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

Deaned to Death

The Troubling Dean-to-Professor Ratio By John Hechinger on November 21, 2012 J. Paul Robinson, chairman of the Purdue University faculty senate, walks the halls of a 10-story tower, pointing out a row of offices for administrators. “I have no idea what these people do,” says the biomedical engineering professor. Purdue has a $313,000-a-year acting provost […]

BILL GATES ENDORSES CLA TO TEST WHETHER STUDENTS LEARN ANYTHING IN COLLEGE

(Press Release courtesy of the good folks at the Council for Aid to Education) ************************************ Contact: Chris Jackson Director of Business Development, 212.217.0845 [email protected]    BILL GATES CITES THE IMPORTANCE OF CRITICAL THINKING, PROBLEM SOLVING, COMPLEX REASONING, AND WRITING SKILLS   The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) is singled out by the Microsoft founder, and joins […]

THIS WEEK’S SIGN OF THE HIGHER-ED APOCALYSE

  This article, courtesy of the British Independent: “How sex work has replaced a bar job for students who struggle to pay bills, loans, and university fees”                        Kind of gives new meaning to “SeeThruEdu”      

SILLY HEADLINE OF THE WEEK

    Headline of recent article, courtesy of the Washington Independent: “Critics of Perry-led higher ed reform in Texas warn Florida of ramifications” As in, “Warning fellow Floridians: You are in danger of lower tuitions degrees that actually lead to jobs, and less student-loan debt.  Protect yourselves!”  

Part 8 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the eighth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Debt collectors hired by the government rarely explain the options debtors have for repayments. Those struggling to pay back their student loans do have options that can make it possible to […]

Part 7 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the seventh segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Penalties on loan defaults can be as high as 25% of the balance. The loans that many students carry are already staggeringly high, but not paying the loans can make things […]

Part 6 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the sixth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) High recovery rates have meant that less is done to prevent default. The rather intensive methods the government uses to get its money allow it to recoup 80 cents for every […]

Part 5 of “Forgive us our debts? – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the fifth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together. In 2011, the government recouped more than $2.67 billion using these methods. If you think that seizures and garnishments are uncommon, then think again. Last year, the government collected $1.65 billion […]

Part 4 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

  Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the fourth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Government debt collectors can seize almost any kind of asset. Perhaps one of the scariest aspects of government debt collection is the tools it can use to recoup debts, far […]

Part 3 of “Forgive us our debts? – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the third segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Last year, the U.S. Department of Education spent over $1.4 billion to hire collection agencies to hunt down these defaulters. Despite the fact that unemployment for new grads is at record […]