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Daniel Luzer
Daniel Luzer is the news editor Governing magazine. He was previously the web editor of the Washington Monthly and wrote the magazine’s higher education blog, the College Guide.

His work has appeared in Mother Jones, Pacific Standard, and the Columbia Journalism Review, among other publications.

Entries by Daniel Luzer

How a King Retires

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 12:34 PM

On June 2, 2014, Juan Carlos I, since 1975 the king of Spain, announced that he would abdicate in favor of his son, Felipe. The handover is scheduled to take place later this week.

The king is officially abdicating due to ill-health, but it comes in the face of increasing...

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The Student Loan Debt Problem: Focus on Public Colleges

(3) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Which colleges are really to blame for the $1 trillion worth of student debt America holds? It turns out it depends on which aspect of the problem you want to focus on. The worst offenders are probably for-profit colleges. The real source of America’s student debt problem, however, is the...

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The Informer: Is Edward Snowden a Traitor or Whistleblower? Maybe Both.

(23) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 11:34 AM

On June 9 the Guardian announced that Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old government contractor and former C.I.A. employee was responsible for revealing to the Washington Post and the Guardian that the National Security Agency had been collecting information about telephone calls made by millions of Americans for several months.

The reaction...

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The Social Mobility Fairytale

(34) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 5:13 PM

Much of the discussion in political circles with regard to the state of the American economy, and the benefits of policy reform, has to do with social mobility. The great goal of economic reform among progressives and even conservatives seems to be a state where Americans might be able to...

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Postal: It's Not (Really) About the Guns

(62) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 9:55 AM

On Friday morning a week ago a 20-year-old Newtown, Connecticut man murdered his mother and then drove her car to a local school, Sandy Hook Elementary. He forced his way into the building, killed 20 first graders and six adults, and then committed suicide. He did this with several guns...

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Elite College Admissions Are Unfair, Sure... We Still Shouldn't Care

(9) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 4:02 PM

A common theme in discussions about college admissions is a worry about the selectivity of elite colleges. More specifically, many critics are bothered by the fact that it appears that the bar for admissions to America’s fanciest institutions is much higher for Asian high school students than for other applicants.

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The College 'Investment'

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 12:40 PM

Is college getting unaffordable? By all reasonable takes on personal finance the answer seems obvious: yes, it is. But some scholars think we've got this all wrong and we just need to think of college prices as an "investment." Nice try.

A report recently published by the Institute for Higher...

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The Certificate Myth

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 6:00 PM

What if vocational certificates are the future of higher education?

The certificate story is the latest topic in "higher education's future" news. Maybe in the future most people won't study in college for four years at all; they'll just get some quick and inexpensive certificates that indicate their qualifications...

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The Interest Rate Debate: The Red Herring of College Costs?

(11) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 12:42 PM

In the last few weeks President Barack Obama's plan to keep the interest rate on student loans at 3.4 percent (rather than allowing them double them in July, as the law currently requires) has become an important part of the American political discussion. It provoked considerable debate in Congress and...

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The Shopping Solution for Higher Ed

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 1:57 PM

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney once again offered a display of that extra special common touch he’s got. He doesn't care how much it costs to go to college. He really just isn't interested. He thinks it's a personal issue, not a matter of public policy. This is odd because,...

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Stop Worrying About Legacy Admissions

(40) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 10:41 AM

Legacy preferences: the blight of the academic institutions of the Republic! That dammed practice of letting people in based on who their parents are. That elitism is shameful and un-American. Why are we still doing this?

So wonder many progressives, in a more or less annual rant that comes...

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SAT Scores Decline and that Doesn't Matter

(5) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 4:29 PM

According to a recent report by the College Board, the organization that owns and administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test taken by high school students, the average American SAT score is falling. The average reading score dropped three points to 497. The average writing score dropped...

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Higher Education's Technology Problem

(11) Comments | Posted April 24, 2011 | 9:08 PM

Technology offers the tempting promise that it can make education more efficient and cheaper. Be careful what you wish for. Despite rapid advances in technology, somehow college just keeps getting more expensive. At what point do families cry stop and refuse...

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The Danger of the "Practical" University

(5) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 5:45 PM

In terms of higher education, American policymakers must focus not just on educating people, but on educating people for specific jobs, so says the National Governors Association. Wow, that's shortsighted.

According to an article in Education Week:

Colleges and universities...
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A Lot of Stress, Not a Lot of Learning

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 10:45 AM

The front page of The New York Times features a story about the stress levels of American college students. College freshmen are apparently just overmedicated, tightly-wound balls of tension and fear. But then, they're also not learning anything.

This disturbing stress information comes from the...

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What's Wrong with the Anti-Bullying Bill?

(4) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 5:29 PM

In the aftermath of the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi in September, New Jersey's congressional representatives are working on a national anti-bullying bill. This is understandable and ordinarily the sort of thing for which the representatives might be...

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The Study Drug Problem

(4) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 7:49 PM

College students take a lot of drugs. Surprise, right?

Only it’s apparently not the fun drugs people worry about anymore. Now it’s the stimulants students take to study that's the big new scandal in campus life.

Oh, Ritalin. Such an important part of college...

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College Is Like Real Estate

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 5:03 PM

College, despite its rapidly escalating price, is still totally worth it, right? This is certainly true in the aggregate but when making individual financial decisions college value becomes a little more troublesome.

The hell with prices, it's always pays off, say some. According to an editorial by Barry Glassner,...

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The Triumph of Student Loans

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2010 | 5:06 PM

Student loan payments are a huge burden on many young professionals. Despite recent efforts to help reduce education debt, it’s hard for most people in the United States to remember how we got to this...

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