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

    Understanding who today’s students are is fundamental to creating a higher learning system that leads to their success.Higher Learning…

  • 101: Means-Tested Federal and State Programs

    Means-tested federal and state programs help millions of low-income Americans access housing, food, health care, child care, and more.…

  • 101: Students & Means Tested Programs

    Every year, more than one million students drop out—70 percent do so because of financial insecurity, which is disproportionately…

  • Factsheet: Equity Gaps in Higher Education

    There is a significant and persistent disparity in educational attainment between different groups of students. Equity gaps between students…

  • 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…