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Toward a Permeable, Interconnected Higher Education System

Cathy Sandeen | Posted 10.21.2013 | College
Cathy Sandeen

What's needed is not a demolition of our traditionally diverse higher education system but, rather, an ambitious renovation that knocks down some walls and opens up new doors -- building on assets that already exist.

Consolidation in Higher Education: Thoughts From the Trenches

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 10.21.2013 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

Combining institutional resources through merger or consolidation, while not a panacea for all, is an option that should be seriously considered for a greater number of schools than is currently recognized.

The Good News and the Bad News About College Students and Technology

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

I am ancient. I remember when I typed my 85-page senior honors thesis on a Corona typewriter sitting in my dorm room, record player blaring as I sang ...

Off to College? Let the Self-discovery Begin

Murali Balaji | Posted 10.20.2013 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Perhaps the biggest catalyst of my understanding, however, was having three of my closest friends in college serve as my spiritual sounding boards. Sometimes, we'd go from the club to an all-night diner and talk religion, getting into lively debates about reconciling the secular from the sacred.

The Asian College Bubble: Self-Segregation or Something More?

Julie J. Park | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Julie J. Park

College is a unique opportunity to break the cycle of segregation, to be thrown together with a mix of peers from all walks of life to live, play, and study together. So is allowing yourself to spend time in a community or circle of friends that caters to a particular ethnic group okay?

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.

Learning Revolution Comes to the Workplace

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Julian L. Alssid

I think it's pretty obvious by now that Washington lawmakers are not going to lead us to robust economic recovery and employment any time soon. The evidence just keeps mounting.

MOOC Mania Meets the Sober Reality of Education

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Dr. Keith Devlin

What are the benefits for the vast majority of students who, for various reasons, are not able to benefit significantly from taking a MOOC? Indeed, can the technologies on which MOOCs are built offer any benefits to average students?

Fulfilling Her Mother's Dream

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.19.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Why is it that even as new populations of low-income African-American and Hispanic students enter higher education in even greater numbers, the new mantra of the elite commentariat is that maybe we need more job training, less Shakespeare and more socket wrenches?

Should Your Child Consider a Two-Year College?

Jodi Okun | Posted 10.16.2013 | Parents
Jodi Okun

For some families the two-year path is a strictly financial choice. Many find that it is cost-effective to take more of the core classes at a local community college and then transfer those credits to a four-year institution.

Living the New On-Campus Sustainability Experience

Richard Chapman | Posted 10.16.2013 | College
Richard Chapman

A major part of our new on-campus sustainability initiatives focuses on green residence halls, dining facilities and classrooms -- the places where our students spend most of their time on campus.

WWMD? (What Would Marcus Do?)

Mona R. Washington | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Mona R. Washington

Brother, I'll let that insult slide because I know you're feeding into some repressed anger right now. You need to get with that sankofa, reflect on our history. Know where you came from.

Division III Sports Are Good for Students, the Community and Their Schools

Debra Townsley | Posted 10.15.2013 | College
Debra Townsley

The viewpoint of Division III student-athletes is that they want first and foremost the opportunity to develop themselves in mind, body and soul.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in the Student Loan Deal

Chris Lindstrom | Posted 10.15.2013 | College
Chris Lindstrom

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has repeatedly said that college affordability is a priority for this administration. Now it's up to Secretary Duncan and Congress to act before this new plan's high interest rates kick in.

American Dreams Come True

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Parwiz Abrahimi is a brilliant, good-humored grad student at Yale who hopes to break new ground in science and medicine. It can be surprising to learn that when he was a toddler, however, his family was struggling simply to stay alive in Afghanistan.

Joy Resmovits

Another Key Obama Administration Departure | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

Martha Kanter, an Obama administration education undersecretary, is preparing to step down, according to an email obtained by The Huffington Post. ...

Write Now: The Urgent Link Between Personal and Professional Success

Carol J. Carter | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

The need to improve writing and reading skills linked to writing and thinking is urgent; we need to improve these skills so that our future generation will have the skills to communicate whether they are fixing furnaces, fixing bridges, fixing computer hacks, or fixing heart valves.

Addressing Affordability and the Need for Multiple Approaches in Higher Education: An Appeal to the President

Janet Riggs | Posted 10.13.2013 | College
Janet Riggs

In contrast to a highly specialized education in a trade, a liberal arts education teaches critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, and global understanding. I certainly hope President Obama perceives a liberal arts education to be a valuable approach to "job training."

Columbia University's Earth Institute: An Academic Institution for the 21st Century

Steven Cohen | Posted 10.12.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

How do we create the high throughput economy that provides a decent life for the planet's seven billion people, without destroying the ecological systems that we depend on?

Writing Ills: A Diagnosis

Seamus Carey, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Seamus Carey, Ph.D.

Those who understand the value of a liberal education recognize the deep human need to live a life of purpose and see a world in need of change. They understand that change requires thinkers who have a voice, a passionate voice, committed to making things better.

Finding Supermen and Women

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Nicholas Ferroni

This summer is truly the summer of the "Attack on Teachers and Education." Nationwide, politicians, supposed experts and corporations are forcing stat...

How to Decide if Grad School Is Right For You

Chuck Cohn | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Chuck Cohn

Many of those who enter grad school have hopes of earning more, changing a career, travelling, performing advanced research or passionately exploring a subject in detail.

Seeking Higher Ground

Donna Randall | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Donna Randall

Liberal arts colleges have a special responsibility to transmit our heritage. If we have done our job, we will have prepared our graduates to understand and appreciate the key elements of our civilization.

Georgia Should Keep, not Drive Away, Gifted Immigrant Students

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Georgia just lost another young talent to another state. Needa Virani arrived in the U.S. at age seven. One year later she moved to Georgia and has ...

College Graduate Supply and Demand

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 10.08.2013 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

A national debate is presently being waged over the validity of the skills gap. Some are convinced it is real; others are equally convinced it is not. Allow me to suggest that these different conclusions have been reached because of different interpretations of the market.