Issue Briefs

  • Online Program Managers (OPMS): Ensuring Quality & Protecting Innovation

    Over the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic and the changing needs of today’s students have necessitated an unprecedented…

  • Outsourcing Online Programs: Policy Options for OPM Oversight

    As a form of outsourcing in higher education, online program management (OPM) is not remarkable. Universities regularly, and with…

  • What Works for Today’s Students: Connecting Students to Means-Tested Benefits

    Students facing basic needs insecurities are significantly less likely to leave college without completing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.…

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Backgrounder

    Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is a federal provision that requires institutions to establish criteria a student must meet in…

  • Online Program Managers (OPMs) Backgrounder

    Online program management (OPM) entities are service providers that work through contracts with colleges and universities to take academic…

  • SAP Reset Infographic

    In order to access federal financial aid to pay for higher education, students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)…

  • Gainful Employment 101

    Is higher education worth the investment? While some factors—the cost of attendance and time to earn a degree or…

  • What Works for Today’s Students: Increasing Diversity at Selective Institutions

    Low-income, Black, and Latinx students are underrepresented at selective colleges and universities. Only 34 percent of low-income students with…

  • Policy Brief: Expand the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to Include Student Caregivers

    Access to affordable child care is crucial for families: In 2010, fewer than one-third of children had a full-time…

  • Fact Sheet on Student Caregivers

    Research on student parents and their unique challenges commissioned by Higher Learning Advocates.Nearly a quarter of today’s students are…

  • What Works for Today’s Students—Satisfactory Academic Progress Reset

    Over the past 20 years, 36 million students have enrolled in higher education but have not finished a degree. Although…

  • Policies Impacting Today’s Part-Time Students

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