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A Bachelor's Degree as an Umbrella: A College or University Degree Is Worth the Cost

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 08.14.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

While it appears that the recent graduates on their parents' couch are an exception and not the rule, finding a first job appears to be a greater challenge today as the economy struggles to recover millions of lost jobs and absorb several million more workers.

A Mind That Travels

Write for the Future | Posted 07.31.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Lynnette A. Dent The bullet pierced my chest. I fell and struggled for life in an Iraqi desert. Blinding sand flew everywhere as soldiers kicked t...

Memoirs of a Mentor: A Call for Black Men in College to Come Back to School

Oladoyin Oladeru | Posted 06.08.2013 | Impact
Oladoyin Oladeru

I am walking proof that we can make a significant impact on the black youth in our communities. Through CGI U 2013, I am advancing the kind of mentorship that will ultimately save black men's lives.

Why Your College Degree Has More Value Than You Think

Brazen Life | Posted 06.02.2013 | College
Brazen Life

We often overlook other benefits to higher education: quality of life improvements that deserve to be brought into focus, whether you're on the fence about going back to school or are just having a hard time appreciating the degree you already have.

Bob McDonnell: Yes, He Has a Future

Eli Lehrer | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is exactly the sort of candidate -- an appealing, conservative pragmatist who knows how to govern -- that the Republican Party needs if it wants to win elections.

Public Schools Need to Promote College Persistence

Yasmin Bhatia | Posted 06.24.2013 | College
Yasmin Bhatia

Providing this level of assistance is admittedly expensive, but in my experience, there are many corporate and private partners ready to help. We just have to make the case.

Are You Sure College Is Really Worth All The Time and Money?

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 05.04.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

There are proponents on either side who either say: 1) college costs too much and students don't really get that much out of it anyway, or 2) if young people want to get ahead in life, a college degree is essential. I am inclined to follow the latter dictum.

College Education Cost: The Risks Ahead

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 05.04.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

The Department of Education raises legitimate concerns about sticker price. The American public needs to be better educated about what this means for them. Higher education leadership must be prepared to address consumer concerns.

Countdown: Top 10 Education Issues I'm Following in 2013

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

There is no shortage of opportunities to attend conferences, read blogs, review new research or just visit schools to see what is working in education and to also get reminded of what is not working well.

Why You Should Save for College

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 04.23.2013 | Parents
Sharon Greenthal

Encourage your children to go to college. If you can, save a little -- or a lot -- to help them with the financial burden that being a student brings. Make sure they know that you value a college degree from early on.

Nurturing the Human Spirit: Balancing Education, Career, and Love of Music

Students Rising Above | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Students Rising Above

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Alcohol and poverty tore my family apart. In the midst of the chaos, my dreams of pursuing an education seemed unrealistic. I didn't know how I would succeed because I had never seen anyone close to me do it.

Financial Aid for the Savvy Consumer

Mary Johnson | Posted 04.16.2013 | College
Mary Johnson

Most families tend to overestimate college costs, and with a little preparation and persistence you and your child will find a school that's within your financial reach. Here are some tips for getting started.

What Good Is College?

Michael Benson | Posted 04.15.2013 | College
Michael Benson

There is nothing in the world like the American system of postsecondary education. These remarkable institutions need to be celebrated, supported, and nurtured if our country and our economy have hope of viability in the future.

A College Education Is About More Than a First Job

Hunter R. Rawlings III | Posted 04.02.2013 | College
Hunter R. Rawlings III

In tough economic times, with pressure mounting to prove that college is "worth it," we need to remember that the fundamental value of a college degree lies in planting the seeds of lifelong learning.

Super Bowl Tips for College Admission

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | College
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

As Super Bowl XLVII approaches, it's the perfect time to consider some strategies from the NFL playbook that might help turn the college-bound journey into a positive one.

The Sound and Fury of the Right-Wing Echo Chamber (Ranting at an Empty Chair)

Matt Jordan | Posted 03.30.2013 | Media
Matt Jordan

The right-wing echo chamber needs scapegoats dressed up in ready-made cliches to function effectively. And it hit me: I had become an empty chair for angry men to rant at.

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?

SUNY Roadmap a Model for Collective Education

Nancy L. Zimpher | Posted 03.18.2013 | College
Nancy L. Zimpher

As a lifelong educator and current chancellor of the country's largest system of public higher education, I know a thing or two about whether a college degree is "worth it" given the cost and time commitments associated with getting one in today's struggling economy.

I Want To Pay Higher Taxes

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 03.10.2013 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

As a retired minister, I am not wealthy, but I pastored a large church and earned more than I needed. My job is to find the best ways to give away what I do not need, and to need less rather than more. It's a challenge, I must admit -- I live all too well.

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.

Saying Yes to College

Linda Katehi | Posted 03.07.2013 | College
Linda Katehi

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg became famous after walking away from college. I needed my college education to discover how to walk toward what was possible in life.

The Future of Higher Education: Rose Bowl or Ethics Bowl

Seamus Carey, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2013 | College
Seamus Carey, Ph.D.

It cost a total of $3,600 to host the Ethics Bowl, but the substance of what took place was priceless. The intellectual and emotional engagement of these students was emblematic of what is possible and most valuable in a college education.

College Is False Promise For Many Poor Students

The New York Times | Posted 02.21.2013 | Education

Angelica Gonzales marched through high school in Goth armor -- black boots, chains and cargo pants -- but undermined her pose of alienation with a pla...

Education for Humility

Sandra Greer | Posted 02.16.2013 | College
Sandra Greer

In higher education there is an ongoing conversation to determine, "what is a liberal arts education?" and "what are the outcomes of a liberal arts education?"

Improving College Affordability: The Ball Is in the States' Courts

Elsa Nunez | Posted 01.12.2013 | Education
Elsa Nunez

The excitement that typically surrounds college acceptance letters coming into households around the country is now being tempered by more than a little trepidation. The cost of college combined with a troubled economy means tough choices for prospective students.