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The Critical Connection Between Higher Education and the American Dream

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 03.20.2012 | Education
Jamie Merisotis

The American Dream is built on the promise that individuals from all walks of life can find success and prosperity here. That dream has taken some hit...

Why I Never Fail My Students

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 03.18.2012 | Education
David J. Dunn, PhD

We worry that an "F" will harm students' self-esteem. But someone who is never confronted with her failures never learns to accept criticism.

Why America Needs Good Teachers

Mary Ann Rankin | Posted 03.18.2012 | Education
Mary Ann Rankin

An increased emphasis on good teachers who can provide high quality math and science education should be a top priority for America's educational community and our political leaders.

The Tragedy of Those Shut Out of Higher Education: It Needn't be Anymore

Shai Reshef | Posted 03.17.2012 | Education
Shai Reshef

The recent tragedy of the stampeding death of a prospective student's mother and the mile-long line for individuals looking for last-chance spots at South Africa's public universities serves to highlight the importance of opening access to higher education.

Chris Kirkham

Mitt Romney's Rationale On For-Profit Colleges Is At Odds With Reality | Chris Kirkham | Posted 01.15.2012 | Business

Along the campaign trail during the past month, Mitt Romney has been offering up his answer to the soaring costs of higher education and student debt:...

Class Conflict Puts HBCU Experience in the Crosshairs

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 01.14.2012 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Historically black colleges and universities will hold a peculiar designation for thousands of African-American high school seniors preparing for graduation in spring 2012. Many of these students will be deprived of the true value of the HBCU experience.

Chris Kirkham

Kaplan University: Preying On 'Pain' And 'Fears' Of Low-Income Students Is Not 'Remotely Deceptive' | Chris Kirkham | Posted 01.13.2012 | Business

"Boiler room" sales tactics at some for-profit colleges have attracted unprecedented government and law enforcement scrutiny over the past two years. ...

My Post-Academic Year

Amanda Krauss | Posted 03.07.2012 | Education
Amanda Krauss

If being "post-academic" means doing things not printed on your transcript, we're all post-academics. Applying knowledge to new situations is the point of an education, or at least it used to be.

Obama's New Consumer Finance Chief Can Lower Student Debt

Rich Williams | Posted 03.06.2012 | College
Rich Williams

The CFPB is a new kind of regulator designed to do one job and do it well -- protect Americans from toxic financial products. However, since July 21, the CFPB has been up and running, but only with partial powers.

Chris Kirkham

For-Profit College Students Face Higher Debt, More Unemployment, Report Finds | Chris Kirkham | Posted 01.04.2012 | Business

Students attending for-profit colleges wind up with much higher student-loan debts, are less likely to be employed after graduation and generally earn...

America Sure Has a Funny Democracy

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

"So residents of these three states, three states that comprise only a very small percent of the US population, three states whose demographics do not come close to mirroring that of America... are going to be the major deciding factors in who represents the Republican party." "That's right."

Chris Kirkham

As Community Colleges Cut Back, For-Profit Schools See Opportunity | Chris Kirkham | Posted 01.03.2012 | Business

ONTARIO, Calif. -- Just after she started working for an ambulance company in this suburban enclave east of Los Angeles, Cierra Nelson came to admire ...

Where Have All The Women Gone in the Workforce?

The New York Times | Posted 12.29.2011 | Women

Workers are dropping out of the labor force in droves, and they are mostly women. In fact, many are young women. But they are not dropping out forever...

Younger Women Opting For School Instead Of Labor Force

The New York Times | Catherine Rampell | Posted 12.29.2011 | Business

Workers are dropping out of the labor force in droves, and they are mostly women. In fact, many are young women. But they are not dropping out forever...

Can There Be a Digital Humanism?

Feisal G. Mohamed | Posted 02.27.2012 | College
Feisal G. Mohamed

The sense that technology is inherently a form of progress, rather than a platform for consumerism, is one of the most insidious ideologies of our time, and one that distracts us from meditating on the true sources of human flourishing.

Penn State and Syracuse: The Missed Opportunities Pile Up

Terry Newell | Posted 02.26.2012 | College
Terry Newell

The number one issue is not sexual abuse, as important as that issue is. The greatest missed opportunity, the elephant in the room, is the need to question the purpose of the university and university athletics.

All Classes Great and Small

Ellen Siminoff | Posted 02.26.2012 | Education
Ellen Siminoff

While we strive to serve students with more personal attention and a comfortable learning atmosphere, it is important to recognize that not everyone learns optimally in the same way. Some subjects may be more effectively taught in a larger setting.

How Can We Get the American Dream Back for Our Kids?

Mary Ann Rankin | Posted 02.26.2012 | Education
Mary Ann Rankin

If we want to ensure a chance at a better life for our kids, a good place to start is by making sure that teachers have the tools to help their students reach success, step by step.

A Modest Proposal (to Help Fix American Education)

Van Gosse | Posted 02.20.2012 | Sports
Van Gosse

We should smash the corrupting influence of athletics in our high schools, colleges and universities. Like students in the rest of the world, Americans should go to school for no other purpose than to learn.

Student Mentor Partners Gives Local Youth A Step Up For Higher Learning

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 12.21.2011 | Detroit

People often use the word "miraculous" when it isn't really necessary, but for Bernard Draper, a youth participant in a program called Student Mentor ...

Musings of a Mom-to-Be

Preeti Vissa | Posted 02.19.2012 | Parents
Preeti Vissa

There are things that we all need, from good schools to clean air to opportunities for education and advancement, that individuals can't create by themselves. We must do them together.

Advancing the Liberal Arts in and Beyond the Classroom

Robert M. Eisinger | Posted 02.18.2012 | College
Robert M. Eisinger

The odious phrase "the real world" assumes that the university is unlike the world of blue and white collars. But the private and public sectors are not replete with multiple choice exams.

UC Davis' Peppergate Meltdown: Only the Tip of the Glacier

Rik Seyman | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics
Rik Seyman

The Peppergate scandal at UC Davis is no more about Lt. Pike and bungling cops on the Quad than Watergate was about E. Howard Hunt and burglars in the Democratic headquarters. Or, at least, it shouldn't be -- not if the university is to have a soul going forward.

Leveling The Playing Field: Post 50s Head Back To Community Colleges | Posted 12.16.2011 | Fifty

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Paul Klingler likes his job as a mold-maker for a Rochester plastics manufacturer. But the 54-year-old Parma resident also liked...

Science, Technology and Values in Undergraduate Education

Michael Roth | Posted 02.13.2012 | College
Michael Roth

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