Higher Ed

Obama ratings would divide colleges into high and low performing

By Jon Marcus

The Obama administration is considering putting four-year undergraduate and graduate institutions and two-year institutions into such categories as high performing, low performing, and those in the middle based on measures including completion rates and job placement. As unsurprising as it was long awaited, the broad outline of the Obama ratings plan is now available for […]

College costs rise fastest for the poorest

By Hechinger Report

The American RadioWorks looks at how universities and colleges that promised at a White House summit to make higher education more affordable for low-income students have been raising their prices faster for the poorest students than for their wealthier classmates. The Hechinger Report’s Jon Marcus is interviewed. You can find the podcast here.

This Nov. 19, 2014, file photo shows Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal as he speaks at the Republican Governors Association annual conference in Boca Raton, Fla. The conference felt like a test run for what is increasingly shaping up as a brutal showdown for the Republican presidential nomination among more than a dozen potential contenders. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

Why University of New Orleans faculty would be better off taking their concerns to a new governor

By Andre Perry

NEW ORLEANS – Organizing to solve deeper political problems requires much more effort than the finger pointing currently under way at the University of New Orleans. The schools’ Faculty Council issued a vote of no confidence for Peter Fos, its president, a week before the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors approved Fos’s plan to eliminate […]

Phillip B. Levine

College pricing data by income level: Do the right thing

By Phillip B. Levine

Social policy analysis is only as good as the data on which it relies. In “Colleges that Pledged to Help Poor Families have been Doing the Opposite,” Jon Marcus and Holly K. Hacker draw conclusions based on inadequate federal data. In their article, they claim that even the 100 higher education institutions that pledged to […]

Bronx Community College (Photo by Ryan Brenizer)

Is technology actually making higher education less efficient?

By Ryan Derousseau

After a full day of teaching at Boston College, Karen Arnold had to find time to read her students’ contributions to an online discussion board. Each was required to write at least one post, and, as usual, they seemed to have waited to do it until the night before the deadline. “They would just blather […]

Sharon P. Robinson is the president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Burdensome, restrictive, flawed: Why proposed federal regulations for teacher preparation programs are a cause for concern

By Sharon Robinson

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education released for public comment proposed regulations concerning teacher preparation programs across the country. The proposed rules not only manifest federal overreach but also present an unfunded mandate that would result in a significant fiscal impact at the state and potentially even the local level. In addition, they will […]

U.S. university enrollment continues to slide

By Jon Marcus

Led by continuing drops at private, for-profit colleges, higher-education enrollment declined this fall for a sixth semester in a row, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports. The number of students overall fell by about 1 percent, or 250,000, at the very time that policymakers are pushing to speed up the pace at which the […]

Georgia State University. (Source: Georgia State University)

Like retailers tracking trends, colleges use data to predict grades, graduations

By Jon Marcus

DALLAS — Stephanie Dupaul jokingly consults her collection of Magic 8 Balls — those novelty toys that tell your fortune through a little window at the base — when her students ask her things like, “Will I get an A in that class?” Now she can answer that question with a great deal more accuracy. […]

More from inside the student loan dilemma

By Hechinger Report

Hechinger Report higher-education editor Jon Marcus appeared on the television program Chronicle on Boston ABC-TV affiliate WCVB to speak about student debt, specifically graduate loan debt, which accounts for about 40 percent of all debt even though graduate students make up only 14 percent of enrollment. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren told the program that debt […]

Students at the Minerva Schools at KGI take classes through an online program. The students are required to live together in the same city, but they are allowed to log on anywhere to attend classes. (Credit: submitted photo, Minerva Schools at KGI.)

What if a college ditched lecture halls, sports and clubs?

By Nichole Dobo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An experiment in higher education uses computers to give every student a virtual front-row seat in the classroom. Classes at Minerva Schools at KGI, a four-year undergraduate program, are conducted entirely through a software program created specifically for the school. During class, there is real-time interaction through the computer between professor and […]

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