Higher Ed 101s

Our series of 101 explainers sets out to answer these questions and decode the complex but critical policy issues that impact today’s students and providers. Featuring visual infographics, compact definitions, and user-friendly explanations, the 101s offer policymakers, analysts, and media a quick explanation of key policy issues in postsecondary education.

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  • Updated 101: Today’s Students

    Who are today's students? Today’s students are diverse in age, race, and income level. They’re more mobile than previous…

  • 101: Part-time Students

    Today’s students are more diverse than previous generations. Twenty-four percent are parents, 37 percent are older than 25, 49…

  • 101: Federal Accountability in Higher Education

    The 101: Federal Accountability in Higher Education explains significant accountability measurement requirements that institutions of higher education must mee…

  • 101: Today’s Students

    Who are Today's Students?Today’s students are more diverse than any previous generation of college students: they’re diverse in age,…

  • 101: Public Awareness: Racial Disparities in Higher Education

    Public AwarenessA national survey conducted by Higher Learning Advocates suggests that the public lacks awareness of achievement gaps in…

  • 101: Career and Technical Education

    What is Career Technical Education?Career Technical Education (CTE) prepares learners for college and careers by providing academic and technical…

  • 101: Equity Gaps in Higher Education

    What is an Educational Equity Gap?An educational equity gap is where there is a significant and persistent disparity in…

  • 101: FAFSA

    What is the FAFSA?The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a federal application that will determine a…

  • 101: Negotiated Rulemaking

    A Quirk of Federal Higher Education Policy: Negotiated RulemakingThe Higher Education Act (HEA) requires the U.S. Department of Education…

  • 101: Income-Driven Repayment (IDR)

    What is Income-Driven Repayment (IDR)?Income-driven repayment (IDR) is a federal student loan repayment program that allows students to repay…

  • The Glossary of Higher Education Policy

    Today’s students need a bipartisan and comprehensive rewrite of the Higher Education Act that upgrades quality, strengthens affordability, and…

  • 101: Pell Grant Rainy Day Fund

    What is the Pell Grant Program?The Pell Grant program is a federal means-tested program that offers postsecondary aid in…