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Great Recession Continues to Loom Over 2016 Graduates, Even as Corporate Profits Rise

The New York Times editorial board released a depressing report recently on the bleak job prospects faced by high school students graduating this year, a situation it traces to consistent political failures in recent times.

Posted on May 15, 2016 READ MORE



We Still Need Black History Month

America’s racial disparity won’t disappear if we simply ignore it.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Run Is No Fairy Tale

If you thought the political landscape couldn’t be more unsettled, think again. Hillary Clinton now faces not a coronation, not a cakewalk, but a contest—one she could lose.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer on ‘The Hunting Ground’—a Documentary About Sexual Assault on Campus

By Robert Scheer

In the fifth episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief discusses the documentary film “The Hunting Ground” (airing again on Sunday, Dec. 27 on CNN) with its director, Kirby Dick, and producer, Amy Ziering. The film has been shown at hundreds of college campuses, provoking heated discussions about the prevalence of sexual assault and how educational institutions handle accusations of rape.

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Supreme Court on Affirmative Action: 5 Possible Outcomes

If onetime University of Texas aspirant Abigail Fisher prevails on all of her claims, the last tepid vestiges of race-conscious affirmative action will end at public colleges and universities throughout the land.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Higher Education in the U.S. Is Broken at Both Ends

It’s not just students who are struggling financially due to the way the system works. Professors are, too.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



Despite Low Grad Rates at For-Profit Colleges, One Accreditor Keeps Billions in Tax Dollars Flowing

Accreditation agencies are supposed to make sure that colleges are putting students in a position to succeed. That’s not happening at schools overseen by one accreditor in particular.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE



Higher Education: Capitalism at Its Most Despicable

Ranking capitalist ignominy is a daunting task with Big Pharma and high finance in the running, but higher education’s betrayal of a long-standing trust with young Americans puts it near the top of the list.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Why Student Loan Debt Isn’t Just a Problem for Millennials

America’s student loan debt is now over $1.2 trillion. But it’s not just hurting millennials. One-third of that debt belongs to people in their 40s.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Colleges With Plenty of Cash Saddle Their Poorest Students With Heaps of Debt

A ProPublica analysis of newly available federal data shows that some of the nation’s wealthiest colleges are leaving their poorest students with plenty of debt.

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Asians Are Nearly Twice as Likely to Be Charged More by Princeton Review for Test Preparation

Every year, thousands of high school students get ready for the SAT by using The Princeton Review’s test preparation services.

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It’s Time to Free Students From Debt

Touted as a necessity but priced like a luxury, many degree programs are mediocre or worse—predatory loan scams that hustle aspiring students into deep debt and poverty.

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VIDEO: Why Students From Low-Income Families Are More Likely to Drop Out of College

Even when financial aid covers the cost of higher education, many students from poor backgrounds leave college without finishing their four-year degree for a reason some may not expect.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Hillary Clinton to Offer Plan for Loan-Free Tuition at Public Colleges

With Americans owing a staggering $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, and about 8 million in default, her proposal reflects a Democratic push to reverse years of state cuts to higher ed. Creating a program of federal grants to the states to lower tuition is the centerpiece.

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Higher Education at Almost No Cost Is Possible in the U.S., and It May Soon Be a Reality in 2 States

Can you guess which states are now offering community college to their residents at virtually no cost?

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Waters Has Some Wonderfully Witty Advice for the Class of 2015

“Go out in the world and f–k it up beautifully” is auteur John Waters’ advice to this year’s graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Twilight of the Professors

Historians argue that the post-WWII expansion of higher education turned a generation of would-be intellectual troublemakers into professors. Today, powerful conservatizing trends threaten to make professors as a leftist force in U.S. society extinct within a few decades.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: How to Reinvent Education to Save the Economy

Sen. Bernie Sanders is making waves with a big idea to reinvent education: making public colleges and universities tuition-free. I couldn’t agree more.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE



What’s the Point of a Professor?

When he was a student in the early 1980s, Emory University English professor Mark Bauerlein and his peers spoke with their professors regularly and at length, knowing “that these moments were the heart of liberal education.” Today, polls show, one-third of students never do so.

