The Missing Piece in the Debate Over College Costs
Hundreds of colleges are offering programs that simply aren’t worth the expense. And while it’s difficult for families to figure out which schools are a good deal, a new report suggests the reality is: depressingly few.
You Shouldn’t Need a Consultant to Get Into College
Colleges and universities need to stand back and take a critical look at their admissions practices and ask why getting into their programs is more challenging than excelling in them.
Imagining a New Future for the Small Liberal Arts College
Reflecting on where the country and the college community find themselves, it seems to me that a truly visionary small college could aggressively control costs by developing an academic niche that would be highly attractive to students, provide a benefit to society as a whole, and help to ensure the future of the college itself.
Higher Ed Group To Taxpayers: You’re Selfish And Should Give Us Still More Of Your Paychecks
Will the state-funding-cuts myth continue to carry the day, simultaneously browbeating allegedly “stingy” state legislators and hornswoggling the cash-strapped taxpayers these legislators represent?
A Conflict of Interest
The academics may assert that we need more anthropologists, but nobody else agrees. This is, in fact, a significant problem is higher education. It amounts to a conflict of interest. We have several departments attracting students to their programs, and the post-graduate job market doesn’t correspond.
Luxurious College Apartments, Built on Debt
It is one thing to say that we need a more affordable student-loan program so that people can pay for things like tuition, books, food, basic housing. It should not be so generous that students’ lifestyle in college far exceeds what they’ll be able to afford after graduation.
The Federal Leviathan Is Crushing Colleges and Universities
Federal, state, and local higher education laws seem to multiply by the hour. Schools devote millions of dollars and valuable resources to comply with those rules—many of which confuse and do little to improve student outcomes.
Teacher unions confuse the minimum wage debate
Taxpayers and lawmakers should recognize the problems barreling in their direction from the overlap of the minimum wage and public sector unions. If public sector teacher unions want a higher minimum wage, this can only result in taxpayers paying for such an increase.
A Small Nonprofit’s Big Remedy for the Plagues of Today’s College Students—Debt and Dropout
Debt and dropout rates are the twin plagues of today’s college students, both in Texas and across the nation. A small nonprofit in Austin has developed what they see as a vaccine for these modern plagues.
Free College Tuition Can’t Solve Higher Education’s Biggest Problem
The major problem is not the control of the growth of tuition. This is neither the primary barrier to student access to higher education, nor to success once they get there. That primary barrier is student postsecondary readiness.