This Chart Tells a Fascinating Story About Higher Education
So much has changed in a generation: who attends college, how they learn, and what their lives are like outside of the classroom. A chart produced by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation captures the complexity of the higher education landscape and why there can be no one-size-fits-all approach.
The Missing Piece in the Debate Over College Costs
Hundreds of colleges are offering programs that simply aren’t worth the expense. And while it’s difficult for families to figure out which schools are a good deal, a new report suggests the reality is: depressingly few.
You Shouldn’t Need a Consultant to Get Into College
Colleges and universities need to stand back and take a critical look at their admissions practices and ask why getting into their programs is more challenging than excelling in them.
Yes, You Have to Read It Anyway.
The canon of English literature is sexist. It is racist. It is colonialist, ableist, transphobic, and totally gross. You must read it anyway.
The Big Uneasy: What’s roiling the liberal-arts campus?
These reports flummoxed many people who had always thought of themselves as devout liberals. Wasn’t free self-expression the whole point of social progressivism? Wasn’t liberal academe a way for ideas, good and bad, to be subjected to enlightened reason?
The Real Cost of Academic Discrimination Against Conservatives
Conservatives don’t self-select out of the academy; they’re culled from it by discrimination.
Loan Forgiveness: A Superficial Solution to the Student Debt Problem
State policymakers are right to focus on student debt, which is a problem for many of North Carolina’s college graduates, not just those in teaching and legal professions. But a focus on the front-end of the problem, rising college costs, makes more sense.
Imagining a New Future for the Small Liberal Arts College
Reflecting on where the country and the college community find themselves, it seems to me that a truly visionary small college could aggressively control costs by developing an academic niche that would be highly attractive to students, provide a benefit to society as a whole, and help to ensure the future of the college itself.
The Student Debt Crisis at State Community Colleges
Policymakers tend to focus on stories of scary-high debt, such as a graduate student who owes six figures. But students who owe much less are more likely to default.
An Interview With Harvard’s Harvey Mansfield
“…students doubt that there really is anything fundamentally that they need to learn. And they look at themselves and say, if I don’t need to learn anything fundamentally, my attitudes deserve to remain as they are right now. And I’ll defend those attitudes, and defend them by feeling offended, rather than reconsider…”