Latest Posts from New America Blogs

Recent posts from all the blogs on NewAmerica.net can be found below. A full listing of all the blogs to which New America fellows and scholars regularly contribute can be found here.

Asset Building News Week, September 8-12

September 12, 2014
Publication Image The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include the state of consumer finances, education, inequality, and the plight of Millennials.
 
2013 Survey of Consumer Finance
 

New Report: Are Student Loans the Best We Can Do?

September 9, 2014
Guest Blog Post: This post is contributed by Willie Elliott, Director of the Assets and Education Initiative at the University of Kansas and Asset Building Program Senior Fellow, and Melinda Lewis, Policy Director of the Assets and Education Initiative. You can find a copy of their new report, The Student Loan Problem in America: It is Not Enough to Say, "Students Will Eventually Recover," here.

Asset Building News Week, September 1-5

September 5, 2014
Publication Image The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include the fast-food labor protests, race and poverty, public assistance, and savings.

Transferability of Postsecondary Credit Following Student Transfer or Coenrollment

September 5, 2014
According to a report recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics, 35% of (first-time/full-time) undergraduates enrolled in at least two colleges  over a six year period. 39% of these students did so without transferring any credits from their original institutions.

Among the report’s other findings:
 
  • Of the 35% of students who transferred between institutions, 21% transferred once and 11% more than once.
  • Of the students who transferred, 39% transferred no credits, 28% transferred some credits, and 32% transferred all credits.
    • On average, students lost about 13 credits when transferring.
  • Most transfers originated from public, two-year colleges and nearly all (90%) credit transfer opportunities occurred between institutions that were regionally (not nationally) accredited.
  • Students with higher GPAs had better success transferring credits from one institution to another.
  • Transferring from a four-year institution to a two-year institution (“reverse transfer”) resulted in fewer numbers of credits being accepted, as did a “horizontal transfer” (transferring between a four-year and a four-year or between a two-year and a two-year).
  • The best chances students had for transferring credits was transferring from a two-year to a four year institution.

The FCC must protect against further consolidation and preserve the open Internet we know and love

September 5, 2014

As a consumer of communications services, you’re undoubtedly concerned about monthly fees that seem to constantly creep upward; about the quality of the programming in your cable package or the consistency of your Internet connection; and about your ability to both communicate with users around the world and access all of the amazing content the Internet has to offer.