September Articles of Interest for Higher Education Professional

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The Association for Institutional Research shared the following publications of interest for higher education professionals. Click on the titles to access the full articles. These article summaries are credited to the Electronic AIR Newsletter (September 2013 edition).

How Americans Pay for College (Katie Zaback)

In How Americans Pay for College, Sally Mae details the findings of its sixth annual survey of students and parents that examines the amount students and their parents pay for college, funding sources, and attitude toward college and funding college. This year’s results show students and parents becoming more cost sensitive in their college selection, often removing colleges from their set of choices due to cost.

VA Education Benefits: Student Characteristics and Outcomes Vary across Schools (Zhao Yang)

The U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, VA Education Benefits: Student Characteristics and Outcomes Vary across Schools, summarizes results from a review of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education programs. The 2008 Post-9/11 GI Bill significantly increased education benefits for veterans providing for tuition and fees, housing expenses, and books such that in FY2012, about $11 billion in education payments were made to almost 1 million veterans. In its review, GAO analyzed the distribution of VA education payments among schools; how student characteristics and outcomes at highly VA-funded schools compare to those at other VA-funded schools; and how student characteristics and outcomes compare at highly VA-funded public, nonprofit, and for-profit schools.

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