Textbook Prices are off the charts. Are Open Educational Resources the Answer?
A 2013 study by the Government Accountability Office revealed that the price of college textbooks rose 82 percent between 2002 and 2013, more than three times the rate of inflation. Data from the College Board put those figures into perspective: the average college student spends about $1,200 per year on books and supplies. This is […]
It’s No Wonder Students Can’t Pay Their Debts–Colleges Blur Loan Requirements
A new report by New America and uAspire concludes that financial aid award letters are often too confusing to be useful to prospective students. The report, entitled “Decoding the Cost of College: The Case for Transparent Financial Aid Award Letters” lambasted award letters for obfuscating useful information about loans. It concluded, “award letters lack consistency […]
An Army of Low-Level Administrators
In 2010, Jay P. Greene released an eye-opening report, “Administrative Bloat at American Universities: The Real Reason for High Costs in Higher Education.” He wrote: “Between 1993 and 2007, the number of full-time administrators per 100 students at America’s leading universities grew by 39 percent, while the number of employees engaged in teaching, research or […]
Yes, STEM majors earn more
We all know the conventional wisdom: STEM majors earn more than humanities and liberal arts majors. Year after year, parents and pundits exhort students to choose practical majors so they can get good jobs, pay off their student loans, and prosper in a modern economy. But how much truth is there in the conventional wisdom? […]
Reform Group Proposes Big Changes to College Athletics
College sports are ripe for reform. If adopted, the Drake Group’s proposals will go a long way to combat the increased commercialization of college athletics and put the “student” back in student-athlete.
Adult Students Are the New Normal
America’s image of college students as 18-year-olds ambling through leafy quads or attending weekend football games is woefully out of date.
How the Higher Education Act Can Support Innovation in Higher Education
A new report by the Clayton Christensen Institute alleges that American higher education, once the envy of the world, is no longer living up to its promise to students, employers, or society.
An Alternative Pathway to Employment
Many students who would be otherwise disinterested in higher education force themselves to attempt college with the hope that it will help them get a foot in the door to a good job. Now, a new company, Strive Talent, is offering some of those reluctant students an alternative path to employment.
A Crisis of Confidence? Or something more fundamental?
Only a third of students believe they will graduate with the skills and knowledge to be successful in the job market (34 percent) and in the workplace (36 percent). Just half (53 percent) believe their major will lead to a good job.