In seeking to block Obama's "gainful employment" rule, which would penalize career colleges that consistently leave their students worse off than they started, the industry's arguments have been as misleading as their tactics have been unscrupulous.
Dear Sallie Mae, I would like to thank you for lending me a massive amount of money so that I could get a higher education. I wouldn't trade my time ...
Students around the country have families who have been evicted from homes; parents who have used their retirement accounts to pay the mortgage until it ran dry; rent and student loan payments that leave them with less than 50 dollars a month with which to buy food.
Is college tuition going up to compensate for state cuts? Or do plentiful student loans encourage states to cut aid and colleges to raise tuitions?
Personal networks will replace corporate hierarchies and recruiters, so invest in friends and fans. Treat your relationships as long-term investments .
If we were to measure the real wealth of our society -- our health and well-being, the health of the natural world, our level of education, etc. -- we would see that inequality itself is reducing our nation's well being, and the power of big corporations is allowing the degradation of our communities and environment.
While a good college education is certainly one gift most parents want to bestow on their children, the financial responsibility shouldn't all fall on the parents' shoulders.
College and universities must adapt what they teach to how students have learned as they enter the classroom, blend technology with traditional pedagogy and differentiate their programs, teaching methods and clinical experiences to survive in a highly competitive market.
When most people think of gifting the younger people in their lives possible gift ideas that come to mind are the usual electronic or clothing items available, but while these items may fulfill are impulsive desires it's not what we really want.
How do you pay off student loans when you need to manage other debts, fund your retirement and save for the future cost of your children's education? It starts with knowledge and a plan.
As the song, "It Sucks to Be Me," from Avenue Q puts it, "four years of college and plenty of knowledge have earned me this useless degree. I can't pay the bills yet `cause I have no skills yet."
Should students be borrowing more, not less? It's a relevant question for minorities in particular, since they are hit harder by crushing loans. Students of color are more likely to take on more student loan debt and graduate with more debt as well.
With college tuition and debt at an all-time high, it is becoming harder and harder for even the most motivated of graduates to stomach making so little at otherwise respectable jobs.
As I scan today's landscape of challenges and opportunities for higher education, I find it helpful to think in a "3D" way as well, though the dimensions I focus on are: Demographics, Debt, and Digital Learning.
My real concern is with the plan's proposal to create a new college rating system and to tie student aid to it. I have no problem with my institution being rated or with a new rating system in general, but who will create this system? Higher education experts? Or politicians?
America cannot afford to return to the days when only the scions of the wealthiest could attend college. The nation is most prosperous when prosperity is most shared.