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Cost of Higher Education

Elite Education Is Affordable After All! (Just Not for Americans)

Steve Nelson | Posted 04.17.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Under the banner of globalism or multiculturalism, American educational institutions are engaged in a tangled and controversial web of international arrangements.

Measuring the 'Value' of Higher Education

Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D. | Posted 04.15.2014 | College
Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D.

In nearly all aspects of life, we want our time and money spent well. Same is true for those in pursuit of higher education.

College for the Rich

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 04.14.2014 | College
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Carlos, along with millions of others, is realizing that because of our unwillingness to fund public higher education, the promise of college is a lie.

No More Alma Maters?

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 04.14.2014 | College
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

We must work together to fix the problems of accountability, accessibility and affordability of higher education for all people living in the United States.

The New Gender Gap: It's Not What You Might Expect

Jack E. Kosakowski | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Jack E. Kosakowski

For decades, women were underrepresented in American universities and the U.S. is still working to find more balance in its workforce. But could the status quo be flipped on its head in our lifetime?

International Summit Focuses on Transforming College Opportunities

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.03.2014 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

On April 9 &10, global leaders in higher education and the corporate sector from China, Ireland, Great Britain, Canada, Germany, France (and the U.S.)...

Do the Math: Free Public Higher Education Should be Considered

Susan Meisenhelder | Posted 03.28.2014 | Education
Susan Meisenhelder

The notion of free public higher education might elicit scoffs upon initial suggestion, but given the soaring student loan debts, the idea is one that begs further investigation.

College Scorecards and the Liberal Arts

Thomas A. Kazee | Posted 03.05.2014 | College
Thomas A. Kazee

President Obama is right to emphasize greater access to college for historically underserved populations, but this is not the way to achieve that goal.

Does She Work Hard for the Money?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 04.21.2014 | College
Kate Blanchard

An adjunct instructor at my institution who teaches five courses, earns an annual total of $17,700 ($3,540 per course). If she teaches 15 hours per we...

In Support of Senator Warren and Student Loan Refinancing

Ethan Senack | Posted 04.14.2014 | College
Ethan Senack

We know students and families across generations are struggling with their debt. High debt can also have serious impact on the economy: causing a generation of Americans to hold off starting a family, buying a house, or even saving for retirement.

Can You Apply 'Pay for Performance' to Higher Education?

Raynard Kington | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Raynard Kington

The Obama administration's efforts to implement policies to address access and cost issues in higher education are well-intended. Yet in truth, they put the cart before the horse. A significant amount of work must be done first.

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.

Switching Away from the Degree

David Blake | Posted 03.23.2014 | College
David Blake

There has been a lot of talk about moving away from the degree. Education and business leaders have declared the degree "broken" and "obsolete," and c...

In Praise of Helicopter Parents

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 03.09.2014 | College
Kathleen Reardon

I have explained to my children that when it comes to higher education, their parents are active co-investors. Thus we expect regular reports both from the universities and from them. Otherwise, both can expect to hear from us.

A University's Soul

Richard Joel | Posted 03.05.2014 | College
Richard Joel

To be sure, then notion of excellence in academic thought must remain central to the identity of the university. But academic excellence, however critically important to the process, only serves as half of the equation.

Higher Education: On a Crash Course for Reinvention

Bob Kerrey | Posted 02.04.2014 | College
Bob Kerrey

Well-intended efforts to change the general education curriculum have foundered on the shoals of academic politics. As a consequence, students are leaving college insufficiently prepared to be the kinds of leaders our world desperately needs.

Bridging the False Dichotomy Between Poverty and Education Reform

Dan Cardinali | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

In Kalamazoo, the silos that separate schools, businesses and civic organizations are coming down as everyone accepts a shared responsibility to prepare young people for a successful, productive life.

The Challenge of Defining Value

Donna Randall | Posted 01.27.2014 | College
Donna Randall

Increasing the value of our higher education system is a worthy enterprise. While many features of the proposed plan make sense, some measures under consideration to define the value of a college are unsettling.

Shahien Nasiripour

The Government Doesn't Understand Student Debt | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

The lack of reliable data on the $1.2 trillion student debt market may be hampering federal officials’ understanding of how student debt threatens e...

Silly Season at the US Department of Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Can anybody have a serious difference of opinion with the Secretary Arne Duncan without being dismissed as silly?

Things We Wish We'd Known About College

Literally, Darling | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Literally, Darling

Remember that college is for you. It's not for your friends. It's not for your family (though if they are helping foot the bill, you do owe them some respect). It's for you. Don't make so many decisions for other people that you forget to make them for yourself

I Might Not Send My Kids to College

Sarah Stewart Holland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Sarah Stewart Holland

I'm sorry. I need to save $1,100 A MONTH to send my children to college almost 20 years from now?!? That is insanity.

Burden vs. Opportunity

M. Duane Nellis | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
M. Duane Nellis

While we can't hold tuition and fees at a standstill forever, we continue to study and explore cost-saving measures in other areas we can pass on to our students. At Texas Tech, this is an ongoing process, a year-round approach that keeps us ahead of this annual issue.

The Proverbial "Elephant in the Room:" Faculty Compensation

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Frank H. Wu

Everyone wants us to reduce faculty compensation. I am skeptical by nature, especially of those ideas that everyone else happens to like. I am not s...

Government Too Inconsistent, Contradictory to Run Higher Education

Joseph W. Bruno | Posted 12.31.2013 | Education
Joseph W. Bruno

Make no mistake, much good has come of the recent push to hold colleges responsible for assessing student outcomes, for controlling costs, and for graduating the students we admit. The national accrediting agencies have stepped up on this effort.