Thanks, Tom Hanks, But Here’s The Real Price of ‘Free’ Community College
Community colleges are not purely lifelines to the poor. . . . 38.8 percent of dependent students at public, two-year colleges come from the upper half of the income distribution, as do 54.3 percent of independent students.
Push-Back on APUSH
Bear in mind that the overwhelming majority of elite private liberal arts colleges today have no course American history requirement.
GMU Law School’s Founding Dean, Henry Manne, R.I.P.
One of Manne’s most insightful contributions, made in an obscure essay in the 1970s, has largely gone unnoticed, and it is profoundly important to higher education. Henry thought most of the distinction between “for profit” and “not-for-profit” education was devoid of meaning.
One More Reason College Is So Expensive
Another factor explaining students’ failure to graduate in four years has nothing to do with their intelligence or motivation, and everything to do with the failure of our colleges and universities to keep up their end of the bargain.
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.
Community College Trustee: “Free Tuition For Community College Students Is A Bad Idea”
“More than half of students entering a Texas public two-year college do not meet state college-readiness standards. . . . Of every 100 two-year students who are below the state readiness standard when they enter college, only 38 have graduated”—which would be a colossal waste of free tuition.
Expert: Most U.S. College Freshmen Read At 7th-Grade Level
Many colleges are not demanding a college level reading experience for incoming freshmen. “Nor are they sending a signal to the nation’s high schools that high school level reading is needed for college readiness.”
The Biggest Man on Campus
Make no mistake about it, if Jim Harbaugh returns Michigan to gridiron glory he — like Krzyzewski at Duke — will report to no one at the University of Michigan except himself.
Obama To Promote Little Schools That Can’t?
What is politically appealing about community colleges is that they are relatively cheap to students, and, of course, they are officially nonprofit, which means they must be pure as the driven snow. But the completion data simply don’t justify a loving embrace of these schools, and policy will only ultimately be successful if it is grounded in reality.
Lies, Damned Lies, and College Admissions–The media should stop ranking schools.
93 percent of the college-admissions officers surveyed said they believed colleges lie about key data they report, such as average SAT scores of admitted students. Why? It makes their schools appear more selective, which attracts more applicants.