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Resolving Higher Education's Challenges

Jonathan M. Brand | Posted 04.28.2014 | College
Jonathan M. Brand

However valid aspects of some of these criticisms may be, they do not speak to the reality of a vast majority of colleges and universities that are doing a lot to meet the needs of their students.

An Investment Worth Making

Janet Riggs | Posted 04.08.2014 | College
Janet Riggs

I count myself among the fortunate few to have received a liberal arts education. Like many 18 year olds, I went to college unsure of my career path...

How For-Profit Institutions Peddle College to the Poor

Regina Deil-Amen | Posted 03.26.2014 | Education
Regina Deil-Amen

Why would low-income students pay four or five times more for an education they could receive around the corner at their local community college? And why would they accumulate large amounts of debt to do it, foregoing the ability to later transfer their credits?

Let's Consider Complex Realities That Students Face When Rating Colleges

Dr. Charles R. Middleton | Posted 03.23.2014 | College
Dr. Charles R. Middleton

I fully expect the educational results for the 2008 cohorts to be a mirror of the financial trauma they and our nation experienced and that many of our most vulnerable citizens still know all too well today.

It's the Principal, Stupid

Bob Hildreth | Posted 03.04.2014 | College
Bob Hildreth

Congress brought out their knives and spears this year to fight over the interest rates you have to pay on your college loans. Those in favor of lower rates said they were coming to your rescue. Forget it. You are still sinking. "It's the principal, stupid!"

Higher Education: Working Together to Imagine the Possible

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

As we gaze into the future, the direction of higher education is likely to be more about the whole produced by the sum of its parts. No one type of learning will predominate. It is likely, however, that higher education will move toward a blended platform.

Are Elite Colleges Worth the Price Tag?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

When choosing a college, remember that tuition cost shouldn't be the only way to calculate the value of your degree -- investing in schools with better internships, contacts or special programs can help you continue to build wealth years after you graduate.

It's Time to Call the Question

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

If higher education is to save itself, it must do so by rethinking these questions. Why are we here? How can we empower our faculty to do well and fulfill our mission?

The Infrastructure Imperative: How Investing in Campus Technology Infrastructure Increases Access and Improves Learning for Students

Sean Devine | Posted 12.11.2013 | College
Sean Devine

If you take a peek inside a college students' backpack, in many cases you will find that smartphones, tablets, portable computers and e-readers have long since replaced more traditional essentials such as notebooks, pencils and textbooks.

Are College Costs at a Tipping Point or Balancing Point?

Jodi Okun | Posted 11.27.2013 | College
Jodi Okun

Because the question of cost as it relates to each family's situation can be different in each individual case, families can start planning as early as the student's junior year of high school, but at the latest by the summer before the senior year.

Students Are Starting The Job Hunt Earlier Than Ever

Posted 09.09.2013 | College

A tough economy and continually dwindling job prospects -- especially in creative fields -- means many college students are developing a laser-like fo...

Social Mission Should Be Part of College Ranking Equation

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Over Labor Day Weekend nearly 300,000 college and university students descended on Boston to begin another academic year, bringing with them energy, v...

A New Vision for Affordable and Quality Higher Education Requires Leadership, Collaboration

Nancy L. Zimpher | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
Nancy L. Zimpher

President Obama just did American students, educators, and businesses a favor. He made access to an affordable college education a national priority, and for that historic focus he deserves great credit.

Tyler Kingkade

Most Americans Say They Can't Afford Public College | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.27.2013 | College

A majority of Americans believe the cost of a college education at a state university is unaffordable, but aren't sure they would prefer a radical new...

Federal Regulation to Reduce College Costs: The Big Lie

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.25.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

President Obama's populist rhetoric bashing colleges on cost and accountability was surely a crowd-pleaser; and there's just enough truth in his criticism to make his plan seem, at the very least, important if not brilliant. But the plan masks a big lie. Actually, several big lies.

President Sees an Obamacare Solution to Higher Ed's Problems

Jeff Selingo | Posted 10.22.2013 | College
Jeff Selingo

Higher ed, welcome to Obamacare. It's the same problem Obama confronted with health care in 2009: Spending more just leads to higher prices and not necessarily better outcomes.

Parents: No Blank Check For Your New College Frosh

Neale Godfrey | Posted 10.07.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

Going off to college is one of the rites of adulthood. The cost of higher education is monumental, but worth it. I always teach that the world around us is a classroom. Your kids will be getting their formal education, but they will also be learning real-life lessons that will last a lifetime.

Return on Investment and Why It Matters for Higher Education

Chris Maples | Posted 09.20.2013 | College
Chris Maples

Return on investment is more important to students and families when it comes to deciding what college to attend for an undergraduate degree than it has been in many years.

Parents, It's Time to Have 'The (Money) Talk' With Your Student

Jodi Okun | Posted 08.27.2013 | Parents
Jodi Okun

Some children dream about the school they want to attend or the career they want to pursue for years. Most parents don't want to introduce the harsh reality of money into dreams like that. It's not easy, but it's better to sit down now and face facts.

Saving for College: What Is a 529 Plan and How Can It Help You?

Tim Chen | Posted 08.21.2013 | College
Tim Chen

Finding the right college savings plan takes some research and simply putting money into a savings account may not help you reach your goal in time. There are several options available.

LOOK: This Chart Will Freak Out Every Mom And Dad In America

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business

Over the past three decades, the inflation-adjusted income of the median American family has basically remained stagnant. The same can’t be said of ...

Moral Bankruptcy on Student Loans

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.09.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

Congress should be ashamed of itself for imposing more barriers to college access and completion because of its perverse inability to make any good decisions these days.

Parents and Students Get a Reality Check for College Costs

Jodi Okun | Posted 07.23.2013 | College
Jodi Okun

It's about time parents and students took a hard look at the reality of college costs. While college is still considered to be a good investment, it should not be a decision that is made lightly.

College Debt Has a Female Face

Martha Burk | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

Maybe it's time for a '60s-style student uprising -- but this time instead of occupying college hallways, they ought to occupy the halls of a Congress that favors big banks over struggling students.

College Is Pricey and Irrelevant. Really?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.17.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

The college experience can't be fully be realized if the only way students meet is through a screen, or rushing to get credentialed to be a better worker. College is more than learning a trade; it's also about learning to be a better person.