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Why Tuition-Free College Makes Sense

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 10.28.2015 | College
Lawrence Wittner

The major argument for free public college and university education is the same as for free public education in general: like the free public elementary, middle, and high schools already existing in the United States, free public higher education provides educational opportunity for all.

Higher Education: Like a Fire Bell in the Night

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 07.27.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

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.

The Tenure Conundrum

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Are elite college professors really overpaid? A few are, perhaps, but you have to ask: compared to whom? We've reached a point in this country where astronomical paydays are deemed acceptable as long as they occur in the private sector -- and merely decent earnings in the public sector are suspect.

Wisconsin Moves Closer To Massive Cut To Public Colleges And Elimination Of Tenure

Associated Press/Star-Tribune | Posted 06.02.2015 | College

MADISON, Wis. — The Legislature's budget-writing committee voted Friday to cut the University of Wisconsin's budget by $250 million and eliminate te...

The Gentrification Of Higher Ed

The Nation | Posted 05.24.2015 | College

On February 25, three University of Arizona graduate students—Kyle Blessinger, Zach Brooks, and Sarah Ann Meggison—had a meeting with Kelli Ward, ...

LSU Faces Dramatic Budget Cuts While It Builds An Expensive Lazy River

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.12.2015 | College

Louisiana State University is currently facing the prospect of a $55.5 million state funding cut, even as it's building a large so-called lazy river i...

Louisiana State University May Have To Essentially File Bankruptcy | Posted 04.28.2015 | College

LSU and many other public colleges in Louisiana might be forced to file for financial exigency, essentially academic bankruptcy, if state higher educa...

Is Scott Walker Attacking Public Colleges For His Presidential Run?

New York Times | Posted 02.17.2015 | College

MADISON, Wis. — Atop a steep hill on the University of Wisconsin campus is a granite boulder affixed with a bronze plaque honoring the university sy...

Student Tuition Now Officially Pays More Than States For Public College Funding

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.23.2015 | College

Students now pay more of the cost of attending public universities than state governments, according to a recent Government Accountability Office repo...

What Everyone Gets Wrong About Where You Go To College

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.20.2014 | College

There are a lot of opinions about where you should go to college. A lot of those opinions are probably wrong -- at least the ones based on myths about...

The 14 Best Public Colleges For Your Money

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 07.29.2014 | College

Fiske Guide to Colleges released its annual list of "best buy" schools last week, selecting the 14 public colleges and universities in the U.S., Canad...

Tyler Kingkade

ASU Says Starbucks Partnership Isn't About Making Up For Budget Cuts | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.17.2014 | College

Representatives from Arizona State University insisted Tuesday that the school's new partnership with Starbucks was not struck to make up for budget c...

Here's How Much It'd Cost To Launch A Radical New Tuition Model

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.16.2014 | College

The first government examination of a radical new tuition model called "Pay It Forward" was presented to lawmakers in Oregon last week, explaining for...

Why Isn't It 'Worth It' To Make College Cheap Again?

Washington Monthly | Posted 06.05.2014 | College

Now, since it’s college graduation time, it’s also the season for the annual “is college worth it” discussion. No one is actually willing t...

Number Of Public College Presidents Making More Than $1 Million Doubles | Posted 05.18.2014 | College

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The number of public college presidents earning over $1 million more than doubled in the 2012-2013 fiscal year from the year before,...

Public Colleges Used To Be The Cheap Option. Now? Not So Much

Stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 05.15.2014 | College

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. Once public university tuition goes up, it rarely, if ever, goes d...

Yup, States Are Still Cutting Funding For Higher Education

stateline | Sandy Johnson | Posted 05.01.2014 | College

The following comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. The recession is over. So why are some states still cutting fun...

The Public Colleges That Pay Off The Most

Posted 03.26.2014 | College

Newsflash: college is expensive, even at public universities. But there are some state schools that pay off more than others. A new ranking releas...

How Public Colleges Were Crowded Out, Beaten Up, And Failed To Fight Back

The Chronicle Of HIgher Education | Posted 03.03.2014 | College

It happened so slowly that no one really noticed at first. That’s the way erosion works. It is a gradual decay. But somewhere along the line, ove...

Why Public Colleges Cost More

Richard V. Hurley | Posted 04.30.2014 | College
Richard V. Hurley

What's pushing our costs up? Obviously, inflation is a factor. So is the age of our buildings: the older the college, the creakier its buildings, the higher the maintenance. But the biggest part of our budget -- 75 percent -- goes to personnel costs.

The Danger of 'Efficiency': Don't Shut Out First-Generation College Students

Cynthia Huggins | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Cynthia Huggins

As is often the case with first-generation college students, my family lived paycheck-to-paycheck and had never been able to save any money to help put me or my siblings through college.

Public Universities Leaving Poor In The Dust

ProPublica | Marian Wang | Posted 09.13.2013 | College

By Marian Wang, ProPublicaThis story was co-published with The Chronicle of Higher Ed...

Reversing The Trend of Slashing Public University Budgets

Robert L. Caret | Posted 11.06.2013 | College
Robert L. Caret

If public colleges and universities did nothing other than educate millions of students, they would be indispensable to the American economy. But their importance extends far beyond that, as they have become vital engines of innovation, conducting much of the research that leads to scientific breakthroughs and to new products and jobs.

The Student Loan Debt Problem: Focus on Public Colleges

Daniel Luzer | Posted 10.29.2013 | College
Daniel Luzer

Which colleges are really to blame for the $1 trillion worth of student debt America holds? The worst offenders are probably for-profit colleges. The real source of America's student debt problem, however, is the country's public colleges and universities.

Pedagogy of the Depressed

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.09.2013 | College
Joseph A. Palermo

Can students really be taught critical thinking, civics, and citizenship skills in a standardized format that values conformity? Will relying on MOOCs and automation in the long-term turn professors into "delivery managers" and students into automatons and passive consumers rather than citizens?