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Public Higher Education

Public Higher Education In America Is Facing An Existential Emergency

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics

So, that happened. Here in 2016, America’s institutions of public higher education find themselves at a dangerous inflection point. As state funding...

Reclaiming the Master Plan for Higher Education in California

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.26.2016 | College
Joseph A. Palermo

We must take on the naysayers directly, wrest the machinery of government from their dead cold hands, and make the necessary investments in our public colleges and universities. Only then will we be standing up for the original intent of California's path-breaking Master Plan for Higher Education.

Renewing Our Promise to America's Youth

Eloy Ortiz Oakley | Posted 08.04.2016 | 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.

Is There a Point to Having a Professor?

John A. Tures | Posted 05.15.2016 | College
John A. Tures

It may not be a teacher appreciation gift like the ones the kids get their instructors, but having students able to recall the important lessons, and have some fond memories of their academic experiences, can be just as good.

What Is the Public Value of Philosophy?

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 06.08.2015 | College
Keith M. Parsons

I am a professor of philosophy at a public university. What is the value of philosophy to the taxpayers who subsidize my teaching? Philosophy is an abstruse and difficult field.

The College Completion Imperative: Public Higher Ed Steps Up

Muriel Howard | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Muriel Howard

Accountability is a hallmark of public higher education. In our commitment to student success, we will need more accurate and comprehensive measures of student progress--both as a yardstick for institutional improvement and to assure external accountability.

Higher Education and the Public Good

Muriel Howard | Posted 12.20.2014 | College
Muriel Howard

In short, the societal benefits of higher education far outweigh the benefit to any individual, and investment in higher education is easily repaid to the nation many times over.

The Biggest Misconception About Community College

Isa Adney | Posted 11.15.2014 | College
Isa Adney

Community colleges don't accept just "anyone." They accept everyone. And like any form of public education, that's what makes it so complicated and so important.

Higher Ed Slims Down

Kitty Brandstater | Posted 09.01.2014 | Education
Kitty Brandstater

Higher education in America fails mostly for the same reason people get fat. It takes a lot of hard work to be successful no matter how you go about it. But there are options.

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...

Stopping the Privatization of American Public Higher Education

Daniel J. Hurley | Posted 03.26.2014 | College
Daniel J. Hurley

AASCU proposes a federal matching program to stop the privatization of public higher education. Called the Federal-State College Affordability Partnership, it would leverage up to $15 billion in federal student aid dollars to incentivize states to invest in public higher education.

Public Colleges Are Still Suffering

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.25.2014 | College

Public colleges in much of the country are in better financial health this year, but overall, appropriations are still 4 percent below where it they w...

A 2014 Challenge for the Social Sciences

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.18.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Social scientists are living in increasingly challenging times. In states like North Carolina there is a politically driven movement to dump the "irrelevant" and "unproductive" social sciences and humanities into the academic dustbin. What can be done to salvage the liberal arts?

Three Sobering Questions Following the Maryland Higher Education Desegregation Decision

Dr. James T. Minor | Posted 12.23.2013 | College
Dr. James T. Minor

Many higher education observers were applauding last week when the decision from a U.S. District Judge declared that the state of Maryland had failed in its obligation to eliminate traces of de jure segregation in its system of public higher education.

New California Law Could Shut Out Low-Income College Students

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.11.2013 | College

A controversial new law will allow some California community colleges to charge more for their most popular classes, outraging some students and publi...

Large Number Of College Students Need Remedial Classes

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 07.25.2013 | College

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Resetting the Relationship Between States and Public Higher Education

Daniel J. Hurley | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Daniel J. Hurley

At stake is our collective ability to maintain college affordability and to maximize the transformative effect that America's public colleges and universities have on individuals' lives and on the very economic and social fabric of our communities, states, and nation.

At Universities, Too, the Rich Grow Richer

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business
Lawrence Wittner

Although many Americans believe their universities are places where administrators and faculty members coexist on a fairly equal basis, the reality is that this is far from the case.

Warning: America's Education Edge Is Eroding

| Jon Marcus | Posted 03.06.2013 | College

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet based at Teachers College, Columbia University. The amount b...

Why Inequality Is Rising Under President Obama

Eric Zuesse | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Last week, the economics firm A. Gary Shilling & Co. came out with a chart that Business Insider published on November 23rd, headlining "The Top 20% H...

Job Creators Don't Matter Without Job Doers and Student Loan Debt = Less Entrepreneurs

David Litwak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
David Litwak

Romney's continued lead on the subject of the economy even as he spouts nonsensical, nonspecific tax plans, says to me what they are doing isn't working.

New Reports Reveal Cause For Soaring Tuition

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.26.2012 | College

More students are going to college than ever before, but states have continued to cut back on funding for public colleges, and that's leading to some ...

The 10 Cheapest Public Colleges

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.30.2012 | College

Everyone seems to be talking about the exorbitant cost of higher education lately. Over the past few years, states have made higher education a tar...

Public Higher Education: Too Big -- and Far Too Important -- to Fail

Gene D. Block | Posted 06.17.2012 | Los Angeles
Gene D. Block

Today we face a moment of decision. It is time for our leaders to show foresight and courage by recognizing that public higher education is simply too big -- and far too important -- to fail.

Tyler Kingkade

Students In California, New York Call For Millionaire's Tax | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.05.2012 | College

NEW YORK -- Thousands of students, union members and Occupy protesters are gathering Monday at the New York and California state capitols, calling for...