All posts by Sandhya Kambhampati


Attainment, Completion, and the Trouble in Measuring Them Both

Here’s a seemingly simple question: How have the educational-attainment rates of various groups of Americans changed over the years?

It’s a question with considerable impact. For example, the answer could help determine how well the country’s colleges and universities are meeting its labor needs, and how equitable education is across various demographic groups.

And the answer is? Well … that’s the hard part.

In a new report from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Hum…


Measuring Humanities Degrees Misses Much of Their Value

Plenty of people know how much they paid for their college degree. Fewer can tell you what it’s actually worth.

That disparity is something new research from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators project is hoping to fix.

The project is focusing on wage data from the American Community Survey, but some say using earnings as a sole measure of success misses the value of a degree and how it serves society.

“We’re trying to figure out what the best measure for this is,” s…


Business Is a Big Draw for International Students in the U.S.

Previous research has shown that international students at American colleges and universities tend to be concentrated in specific areas, such as business and engineering. Now a new report from the Brookings Institution goes deeper in telling us who these students are, which cities they are coming from, and where they end up staying.

Nearly one in three international undergraduate students comes to the United States to study business, management, or marketing, according to the Brookings researche…


Digging Through Data for the Real Story on Student Loans

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education released new data on student-loan repayment that included figures on loan delinquencies—potentially good news for those interested in how well students are faring when it comes to paying back their loans.

The release precipitated an article the following Monday in The Huffington Post by Shahien Nasiripour titled, “Half Of Federal Student Loan Borrowers Not Paying On Time.” In his article, Mr. Nasiripour broke down the data and stated, as the headline p…