College Board recommends changes to federal Pell Grant

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel A. Jones.

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel A. Jones.

The federal Pell Grant program has been around since 1972, and it’s designed to help low-income college students be able to afford college. But the program has its flaws, and a recent study from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has led the College Board to make recommendations in changing how it is implemented: most notably, the subsidy would award money to students as young as 11 and turn it into an investment program. If you are looking for good research paper topics in economics, or classes in government funding or higher education, consider looking at the history of the federal Pell Grant and the reform ideas suggested by educators and economists alike.

What is the Pell Grant?

When the Pell Grant subsidy program first came into existence in 1972, its goal was to help recent high school graduates from low-income families afford a college education. Read more

Research report: New Study released on Common Core Standards and Arts Standards Alignment, but will educators embrace it?

A visual arts classroom.What do math and the arts have in common? Quite a bit, according to a new study just released by the College Board, a partner of the National Core Arts Standards. The study points to evidence demonstrating the two subject areas can strengthen students’ analysis and observation skills within a new framework for national core standards. The new framework proposes to put U.S. students on par with their international counterparts. The latest findings are one of a handful of research projects developed to support the new core standards. The details of the new core standards, which have been unfolding over the past year, mark some of the most significant changes in more than 15 years, and many arts educators are hoping they will be a boon for arts education. Read more