“The average annual net price of a four-year public college, after grants and scholarships,” Webber writes, in the Summer 2018 number of Education Next, ”doubled in inflation-adjusted terms from $2,180 in 1997-98 to $4,140 in 2017-18. Including room and board, the average net price increased by $5,660 over this period to $14,940 —or nearly $60,000 for a four-year degree.”

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When The Higher-Ed Business Model Meets Economic Reality

(By William Murchison): Follow the money, goes the time-honored advice about learning why so-and-so does such-and-such. Accordingly, economics professor Douglass Webber of Temple University followed the money – specifically comparing the sums state and local government formerly poured into higher education with the government money presently flowing into it. Bad news.  That is, if you’re […]

College drops national anthem from commencement ceremony

(From TheCollegeFix.com): By Jennifer Kabbanny An elite college in Southern California did not play the national anthem during its commencement ceremony this year, breaking from an apparent tradition of playing the Star-Spangled Banner at the annual event.  CONTINUE READING HERE

The Cost of Appeasing the “Progressives” – One University’s Struggle

(By George Leef) With the evident failure of their big policy moves to transform America into a collectivist, egalitarian land (such as Obamacare, fair housing regulations, high minimum wages and so on), “progressives” have retreated into complaints about symbolism. Flags, statues, names on buildings, and the like have taken center stage in the leftist campaign […]

Profs claim Evergreen State report whitewashed campus meltdown

(From CampusReform.org):  By Adam Sabes Evergreen State College released a 38-page report on the wave of protests that engulfed campus last spring, but several professors and a former administrator say the report was manipulated to portray the school in a better light. The commission that produced the report was handpicked by college President George Bridges, and […]

To Punish Disrupters, Or Not? New Recommendations To Restore Free Speech On Campus

(From Forbes.com):  By Tom Lindsay Just how bad is the state of free speech and debate on America’s campuses? In March 2018, Gallup/Knight looked to answer this question through conducting a survey of more than 3,000 college students. The results are frightening: The survey reveals that 61 percent of American college students find that their school prevents […]

What everyone’s afraid to say about college and jobs

  (From www.foxnews.com): Interview of John Stossel: Today, all Americans are told, “Go to college!” President Obama said, “College graduation has never been more valuable.” But economist Bryan Caplan says that most people shouldn’t go.  CONTINUE READING HERE

Disruptive Innovation Proceeds Apace in Higher Ed: TEL Library Content Now Available to Learners Anytime, Anywhere

(Note from Tom Lindsay: SeeThruEdu has long argued for the need for innovation in higher education. Accordingly, we inform our readers when promising innovations surface. Enjoy): (TEL Library Press Advisory): Online Library Offers Free Lessons, Affordable Textbooks and Courses on a Wide Range of Subjects Oklahoma City, Okla. – May 8, 2018. TEL Library, a non-profit whose […]

New Report: The U.S. Student-Loan Debt Crisis Is Even Worse Than We Thought

  (From Forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay Last year, in these pages, I reported that, on January 13, 2017 (just one week before the Obama administration exited DC), the Obama Department of Education released a memorandum confessing that it had “overstated student loan repayment rates at most colleges and trade schools.” The “updated numbers” provided by the […]

The Punishment Problem

By Mark Bauerlein Why don’t administrators punish students when they disrupt lectures and classes? That question underlies what happened this month in Georgia.  Governor Nathan Deal signed into law a campus free speech bill that sets rules for all the public colleges and universities in the state.  Stanley Kurtz’s account of the action is here. […]

What can we actually do about the Fresno State University professor?  Nothing, except . . .

(By Ron Trowbridge): Most of the country is infuriated by Fresno State professor of English Randa Jarrar for celebrating the death of Barbara Bush and calling her a “racist” and “witch.”  What officially can be done about it?  Nothing. Supreme Court rulings have protected her First Amendment right to be obnoxious and hurtful.   Justice Antonin […]