Week in Review

Mar/16/2015 - 11:41pm

Career College Central Summary:

Millions of students are enrolled in college, but graduation rates are uneven. Why? Author Suzanne Mettler says political squabbling is to blame.

Mettler, a political science professor at Cornell University, has written a book that lays out the problem and its solution: “Degrees of Inequality: The Demise of Opportunity in Higher Education and …

Mar/16/2015 - 11:37pm

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In 2013, I entered college to become a licensed practical nurse. I chose the Grand Rapids, Mich., campus of Everest, owned by Corinthian Colleges, because it promised me a high-quality program that I could finish quickly. I was eager to get my nursing degree so I could pursue my dream of working …

Mar/16/2015 - 11:31pm

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Inside Higher Education recently released a summary of its fifth annual survey of College and University Presidents, in advance of the annual meeting of the American Council on Education, the cross-sector presidential national higher education association. Gallup Education conducted the survey with responses from public, private, nonprofit and for-profit higher education institutions.

The …

Mar/16/2015 - 11:23pm

Career College Central Summary:

It is appears as though the golden age in for-profit education companies is nearing an end. Students are starting to question the value of degrees from many institutions in this space, while the government seems poised to move more student loan debt into a position that can be wiped out in bankruptcy.

If …

Mar/15/2015 - 11:04pm

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“We are headed for a time of brutal unmasking” – The End of College, p. 249

Back in the 90’s, there was a brief flurry of interest around the demise of the “public intellectual,” who was informally understood to be the sort of person who wrote about Big Ideas in accessible language for …

Mar/15/2015 - 10:53pm

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I’ve found myself thinking about one particular classmate from my undergraduate years. We entered around the same time. He was able to graduate much sooner than I, though, mostly because his Sallie Mae loan covered enough of his college bill so that he could take a full load or more every semester …

Mar/15/2015 - 10:20pm

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Facing shrinking budgets and, in some cases, flagging enrollment, a growing number of college presidents are concerned about the future of their institutions, according to a new Inside Higher Ed report based on Gallup data.

Only 39 percent of college presidents surveyed for the report felt confident their institution’s financial model would be …

Mar/15/2015 - 10:10pm

Career College Central Summary:

For most high-school juniors, the college search is on. Many students are pouring through college guides — like the one from U.S. News & World Report — looking for schools that match their skills and aspirations.

Too often, though, these guides present an incomplete picture of the higher education experience. They tend to …

Mar/12/2015 - 11:24pm

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In a floor speech today, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said he was "troubled" that ECMC, the debt collection company that has acquired more than 50 campuses of collapsing for-profit college chain Corinthian, is "already, just weeks into owning and operating these schools, failing to live up to the promises they made to …

Mar/12/2015 - 11:19pm

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There’s a generational time-bomb ticking — and the student debt crisis is the trip wire.

Adults under 35 disproportionately bear the brunt of escalating inequality.

America’s educated youth are graduating into an economy with stagnant wages and a torn safety net. Federal and state budget cuts, meanwhile, have spiked tuition costs and cut public …

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