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Welcome to the Profit of Education website. Continuing the conversation begun in the book Profit of Education, we discuss the latest economic evidence on education reform.

Majors, Race, Gender, and Money

Everyone knows that members of disadvantaged groups—which I will oversimplify to say simply Blacks, Hispanics, and women—do far less well in the market than do White males. Are the differences explained by what people choose to study? Do we see … Continue reading

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When it comes to student success, HBCUs do more with less

My most recent post on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been supplying leaders to the nation and to communities for nearly 200 years. Martin Luther King Jr. is surely the most famous … Continue reading

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Biden’s plan for higher ed is good—but it could be better

My most recent post on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. With President-elect Joe Biden’s transition underway, let’s consider what may be in store for higher education. “The Biden Plan for Education Beyond High School” offers a broad proposal for making … Continue reading

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The Student Visa Collapse

Due to the pandemic, the number of international students receiving visas to come study in the United States has collapsed. I want to begin with a look at the timing of the collapse. I follow this with a look at … Continue reading

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University finances and COVID-19: Different schools, different risks

My most recent post on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. COVID-19 puts higher-ed finances at risk. For some universities, revenue shortfalls are going to be a pain—for other universities the shortfall may be a disaster. Public universities face three major … Continue reading

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Coronavirus poses serious financial risks to US universities

My most recent post on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. Universities around the country are dealing with health concerns as their first priority, and keeping instruction going—even if imperfectly—as the second priority. After dealing with these immediate issues, the … Continue reading

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Coronavirus will harm America’s international students—and the universities they attend

My most recent post on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. With the growing outbreak of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, universities around the U.S. are canceling in-person classes, clamping down on travel, and sending students home. Protecting the … Continue reading

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The achievement gap in education: Racial segregation versus segregation by poverty: What would Dr. King say?

My most recent post on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. “In elementary schools, Negroes lag one to three years behind whites, and their segregated schools received substantially less money per student than do the white schools.” – Dr. Martin … Continue reading

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Advice matters: Faculty advisers and college student success

My most recent post on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. Academics and policymakers are actively looking at creative ways to help college students succeed. While increasing college access and enrollment is an important first stage, too many students matriculate … Continue reading

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Community college ‘free-for-all’: Why making tuition free could be complicated

My most recent post on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. Presidential candidates are pushing for “free” community college for all; Douglas Harris described some of the early details here on the Chalkboard earlier this year. Greater access to community college is … Continue reading

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