July 2013

Small liberal arts schools tend to be more expensive

I was just playing around with the recently updated data on the College Affordability and Transparency Center, and I was struck by how many smaller liberal arts colleges are among the most expensive four-year private non-profit institutions. I expected to see more universities with expensive graduate departments and science labs. To be sure, Columbia University […]


High student loan default rates among largest community colleges

I decided to do a little data mashup of Community College Week’s 2013 list of the top community colleges, published on June 24, 2013, and the federal student aid database of  default rates. Here is a list of the top 10 producers of associates degrees and their average default rate on student loans over the […]


Teens read less today than 30 years ago, national data show

Here’s a bit of data that confirms what we already suspect. According to a 2012 survey by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), fewer than 20 percent of 17-year-old high school students (19 percent to be exact) say that they read for fun on their own time almost every day. That is the lowest […]


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