College blackout: how the higher education lobby fought to keep students in the dark


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Author: McCann, Clare; Laitinen, Amy


Ever-rising college costs, more than one trillion dollars in outstanding federal student loan debt, and graduates doubtful that they'll be able to earn enough to repay their loans have driven college value to become a major concern for most prospective students. Yet students, families, and policymakers are finding their questions can't be answered - because the higher education lobby has fought to keep it that way. This report tells the story of how the private nonprofit higher education lobby, whose members rely heavily on federal financial aid, drove efforts to preempt the creation of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Equity; Providers of education and training; Students; Statistics; Governance; Outcomes; Performance; Participation; Policy

Keywords: Access to information; Data collecting; Data collection; Political aspects; College; Enrolment

Geographic subjects: North America; United States

Published: Washington, District of Columbia: New America Foundation, 2014

Physical description: 26 p.

Resource type: Report

Document number: TD/TNC 116.561

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