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A Role Model Pipeline For Young Black Men

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Less than 2 percent of the nation's elementary school teachers are black men. A program at Clemson University in South Carolina is looking to change that. This summer, at least twice a week, a group of young men — usually in flip-flops, T-shirts and cargo pants — will meet in a tiny …

Weighing Funding Options

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A recent report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) found that states have begun to restore some of the cuts they made to higher education since the beginning of the recession. Spending is up by about $450 per student, or 7 percent, among states that have increased higher education …

The Other College Crisis

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In public education, a traffic jam is clearly situated between high school and higher education. For all we’ve heard lately about debt-trouble college graduates, there’s another (and perhaps more serious) college crisis that also deserves attention: Between 28% to 40% of students are unprepared when they go to college, and as a …

Americans Think We Have The World’s Best Colleges. We Don’t.

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Americans have a split vision of education. Conventional wisdom has long held that our K-12 schools are mediocre or worse, while our colleges and universities are world class. While policy wonks hotly debate K-12 reform ideas like vouchers and the Common Core state standards, higher education is largely left to its own …

How College Is Like Sunscreen

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College in today's economy is like sunscreen on a scorchingly hot afternoon: You have to see the people who didn’t apply it to fully appreciate how important it is. The same way a blistering sun both makes sunscreen feel ineffective and makes it more crucial than ever, recessions can both make a …

Fewer Parents Helping To Pay For College

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Though parents still agree that a college degree is extremely important, fewer are planning to shell out their own money to help their kids attain one. About 77% of parents say they plan to help their child pay for college — down from 81% last year, according to a Discover Student Loans …

Fault Lines Surface

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Sharper divisions are emerging between Democrats and Republicans over how Congress should go about reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. House Republicans released an outline Tuesday of their priorities for rewriting the massive law. Their plan includes streamlining and consolidating federal student aid programs as well as eliminating many regulations affecting colleges.

Meanwhile, Senator …

Is A College Degree Still Worth It? Study Says Yes

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Some comforting news for recent college graduates facing a tough job market and years of student loan payments: That college degree is still worth it. Those with bachelor's or associate's degrees earn more money over their lifetime than those who skip college, even after factoring in the cost of higher education, according …

Education Department Again Delays ‘State Authorization’ Rule

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The U.S. Department of Education is again delaying the deadline for when colleges must comply with a requirement that they obtain authorization from regulators in each state in which they are physically located. The rule was set to take effect next month, but the department announced Monday that it is pushing the …

Fighting For Survival

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Elizabeth City State University faced a brief existential crisis last month when North Carolina lawmakers toyed with the idea of closing the historically black institution. The lawmakers backed off, but the episode was just one in a series of challenges facing the country’s 40 public historically black four-year colleges and universities.

Enrollment declines, …

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