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Why U.S. Public Higher Education No Longer Actually Exists

Cuts to American education, combined with other factors, have made it no longer accurate to call higher education public; a court has ruled that the data on your cellphone is actually the property of your carrier; meanwhile, Chelsea Manning makes a case for “increasing freedom of information and transparency” in the U.S. These items and more inside.

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE



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Stanford’s Making Tuition, Room and Board Virtually Free for Students From Low-Income Families

Stanford University has just taken a huge step toward helping students whose parents make less than $125,000 a year get a college education without accruing inordinate amounts of debt.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE



Here’s Why It’s Time to Give Up the Idea That Everyone Must Go to College

The biggest absurdity is that a college degree has become the only gateway into the American middle class when not every young person is suited to four years of college. This has to stop.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE



It’s Time to Abolish Fraternities

The recent video showing members of a Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter singing a racist song has turned a new spotlight on collegiate Greek culture and its origins. The truth is ugly.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE



Study: A Third of College Males Admit They’d Rape a Woman If They Could Get Away With It

A recent study reveals a harrowing figure related to sexual assault on college campuses.

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 READ MORE



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The Community College Cause

Permit me to declare my bias: I came to revere community colleges for very personal reasons and learned to admire them because they are central to restoring social and economic mobility in our nation.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE



Is College Worth the Cost?

This is the time of year when high school seniors apply to college, and when I get lots of mail about whether college is worth the cost. The answer is unequivocally yes, but with one big qualification.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE



Education With a Debt Sentence

Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream—gainful employment, the chance for a middle class life.

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver on Student Debt: Our Leaders Have Decided Education Is Not Important Enough to Pay For

In an inspired back-to-school rant, John Oliver encourages college freshmen to enjoy every last second of what will undoubtedly be the best years of their lives since every year that comes after will be marked with crushing, inescapable debt.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Why College Shouldn’t Be the Only Gateway to the Middle Class

This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE



The Hypocrisy of Criminalizing Unsupervised Kids Playing at a Park

A majority of Americans think children under the age of 10 shouldn’t be left without a guardian at parks; the Brits are developing the first transgender sitcom; meanwhile, college is probably not “doomed,” despite speculation to the contrary. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 READ MORE



Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?

We’ve rounded up cases and coverage that show the persistence of sexual violence at colleges.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Unpaid Interns Can Collect Back Pay Without Hurting Their Careers

After a year scrutinizing the intern economy, ProPublica’s internship investigation is coming to an end. But before signing off, we wanted to do our own end-of-semester review.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE


‘The Daily Show’: Women Just Spend Their Whole Day Navigating a Course of Sexual Menace

Jon Stewart, accompanied by correspondents Jessica Williams and Jordan Klepper, explains how American universities are practically “incentiviz[ing] sexual assault” these days with inaction and leniency toward attackers.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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Student Debt: Blame Lawmakers, Tax-Shirking Rich, War on Drugs, Not Universities

Why is tuition so high in state universities that The New York Times is wondering whether families will go on being able to afford it?

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Bank on Students’ Emergency Loan Refinancing Act to Get Obama’s Endorsement

After some initial resistance, President Obama is expected to announce his support Monday for an overhaul of the federal student loan program proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



‘Brief Histories of Inequality’: Student Debt Edition

Salon columnist Thomas Frank takes us from the start of the university “tuition spiral” in the early ’80s, past the refusal to note the role of ballooning administrative costs, and through the emergence of the view that as an investment in future earnings, individuals should shoulder whatever price for education the market sets.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE


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‘Borrowing to Attend an American College May Be Hazardous to Your Dreams’

What if the real reason college has become increasingly inaccessible is that the institution itself is a “scam meant to perpetuate the 1 percent?”

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As Parents Struggle to Repay College Loans for Their Children, Taxpayers Also Stand to Lose

New Department of Education data show rising default rates on federal loans to parents.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Ruling: Student Athletes Are Employees, Can Join Union

Northwestern University football players have asked for the right to join a union, and Wednesday the Chicago region of the National Labor Relations Board decided they could.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE


Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE


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