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Up Front: Spring 2013



Most Very High-Achieving, Low-Income Students Do Not Apply to Any Selective Institutions

A new National Bureau of Economic Research report by Caroline M. Hoxby, an economics professor at Stanford University (CA), and Christopher Avery, a professor of public policy at Harvard University (MA), found that most very high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds do not apply to any selective universities. This tendency occurs despite the fact that financial-aid opportunities are often more prevalent at selective universities than at the two-year and less-selective four-year institutions to which low-income students tend to apply, the researchers found. For the full paper, visit

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MOOCs Change Minds 

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently fielded an informal survey that attempted to reach all professors who had taught at least one massive open online course (MOOC). The majority of the 103 respondents were tenured, had taught for more than a decade, and had not previously taught online. Among the findings:

  • 45% of respondents believed that MOOCs would one day significantly reduce the cost of earning a college degree;
  • 48% believed that their MOOC was as academically rigorous as the traditional classroom version of the course; and
  • 73.7% of these professors reported that teaching a MOOC had inspired them to change the way they taught in classrooms.

For the full results, see Professors-Behind-the-MOOC/137905/#id=overview.


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