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

Douglas D. Baker | Posted 10.10.2014 | 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.

The 17 Best Public Colleges In The Country

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 09.11.2014 | College

For the seventeenth year in a row, University of California-Berkeley is the top public school in America according to U.S. News and World. To put that...

Americans Are Saving More Than Ever For College

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 09.09.2014 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) — The good news is that Americans are saving more than ever for college. The bad news is that the average amount wouldn't come close...

Inequality Deepens on University Campuses

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.25.2014 | College
Lawrence Wittner

As the incomes of the 25 best-paid public university presidents soared, the livelihoods of their faculty deteriorated. Students comprise another university constituency that is faring poorly.

Higher Ed Cuts, Tuition Hikes Worsen Low-Income Students' Struggles

Michael Mitchell | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Michael Mitchell

Annual published tuition -- the "sticker price" -- at four-year public colleges has risen by $1,936, or 28 percent, since the 2007-08 school year, after adjusting for inflation. This has accelerated longer-term trends of reducing college affordability and shifting costs from states to students.

How State Lawmakers Are Using Budget Cuts To Control Colleges

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 04.24.2014 | College

This article comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. State lawmakers around the country are brandishing their budget ...

University-based Research: Always a Winner

Bernie Machen | Posted 06.03.2014 | College
Bernie Machen

We may not wipe out hunger, cancer and energy shortages overnight. If we don't strive to do so, though, we know we won't deliver the breakthroughs the public depends upon us for.

How Public Colleges Were Crowded Out, Beaten Up, And Failed To Fight Back

The Chronicle Of HIgher Education | Posted 03.03.2014 | College

It happened so slowly that no one really noticed at first. That’s the way erosion works. It is a gradual decay. But somewhere along the line, ove...

Colleges That Produced The Most Members Of Congress

Posted 02.20.2014 | College

More members of Congress attended Harvard University than any other higher education institution, with 47 elected officials on Capitol Hill counted as...

How Elite Public Colleges May Be Free To Raise Tuition Even Higher

ProPublica | Marian Wang | Posted 10.07.2013 | College

The chancellor of Oregon's higher-education system currently oversees all seven of the state's public colleges and universities. But as of July next y...

The Danger of 'Efficiency': Don't Shut Out First-Generation College Students

Cynthia Huggins | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Cynthia Huggins

As is often the case with first-generation college students, my family lived paycheck-to-paycheck and had never been able to save any money to help put me or my siblings through college.

Public Universities Leaving Poor In The Dust

ProPublica | Marian Wang | Posted 09.13.2013 | College

By Marian Wang, ProPublicaThis story was co-published with The Chronicle of Higher Ed...

Reversing The Trend of Slashing Public University Budgets

Robert L. Caret | Posted 11.06.2013 | College
Robert L. Caret

If public colleges and universities did nothing other than educate millions of students, they would be indispensable to the American economy. But their importance extends far beyond that, as they have become vital engines of innovation, conducting much of the research that leads to scientific breakthroughs and to new products and jobs.

Looking at the President's Plan for Higher Education

Dr. Devorah Lieberman | Posted 10.29.2013 | College
Dr. Devorah Lieberman

How, as educators and leaders of these institutions, can we ensure that we are providing our new and current students with these experiences and these post graduation opportunities?

San Francisco Mayor's Opportunity to Create a New City University

Robert Shireman | Posted 10.06.2013 | San Francisco
Robert Shireman

With all of the attention on the infighting and poor management at City College of San Francisco, city residents could be excused for forgetting that San Francisco has another large public institution serving undergraduate students.

Higher Education Bids Farewell to a Staunch Ally

R. Barbara Gitenstein | Posted 08.18.2013 | College
R. Barbara Gitenstein

Senator Frank Lautenberg was a practical progressive who based action on facts, figures, and hard-won experience. He knew first-hand, for example, the...

If You Believe in Meritocracy, Fund State Universities

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 06.10.2013 | College
Mark Yzaguirre

If America is going to provide real meritocratic opportunity for intelligent and hard-working young people, it cannot merely focus on Ivy League universities or similar private institutions of higher education.

Pedagogy of the Depressed

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.09.2013 | College
Joseph A. Palermo

Can students really be taught critical thinking, civics, and citizenship skills in a standardized format that values conformity? Will relying on MOOCs and automation in the long-term turn professors into "delivery managers" and students into automatons and passive consumers rather than citizens?

Warning: America's Education Edge Is Eroding

| Jon Marcus | Posted 03.06.2013 | College

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet based at Teachers College, Columbia University. The amount b...

Who's Responsible for Public Higher Education?

Mary Cullinan | Posted 04.07.2013 | College
Mary Cullinan

States are stretched thin. Many states are no longer the major funders for their state universities. Yet state mandates are becoming more aggressive, and voices calling for institutions to change are becoming more discordant and contradictory

Ignorance About Education

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 04.01.2013 | College
Brian Rosenberg

Ignorance requires no evidence and no research. It can be endlessly repeated and rapidly spread. It inflames passions. Its pervasiveness wears down those who attempt to combat it. Which brings me to North Carolina Governor Patrick McCrory.

How to Fix the Student Loan Crisis (for Real This Time)

Adam Levin | Posted 02.11.2013 | Money
Adam Levin

It's time to return student loans to the discipline of the free market. Only then can tomorrow's graduates enjoy the futures they've been promised.

Improving College Affordability: The Ball Is in the States' Courts

Elsa Nunez | Posted 01.12.2013 | Education
Elsa Nunez

The excitement that typically surrounds college acceptance letters coming into households around the country is now being tempered by more than a little trepidation. The cost of college combined with a troubled economy means tough choices for prospective students.

More Campuses Freeze Or Cut Tuition As Backlash Continues

| Jon Marcus | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. As public anger over college costs continue, and legislators in some st...

Back to $chool: College Is the Past, Prison Is the Future

Andy Kroll | Posted 12.02.2012 | College
Andy Kroll

California's public higher education system is dying a slow death. The promise of a cheap, quality education is slipping away. And don't think the slow rot of public education is unique to California: that state's woes are the nation's.