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.
Education is the single greatest catalyst for lasting change on our society. We must commit to obtaining our own, and helping others gain, access to quality education. It is the only way for sustained personal and professional success.
Imagine a campus that provides the personal-attention intimacy of a fine small college and the ranging opportunities of a large research university, combining the best of both -- hence The Colleversity, intimate and expansive at once.
To millions of Americans and their children caught in the pincers of a pressing need for a college education that each year grows more expensive, the Obama administration has quietly thrown a lifeline. So quietly, in fact, that you probably don't know about it.
If a college degree is still the gateway to the middle class, we will all have to be innovative and intentional to ensure that the gate is not locked for many. Reducing tuition is one of the ways to ensure that the dream of a college education is a reality.
Given the paramount role higher education has played -- and will play -- in the American story, not talking seriously about its mission in our collective future could be a miscalculation of the first order.
Many colleges and universities mount similar programs. But, what if all 4,000 of the nation's institutions of higher education were to create three or four similar programs? I think the results would be remarkable.
In this post, we provide our analysis and thoughts on why it's time -- past time, indeed -- for customer-centered reform of higher education by examining an area that impact the value equation for students: college costs.
Much like the mortgage brokers who promised pain-free borrowing to homeowners just a few years back, many colleges don't offer warnings about student debt in the glossy brochures and pitch letters mailed to prospective students.
If we recognize and address the serious threat of a potential student loan meltdown, we can protect student enrollment from a crisis that could leave our colleges looking like our foreclosed neighborhoods, a sad legacy of the recent mortgage crisis.