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A Self-Directed Approach: UnCollege

Dale Stephens | Posted 03.28.2013 | College
Dale Stephens

Do high school seniors really consider other options? Do they even know alternatives exist -- alternatives that could put them far ahead of their peers both in the quality of their education and competitiveness in the job market?

Why the College Search Process Is Broken

Frank Palmasani | Posted 03.26.2013 | College
Frank Palmasani

By designating price as a key criterion at the earliest stages of the college search process, families can avoid taking on excessive debt to pay for college. It's simple. It's sensible. And it's not at all the way it's done now.

A Broader Perspective on Student Woes

Dennis D. Berkey | Posted 03.24.2013 | College
Dennis D. Berkey

More attention needs to be paid in high school to the requirements for success in both the workplace and higher education. Graduating with a full curriculum of math, science, and English is as important to landing a "decent" job in today's workplaces as in gaining college admission.

How Many Types of Law School Are There?

Jay Conison | Posted 03.24.2013 | College
Jay Conison

Accredited law schools today are guided by a standard model. This model is not required by the accreditation standards. Rather, it is an unwritten set of characteristics widely viewed as the ideal for legal education.

Colleges Spend WAY More On Athletes Than Students

Posted 01.16.2013 | College

A new report from the Delta Cost Project, which tracks academic and athletic spending, has found that public universities from the six most powerful N...

WATCH: The Onion Takes On UM

Posted 01.11.2013 | Miami

UUUUUU...oh. The Onion poked fun at the often debt-loading cost of higher ed at the University of Miami this week with the news story "Man Has Ala...

Who Cares?

Dan Butin | Posted 03.09.2013 | College
Dan Butin

It is our job as teachers to create those learning moments that help us make sense of complex realities, that clarify without oversimplifying, that disturb our assumptions and force us to think through new ones.

Not The Worst Value Public Colleges (Corrected)

Posted 01.02.2013 | College

Editor's Note: A previously published article, based on Kiplinger's list of the "100 Best Value Colleges," misrepresented the last 10 colleges on that...

Should You Even Try to Save for College?

Dr. Bonnie Snyder | Posted 02.19.2013 | College
Dr. Bonnie Snyder

If you haven't accomplished the earlier savings priorities, such as setting aside a rainy day fund or funding your retirement account, then stop beating yourself up over your lack of college savings. You're not there, yet.

Are Construction Costs Driving Up College Tuition?

Felix Salmon | Posted 02.16.2013 | College

Andrew Martin has a very long, and not particularly illuminating, article about college indebtedness in today's NYT. The title of the piece is "Colleg...

Florida Governor Pushes For $10,000 Bachelor's Degrees | Posted 01.28.2013 | College

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday issued a challenge to community colleges statewide: Create bachelor's degree programs that cost students $10,000 or less. ...

Living Wages and College Campuses

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 01.18.2013 | College
Pablo Eisenberg

Until public officials, administrators, faculty members, students and the general public are sufficiently aroused to demand major changes it is unlikely that we will see a major transformation in the way our colleges are run.

Looking Beyond the Business of Higher Education, It's the Differences That Make a College Special

Dr. William J. Carroll | Posted 01.17.2013 | College
Dr. William J. Carroll

Overnight, it seems, our institutions of higher learning have become more akin to businesses selling goods and services than to that idyllic picture of times past contained in our memory. In addition to competition, other forces have been at work within our institutions.

Talkin' Bout a Textbook Revolution

Bethany Sales | Posted 01.16.2013 | Books
Bethany Sales

Textbook publishing is a sector of the industry unlike any other. New editions are published frequently, though in some cases the textbook has not been substantially edited to warrant a new release.

Student Loans: The Haunting Reality

Kara King | Posted 01.12.2013 | Teen
Kara King

Student loans will mean that I will have to put off that trip to Europe, give up my dream apartment and be struggling financially for a while. I will be sacrificing a part of my future happiness for education.

Open Access and the Duty of Higher Education

Trent M. Kays | Posted 01.09.2013 | College
Trent M. Kays

There simply is no supportable argument to not make academic publications open access. It is simple and easy to do, and it requires minimal effort.

Expanding Access to College -- And Jobs -- For America's Youth

Emilio Alonso-Mendoza | Posted 01.08.2013 | Education
Emilio Alonso-Mendoza

It's time to put education first and ensure that we are doing everything in our power to once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. Our economic competiveness depends on it.

When It Comes to College, the Rich Get Richer

Dr. Bonnie Snyder | Posted 12.31.2012 | College
Dr. Bonnie Snyder

So much for fair-minded visions of colleges and universities as elevated bastions of fairness, equity, and leveling of the playing field. Instead, colleges are now freely admitting the open secret that they tip the odds and open the door wider to welcome the well heeled.

College Tuition Rises As Financial Aid For Students Stalls

Posted 10.24.2012 | Education

While tuition at public and private colleges alike continues to rise, total grant aid for students stalled in 2011-12, according to two recent reports...

How Young Voters REALLY Feel About The Election

Posted 10.23.2012 | Teen

The 2008 presidential election saw a dramatic increase in voter turnout among young people, who came out in droves, the majority of whom supported the...

Why Privatization Won't Solve the Student Loan Crisis | Posted 12.23.2012 | College

What separates Democrats and Republicans on the matter of the student debt crisis is a chicken or egg debate about low-cost, lightly credit-underwritten government financing and grant-giving, and the unsustainably high tuition prices charged by the schools.

Courses, Disaggregation, and the Cost of Legal Education

Jay Conison | Posted 12.19.2012 | College
Jay Conison

Law schools already disaggregate courses; they just do not do it systematically or with the aim of improving a component or reducing its cost.

Net Price Calculators Are Hard To Find, Compare On College Websites

| Posted 12.16.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Community College Spotlight blog. Net price calculators - required on nearly all college ...

The New College Timeline

Frank Palmasani | Posted 11.26.2012 | College
Frank Palmasani

After 2008, I realized that if we really wanted to help families and end this cycle of college debt, this system had to change.

My $60,000 Ivy League Degree Was Just a Pyramid Scheme

Lilly O'Donnell | Posted 11.17.2012 | College
Lilly O'Donnell

Now it's two months after graduation. I have an Ivy League master's degree, but I certainly don't feel $60,000 smarter. In fact, I feel a bit like I've snapped out of the piper's trance, only after stepping off the cliff.