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Issue #234 - December 2011

Federal aid.... TRIO Supportive Services 1965 to 2010 ....beyond financial aid

This issue of OPPORTUNITY is devoted to the federal TRIO supportive services. These programs help secondary education students from low income/first generation families prepare for college (Upward Bound, Talent Search), for adults to get back into college (Educational Opportunity Centers), for students to succeed in college (Student Support Services) and to prepare for doctoral study (McNair Scholars). For the current 2011-12 academic year there are 2947 of TRIO programs serving 797,248 participants.  
 

Issue #233 - November 2011

In this issue of OPPORTUNITY: Reality versus Policy....The Changing Human Capital Economy of the United States, 1948 to 2010 we examine the restructuring of employment in the United States between 1948 and 2010. To the extent we expect education to prepare young people for employment during their adult lives, our analysis makes clear that many jobs in some goods producing industries that paid well in the past are gone forever. Yet the human capital economic evolution is producing new jobs in many service providing industries that pay well, but only with large investments in postsecondary education and training.

 
 

Issue #232 - October 2011

In this issue of OPPORTUNITY: Article 1 looks at "Progress" Toward the National Goal Having the Highest Proportion of College Graduates in the World by 2020 and Article 2 is about: State Need-Based Grant Aid Compared to Federal Pell Grant Aid by State, 1979 to 2010 
 

Issue #232 - October 2011 Article 1

"Progress" Toward the National Goal Having the Highest Proportion of College Graduates in the World by 2020 
 

Issue #232 - October 2011 Article 2

State Need-Based Grant Aid Compared to Federal Pell Grant Aid by State, 1979 to 2010 
 

Issue #231 - September 2011

Boys in K-12 Education, 1994 to 2009

Males have become seriously underrepresented in higher education over the last three decades, and failure to get a higher education sharply curtails their prospects and welfare the rest of their lives. This analysis of recently released data from the Census Bureau explores the origins of male disengagement from higher education. These data focus on male feelings about school in elementary and secondary education. -- Efforts to restore male enrollments in higher education must begin no later than the middle school grades if boys are to be prepared for the challenges and opportunities of higher education.

 
 

Issue #230 - August 2011

How to Limit Opportunity for Higher Education, 1980 to 2011

This issue of OPPORTUNITY is a prescription for how to curtail higher education opportunity. It is a record of regressive social policy making at the state, federal and institutional levels over the last three decades.... The consequences of these regressive policy choices have been born primarily by the growing minority and low income populations who most need government assistance to access and complete higher educations.

 
 

Issue #229 - July 2011

Student Persistence in Higher Education, 1947 to 2010

This issue of OPPORTUNITY explores student persistence in education when school enrollment is no longer compulsory. State laws generally require school enrollment through age 16. Thereafter enrollment is voluntary--and ever more expensive. So students begin leaving the education pipeline: during high school, between high school and college, and during college. By the time of college graduation at the bachelor's degree level, about 70% of students who had been enrolled at age 16 have left the education system. The data presented in our report look at these persistence and attrition data over time and across different population groups.

 
 

Issue #228 - June 2011

An overdue editorial.....Give 'em Pell!

This issue of OPPORTUNITY is an editorial arguing for major expansion of the Pell Grant Program. All of the current discussion about Pell Grants are about where to "reform" or selectively cut back Pell Grants for students from low and lower-middle income families. We believe that this is the wrong discussion and we refuse to be a part of it. Instead we outline the arguments why the Pell Grant Program needs to be expanded, where it needs to be expanded, and how to pay for this expansion.

 
 

Issue #228 - June 2011 Spreadsheets

The following 2 Spreadsheets used in Issue #228 - June 2011:

Pell Grant Maximum Award Purchasing Power

Pell Grant Share of Undergraduate Enrollment

 
 

Issue #227 - May 2011

In this issue of OPPORTUNITY: Article 1 looks at College Continuation Rates for Recent High School Graduates, 1959 to 2010 and Article 2 Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse.....High School and College Student Employment 1969 to 2010   
 

Issue #227 - May 2011 Article 1

College Continuation Rates for Recent High School Graduates, 1959 to 2010 
 

Issue #227 - May 2011 Article 2

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse..... High School and College Student Employment, 1969 to 2010 
 

Issue #226 - April 2011

In this issue of OPPORTUNITY: Article 1 looks at Actual versus Predicted Institutional Graduation Rates at America's "Best" Universities and Colleges and Article 2 Eating our seed corn.... Higher Educating the Next Generation: An International Perspective on the United States  
 

Issue #226 - April 2011 Article 1

Actual versus Predicted Institutional Graduation Rates at America's "Best" Universities and Colleges 
 

Issue #226 - April 2011 Article 1 Data Spreadsheet

Actual versus Predicted Institutional Graduation Rates at National Universities and Colleges, 2011 
 

Issue #226 - April 2011 Article 2

Eating our seed corn....
Higher Educating the Next Generation: An International Perspective on the United States 
 

Issue #225 - March 2011

This is Issue of OPPORTUNITY looks at the State of American Manhood -- five years ago OPPORTUNITY presented our first report on the state of American manhood (September 2006, Issue #171). By nearly all of the measures identified in that report and a few new ones added here, American men are worse off today than they were five years ago and they are worse off than they have been at any time in at least the last 60 years. 
 

Issue #224 - February 2011

State Fiscal Support for Higher Education, FY1961 to FY2011 
 

Issue #224 - February 2011 -- pg 6

Page 6 chart: State Fiscal Support for Higher Education per $1000 of State Personal Income 
 

Issue #223 - January 2011

Time Use of Full-Time College Students Ages 18 to 24 Years, 2003 to 2009