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Laura Newland


What the Guidebooks Won't Tell You About College Life

Laura Newland | Posted July 23, 2012

At a time when students are working harder than ever to gain admission to college -- and paying more than ever to attend -- it's comforting to think of universities as bastions of academic inquiry, where students debate grand ideas and discover how they can best serve society. But the...

Eli Capilouto


Higher Education, Housing and Disruptive Innovation

Eli Capilouto | Posted July 23, 2012

Harvard Business Professor Clayton Christensen has for years helped private enterprise understand how new technologies and innovations are transforming the marketplace.

Long established businesses considered mainstays can quickly become irrelevant or vanish all together if they don't adapt and become more flexible and more nimble as technology and customers change.

Terry Connelly


To Rein-in Student Loan Debt, Rein-in For-Profit Colleges

Terry Connelly | Posted July 23, 2012

There is a new bubble on the economic horizon -- the $1 trillion (and counting) student loan explosion. The aggregate amount of student debt now exceeds total U.S. credit card indebtedness.

Many current students are underwater and 45 percent of those who are...

Amanda Slavin


Investing in Potential: Don't Walk Backwards Into Your Future

Amanda Slavin | Posted July 23, 2012

As a New Yorker, I go to the same five places every week. I have my deli where I get my coffee every morning, my brunch place I go every weekend, my spot for drinks I go to meet friends, my favorite dinner spot, and my favorite place to go...

Torres Hughes


One in Six Million: My Story from the Edge of 'Disconnection"

Torres Hughes | Posted July 23, 2012

My name is Torres Hughes and I am a 17-year-old senior at Austin Polytechnical Academy (APA). I know about new research showing that there are 6.7 million "disconnected youth" in the U.S. -- young people ages 16 to 24 who are not in school and are not working....

Lisa Dandeo


The Shoes of Lynn's 2012 Commencement

Lisa Dandeo | Posted July 23, 2012

We say All Styles Are Welcome at Lynn University, and we encourage students to express themselves through their own personal style. As coordinator of the Fashion Management program, I am always encouraging students to explore their sense of style as part of their studies. You'd think this philosophy of self-expression...

Josh A. Goodman


My Lesson From College: Hard Work and Privilege Aren't Mutually Exclusive

Josh A. Goodman | Posted July 23, 2012

I graduated from college last Sunday, and on the ride home later that day (mind you, for a quick visit, not an indefinite stay), my parents asked me: "What was the most important thing you learned about in college?" My answer: privilege, how I have it and my responsibility to...

Fundacion MEPI


The Youth Vote -- Mexican Politicians Fail to Inspire in 2012

Fundacion MEPI | Posted July 23, 2012

When it comes to getting the attention of the youth, Mexican politicians just don't get it.

In 2000, voters under 30 helped end the seven decade long reign of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI -- and brought the National Action Party (PAN) and Vicente Fox to power. In...

Craig Werner


The Rising and the Children of 9/11

Craig Werner | Posted July 23, 2012

Written by Brian Moran

For us 9/11 kids, there's something that sticks out about The Rising as an album from the first note of "Lonesome Day."

They say that the political events of your childhood/adolescent days define your political views for the rest of your life. And as 3rd...

Keith Weigelt


Journeys With a Daoist in the Business World

Keith Weigelt | Posted July 23, 2012

I am a strategist in the Daoist tradition. One tenet of Daoism is that individuals are responsible for their reality. We all have the power to change our reality because of what game theorists call interactive payoffs. When you interact with others, the consequence of your decision depends on the...

Yolanda Flores Niemann and Eric D. Packenham


How Utah Aims to Equalize the Academic Disparity Between Have's and Have-not's

Yolanda Flores Niemann and Eric D. Packenham | Posted July 23, 2012

Americans take great pride in the promise reflected in our Declaration of Independence -- the equal right to the pursuit of happiness for all persons. And we would rather not talk about the impact of socioeconomic status on our paths to happiness and success. But make no mistake: The impact...

Lisa Bloom


The Most Honest Commencement Speech You'll Never Hear

Lisa Bloom | Posted July 23, 2012

Graduation season is upon us, and with it all the speeches about shooting for the moon, going for the gold, nothing is impossible, yada yada. I myself have delivered three such college commencement addresses in recent years.

But as I've spent the last year crunching the numbers and talking...

Gail A. Hornstein


The Case of Norway's Anders Behring Breivik: Where Lies Madness?

Gail A. Hornstein | Posted July 23, 2012

The inability of psychiatrists to agree on how to define categories of mental disorder has long been a subject of public concern, especially as a greater percentage of the population ends up diagnosed in one way or another. Current estimates are that one quarter of those in the U.S. will...

Craig Werner


Reflections on Tragedy, Mourning and The Rising

Craig Werner | Posted July 23, 2012

Written by Gina Conti

I've become a product of the classes I've taken over the past year at Madison. I guess that's the point of a good education; it really is an out-of-the-classroom thing. A year ago today, I probably wouldn't have foreseen my class schedule as one that included...

Lars Walton


Tuition Is Just the Headline

Lars Walton | Posted July 23, 2012

Possible tuition increases at the University of California have begun to fill the headlines of newspapers around California. And, as the UC Regents consider yet another tuition increase, the lead stories tend to focus on the single metric of tuition. Please don't get me wrong, the sharp rise in the...

Joel Shatzky


Educating for Democracy: How "High" is Higher Education?

Joel Shatzky | Posted July 23, 2012

In a recent program on 60 Minutes, Peter Thiel, self-made billionaire and founder of Pay Pal, claimed that for most students college was a waste of time and money. He paid 24 students with promising ideas for entrepreneurial ventures $100,000 each not to go to college. Although I...

Ilana Ross


Today I'm Wondering, Why Didn't I Invent Facebook?

Ilana Ross | Posted July 23, 2012

The voice that spoke to me from my mirror this morning was a little critical: "You look homeless in that hair!" "Did you pull that sweater out of the donations bin at the Goodwill? Or directly off a homeless person? You are so selfish sometimes! Blah, blah blah, we should...

Small Kitchen College


How to Photograph Food Without a Fancy Camera

Small Kitchen College | Posted July 23, 2012

Photo Credit: Small Kitchen College

How do I love food blogging? Let me count the ways. You have the pleasure of experimenting with new recipes, writing about your adventures in the kitchen and, of course, eating the masterpieces you have created. But what...

Elisa Stephens


The Value of a College Degree in the Innovation Economy

Elisa Stephens | Posted July 23, 2012

If you haven't noticed, the tech sector is on fire. Venture funding has led to new rounds of hiring in California, while startups are maturing into established companies, with many eyeing IPOs.

Some of today's successful tech industry executives have taken unorthodox paths to becoming tech...

Richard C. Levin


Taking Responsibility

Richard C. Levin | Posted July 23, 2012

The following post is adapted from Richard C. Levin's Yale Baccalaureate Address, delivered May 19-20, 2012.

I imagine you are finding it difficult to believe that your time here has come to an end. Let me tell you from experience: your memories of Yale College, and the lessons...