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Cost of Higher Education

Six Common Myths About Higher Education

Gary A. Olson | Posted 11.22.2015 | College
Gary A. Olson

Higher education issues are a matter of public debate at unprecedented levels. Practically every day lately you can pick up a newspaper and find an article on college affordability, or graduation rates or campus sexual assault, or the right to carry firearms on campus.

The Global Search for Education: The New Higher Ed

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.08.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"Members of our Founding Class have secured internships and positions at Ashoka, Learn Capital, Santa Fe Institute, Uber, and other great institution...

The Real Burden of Debt for Female Students

Christie Garton | Posted 10.29.2015 | College
Christie Garton

This burden has left the U.S. female graduate with over $28,000 in student loan debt, according to The Institute for College Data and Statistics. Moreover, a new report from the Brookings Institution points out that this student debt average is quadruple the amount that it was just 12 years ago.

Are Private Colleges Too Expensive?

Gary A. Olson | Posted 10.23.2015 | College
Gary A. Olson

Most people believe that private college tuition is astronomical while public college tuition is always affordable. This may be true in some cases, but certainly not all. Let me use my own institution, Daemen College, as an example.

College Scorecard Misses Opportunity to Make Key Point: Borrowing and Repayment Are Married

Karen Gross | Posted 10.20.2015 | College
Karen Gross

We shouldn't separate the front end and back end conversations about the costs of education. It is time to link borrowing with repayment at the front end. Then, and only then, will we be able to truly look at college affordability

US Losing Its Dominance in Global Higher Education Market

The Conversation US | Posted 10.14.2015 | Education
The Conversation US

The media frequently reports on the number of international students studying in the United States. And that is exactly how we tend to think about it - students from other countries coming to the US. Yet, a growing number of US students are now looking overseas for their college degree.

College Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For?

Nicole Allen | Posted 10.08.2015 | College
Nicole Allen

students assigned free, open textbooks do as well or better than their peers in terms of grades, course completion, and other measures of academic success. If traditional textbooks are not producing better outcomes, then what exactly are students paying for?

Demystifying the State of Higher Education

Mike Brost | Posted 09.18.2015 | College
Mike Brost

In the run-up to the first day of classes each year, students and families are inundated with higher education statistics and often left wondering what information really matters or even which facts and figures to trust.

There Is a Student Loan Crisis, and It's Not Hard to Understand

Michael Restiano | Posted 09.16.2015 | College
Michael Restiano

Stop minimizing student loan debt as an issue. Stop looking at students as numbers in an excel spreadsheet that can be sliced, diced, segmented, and silenced. Stop pretending like America isn't profiting off the backs of its youngest and most vulnerable workforce.

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.