For-Profit Colleges: Felonies or Feeding Frenzy?
For-profit colleges have been feeling a lot of heat over the last few years, and likely some of it has been fueled by politicians driven as much by politics or ideology as concerns about a uniquely awful higher ed sector.
University Presidents, 2.0
From roughly 1980 to 2008, universities engaged in an academic arms race, funded by rapidly increasing tuition fees paid by students borrowing ever greater amounts from the federal government, along with more private donor and government support.
MOOCs and education around the world
Depending on whom you ask, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are either critical to the future of learning or not disruptive enough to affect long-term change in higher education.
How global online learners are redefining the classroom
Last year’s exuberance about the impact of massive open online courses has fizzled.
College Golf Courses, Water Parks, Etc.–Paid for by Taxpayers
Have you seen this quiz? The one that asks you to guess whether the thing you are looking at belongs to a college, country club, or prison?
U.S. House Bill Would Cut Higher Ed Costs, Boost Competency-Based Programs
Today two amendments proposed by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) were included in House-passed education affordability legislation,H.R. 3136, the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act of 2013.
K-12 innovation leads to options for college students
Earlier this year, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported that college graduates stand to earn more than those with just a high school diploma, with returns to the investment of earning a degree at approximately 15 percent.
Higher-Ed Tax Consumer Wages Media Blitz; Taxpayers Respond
In 2008, University of Oklahoma president David Boren endorsed Barack Obama for president. “Our most urgent task is to end the divisions in our country, to stop the political bickering, and to unite our talents and efforts,” OU’s president said at the time. “Americans of all persuasions are pleading with our political leaders to bring […]
Oklahoma Proposal Could Help Parents Save for College
Last year, I suggested that a new policy mechanism from the realm of K-12 education reform – Education Savings Accounts – could in fact give parents a head start on saving for college. Currently, Arizona is the only state with an ESA program, but Oklahoma could become the second. Two state lawmakers have introduced legislation […]
Reform the Core, Part 1: Cutting the Gordian Knot
Many universities across the country are looking hard at ways to speed more students through bachelor’s programs. For example, the University of Texas at Austin recently adopted the goal of a 70% rate for graduation in four years (up from just over 50% now) by 2016. These are worthy efforts, since they can help students […]