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Dr. David Svaldi

Good Enough Does Not Lead to Greatness

Dr. David Svaldi | Posted April 27, 2012

I recently read a letter to the editor in a regional paper objecting to a tax increase to replace aging school buildings. The gist of the letter was that the old decaying school buildings were "good enough." While many public schools sorely need modern facilities, I am not arguing here...

The Technician

American Hashtag Society

The Technician | Posted April 27, 2012

Occupy was 2011's Word of the Year, as voted on by the American Dialect Society. Each year, the ADS nominates words for various categories, such as most creative, most unnecessary and most likely to succeed. The nominations for Word of the Year are made at their...

Dr. Reese Halter

Climate Leadership From American Colleges and Universities

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted April 27, 2012

It is peculiar that climate coverage since 2009, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a climate bill, has plummeted on the big four television networks. Especially since a recent New York Times poll found that the public has linked extreme weather to global warming. Given...

Vineet Madan

The Digital Transformation of Education: A 21st Century Imperative

Vineet Madan | Posted April 27, 2012

Over the past several years, the education debate in America has increasingly become a conversation about technology. As we've seen the benefit of having tablets and smartphones in our lives, we've started to pin to it our hopes for our nation's education system, as well. Recently this talk has reached...

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

Why We Can't Afford Our Nation's Public Education Debt

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | Posted April 27, 2012

This week, Rick Santorum shared his regret for calling President Obama a snob for saying that all young people should go to college. Santorum explained on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight that when he made this accusation about Obama back in February -- and repeatedly thereafter -- he believed...

Heath Brown

Who Will Romney Choose for Education?

Heath Brown | Posted April 27, 2012

While Team Romney plugs away on his vice presidential decision, backroom planning commences for a possible administration and presidential transition. Romney has announced two dozen foreign policy advisors, but just three for education (Nina Rees, Marty West, and Phil Handy) and only recently released an outline of his education agenda....

Pamela Yellen

Will Student Loan Default Cause the Next Recession?

Pamela Yellen | Posted April 27, 2012

Paying for College Without the Pitfalls


Student loan debt now exceeds total credit card debt in the U.S. and about 10 percent of those loans are delinquent. This has led many in the financial media to wonder if the student loan "bubble" will be the next to...

Ethan Miller

Why Subcontracting Causes More Problems Than it Solves

Ethan Miller | Posted April 27, 2012

Many, many people work at our colleges and universities in order to ensure their smooth operation. There are, of course, professors, but also operating engineers, landscapers, clerical workers, janitorial staff and food service workers. What might be surprising is the fact that many of these workers are not actually employees...

Michelle E. Goldberg

Why is This Generation Different From All Other Generations?

Michelle E. Goldberg | Posted April 27, 2012

We are a product of our history. It's why we tell our stories and share our experiences with others; because without doing so, we will surely be forgotten. But, when our history is so wretched, so painful, how can we utter it? Is there something to be said for someone...

Mirla Gonzalez

Education Reform: Language and Technology vs. STEM

Mirla Gonzalez | Posted April 27, 2012

As we get closer to the presidential election, organizations and individuals are once again appealing to officials for an education reform. Over the past few years there has been a push for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) programs. What about a push for language instruction?

Although a...

Sec. Arne Duncan

Lower Student Loan Interest Rates

Sec. Arne Duncan | Posted April 30, 2012

Fifty years ago college was a luxury. Back then, you could still graduate from high school and get a good paying job that would guarantee you a place in the middle class. Those days are gone.

A postsecondary education is the ticket to economic success in America. We know...