More debt data now available

August 28, 2006

The Economic Diversity web site now includes the average student loan debt for the 2005 graduating class as reported by 1,421 four-year institutions. Also included is the proportion of graduates with any student loans. The site provides access to these data (as well as comparable figures for 2000 and 2004) through an agreement with college guide publisher Thomson Peterson's....

Ranking Campuses by Low-Income Enrollment

July 14, 2006

In the Chronicle of Higher Education's excellent series on low-income and working class students in college, the editors included rankings of elite colleges' enrollments of Pell grant recipients. The Pell grant data that is available from the U.S. Department of Education is for an entire academic year -- in other words, all the students who received a grant during any term, including...

Economic Diversity in the News

June 14, 2006

"Working Class Students Feel the Pinch" in the Chronicle of Higher Education on June 9. This article is about how the financial aid formula can work against working-class students who work hard to pay for school.

Some campuses release additional economic diversity data

June 1, 2006

Another source of useful data on college students' family income is the CIRP Freshman Survey, developed by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA. Each year, colleges across the country administer the CIRP survey to their incoming freshmen, asking them about a range of topics, including family income. HERI compiles the responses into a national report. Each participating...

New Basic Carnegie Classifications

June 1, 2006

The new Carnegie Classification system of higher education institutions is now in use on The new classifications were released in February 2006, and increased the total number of classifications from 18 to 33. Thirteen of these additions are for Associate's colleges. One addition was made to the Research category, one addition was made to the Master's category,...