Why Does the New York Times Keep Cheerleading for the College Agenda?
Federal subsidies for college have simultaneously lowered educational quality and increased the number of Americans who have college credentials but little useful knowledge or skill.
We Can “Preserve” Higher Education Without Wasting Money
We went past the point of diminishing returns in public higher education long ago. More spending does not increase benefits from it, but diverts resources better employed elsewhere.
Sociology Prof: “Don’t Study Economics – It Makes You a Bad Person!”
Because economics discourages the drawing of conclusions based on emotion and emphasizes the need to fully consider the results of action — the opportunity costs and the unintended consequences — it makes the student less inclined to fall head over heels for leftist panaceas such as the minimum wage, “free” medical care, and so forth.
Death Spiral or Not, Law Schools Won’t Change
“Law schools are run by the faculty for the faculty,” she says. Quite so. And legal scholarship – all those law review articles that professors slave over, leaving them little time for students? She writes, “The value of legal scholarship, which is rarely read, has its skeptics, among them Chief Justice John Roberts.”
Using Humor to Enlighten Americans about the Higher-Ed Bubble
It is starting to dawn on people that the cost of college is far out of line with any educational or financial benefits. That has the higher education establishment very worried. Even with the political efforts intended to keep the bubble inflated, more and more people are thinking about alternatives to the typical college degree.
Ideologues Throw a Tantrum over UNC Poverty Center
If my hypothetical center or anything like it ever existed, leftists would insist that it be closed. I would too. Universities should be places for academic work, not the propagation of political ideologies.
Two Economists Try Teaching Obama a Logic Lesson About “Free” Community College
“Although getting an associate degree or some college education at a community college may benefit any one person, in the aggregate a policy that increases the supply of people with associate degrees can backfire unless it has been designed to fill an existing excess demand.”
Why College Textbooks Cost So Much
“During the past 30 years, there has been an explosion of student-loan debt. Students rarely pay for books out of pocket and instead roll it into their financial aid-package. So a $250 textbook is now being paid back over decades.”
Is it disastrous for states to decrease their college subsidies?
After careful analysis, Vedder concluded that there was a small negative correlation between state spending on higher education and economic growth. So it’s entirely reasonable to spend less on colleges to free up money for more beneficial uses.
Waking America Up to the Student Debt Bomb
Administration policy encourages graduates to hunt for non-profit, public interest jobs that qualify them for loan forgiveness after only ten years. The country emphatically does not need to tilt the playing field still more against working in the for-profit sector.