simplifying Financial Aid Applications | July 1, 2014
CAPSEE researchers Susan Dynarski and Judith Scott-Clayton discuss proposed legislation that would "significantly simplify the process of applying for aid for college." The op-ed concludes that simplifying the aid process will make aid programs more effective.
The Medium-Term Labor Market Returns to Community College Awards: Evidence From North Carolina (A CAPSEE Working Paper & Brief) | March 2014
New CAPSEE research examines the medium-term returns to diplomas, certificates, and degrees for first-time college students who enrolled in the North Carolina Community College System in 2002-03. Results indicate that even small accumulations of credits had labor market value; associate and bachelor's degrees yielded very strong returns.
- Inside Higher Ed | April 2, 2014
Job Market Returns for Community College Remain High
- Community College Daily | April 1, 2014
Even in a Recession, an Associate Degree Pays Off
CAPSEE released The Labor Market Returns to For-Profit Higher Education: Evidence for Transfer Students (A CAPSEE Working Paper) on January 27, 2014. The study examined the labor market gains for students who enrolled at for-profit colleges after beginning their postsecondary education in community college. The authors found significant wage penalties to transfer to a for-profit college instead of a public or private nonprofit college. The research findings have been covered by the following outlets:
- Inside Higher Ed | January 28, 2014
For-Profit Wage Gap
- U.S. News and World Report | January 27, 2014
Transfers to For-Profit Colleges Earn Less Than Others
- The Huffington Post | January 28, 2014
Transferring to a For-Profit College Will Decrease How Much Money You Make: Study
- Bloomberg Businessweek | January 28, 2014
For-Profit College Alums Make Less Money
- The Chronicle of Higher Education | January 28, 2014
Students Who Transfer to a For-Profit College May Pay Later
- The Christian Science Monitor | March 14, 2014
Will Your Degree Get You a Good Job? US Proposes Test for For-Profit Colleges
CAPSEE Researchers Testify Before Senate HELP Committee | November 14, 2013
CAPSEE researchers Bridget Terry Long and Judith Scott-Clayton testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) on Thursday, November 14. The topic of the full committee hearing is Ensuring Access to Higher Education: Simplifying Federal Student Aid for Today’s College Student.
Should High School Last Six Years? | October 30, 2013
In an opinion piece for the New York Times' "Room for Debate," CAPSEE Director Thomas Bailey weighs in on whether a six-year early college high school in Brooklyn should serve as a model for high schools across the country.
Lists That Rank Colleges' Value Are on the Rise | October 27, 2013
CAPSEE researcher Judith Scott-Clayton is quoted in a New York Times article about lists that rank colleges by their value, evaluating factors such as tuition and students' employment and earnings outcomes.
Paper Offers Advice on Using National Clearinghouse Data | October 22, 2013
CAPSEE researcher Susan M. Dynarski co-authored an NBER paper on the limitations of the National Student Clearinghouse as a data source.
The Hamilton Project Papers | October 21, 2013
On October 21, 2013, the Hamilton Project of the Brookings Institution released three new policy proposals for reforming the current financial aid system CAPSEE researcher Susan M. Dynarski co-authored a proposal on reforming the student loan system, and CAPSEE researcher Judith Scott-Clayton co-authored a proposal to reform the Pell Grant program.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education | October 21, 2013
Revamped Repayment Plan and Cost Estimators Are Among New Aid Proposals
- Inside Higher Ed | October 22, 2013
Income-Based Loans Made Simple
- Wall St. Cheat Sheet | November 13, 2013
Students Suffer a Repayment Crisis, Not a Dept Crisis
Distinguished Researchers, Professors, and Fellows Selected for Various 2013 APPAM Awards | October 9, 2013
CAPSEE researcher Susan M. Dynarski receives APPAM's 2013 Raymond Vernon Memorial Award for her paper Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Childhood Investments on Postsecondary Degree Attainment and Degree Completion.
How to Vet a For-Profit Online Program | April 19, 2013
CAPSEE researcher David Deming is quoted in a U.S. News and World Report article on what students should consider before enrolling in a for-profit online program.
A New Center Studies Career and Technical Pathways | September 25, 2012
A recent report by Georgetown University's Center for Education and the Workforce called attention to the need to link data on education and employment outcomes. CAPSEE Director Thomas Bailey responds in a letter to the editor in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The For-Profit Postsecondary School Sector: Nimble Critters or Agile Predators? | February 22, 2012
CAPSEE released The For-Profit Postsecondary School Sector: Nimble Critters or Agile Predators? (A CAPSEE Working Paper) on February 21, 2012. The study found that students who attend for-profit colleges are less likely to be employed and have lower earnings six years after enrolling than similar students who attend public and not-for-profit colleges; they also carry heavier debt burdens and are more likely to default on their student loans. The research findings have been covered by the following outlets:
- The New York Times | February 24, 2014
The Bane and the Boon of For-Profit Colleges
- U.S. News and World Report | March 23, 2012
Students at For-Profit Colleges Earn Less, Study Says
- New York Times | March 5, 2012
Out of Community Colleges and Into For-Profits
- Education Week | February 23, 2012
Job Success of For-Profit College Grads Falls Behind Others
- The Chronicle of Higher Education | February 22, 2012
Graduates of For-Profits Lag Behind Their Peers in Earnings and Employment, Study Finds
- Bloomberg News | February 22, 2012
Students From For-Profit Colleges More Likely to Be Unemployed [no longer available]
- Washington Monthly | February 22, 2012
The Actual Careers that Result from Career Colleges
- Delaware Online | February 22, 2012
Students From For-Profit Colleges More Likely to be Jobless
- Time | January 9, 2012
For-Profit Schools: ‘Agile Predators’ or Just Business Savvy?
- Huffington Post | January 4, 2012
For-Profit College Students Face Higher Debt, More Unemployment, Report Finds
- The Diane Rehm Show | December 14, 2011
Building a Qualified Workforce for the Future: New Trends in Higher Education
- Inside Higher Ed | December 7, 2011
Questions of Quality
Study Finds Mixed Results for Students Attending For-Profit Colleges | January 3, 2012 The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights results from a study on for-profit colleges by David Deming, Claudia Goldin, and Lawrence Katz. The study found that students attending for-profit colleges are more likely to persist through their first year and graduate from short-term programs than their counterparts in public or private nonprofit colleges; however, employment outcomes after graduation were weaker for the former group.
Questions of Quality | December 7, 2011 Inside Higher Ed covers research found in a forthcoming study on for-profit education by David Deming, Claudia Goldin, and Lawrence Katz. Preliminary results of the study, part of CAPSEE's The Role of the For-Profit Sector in Higher Education project, indicate that while for-profits have certain strengths compared to community colleges, there are many areas where for-profits do not match the strengths of community colleges.