Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education? Here’s a recap of this week’s top education news. Let us know what you think about this week’s news in the comments below.

Not So Open Doors
Inside Higher Ed
…The survey results show that concerns about college costs discourage one in three high-achieving low-income students from applying to any college. Further, 44 percent of these students never visit their top-choice college and 23 percent apply with no help from parents, teachers or counselors.

This is what today’s college students really look like
MarketWatch
…About 38% of undergraduate students are older than 25, about 58% are working, and more than one-quarter are parenting, according to data from the Lumina Foundation, a nonprofit working to increase the share of Americans with post-high school credentials. Many fit all three categories. The bulk of college students also attend community college or less-selective regional public schools — not necessarily the Ivory towers we typically envision.

Why Are Republicans Down on Higher Ed?
Gallup
Symptomatic of today’s politically polarized environment in the U.S., Democrats and Republicans express substantially different levels of confidence in colleges and universities. The 56% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in colleges is more than 20 percentage points higher than the 33% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who hold that same view.

Work-Force Training in an Anti-College Climate
Inside Higher Ed
As the country divides more fervently across partisan lines, skepticism about the benefits of college is growing among some segments. As a result, colleges, particularly those in the two-year sector, are feeling the pressure to prove that their institutions can deliver better work-force outcomes.

Report finds majors matter more for graduate earnings than institutional brand
Education Dive
A new report from the University of Texas System and the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce analyzed the economic ramifications of a student’s college choice, finding that the major the student selects may be more predictive of future economic success than the particular college in which they’ve enrolled.

Are Small Colleges Doomed? Not So Fast
Chronicle of Higher Education
Most small and midsize private colleges appear to be financially secure, says a report from the Council of Independent Colleges. “The Financial Resilience of Independent Colleges and Universities” looked at financial data from the years 2001 to 2014 at 559 private institutions. Researchers analyzed resource sufficiency, operating results, financial assets, and debt management.

Public Support for Charter Schools Plummets, Poll Finds
Education Week
…A new public opinion poll from Education Next, a journal published by Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, is providing insights into whether the president—as well as the broader political dynamics in play—have swayed the public’s views on school choice. Support for charter schools has fallen 12 percent from last year, the largest change in opinion that EdNext saw on any single policy from last year.

Students At Most Colleges Don’t Pick ‘Useless’ Majors
FiveThirtyEight
…According to data from the federal Education Department, students at elite universities are more likely to pursue degrees in the humanities, arts and social sciences than students at less selective schools, who tend to choose majors that are more likely to lead to an immediate, well-paying job.

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