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Why Using Campus Security Stats to Rank Colleges Won't Work

Annie E. Clark | Posted 04.18.2014 | College
Annie E. Clark

As I told the mother interested in sending her daughter to a "safe school," families should look at the written and practiced policies at an institution.

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 Holy Grail Of Sexual Assault Data

Tucker Reed | Posted 04.11.2014 | College
Tucker Reed

Most importantly, the results from these surveys would provide the Holy Grail of rape-related data -- some real sense for the percentage of unreported assaults. We would finally have access to the experiences of those raped women and men who are unwilling to come forward due to legitimate fear of dismissal and shaming.

Athletic Boosters Beware: Government Orders Michigan School to Tear Down Fund-Raised Improvements

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 03.31.2014 | Sports
Wendy N. Powell

If you think you fund-raise for the benefit of your child's athletic team, think again. The rules of Title IX compliance, concerning gender equity, ma...

Elizabeth Warren Grills Obama Administration On Sallie Mae Contract Renewal

Reuters | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

(Adds comment by Sallie Mae spokeswoman) By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Thursday ...

Discipline and Diversity

TNTP | Posted 03.21.2014 | Education
TNTP

By Anashay Wright This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. I grew up here in Atlanta, where I graduated from Cedar Grove High School...

Arts and Education

Agnes Gund | Posted 03.14.2014 | New York
Agnes Gund

At PS 46 in Harlem, the corridors, the classrooms and the courtyard are full of collages and prints and drawings, posters and paintings, murals and sc...

Chris Kirkham

For-Profit Colleges That Bury Students In Debt Face Second Obama Crackdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 03.14.2014 | Business

The Obama administration on Friday will release new regulations intended to target for-profit colleges and career training programs that leave student...

I Am My Brother's Keeper: Why We Must Change the Code

William Lynch III | Posted 03.03.2014 | Education
William Lynch III

A cornerstone of the school-to-prison pipeline has been overly punitive school discipline codes, with disciplinary action applied disproportionately to people of color.

Technology or Teachers?

Kathy Kemper | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Kathy Kemper

There is no silver bullet that will enable the U.S. to catch up, and it has been clear for some time, moreover, that simply throwing money at schools is not the answer.

Campus Sexual Assault Survivors Pushing Harder for Awareness

Ken Brack | Posted 04.08.2014 | College
Ken Brack

Media attention to what some call an epidemic -- hidden at times by low reporting rates, and contorted by stubborn norms about topics such as what informed consent means -- is helping to bring change.

Preschools and Evidence: A Child Will Lead Us

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

These are exciting times for people who care about preschool, for people who care about evidence, and especially for people who care about both. Pre...

Shahien Nasiripour

Student Loan Companies Face New Scrutiny For Bad Practices Against Borrowers

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

Companies that collect student loan payments may have a financial incentive to stymie borrowers who wish to quickly repay their debts, a top federal r...

Shahien Nasiripour

Why Obama's Education Department Is College Students' Worst Enemy

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

Young Americans look to a college education as the surest way to bridge the widening gap between the richest and the rest in this new 21st century Gil...

The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2013

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

College is where inquisitive minds go to be exposed to new ways of thinking. But on some campuses, the quest for knowledge is frustrated when administrators censor speech they would prefer be kept out of the marketplace of ideas.

Deconstructing PISA: Implications for Education Reform and Fighting Poverty

Elaine Weiss | Posted 02.16.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Public investments in schools vary greatly across states, as do other policies that may boost or depress scores. This year, three states received individual PISA rankings -- as if they were independent countries. This can help us connect the dots between those disparities and scores.

Arne Duncan's Common Core Threatens to Standardize Burnout -- Not Learning

The OpEd Project | Posted 02.16.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

Overworked, sleep-deprived burnouts -- that's the most likely result of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's vigorous promotion of Common Core standards, meant to standardize learning but, in reality, poses a serious threat to students' well-being.

Corruption Threatens Obama Action on For-Profit Colleges

David_Halperin | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
David_Halperin

Despite President Obama's obvious awareness of the egregious, widespread nature of the problem, his own team may be on the verge of failing to effectively implement a key measure needed to hold for-profit colleges accountable for such abuses.

For-profit College Group, Linked to ALEC, Keeps Working to Harm Students and Taxpayers

David_Halperin | Posted 02.08.2014 | College
David_Halperin

It's a busy time for APSCU, the trade association of America's for-profit colleges. The group spends its time trying to block reasonable measures to hold the worst actors in its industry responsible for their systematic abuses of students and taxpayers.

New Federal Effort To Explain Financial Aid

AP | Posted 12.04.2013 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department has created an online financial aid toolkit aimed at helping guidance counselors and others who advise st...

(Un)Common Sense on the Common Core

Dan Montgomery | Posted 02.02.2014 | Education
Dan Montgomery

Some on the political right see the CCSS as federal intrusion. Some on the political left may see these new standards as infringements on teacher autonomy. But many are just fed up by the botched implementation and lack of resources.

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.

A Call to Teach

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Elisa Villanueva Beard

We don't just need more teachers. We need excellent teachers, and we need diverse teachers.

Finally, a Chance to Curb the Abuses of For-Profit Colleges

David_Halperin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
David_Halperin

It seems that the powerful for-profit college industry, which has used its taxpayer-provided riches -- up to $33 billion a year -- to buy the most expensive lawyers and lobbyists, and the allegiance of many in Congress to keep the money flowing, is finally on the run.

Turning a Negative Into a Positive: How Schools Elevate Culture by Emphasizing the Positive

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

Last week, California educators and families received some exciting news. The state's eighth-grade reading scores showed substantial improvement over the last two years, representing some of the largest gains in the nation. But unfortunately, media coverage focused primarily on overall flat student scores nationwide.