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Judith Scott-Clayton Testifies at Senate HELP Committee Hearing on College Affordability

Professor Scott-Clayton spoke at the Senate HELP committee's hearing on college affordability on June 3, and made recommendations to reduce complexity in the federal student aid application and loan repayment processes. Published: 6/4/2015 9:05:00 AM

Luis Huerta quoted in an Education Week article, May 29, 2015.

Prof. Huerta is quoted in an Education Week article "Charter Sector Challenged by Quality of School Boards," by Adrianna Prothero. Published: 6/1/2015 1:49:00 PM

Tom Bailey in the Washington Post: "Guided Pathways" Needed to Boost Community College Student Success

In a May 12, 2015 Washington Post Op-Ed, "Rethinking the 'Cafeteria' Approach to Community College," Professor Bailey argues that in order to substantially increase student completion, community colleges must engage in fundamental redesign. Published: 5/14/2015 4:01:00 PM

Aaron Pallas Discusses Teacher Evaluations at NYS Board of Regents Learning Summit

Aaron Pallas was one of seven researchers, economists, and professors who weighed in on the evaluation systems for teachers and principals at a Learning Summit hosted by the New York State Board of Regents and State Education Department on Thursday, May 7 at the New York State Museum. Published: 5/14/2015 3:55:00 PM

Mandy Shen is the Runner-Up for CCEE Prize

The Columbia Committee on the Economics of Education (CCEE) has announced that Mandy Shen, PhD student in Economics and Education, is the runner-up for this year's prize for the best research paper by a PhD student at Columbia for her paper, "Intergenerational effects of school desegregation." Published: 5/14/2015 3:28:00 PM

Sharon Lynn Kagan co-authors a report on early childhood education.

"A Better Start: Why Classroom Diversity Matters in Early Education." By Jeanne L. Reid, Sharon Lynn Kagan, Michael Hilton, Halley Potter. Published by The Century Foundation, April 3, 2015. Published: 5/7/2015 1:55:00 PM

Ryan Allen's podcast discussion with Kevin Dougherty and Rebecca Natow.

In this podcast, Ryan Allen interviews Prof. Kevin Dougherty, an Associate Professor of Higher Education and Education Policy, and Rebecca Natow, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Community College Research Center. They discuss their book The Politics of Performance Funding for Higher Education: Origins, Discontinuations, and Transformations, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015. Published: 5/7/2015

Travis Bristol, Ph.D. 2014 in Education Policy featured in the Washington Post article

Black Male Teachers: There aren't enough of them by Valerie Strauss, was published in the Washington Post on April 28 in the Answer Sheet section. Published: 4/29/2015 4:54:00 PM

Judith Scott-Clayton Testifies at Senate HELP Committee Hearing on College Affordability

Professor of Economics and Education Judith Scott-Clayton testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) on Wednesday, June 3. The topic of the full committee hearing is "Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Ensuring College Affordability." Elizabeth Akers, fellow at the Brookings Institution's Brown Center on Education Policy; Michael Mitchell, policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; F. King Alexander, president and chancellor of Louisiana State University; and James Kennedy, associate vice president for university student services and systems at Indiana University also spoke on the panel.

According to Scott-Clayton:

The real college affordability crisis is not that we're spending too much on college and saddling graduates with too much debt. The true crisis is that federal student aid has become more essential for more students than ever before, but the complexity of the system is undermining its effectiveness.... Unfortunately, the burdens of complexity and confusion fall most heavily on the very students who need aid the most—low-income students, minorities, and first-generation college goers, who are the least likely to have a family member, friend, or counselor who can guide them through their options and help them fill out the FAFSA. Too many of these students fall off the path to college early, not because they ever actively decide that it's not worth it, but because they simply assume that they don't have a choice.

Scott-Clayton's recommendations include simplifying the unnecessarily complex Pell eligibility formula and eliminating the FAFSA, and streamlining federal student loans into a single program with income-based repayment.

For more information and to watch a video of the proceedings, visit the Senate HELP committee website.