For most students, higher education is a smart investment that pays off. But there are still too many students whom our higher education system fails.
Despite significant improvements in college access and substantial investments from students, families, and taxpayers, our system of higher education is underperforming. We need to raise the floor for quality in higher education and ensure strong protections against predatory practices. We also need policies that incentivize progress in addressing persistent disparities in student outcomes.
Today, there are no meaningful penalties for institutions that persistently fail and prey on students, and only limited financial incentives and supports to help colleges improve. Federal and state policymakers must take action by implementing stronger quality control policies. Through our investments in research, policy, advocacy and litigation, Arnold Ventures is building a higher education system that ensures students are better off for having attended higher education and that taxpayers aren’t left holding the bag for unscrupulous institutions.