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Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Lawrence Wittner

Americans committed to better living for bosses can take heart at the fact that college and university administrators -- unlike their faculty (increasingly reduced to rootless adjuncts) and students (saddled with ever more debt) -- are thriving.

Educating College Trustees

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

It is almost impossible for those who live outside the academy to understand and appreciate how American colleges and universities govern themselves. ...

5th Circuit Thumbs Its Nose at U.S. Supreme Court in Racial Preferences Case

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Scott D. Gerber

The SCOTUS is the nation's highest court. The recent 2-to-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upholding the University of Texas at Austin's use of racial preferences in its admissions program indicates that the two judges in the majority have forgotten this basic tenet of American law.

The Future of Higher Education: Is There a Middle Ground?

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

If leadership ultimately must come from within higher education, will the disruptive innovators who understand the history and traditions step forward to make change happen?

Poor Hillary?

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Poor Hillary? I don't think so. I think she's perhaps a little surprised at which particular aspect of her life is now being attacked (if she had a cartoon thought bubble over her head right now, it might read: "This is all you got? Really?!?"), but I don't think she's surprised the attacks have started.

Inequality Deepens on University Campuses

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.25.2014 | College
Lawrence Wittner

As the incomes of the 25 best-paid public university presidents soared, the livelihoods of their faculty deteriorated. Students comprise another university constituency that is faring poorly.

The Problem with College Acceptance Shaming

The Prospect | Posted 07.05.2014 | College
The Prospect

There is a popular (though not-so-new) trend among high school seniors wherein, following one student's acceptance at a highly selective school, fellow peers will attempt to figure out the reasons behind the acceptance.

The More You Pay, the More It's Worth

Dr. David Svaldi | Posted 06.21.2014 | College
Dr. David Svaldi

Those lists are what stick with readers, even though The Atlantic, Slate and The Economist cite flaws in the report's methodology and acknowledge the complexity of determining the true value of higher education.

Hunger Is Everywhere: Perspectives From a 30-Hour Famine

William Lambers | Posted 05.09.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Even when her friends use the expression, Kelly reminds them "No, you are not starving." There are people in the world who really face starvation, struggling to find food every hour of every day. "Hunger is everywhere" as she puts it. This cruel condition is one no one should go through.

Grading the New SAT: A Timely Course Correction

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 05.07.2014 | Education
Preetam Kaushik

The urge to act on the SAT though has come after being outscored in popularity by a rival test, the ACT.

Inequality on Campus

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 04.25.2014 | College
Lawrence Wittner

Some of the nation's poorest people work at higher educational institutions, and many of them are members of the faculty. Oh, yes, there are still faculty members who receive comfortable middle class salaries. But most faculty do not.

Show Me the Money: Higher Education and the Workforce

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 04.19.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

The earnings gap between young adults with and without bachelor's degrees has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a century.

Diamonds in the Rough: Illinois' Top Ten Liberal Arts Colleges

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.02.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Let's just call them the diamonds in the rough of higher education. And Illinois is home to some solid schools. We picked out the top 10 based on U.S. News and World Report's list of the top liberal arts colleges across the country.

'Preferred' Pronouns For Genderqueer Students Gain Traction At US Colleges

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 01.31.2014 | College

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The weekly meetings of Mouthing Off!, a group for students at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., who identify as gay, lesbian,...

Thanksgiving Thoughts for Parents of Pre-College and College Kids

Jodi Okun | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jodi Okun

Despite all of the hustle and bustle, parents need to find a few moments to sit down and have a conversation with their near-adult children to make sure everything is going well. Here are a few topics you might want to cover.

Institutions Need to Manage Change to Ensure Future Success

Dr. William J. Carroll | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Dr. William J. Carroll

There once was a time when students attended a particular university to study under a particular scholar. This hearkens back to a long ago time when teachers were itinerant with their students in tow. Those times are no more.

America's Fittest Colleges 2013

The Active Times | Posted 12.25.2013 | Healthy Living
The Active Times

Ahhh, college. Aside from the esteemed honor of earning a university diploma, higher education tends to conjure up images of all-nighters, buffet-sty...

How College Students Can Help Feed Syria

William Lambers | Posted 12.25.2013 | College
William Lambers

Right now you have a whole generation of children growing up in the Middle East with little food, health care or education. Your community, even if far away from this crisis, can make a difference.

We're Losing Ground on the Title IX Front

Ken Reed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

The battle for equal opportunity in sports is far from won. In fact, the situation is getting worse, not better. Consider this sobering statistic: Since 2004, the gap in the number of sports participation opportunities between males and females has expanded, not decreased.

The Best Colleges for Food in America for 2013

The Daily Meal | Posted 09.24.2013 | Taste
The Daily Meal

If food is your priority, make sure you keep those transfer forms handy after reading these picks for most outstanding campus dining.

Colleges and the Hotel Business

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 11.23.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Let's agree to deepen the social contract that governs the teachable moments beyond the classroom. But, for goodness sake, let's not break the bank when available resources are better placed with faculty and students.

Standardized Testing for Colleges: A Necessary Evil?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.21.2013 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Standardized testing in K-12 education is a perennial hot button issue. Proponents feel that measuring knowledge in these rigid ways helps lift the en...

Are Colleges and Universities Ready for a Sea Change in Their Alumni? They Better Be!

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 11.06.2013 | College
Marybeth Gasman

When we talked to alumni of color, some told us that they are often not asked in a manner that is respectful of their cultural background. Others mentioned having had negative experiences on campus that have remained unaddressed.

University of Arizona Helps Transgender Studies Take a Bold Leap Forward

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

For me, a transgender writer and thinker, this represents the core gain of a distinctly trans field of study: its ability to center trans people as active agents in defining their worldviews, rather than as the objects of others' research or criticism.

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.