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Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., Editor in Chief and Director, Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation

REPORT: CLOSE TO HALF OF GRADS SAY THEIR JOBS DON’T REQUIRE A COLLEGE DEGREE

(From a report by McKinsey & Company): Voice of the graduate Everyone knows education is the path to individual and national prosperity in an era of global competition. Yet US educational attainment, once the envy of the world, has been lagging in recent years—and concerns about the value and efficacy of higher education in particular […]

Student debt flunking many first-time home buyers

(From BostonHerald.com): Student debt flunking many first-time home buyers By Kenneth R. Harney WASHINGTON — They’re not yet an endangered species, but their steadily diminishing presence has some real estate analysts worried: First-time buyers are missing in action in housing markets across the country. Traditionally first-timers have accounted for around 40 percent of purchases in […]

HEADING FOR THE STUDENT DEBT CLIFF

(From the Los Angeles Times): HEADING FOR THE STUDENT DEBT CLIFF College graduates are defaulting on their loans in record numbers. The $1.1 trillion in debt is consigning jobless borrowers to an underclass and rivals the housing bubble. June 22, 2013|By Adam B. Wolf Cable news channels regularly stoke their viewers’ fears about China holding […]

STUDY: ONE THIRD OF RECENT GRADS REGRET GOING TO COLLEGE

(From Forbes.com): Student Loan Problems: One Third of Millennials Regret Going to College By Halah Touryalai Here’s an indication of how burdensome student loans have become: About one-third of millennials say they would have been better off working, instead of going to college and paying tuition. That’s a according to a new Wells Fargo WFC +1.57% […]

BOND FUND MANAGER BILL GROSS JOINS THE COLLEGE SKEPTICS

(From CNBC.com): Bill Gross Gets the College Crisis Wrong By John Carney Bill Gross joined the chorus of college skeptics today. “A mind is a precious thing to waste, so why are millions of America’s students wasting theirs by going to college?” he writes in his latest investment letter. READ MORE HERE

STUDY: JOURNALISM HAS LOWEST ROI OF COLLEGE DEGREES

(From Bankrate.com): What is the ROI of Your College Degree? By Chris Kahn Undergraduate tuition, possible graduate degrees, and room and board all add up — especially for students taking out loans. But which degree and which jobs really pay off? See how long it would take students to pay off their student loansif they […]

HOW FEDERALLY SUBSIDIZED LOANS FUEL TUITION INFLATION

(From the College Fix): HIGHER ED BUBBLE, STUDENT LOAN CRISIS AND BIG GOVERNMENT By Christopher White As interest rates on student loans get ready to double July 1, politicians from both parties have run around this month with ideas and promises about how they plan to help us poor college students. In reality, they’re the ones […]

Multiculti U.

(From City Journal): “Multiculti U”     By Heather Mac Donald The budget-strapped University of California squanders millions on mindless diversity programs. In the summer of 2012, as the University of California reeled from one piece of bad budget news to another, a veteran political columnist sounded an alarm. Cuts in state funding were jeopardizing […]

20 Ridiculous Courses Being Offered at U.S. Universities

(From TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com): 20 Completely Ridiculous College Courses Being Offered at U.S. Universities By Michael Snyder Would you like to know what America’s young people are actually learning while they are away at college?  It isn’t pretty.  Yes, there are some very highly technical fields where students are being taught some very important skills, but for […]

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Not a week goes by without hearing more about higher education’s dilemma. Critics point to increasing tuitions and decreasing return on investment, echoing the patterns of rapid expansion and mal-investment that characterized the Subprime Crisis. Opponents of this criticism label this as nothing more than fear-mongering and politicking. A comparison of the levels of debt […]