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The Reality Of Student Debt Is Different From The Clichés

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The deeply indebted college graduate has become a stock character in the national conversation: the art history major with $50,000 in debt, the underemployed barista with $75,000, the struggling poet with $100,000. The anecdotes have created the impression that such high levels of student debt are typical. But they’re not. They are …

Financial Help Not Likely On Horizon For Tribal Colleges

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The Department of the Interior released a statement on a new plan to improve educational outcomes for Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools on June 13. Statistics show that the current system is failing American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) students, who lag behind other demographic groups. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, …

A College Major Matters Even More In A Recession

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Recessions don’t treat all college graduates equally. Those who major in subjects that command higher salaries, like engineering and finance, increase their earnings advantage when they graduate into a recession. And those who major in subjects that lead to lower-paying jobs, like philosophy and music, are even more disadvantaged than in normal …

Missing The Expected Impact

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Many in higher education believe that test-optional admissions policies –- when colleges and universities do not require applicants to submit standardized test scores — boost enrollment of low-income students and underrepresented minorities (African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans). A new study, however, challenges this conventional wisdom. An article published last week in …

‘Dropout Factories’ Should Lose Federal Student Aid, Study Says

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As the Education Department grapples with a proposal to rate U.S. colleges, a nonprofit group is recommending cutting aid to schools that fail to improve on metrics such as completion rates and loan repayment. The government should leverage student aid and tax benefits to protect students and keep taxpayer dollars from underperforming …

Lumina CEO Weighs In On Current Higher Education Model

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Following the announcement of Starbucks tuition reimbursement initiative, Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, discusses the value of online degrees and the current, outdated higher education model on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.”

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Advisers Struggle to Manage Rise in College Debt

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When Ian Aquilino, 23, graduated from Penn State University last year, he kicked off what's become a rite of passage for many of today's youth: chipping away at his student loan debts. The New York-based actuarial assistant wrapped up his college education with some $42,000 in student loan debt — the sum total …

MOOCs Spark Professor’s Opportunity

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When Jim Fowler becomes an assistant professor of mathematics at Ohio State University this fall, he can thank his massive open online courses — and former president E. Gordon Gee. Fowler came to Ohio State in 2009 as a visiting assistant professor decidedly off the tenure track. When he finished that postdoctoral appointment …

Documentary Weighs Cost Of College

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Filmmaker Andrew Rossi’s new documentary, “Ivory Tower,” attempts to answer a question that’s on the minds of many debt-ridden, unemployed graduates: Is college a racket? The result is a scathing and dizzyingly thorough critique of the “time bomb” that is American higher education.

Rossi takes viewers from the gothic gates of Harvard to the vast …

Competency-Based Education: Adding Value In The Liberal Arts

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Despite continued evidence that going to college pays off for graduates in terms of higher wages over the long term, rising tuition costs, student-debt levels, and media reports focusing on recent graduates inability to find jobs mean that the value of higher education is repeatedly questioned and that there is a growing …

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