For me - a business leader, father, and husband - being able to set my own schedule and learn at my own pace was critical. My program allowed me to keep my job and continue performing at a high level.
Education is not a game. It should be a rich, cooperative, loving process. Holleran and Worrell-Breeden are just two vivid, painful examples of the consequences of seeing education as a data-driven, competitive enterprise.
Why do so many continue to risk lifelong indebtedness for a diploma? Has a traditional college education become an anachronism in the digital age?
Students tell us not to trust them. About three-quarters of all students self-report in various surveys that they are prone to cheat in their classes. And the many well-publicized scandals at some of America's most renowned institutions only prove they mean what they say. Why is this?
In almost every modern industry, technology is changing the way that users access information. GPS-based applications like Waze provide commuters with real time, crowd-sourced traffic updates, while websites like E-Trade and Yelp give consumers unprecedented transparency into the financial and restaurant worlds, respectively.
More often than not, it is the co-curricular activities - those that compliment curriculum and expand upon the educational experience of students - that are struggling to survive in our university system. But why is that? Why do we cut programs like speech and debate?
It may be that the crisis must worsen with additional shocks to the system before conditions improve for higher education. The smart money -- supported by fairly consistent data recently -- is arguing that change must come soon.
One of the most powerful ways to combat racist and negative stereotypes about U.S. Latinas and Latinos, or any group for that matter, is to be armed with actual facts and data, and to use that information to engage others in learning about and interacting with that particular community.
Young people need extracurricular activities to help them develop into well-rounded adults. However, if students want to get the most out of college, they need to engage in these activities but not allow them to become a distraction from their academic endeavors.
College students across the nation are working toward earning their degrees in hopes of one day having a career that will provide them with financial security. While many students dream of financial independence, the reality is that the rising cost of college tuition is leaving many of today's graduates with burdening student loan debt.
Location may not matter. Cornell College faculty lead classes and our students hold internships around the globe every month of the academic year. We are located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, a town of about 4,600 residents. How do we do it?
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.
I respect William G. Bowen for his distinguished leadership in education, but take strong exception to his rejection of the growing movement for university divestment from fossil fuel holdings. The climate issue is not extramural and shouldn't be political; it is an existential matter.
Scholars remind us that courses within the humanities that connect current sociopolitical concerns juxtaposed with the need to educate an increasingly diverse student population is key to the future of higher education.
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.
It's an interesting mix of numbers, hopes and prayers with the worry passed on to the next crop of presidents.