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Higher Education

My Quarter Life Crisis: The Best Summer of Your Life

Jorie Larsen | Posted 10.16.2012 | College
Jorie Larsen

I read that a new poll claims the average American has the best summer of his or her entire life at the tender age of 23.8. Hmmm, I thought. I'm 24.3. That meant the best summer of my life was on the horizon, and I was ill prepared.

What to Do When You Have Performance Dates, But You Have No Script

Amanda Draughn | Posted 10.16.2012 | Arts
Amanda Draughn

Working on this play is unlike anything I have ever worked on as an actor. We got random pieces of the script at a time, instead of a complete script. We actually received a completed Scene 3 before we had written Scene 2.

The Color of Inequity

José Cruz | Posted 10.15.2012 | College
José Cruz

With the strength of our economy and our democracy at stake, you'd think that all Americans would rally to improve our schools, make college more affordable, and nurture our young people's college going aspirations.

Building a Senior Staff: The Burden of Support

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 10.15.2012 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Presidents must have the courage to lead. Boards must have the confidence to let them do so. This fact, ultimately, may be the most painful lesson learned at the University of Virginia.

New College Parents: What Do I Do now?

Brian Harke Ed.D. | Posted 10.13.2012 | Parents
Brian Harke Ed.D.

have talked with many parents who feel confused, overwhelmed and bewildered when a student moves away to college. So I'd like to share some insight I have gained from these conversations.

Paul Ryan's Views And Record On Higher Education | Posted 08.14.2012 | College

With the selection of Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday morning, presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney made federal spending -- ...

The Immortality Grant

Malcolm Kushner | Posted 10.10.2012 | Weird News
Malcolm Kushner

Woody Allen once said, "I don't believe in an afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear." John Martin Fischer doesn't believe in an afterlife either. But he can afford to bring along an entire wardrobe. The UC-Riverside professor just received $5 million to study the afterlife.

California Takes the High Road

Gary Brahm | Posted 10.10.2012 | College
Gary Brahm

Recent developments in higher education have experts pointing to California as the nation's leader in student advocacy and should set the stage for significant, necessary reform at the federal level.

The For-Profit Higher Education Industry, By the Numbers

propublica | Suevon Lee | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of ProPublica. The for-profit higher education industry was the target of a bruising report issued last week. Bas...

The Greatness of a Generation Hangs in the Balance

Saul Garlick | Posted 10.08.2012 | Impact
Saul Garlick

Gaining the skills that make one competitive in the global economy is in higher demand each day, and the way we deliver those skills is failing to keep up.

Higher Education, Student Loans: Victors and Victims

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 10.07.2012 | College
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

By producing a comprehensive plan for the reform of higher education in a manner that treats students as customers, the Attainment Commission can put them on the road to being victors rather than victims.

Candide was Right

John F. Schwaller | Posted 10.07.2012 | College
John F. Schwaller

We must all cultivate our garden. Nobody is going to do it for us. In higher education, we must be aware of all those factors over which we have control in order to provide the optimal environment for student learning.

Attention Freshmen: Change Happens, So Just Let It

Uloop | Posted 10.06.2012 | College

Change is a good thing and don't hold yourself back because it's different.  The growth you will experience in your college years cannot be replaced by anything. 

Ten Suggestions for Incoming Freshmen

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 10.06.2012 | College
Daniel R. Schwarz

Keep a chart of how you are using your time. Work on your course work every day but not all day; do something that is fun and relaxing every day and be sure to get enough exercise and sleep.

The Economy, Outsourcing Jobs and Higher Education

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

We rely on our universities to be on the cutting edge of academic excellence. Yet, our educational institutions are outsourcing to people in foreign countries something as fundamental to education as grading term papers and final exams.

California's Public Higher Education Must Be Protected

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.03.2012 | College
Joseph A. Palermo

In the fifty years since California adopted its Master Plan for higher education the state has blossomed into a world-renowned center of creative innovation and enterprise.

The Great Debate Over the Real Cost of Higher Education

Jodi Okun | Posted 10.02.2012 | College
Jodi Okun

Much like the mortgage brokers who promised pain-free borrowing to homeowners just a few years back, many colleges don't offer warnings about student debt in the glossy brochures and pitch letters mailed to prospective students.

Help Wanted

Dr. John Ebersole | Posted 10.01.2012 | College
Dr. John Ebersole

Our current rate of unemployment won't be reduced until we wake up to the fact that we can't compete in a knowledge-based, global economy with a falling rate of degree attainment among our workers.

Overseas Study Should Not End When Students Come Home

Barry Glassner | Posted 09.30.2012 | College
Barry Glassner

The overseas study experience does not end when students come back to campus. Let's make sure that what happens stateside is as enriching as what those students experienced halfway around the world.

Colleges' Deep Financial Troubles

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.01.2012 | College

A growing number of American colleges and universities are in real financial trouble, and Bain & Company says if trends continue we'll have a higher e...

With Great Power Comes a Lot of Responsibility (Really!)

Maura Kastberg | Posted 09.26.2012 | Education
Maura Kastberg

When students have a clear understanding of what getting a college education can do for them, and accumulate debt in as rational a way as possible, they will ultimately get better results.

Chris Kirkham

Senate Report Lambasts For-Profit Colleges, Lax Regulation | Chris Kirkham | Posted 07.30.2012 | Business

After a two-year investigation of the for-profit higher education industry, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Monday unveiled an exhaustive report on the co...

Chris Kirkham

For-Profit College Executives Paid On Profit, Not Student Success | Chris Kirkham | Posted 07.28.2012 | Business

Top executives at major for-profit colleges take in millions of dollars in annual compensation -- primarily from taxpayer subsidies -– yet most of t...

What Can We Learn From Penn State?

Rick Mann, Ph.D. | Posted 09.25.2012 | College
Rick Mann, Ph.D.

For those who lead, teach, and work at colleges and universities, there are some lessons that we can learn from this difficult chapter in American higher education.

Below the Waterline: A Deep Dive to Rethink Engineering Education

David Goldberg | Posted 09.15.2012 | Education
David Goldberg

If the goal is to educate people for a full life, then we need to broaden our focus and educate in the areas that don't involve known facts. In other words, we need to look below the waterline.