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Pope Francis Is Pushing to Help the Poor While Catholic Universities Are Leaving Them Behind

Many Catholic colleges leave low-income students with big debts. And wealthy Catholic schools that provide generous support don’t enroll many poor students.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. News & World Report’s College Rankings List Is Baloney. Here’s the List You Should Actually Use

With college application season almost upon us, where should aspiring college students and their parents look for advice?

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

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

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

You’ve Been Scammed! Going for Broke in Ponzi-Scheme America

In possibly the last graduation speech of 2015, I know I should begin by praising your grit, your essential character, your determination to get this far. But today, it’s money, not character, that’s on my mind. For so many of you, your education has been a classic scam, and you’re not even attending an institution of higher learning officially set up to take you for a ride.

Posted on Jun 3, 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

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

Higher Education and the Politics of Disruption

Higher education is defined more and more as simply another core element of corporate power and culture, viewed mostly as a waste of taxpayers’ money, and denied its value as a democratic public sphere and guardian of public values.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE

Higher Education and the Promise of Insurgent Public Memory

As difficult as it may seem to believe, John Dewey’s insistence that “democracy needs to be reborn in each generation, and education is its midwife” was once taken seriously by many academic leaders.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 READ MORE

Why the Notion of the Self-Taught, Self-Made Billionaire Is a Lie

A look at the educational background of the 1 percent reveals that the “rags to riches” narrative we’re fed is a fallacy.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 READ MORE

Debt Until You Die: How Some Senior Citizens Are Still Paying Off Their Student Loans

Crushing student loan debt is not only applicable to the young and penniless.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky on the Corporatization and ‘Death’ of American Universities

The father of modern linguistics weighs in on the decline of higher education in the United States; a writer criticizes the state of dissent from the left in Israel; meanwhile, a new Republican social media campaign backfires. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE

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

Saddled with Debt

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE

Student Debt

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Study: Highest-Paid University Presidents Benefit From Soaring Student Debt and Low-Wage Adjuncts

It seems there’s no coincidence that the university administrators with the fattest paychecks head schools in which students and adjuncts have the most to lose.

Posted on May 20, 2014 READ MORE

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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

The Miscalculations of Vladimir Putin

The Kremlin imagined a very different narrative about Russia playing out this winter; Pierre Omidyar and Glenn Greenwald aim to reinvent journalism; meanwhile, Americans no longer want their taxes to go to paying for public higher education. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE

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How Exactly Do Colleges Allocate Their Financial Aid? They Won’t Say

Universities rarely release the specific criteria behind their aid decisions. Could a little-known regulation help open the black box?

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE

Yikes! Some Crocodiles Can Apparently Climb Trees

According to a group of scientists, some species of the dreaded reptile can be found up trees; several vintage cars were swallowed by a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum; meanwhile, rich people make a large chunk of their money from investments, not wages. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE

Is American Higher Education Truly the Envy of the World?

A new study suggests U.S. colleges still have a lot of growing to do before they can be considered the best; the Texas judge who ruled on the teenage drunk driver’s “affluenza” has decided not to give him any jail time for the deadly crash; meanwhile, pedestrians may be evolving to survive in a car-plagued world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE

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Government’s Keeping the Student-Debt Crisis Alive and Well

Just because JPMorgan Chase will no longer offer student loans doesn’t mean the student debt bubble will burst any time soon, if ever. We have none other than the U.S. government to thank for that.

Posted on Sep 7, 2013 READ MORE

College Debt

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE

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Where Education Is ‘Sold to the Highest Bidder’

The attack on the spirit of higher education is exemplified in the installation of former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a neoliberal archfiend of public schooling, as president of Purdue University.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE

Student Loan Rate Doubling

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 READ MORE

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Would Class-Based Admissions Be Better?

Affirmative action lives for now. But there was enough in Monday’s Supreme Court opinion to suspect it will be diminished further in time, which makes it an opportune moment to think again about what some people think could be a fairer and more palatable way of ensuring diversity on America’s campuses—class-based affirmative action.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE

Millennials Graduate

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE

College: A Lesson in Inequality

Rather than bridging economic disparities between students, higher education seems to be widening them; although Google’s new customizable maps sound like a great idea, they filter out a lot of useful information; and although some would like to blame the collapse of the middle class on the Internet, truth is it was falling apart long before the World Wide Web. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE

Underwater Graduates

Posted on May 13, 2013 READ MORE

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The Growing Burden of College Fees

Student fees have been something of a known irritant for years, often criticized as a kind of stealth, second tuition imposed on unsuspecting families. But such fees are still on the rise on many campuses. And though their names can border on the comical—i.e., the “student success fee”—there’s nothing funny about how they can add up.

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 READ MORE

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The Violence of Neoliberalism and the Attack on Higher Education

Higher education must be understood as a democratic public sphere—a space in which education enables students to develop a keen sense of prophetic justice, claim their moral and political agency, utilize critical analytical skills, and cultivate an ethical sensibility through which they learn to respect the rights of others.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE

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What Abigail Fisher’s Affirmative Action Case Is Really About

Even if Fisher received points for her race and every other personal achievement factor, the letter she received in the mail from the University of Texas still would have said no.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE

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Tuition at Public Colleges Rises to Record Level

College costs climbed to an all-time high in 2012 while state and local funding for items such as operating expenses and student aid fell, a new report shows.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE

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Ground Zero in the Land of Opportunity

Right at the point when they are most needed, our second-chance institutions are being severely threatened. Across the country, community colleges, adult schools and literacy programs are reporting record enrollments at the same time they have to trim staff, classes and services.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE

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Who Should Go to College?

The college-for-all versus occupational training debate is typically focused on structural features of the K-12 curriculum and on economic outcomes with little attention paid to the intellectual and emotional lives of the young people involved—their interests, what has meaning for them, what they want to do with their lives.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE

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NYC Students Defend Free Higher Education

After the president of one of the last tuition-free universities in the United States announced that it would begin charging fees for graduate programs, 11 students occupied a campus building to “demand that the school reaffirm its commitment to providing free education” and a revision of the university’s management style.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 READ MORE

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Free Speech Movement Advocate Dies

A veteran reformer of higher education, an unparalleled Chaucer scholar and an early advocate of the 1960s free speech movement, Charles Muscatine has passed away at the age of 89 in Oakland, Calif.

Posted on Mar 20, 2010 READ MORE

Larry’s List: Beautiful People Edition

Today on the list: gay-baiting in Illinois’ GOP primary, a website for beautiful people only (ouch), the ups and downs of higher education and more.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE

Larry’s List: Higher-Education Edition (Updated)

Today on the list: Does the English department have a Jewish problem? Plus: How to make change actually happen, and more. Updated

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE

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