Education Trust News

Ed Trust on the Department of Education's “Dear Colleague” Letter on Resource Equity

Today, the Office of Civil Rights sent a strong message that equity matters, and The Education Trust applauds their leadership. The “Dear Colleague” letter is a reminder that federal law requires more than good intentions to ensure the equitable provision of educational resources for students of color. It is not enough to rest upon laws, policies, and principles that are not enforced. Benign neglect is not acceptable.

Diversity and Grad Rates Set Rutgers-Newark Apart

For years, Rutgers University-Newark struggled with its nontraditional student population. As recently as the 1990s, students reported feeling unwelcome based on their race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual preference. Fast-forward two decades, and Newark has become a haven for nontraditional students of all types, leading to increased overall graduation rates and a black/white gap that is almost negligible. Learn how Rutgers improved its graduation rates.

College Results Online Gets an Update

We’re excited to share an important update to College Results Online, an interactive tool with information on nearly every four-year college or university in the country. By providing data about college graduation rates, net price, and other important characteristics, the tool helps students identify colleges that fit their specific needs and provide them the best chance of earning a degree.

We’ve added two new features that will help users navigate College Results Online’s features and highlight colleges and universities that are not living up to their core public missions of ensuring access for low-income students and graduating students:

  • The tool now tags colleges that fall in the bottom 5 percent of all four-year colleges nationwide for their six-year graduation rates and enrollment of students from working-class and low-income backgrounds.
  • Another new feature is our video tutorial, which walks users through all of the website’s features to identify colleges that are the best fit for students.
  • Test your Higher Ed knowledge by taking this quiz.

Interested in learning more about Ed Trust’s College Results Online? Contact us to order copies of our College Decision Road Map, a step-by-step guide that helps students navigate this interactive Web tool.


25 Million Reasons to Become the Change

What will attendees learn at National Conference? Ed Trust President Kati Haycock explains …

Register Now! Ed Trust’s national conference in Baltimore, Nov. 13-14. #EdTrust2014


José Luis Santos to Serve as Ed Trust’s Vice President for Higher Education Policy and Practice

Jose Luis

WASHINGTON (August 7, 2014) — The Education Trust is pleased to welcome Dr. José Luis Santos as its Vice President for Higher Education Policy and Practice.

Starting with his work as founding executive director of the Latina/o Policy Research Initiative at the University of Arizona, José Luis has a long track record of research, teaching, and advocacy around issues affecting students of color and low-income students in higher education.

Statement From The Education Trust on the Department of Education’s Teacher Equity Strategy

WASHINGTON (July 7, 2014) — Deborah Veney Robinson, vice president for government affairs and communications at The Education Trust, issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s teacher equity strategy.

Statement From The Education Trust on Sen. Tom Harkin's Higher Education Affordability Act

WASHINGTON (June 25, 2014) —The Education Trust issued the following statement in response to Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA).

NYT Editorial Board Supports 'Tying Federal Aid to College Ratings,' Touts Ed Trust's 'Tough Love'

"College and university leaders have been up in arms since President Obama announced last year that the administration would soon deploy a rating system that evaluates schools based on factors like affordability, graduation rates, student earnings and how well institutions serve low-income students. Mr. Obama wants Congress to use the ratings to help guide the allocation of federal student loans and grants."

Read the article here.

Ed Trust Calls for Linking Student Aid and Tax Benefits to College Access, Success, and Student Loan Repayment Rates

WASHINGTON (June 18, 2014) — More than 600,000 undergraduates attend four-year “college dropout factories” with six-year graduation rates below 15 percent and “diploma mills” where nearly 3 out of 10 students who leave with debt are unable to repay their student loans, according to a new report released by The Education Trust. Approximately $15 billion is distributed annually to some 300 institutions that do not serve students well. These four-year schools are among the bottom 5 percent nationally in enrolling low-income students, graduating the students they serve, or graduating students with manageable debt and degrees that can support that investment without default.

The report, Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges, lays out a comprehensive plan for the federal government to leverage existing resources, in the form of student aid and tax benefits, to protect students and taxpayer dollars from going to chronically underperforming schools. The plan also encourages elite colleges to open their gates to many more talented working class and low-income students.

In Their Words: Student Reflections on High-Quality Schools

WASHINGTON (May 28, 2014) — Tuning in to voices of students who transfer from low-performing to high-performing high schools, “The View From the Lighthouse” — released today by The Education Trust — sheds light on key differences among schools. Full of lessons for educators, this piece is intended to help spark conversations in schools working to change outlooks and outcomes for students, particularly those struggling the most.