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How Expensive Is Free College for States?

Posted by Maica Pichler on September 30, 2016 at 11:46 AM

The Campaign for Free College Tuition released a report detailing the estimated cost to each state of making their public colleges and universities tuition free.  The research authored by Mark Schneider, Vice President and Institute Fellow at the American Institute for Research (AIR) and made possible by a generous grant from the ECMC Foundation, establishes a baseline for state policymakers to discuss appropriations and the eventual return that they might expect on such an investment. 

A Promise Program Can't Stand Alone

Posted by Maica Pichler on September 03, 2016 at 11:12 AM

Two leaders of the Promise Research Consortium, Dr. Michelle Miller-Adams, from the W. E. Upjohn Research Institute and Grand Valley State College and Jennifer Iriti, from the Evaluation for Learning Group at the University of Pittsburgh, have compiled extensive research on the impact of Promise Programs on educational performance at all levels and on economic development in the communities that have started such programs. The research shows significant returns on these social investments, depending on the design and scope of each Promise program. These findings can be very helpful to those in the design stage of initiating free college tuition programs at the local level. 

Featured Research

Posted by Maica Pichler on September 01, 2016 at 12:33 PM

The Case for Free Public Higher Education

Based on her research, Sara Goldrick Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology at Temple University, declared there is “no single higher education policy that fixes all problems, but free college fixes more with one single policy reform than any other.” Read why: 

Featured Research

Posted by Maica Pichler on August 14, 2016 at 12:34 PM

The first major study to observe the effects of Promise Programs found that the Kalamazoo Promise “significantly” helped increase college enrollment and completion rates.  Students were one-third more likely to enroll in a four-year college and complete a post-secondary degree according to the study by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Read more:

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