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Higher Education Reform

5 Essential Provisions for the Higher Education Act to Alleviate Student Debt Today

Equal Justice Works | Posted 12.22.2014 | College
Equal Justice Works

With the Higher Education Act (HEA) currently up for reauthorization, the best way to fix this is for Congress to pass new provisions easing the student debt burdens of all borrowers. Here are 5 key elements of the Student Loan Fairness Act (H.R. 1330), sponsored by Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Congress should adopt.

Is Medical School a Million Dollar Mistake?

Dan Lambert | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Dan Lambert

The path to being a doctor is not only expensive, it also requires dedication as well as the sacrifice of time, deferring a high quality of life to many, many, years after most other professions.

Students Are Not Customers

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 12.11.2014 | Education
Keith M. Parsons

What is wrong with the "business model" for higher education? Business models are great -- for businesses. However, educating human beings is not like manufacturing and marketing widgets.

Revisions to Higher Ed Act Could Cost Taxpayers More

Wendy B. Libby | Posted 12.09.2014 | College
Wendy B. Libby

As students and families continue to financially recover from the lingering economic downturn, federal student aid remains key to providing access to higher education for low- and middle-income students.

Renewing Higher Education's Mission of Democracy

Alan D. Solomont | Posted 11.13.2014 | Education
Alan D. Solomont

Let's begin by rekindling a public appreciation for democratic education, and let's make education for democracy central to the function of a 21st century college or university, not just an option for especially enthusiastic students.

US Colleges and Universities Earn a Poor Grade for Civic Engagement

Drew Stelljes | Posted 11.10.2014 | Education
Drew Stelljes

Colleges and universities should linger in the hard work of community development, where engagement means, over the long --term graduating students who, by their example, help to fix the system that created our national conundrum.

Why I Am a Better Teacher Than a Computer

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 10.30.2014 | Education
Keith M. Parsons

You remember the great teachers because they touched something inside you. They opened vistas and cleared new pathways. They made your world larger and richer. Can you get that same experience from a computer?

The Compelling Need to Improve the Higher Education Value Equation

Frank Islam | Posted 12.20.2014 | Education
Frank Islam

In the middle 90's, "value" was the hot new word and every business was trying to improve its value equation -- which we operationally define as "outcomes divided by cost."

Engagement Needs to Be a Watchword for the 21st Century University

Douglas D. Baker | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Douglas D. Baker

As a president of a major public university, I'm a strong advocate of the value of a four-year bachelor's degree, and studies do bear out the proposition that those who have that degree fare better in life than those who don't.

Musings on the Purpose of Higher Education

Frank Islam | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Frank Islam

While summer reading is normally light or frothy stuff for the beach, one of the more widely reviewed books of this past summer, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to A Meaningful Life, was nothing of the sort.

They Lied to Us About College and Our Careers. What Next?

Michael Price | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Michael Price

For those who took the path most traveled which led them to a college degree that's offered them nothing more than debt and a smile from mom and dad, it's not too late for you. You can change things. You can put your life back on track. It's not over.

Audit Me -- Please!

Gary A. Olson | Posted 10.31.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

College auditors may make us uncomfortable as they ask us the tough questions that we should be asking ourselves, but their role is not to trap us; it is to protect us and the institution.

Why Rules Matter

Gary A. Olson | Posted 10.08.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

It is not that compassion and flexibility are bad; it is that in violating rules and deadlines, other people might be injured or disadvantaged.

We Can't Do That Here

Gary A. Olson | Posted 09.20.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

Knowing whether your proposed change would be governed by an institutional rule or a policy, or if it is merely a matter of procedure, is important.

Advising Students About College in This New Economy

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 09.16.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

We wouldn't dare give a young person who is just starting out the same advice today about bank interest rates or real estate values that we did ten years ago. So why are we still giving out the same old advice about college?

Ivory Tower: The Increasing Costs and Decreasing Benefits of Higher Education

Nell Minow | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
Nell Minow

Andrew Rossi's new documentary, Ivory Tower, looks at higher education today, especially the vertiginously escalating tuition costs and the consequences of those costs, from crushing debt burdens on young graduates to the compromises schools make to attract students who are able to pay full price.

Let's Be Clear: College Isn't Right for Everyone, But It's the Key to Socioeconomic Mobility

Nancy A. Roseman | Posted 08.18.2014 | College
Nancy A. Roseman

Let me be clear. College is not right for everyone, but it undisputedly remains the ticket to socioeconomic mobility. We need to stop debating its value, and instead focus on ensuring more students have access to college.

Lean Education: What College Students Can Learn From Lean Startups

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 08.16.2014 | College
Michael B. Fishbein

It's a quintessential startup story: An entrepreneur spends months, if not years, and more money than they can afford to lose building and launching a...

Why Public Liberal Arts Colleges?

Bill Spellman | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Bill Spellman

The answer, I believe, is rooted in a particular history and vision of what post-secondary public education in a healthy democracy ought to look like.

Why MOOCS Might Be Just Right for Schools

Marc Boxser | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education
Marc Boxser

MOOCs may be more appropriate for pre-university learners (K-12), than simply as a means of taking university courses online.

I Hate to Say I Told You So: Connections Matter in Education

Isa Adney | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Isa Adney

I still think there is a huge piece missing from the conversation about higher education -- the importance of social connections.

The Arts and Humanities Are Alive and Well -- Just Watch the Millennials

Christine Henseler | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Christine Henseler

Let's stop talking about the death or decline of the arts and humanities. Let's explicitly engage with its rebirth.

No More Alma Maters?

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 06.14.2014 | 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 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.

International Summit Focuses on Transforming College Opportunities

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 06.03.2014 | 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.)...