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New Report: Child Development Accounts as an Early Childhood Intervention

July 22, 2014
Publication Image Properly designed Child Development Accounts (CDAs) can have lasting, positive effects on children's educational development and can improve their long-term economic outcomes. That's the argument of a new paper we're releasing today, "Investing in Children: Child Development Accounts as an Early Childhood Intervention," which was authored by two scholars at the University of Kansas' School of Social Welfare, Terri Friedline, an Asset Building Program Research Fellow, and Nik Schuetz. While much discussion of CDAs (also known as CSAs or Children's Savings Accounts; the terms are interchangeable) treats the accounts in isolation, Friedline and Schuetz argue that, to be most effective, CDAs should be situated within the broader context of other early childhood interventions like pre-K and Head Start.

The 2014 Allied Media Conference MagicNet: Third Time’s the Charm

July 21, 2014
Pair of network installers

OTI works with Digital Stewards to construct this year’s conference-wide network.

At the 2014 Allied Media Conference, the Open Technology Institute partnered with the Detroit Digital Stewards to construct the conference-wide mesh network, MagicNet. This network provides a basic wireless connection to the Internet, as well as a platform for local applications and services for conference attendees. In previous years, OTI has led the MagicNet planning and construction as a training exercise for Digital Stewards from both Detroit and Red Hook, Brooklyn. This year, the newest round of Detroit Stewards led the process with minimal assistance from Open Technology Institute staff.

House Vote Threatens Local Broadband Initiatives

July 18, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a lot on its plate right now.

The 2013 Tuition Discounting Study

July 18, 2014
The tuition discount rate (institutional grant dollars as a share of gross tuition and fee revenue) for first year students at private, non-profit, four-year institutions has increased to 44.8% for the 2012-2013 academic year and is predicted to rise to over 46% in 2013-14, according to a recent report from the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Colleges and universities use tuition discounting strategies as a way to aid students who might otherwise be unable to pay the “sticker price” to attend. Tuition discounting is also a strategy that is used to increase enrollment and attract talented students.  It has recently become especially important as 17% of institutions saw a drop of more than 10% in their freshmen enrollment from Fall 2012 to Fall 2013.

Among the report’s other noteworthy findings:
 
  • 87.7% of freshmen received an institutional grant in 2012-13, a figure that is projected to grow to 88.9% in 2013-14.
    • The average institutional grant in 2013-14 is projected to cover over half of tuition and fees.
    • 80% of institutional aid is going directly to help meet students’ demonstrated financial need.
  • Due to high discount rates, the average growth in tuition revenue per freshman has only grown 1.7% in 2012 and is expected to decrease -0.5% in 2013 (both numbers adjusted for inflation).
    • Over the last 13 years, institutions as a whole have experienced relatively flat net tuition revenue (0.4%) which according to the report, means that gross tuition revenue and other fees have primarily gone back to students in the form of aid.
  • Among the institutions who responded to the survey (over 400), undergraduate enrollment had decreased at half of them. Reasons cited include families and students having a higher price sensitivity, colleges dealing with increasing competition from other institutions and the decreasing pool of traditional students.
    • Institutions with increases in enrollment cited better marketing and recruitment strategies as keys to their success.

Asset Building News Week, July 14-18

July 18, 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 postal banking, the safety net, inequality, and education.