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College Education or College Degree?

Troy Henderson | Posted 08.12.2014 | College
Troy Henderson

Gather any group of college professors in any discipline in any part of the country, and most (if not all) have noticed a mindset affecting many college students in which they seem to value their degree more than their education.

Service, Sacrifice and Education: Paying Tribute to Military Families

Pamme Boutselis | Posted 07.02.2014 | Good News
Pamme Boutselis

These are just four stories -- and I hear stories every day; stories that magnify the sacrifices that military families regularly face, of the courage and commitment shown, and of the hopes for the future.

Don't Underestimate the Millennials

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

What do you think when you hear "millennial generation"? If you're tuned in to either traditional or new media, the words that come to mind are probably not so good: perhaps self-absorbed, shallow, lazy, in debt, in trouble?

Should We Rethink Our "College for All" Culture?

Thomas J. Duesterberg | Posted 08.09.2014 | College
Thomas J. Duesterberg

The Obama administration is now touting new programs to encourage apprenticeships. It has committed $2 billion to double apprenticeships (albeit from a low level) over the next four years. But these efforts will flounder if we do not rebalance our "mindset."

The Perfect Storm: Factors Driving the Future of American Higher Education

Dr. Kevin Manning | Posted 06.09.2014 | College
Dr. Kevin Manning

Higher education is a mature industry that is on the cusp of major transformations in the next two decades, and every college and university will need to prepare to maintain their quality, efficiency and relevancy in this climate.

The Conversation That Changed My Life Forever

Patience B. Peabody | Posted 05.27.2014 | College
Patience B. Peabody

All it takes is one minute to take the pledge -- one minute to use your virtual voice to declare that all people have the right to an opportunity to achieve more than what they may have been born into.

When Images of Diversity Don't Match Reality

Annie Murphy Paul | Posted 05.11.2014 | College
Annie Murphy Paul

The most diverse place on campus is a shiny, happy spot that exists in two dimensions: the brochures, viewbooks and annual reports that colleges and universities produce for public consumption.

For HBCUs, the Proof Is in the Productivity

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 03.29.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

And as the nation scrambles to match the intellectual capacity of nations in the Middle and Far East for economic and national security interests, the tenor of the nation's conversation towards HBCUs has changed.

Financial Advice to Give Your High School Senior for the New Year

Jodi Okun | Posted 03.18.2014 | Money
Jodi Okun

While a good college education is certainly one gift most parents want to bestow on their children, the financial responsibility shouldn't all fall on the parents' shoulders.

College Lessons That Prepare You for the Working World

Amanda Augustine | Posted 02.05.2014 | College
Amanda Augustine

When you're in college, the "real world" may seem very far away. However, the decisions you make during your college career have a major impact on what happens once you graduate and enter the professional world.

Obstacles Preventing Access to Higher Education for All

Meghan Mason | Posted 11.27.2013 | College
Meghan Mason

I had the opportunity to meet with incredible young adults, ages 17 to 24. These young people are so resilient -- each one overcoming numerous barriers while juggling classes, jobs, family commitments and piles of financial aid paperwork.

Too Certain for Curiosity: On Pre-professionalism in the Undergraduate College

Ami Fields-Meyer | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Ami Fields-Meyer

Surely we need nurses and doctors, researchers and statisticians, investors and stockbrokers. Indeed, society soars on the coattails of such ambition. But the seas won't rise and the skies won't open if business school students take chemistry and pre-med students take accounting.

2 Charts That Prove Kids Today Are Stuck In A Terrible Bind

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 10.22.2013 | Business

The September jobs report was a reminder of just how critical it is to have a college degree. Which is itself a reminder of our economy's cruel Catch-...

College Accountability and Common Sense

Susan C. Scrimshaw | Posted 10.26.2013 | College
Susan C. Scrimshaw

My deepest concern is the intention to rate colleges and universities in part on the earnings of graduates. The message this sends to our youth, and to our educators, is "Forget the professions which serve critical societal needs, but which won't make you rich."

Community Colleges in the Spotlight

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Students all across the country are electing to take their first two years of college education at community colleges and transfer the credits to an upper-level institution, saving tens-of-thousands of dollars.

Why We Won't Need College in 15 Years

Brazen Life | Posted 10.07.2013 | College
Brazen Life

We all have that one thing in our lives we keep around without really knowing why. If you live and work in a big city, you may still have your car from the days when you used to live in the suburbs. At one time, the car had a purpose. But now? It just collects parking tickets and bird poop.

Cultural Combo: Bullfight and Bat Mitzvah

Write for the Future | Posted 09.16.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Hannah Kliot Imagine James Holmes, the man responsible for the Aurora shooting, thrown into an Olympic-size stadium and stabbed by men on horse...

My School Within a School

Write for the Future | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Justin Schnell I refuse to go to the School of Tears and Tutors--that overwhelmingly large school within my school. I have friends in Tears and ...

A Bachelor's Degree as an Umbrella: A College or University Degree Is Worth the Cost

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 08.14.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

While it appears that the recent graduates on their parents' couch are an exception and not the rule, finding a first job appears to be a greater challenge today as the economy struggles to recover millions of lost jobs and absorb several million more workers.

A Mind That Travels

Write for the Future | Posted 07.31.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Lynnette A. Dent The bullet pierced my chest. I fell and struggled for life in an Iraqi desert. Blinding sand flew everywhere as soldiers kicked...

Memoirs of a Mentor: A Call for Black Men in College to Come Back to School

Oladoyin Oladeru | Posted 06.08.2013 | Impact
Oladoyin Oladeru

I am walking proof that we can make a significant impact on the black youth in our communities. Through CGI U 2013, I am advancing the kind of mentorship that will ultimately save black men's lives.

Why Your College Degree Has More Value Than You Think

Brazen Life | Posted 06.02.2013 | College
Brazen Life

We often overlook other benefits to higher education: quality of life improvements that deserve to be brought into focus, whether you're on the fence about going back to school or are just having a hard time appreciating the degree you already have.

Bob McDonnell: Yes, He Has a Future

Eli Lehrer | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is exactly the sort of candidate -- an appealing, conservative pragmatist who knows how to govern -- that the Republican Party needs if it wants to win elections.

Public Schools Need to Promote College Persistence

Yasmin Bhatia | Posted 06.24.2013 | College
Yasmin Bhatia

Providing this level of assistance is admittedly expensive, but in my experience, there are many corporate and private partners ready to help. We just have to make the case.

Are You Sure College Is Really Worth All The Time and Money?

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 05.04.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

There are proponents on either side who either say: 1) college costs too much and students don't really get that much out of it anyway, or 2) if young people want to get ahead in life, a college degree is essential. I am inclined to follow the latter dictum.