How Am I Supposed to Learn Anything Without a Lazy River and Wet Wall?
It’s easy to blame sheer greed for colleges raising their prices at breakneck speeds . . . but it would be wrong to conclude they’re doing it only because they’re hopelessly money-grubbing. No . . . colleges often have to furnish expensive amenities, dorms, etc., to compete for students.
The Real Cost Of College
When considering government support for American higher education as a whole, subsidies for colleges and universities are—even on a per-student basis and despite the enrollment explosion—greater than ever before.
Corinthian Should Just Be a Sideshow
The overall problems in higher ed dwarf proprietary schools, and no amount of anti-profit zealotry will change that. So let’s stop obsessing over what should be sideshows.
New Arizona State-edX MOOC: Another Blow To Traditional College
ASU-edX courses and low-cost microdegrees are a pincer movement against the traditional four-year degree. The combination of a for-credit transferable MOOC freshman year and the core classes offered by partnerships like Google and Coursera strike at the heart of the traditional university business model.
Higher education and private sector investment
Income share agreements would take the burden of college tuition repayment off of taxpayers and ask employers to invest more in the human capital they hope to find in the job market. That is certainly an improvement over Washington’s method of asking taxpayers for more money.
The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much
A major factor driving increasing costs is the constant expansion of university administration. According to the Department of Education data, administrative positions at colleges and universities grew by 60 percent between 1993 and 2009.
A Texas Solution To The Nation’s College Debt Crisis?
The push for such low-cost degrees already has moved beyond the borders of the Lone Star State.
Putting faith in people, instead of faith in the system
Washington shouldn’t decide for taxpayers that they should subsidize as many people as possible to enter college. Like Thiel, let’s allow individuals to make the best decisions for themselves.
Debt-fueled bubbles, bubbles, bubbles… first home prices, now higher education and taxi medallions
That there is a student-debt-fueled higher education bubble, not unlike the debt-fueled housing bubble, seems clear from the data and charts presented above.
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.