Higher Ed

Ralph Kuncl

What would Thomas Jefferson say? The mind and heart of the new liberal arts

By Ralph Kuncl

In a statement that may sound similar to today’s media rhetoric, 93 years ago Thomas Edison publicly shared the opinion that a college degree is useless. Albert Einstein brilliantly retorted, “It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them […]


Teacher preparation enrollments plummet

By Louis Freedberg

Enrollments in teacher preparation programs in California are continuing to decline at a precipitous rate, according to new figures from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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New standards seek to measure what students actually know

By Jon Marcus

As students, employers, and policymakers continue to question whether earning a college degree really proves that graduates are ready for work, a new set of voluntary standards proposes to set out what they should be learning—and measure whether or not they have. The Degree Qualifications Profile specifies what students should know and be able to […]


Ending higher ed’s tuition addiction to produce teachers we need

By Andre Perry

If colleges want to reverse the declining number of teachers of color, create more STEM teachers, and calibrate teacher supply with district demand, then teacher preparation programs need to become less dependent on individuals’ tuition. The current tuition-driven system is incentivizing teacher preparation programs to prioritize quantity over districts’ needs. The country needs more effective […]

Your child’s college applications can be overwhelming. Here are some tips from The Hechinger Report on navigating the process. (Photo: Julienne Schaer)

How Tuition Tracker helps kids compare colleges – and other tips for overwhelmed parents

By Liz Willen

NEW YORK – It’s the thick of college application season, and your child is diligently churning out common application essays while simultaneously studying for four or five advanced placement exams and researching scholarships, right? Well, maybe not. In households across the United States right now (including my own), there’s likely a good deal of procrastination […]

Long Beach City College in California. (Photo: Long Beach City College)

Want higher-ed reform? You may be surprised where you’ll find it

By Jon Marcus

As a top student in high school, Amy Miramontes-Franco knew she was destined for college. But she surprised even herself when, for financial reasons and because she hadn’t yet decided on a major, she began her higher education at a local community college. “In all honesty, I had this mentality where I had worked so […]

Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary of U.S. Department of Education, discussing colleges' role in training students for the workplace (Photo: Emmanuel Felton)

Can focusing on workplace skills increase college completion rates?

By Emmanuel Felton

When Cheryl Hyman, a former utilities executive, was tapped to become chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, the system of seven community colleges had a graduation crisis: Only seven percent of students were finishing their educations in a timely manner. Hyman came in with an idea to fix the problem—the system needed to focus […]

Donald E. Heller

Why the U.S. isn’t likely to meet Obama’s goal on college graduation rates

By Donald E. Heller

In his first address to a joint session of Congress five years ago, President Obama established an important – and some would argue, audacious – goal for our nation: “By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” Though meeting this goal this would be a great achievement […]

LinkedIn ranks colleges by whether their graduates get “desirable” jobs

By Jon Marcus

The nation’s preeminent job networking site is harnessing its vast databanks to join the crowded university and college rankings game, in its case by ranking colleges and universities based on the proportion of their graduates who get “desirable” jobs. Detailed job-placement information by institution is generally not available, including from colleges and universities themselves, which […]

Marisol Wager, a science teacher, assists a student in her bilingual science class. Ossining High School offers two science courses and one math course for students who are native Spanish speakers. (Photo: Jackie Mader)

How college ed programs try, fail to recruit teachers of color

By Andre Perry

Nationally, black males account for 2 percent of the teacher population. Blacks in total represent 8 percent of all teachers; Latinos, 7 percent; and Asians, 2 percent. My 3-year-old son could have approximately 50 different teachers by the time he graduates from high school. How many times should he expect to see an African American […]

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