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Cost of Higher Education

Rising Student Defaults Don't Mean What You Think

Karen Gross | Posted 08.28.2015 | College
Karen Gross

It would be both wrong and naïve to say that the costs of education are irrelevant. That is a topic we should be addressing. But the borrowers who are out there now in the world have already paid for their education and now they need to repay.

Counting (on) Success: Does an Education in the Humanities Count in Today's Day and Age?

Christine Henseler | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
Christine Henseler

But what do we do with Anthropology, Linguistics or Law? How do we account for their humanistic content and approaches? And how about emerging fields like Humanistic Engineering, Medical Humanities, Environmental Humanities?

Renewing Our Promise to America's Youth

Eloy Ortiz Oakley | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Eloy Ortiz Oakley

As the need for education has grown, we have placed higher burdens on those who can least afford it: students and working families. Many students are leaving college with debt levels that would have financed a home mortgage in previous generations.

Why Rebooting Higher Education Policy Could Strengthen Our Nation's Economic Future

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 07.24.2015 | College
Jamie Merisotis

Much is riding on the outcome of a months-long Congressional debate over re-authorization of the Higher Education Act, the sweeping law that governs colleges and universities.

Merit Or Need-Based Scholarships: How Donors Can Turn The Tide Towards More Equitable Financial Aid

The Sillerman Center | Posted 07.20.2015 | College
The Sillerman Center

Today, many qualified students with demonstrated financial need are receiving inadequate aid packages from colleges. The term "admit-deny" even exists for schools that intentionally offer insufficient aid to students with need, with the expectation that they will not enroll.

We Have Created a Monster!

Bob Hildreth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Bob Hildreth

We, just like Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelly's great novel, had all good intentions. Increasing college access and affordability for students less able to pay, by making federal grants and low-interest loans available, seemed like the right thing to do.

Why McGraw-Hill Is Offering $100 for Your #usedtextbookproblems

Ethan Senack | Posted 06.23.2015 | College
Ethan Senack

Here's the catch: the big textbook publishers that are charging $200 a book don't want students to buy used textbooks -- it means less profit for them.

American Universities are Not Fortune 500 Companies But Increasingly Model Them

Sanford Jay Rosen | Posted 05.29.2015 | Education
Sanford Jay Rosen

It seems that Yale and other great American universities increasingly are being run from the top as though they were like Fortune 500 companies, investment banks and hedge funds. If so, what does that say about America? How do we make it stop?

Higher Ed and Capitalism: The Best of Frenemies

Kate Blanchard | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Kate Blanchard

The announcement that the University of North Carolina system is cutting 46 degree programs comes as no real surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to higher education. Higher education has had its heyday, and is now in the midst of a long, slow decline.

Commencement Into This New World

Tony Woodcock | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

Within this Darwinian analysis of higher education, what is the state of play in the performing arts and where exactly is their place in our contemporary world?

Corinthian College and the Tricky Path Towards Student Loan Relief

Carlo Salerno | Posted 05.14.2015 | Business
Carlo Salerno

The for-profit behemoth Corinthian Colleges is experiencing a spectacular fall. A $30 million fine by the Department of Education for falsifying placement data, numerous on-going state probes, a massive sell-off of schools and an abrupt bankruptcy filing that left some 16,000 students in the lurch.

A Graduation Unlike Any Other

Michael Benson | Posted 05.07.2015 | Education
Michael Benson

I remain an unabashed proponent of investing in one's future through education as the sine qua non to success in whatever one chooses to pursue. But I also fear the rising costs of tuition and fees will make access to education more and more difficult to average Americans.

Answering Our Call to Service: Educating the Public Sector

Jayson Boyers | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Jayson Boyers

Anyone who has followed my columns in the Huffington Post knows I am a vocal proponent for establishing a three-way partnership between higher education, industry and community.

How to Understand the High Cost of College

Gary A. Olson | Posted 06.14.2015 | College
Gary A. Olson

Is it true that the cost of a college education is high? Absolutely. But it is not because colleges are gouging students or spending their resources wastefully. It is because college tuition today buys vastly more -- qualitatively and quantitatively -- than it used to.

The Feds Can Make This Change Today and Help Students Better Afford College Tomorrow -- So Why Haven't They?

Justin Draeger | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Justin Draeger

What if, with just one small change, we could give families an earlier estimate of college costs and alleviate some of the administrative burden on schools? It's possible -- and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has the authority to enact it today.

The High Cost of Higher Education

Frank H. Wu | Posted 06.06.2015 | College
Frank H. Wu

Nobody is about to defend the cost of a degree. But changing the description of the faceless bureaucrats who allegedly have overrun campuses by explaining that they are student-services professionals makes all the difference.

The Value of a Four-Year Degree Is Increasing

John Petillo | Posted 05.27.2015 | College
John Petillo

The debate over whether college is worth the cost was never a serious conversation for parents and students. They overwhelmingly agree: 83 percent of adults with a bachelor's degree are convinced that college paid off and another eight percent believe it will pay off in the future even if it has not already.

Upward Mobility in America Is Stagnant. Here's How Community College Helps Fix It.

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Felix W. Ortiz III

People across the political spectrum might disagree on the causes of why mobility has stagnated, but it is obvious that more education, and especially a scaling up of community college education, should be part of the solution.

Higher Education for the Future: Plan B - Where Art Thou?

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 04.27.2015 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

In addition to arguing passionately, even persuasively, that research universities in particular and higher education in general deserve greater state support, we are left with the unspoken question of what else we should be doing.

Let's Give Our Empty-Pocket College Kids a Fighting Chance

Warren Adler | Posted 04.18.2015 | College
Warren Adler

If there was ever a reason to defrock politicians, it is for their inherent inability to remove the needless barrier of debt that impedes the best and the brightest, the most ambitious and creative among the lesser financially endowed.

4 Reasons You Should Not Send Your Child to College

Adam Rico | Posted 03.28.2015 | Parents
Adam Rico

Creating an enjoyable career has much more to do with looking inward than it does with chasing high income levels. Understanding your child's personality, strengths and interests will help you influence their post-high school choices.

'Free' Community College: Gift Horse or Trojan Horse?

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.13.2015 | College
Patricia McGuire

President Obama's "America's College Promise" proposal for "free" community college is a great idea! A similar program in Tennessee, the site of President Obama's announcement, is apparently hugely successful. What could possibly go wrong with such a simple concept? Plenty.

Ivory Tower 101: An Introduction to How Colleges Have Lost Their Way

Bob Hildreth | Posted 02.08.2015 | College
Bob Hildreth

The problem of spiraling college tuition costs are the result of colleges' increasing dependence on federal and private loans. Colleges have continued to hike up their sticker prices with little risk as students and taxpayers absorb the financial burden of student loan payments and defaults.

A Master Plan Abandoned

Christina Gagnier | Posted 01.20.2015 | College
Christina Gagnier

Student fees have yet again been raised at the University of California, with the University of California Regents on the precipice of approving a plan to increase fees over the next five years, resulting in an eventual 25 percent increase from current rates.

As Costs Rise for Public Higher Education Our Citizenry Suffers CNN's, Ivory Tower Will Flame the Fire of Concern

Drew Stelljes | Posted 01.18.2015 | College
Drew Stelljes

On Thursday night CNN will air Ivory Tower, a documentary that explores the value of a college education.