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The Road Ahead for America's Colleges and Universities$
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Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190251918

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190251918.001.0001

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The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead

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The Road Ahead for America's Colleges and Universities

Robert B. Archibald

Oxford University Press

The nation is faced with a complex set of social and economic stresses that defy easy answers and that cannot be reduced to a simple story of the virtuous against the villainous. Given the complexity of the problems, this chapter outlines possible reforms to the “macro” policies that the federal government and the states use to fund students and institutions. The chapter also identifies a set of “micro” interventions that could improve matching, retention, and completion, and which states could use to potentially change the balance between flagships (and other selective public institutions) and the less selective state universities that educate the bulk of the nation’s at-risk population.

Keywords:   targeted aid, FAFSA, Pell Grant, simplification, College Scorecard, matching

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