Tag Archives: Higher Education

States’ decision to reduce support for higher education comes at a cost

As we enter the third decade of the new millennium, rather than use higher education as a balance wheel in the state budget, lawmakers working with college officials need to develop a new model of public higher education. It’s college rankings season, and if you look at the top of the listings from U.S. News & […]
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The Free-College Movement in America Is Dying

A flurry of state and local programs to cover students’ tuition and attention by top politicians made a national program seem possible. Then Trump won. Classrooms full of crying students. That’s how the scene is often described. In November 2005, at Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan, every classroom was full of teary-eyed students—jubilant, but teary-eyed. […]
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Why Is College in America So Expensive?

The outrageous price of a U.S. degree is unique in the world. Before the automobile, before the Statue of Liberty, before the vast majority of contemporary colleges existed, the rising cost of higher education was shocking the American conscience: “Gentlemen have to pay for their sons in one year more than they spent themselves in […]
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The university where student loans can pay for tuition, books — and a virtual reality headset

Arizona State University biology students will start doing labs using virtual reality this semester. School officials claim the university is the first school in the nation to incorporate the technology into a biology course. At most universities, student loan money helps to pay for tuition, room and board, and textbooks. This semester, biology students at […]
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College students say they want a degree for a job. Are they getting what they want?

A poll found that two-thirds of 14- to 23-year-old students want a degree to provide financial security. Colleges have been slow to react to this shift in the mind-set. College is increasingly seen by high school students as a means to an end: getting a job. Since the Great Recession, surveys of teenagers — and the […]
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Colleges increase focus on mental health

Transition from home to adulthood is stressful. With the start of college begins a period of transition. Students must learn how to prioritize their responsibilities, manage their time and care for themselves on their own. Such changes can be enormously stressful. “In terms of the college population in particular, we know that transition to adulthood […]
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Chicas: Washington County After School Program – OPB’s think Out Loud

The Chicas program, run by Adelante Mujeres in Washington County, provides after-school programs and mentorship for Latina students from elementary school to high school. One hundred percent of the high school seniors in the program have graduated high school and gone on to college in the past five years. We talk with Ilse Vazquez, a […]
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New U.S. Sexual Misconduct Rules Bolster Rights of Accused and Protect Colleges

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is preparing new policies on campus sexual misconduct that would bolster the rights of students accused of assault, harassment or rape, reduce liability for institutions of higher education and encourage schools to provide more support for victims.

How Betsy DeVos could trigger another financial meltdown

For-profit colleges need more oversight, not less. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos once compared opponents of market-based education reforms to “flat-earthers” — suggesting they tend to ignore evidence. When it comes to her market-based vision for deregulating education, especially higher education, it is DeVos who appears to be guilty of ignoring historical evidence. Source: How Betsy DeVos […]
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The financial problem that just won’t die

Why is college loan debt continuing to balloon in the U.S. even as the economy strengthens? For millions of Americans, solid economic growth and low unemployment hasn’t cured a festering financial problem: skyrocketing student loans. College debt has hit a new milestone, surpassing $1.5 trillion for the first time. At the same time, experts are […]
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