Here is a sampling of data, especially in charts and other visual forms, on the many facets of American higher education. We add to it regularly as we come across new stuff. If you find something we should add, let us know!

2014 Best Colleges Rankings

U.S. News & World Report
September 10, 2013 | The U.S. News 2014 rankings of the best colleges in America. Read Article

The State of Academe

The Chronicle of Higher Education
2013 | The Chronicle's Almanac of Higher Education 2013. Read More

Ranking America's Top Colleges

Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity
July 24, 2013 | Forbes' 2013 list of America's best colleges and universities. Read Article

How America Pays for College 2013

July 23, 2013 | A national study by SallieMae and Ipsos on how students and their families pay for college. Read Article

U.S. Releases New Lists of Nation's Most- and Least-Expensive Colleges

The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 28, 2013 | An updated list of the highest and lowest tuition and net prices from the College Affordability and Transparency Center. Read Article

Less Academically Adrift?

Inside Higher Ed
May 20, 2013 | Two new studies challenge the notorious findings of 2011's Academically Adrift. Read Article

Motivation and Student Success

Inside Higher Ed
April 25, 2013 | Study finds links between students' motivations for going to college and student success. Read Article

Moving Further to the Left

Inside Higher Ed
October 24, 2012 | Survey finds notable increase in proportion of professors who identify as "far left" or liberal, and declines for all other groups. Read Article

Jobs and Governance

National Association of Scholars
October 18, 2012 | William Young examines the relationship between higher education, public policy and stagnant job growth. Read Article

Three Pell Grant Scams 

Minding the Campus
October 1, 2012 | A look at what percentage of students are Pell Grant recipients and how the funds are spent. Read Article

Default Rate on Federal Student Loans Rises Again

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 30, 2012 | The percentage of borrowers who defaulted within two years of entering repayment was 9.1 percent, more than twice the historic low set seven years earlier. Read Article

Gift Contributions to U.S. Colleges and Universities

Center for College Affordability and Productivity
February 16, 2012 | In 2011, 25 percent of institutions received more than 86 percent of all charitable gifts to colleges and universities. Read Article

Popular Majors and Unemployment Rates

Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. via New Geography
January 11, 2012 | Unemployment would most improve if more students earned a skills-based education over a liberal arts degree. Read Article

Teaching Loads in 1988 and 2004

Center for College Affordability and Productivity
July 06, 2011 | Professors teach less in 2004 than in 1988. Universities are prioritizing research over teaching. Read Article

Ratio of Weekly Pay, 1979-2010: 4-year college grads to H.S. grads with no college

New York Times Economix
June 10, 2011 | There is a growing gap in the pay between college graduates and everyone else. Read Article

University Administrators Will Outnumber College Faculty by 2014; It's Already A Reality at UM-Flint

Carpe Diem
June 08, 2011 | University of Michigan-Flint is ahead of its time in its faculty to administrator ratio. Read Article

Alumni Salary at Traditional Colleges vs U. of Phoenix

Center for College Affordability and Productivity
June 08, 2011 | The typical University of Phoenix alum earns slightly more than those from the traditional competitive schools at every level of experience throughout their careers. Read Article

Share of College Grads Under Age 25 with Jobs, 2000 vs. Today

New York Times Economix
June 01, 2011 | A decade ago more college graduates under age 25 were employed - and were employed in jobs that required college degrees. h/t Matthew Shaffer, Phi Beta Cons. Read Article

The Economic Value of College Majors

Center on Education and the Workforce
May 27, 2011 | A set of interactive charts show the average income people make based on their college majors. Read Article

Athletic Programs' Academic Progress

Chronicle of Higher Education
May 24, 2011 | The NCAA penalized 103 teams for low academic progress this year. Read Article

Remedial Education

Center for College Affordability and Productivity
May 03, 2011 | The proportion of freshman nationwide who took remedial coursework, by major or field of study. Read Article

85% of College Grads Move Home

CNN Money
November 15, 2010 | The rate of graduates moving back to their parents' homes after college has steadily risen from 67% in 2006. Read Article

College Tuition CPI vs. US Home Prices vs. CPI

Business Insider
July 19, 2010 | The price of a college education, compared to the CPI, has risen dramatically since 1980. Read Article

The Impact of Postsecondary Remediation

National Bureau of Economic Research
July 31, 2008 | "Being assigned to remediation appears to increase persistence to the second year and the total number of credits completed for students on the margin of passing out of the requirement, but it does not increase the completion of college-level credits or eventual degree completion." Read Article