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The Future of College Is Not As Bleak As You Think

NewRepublic.com - Opinion Piece

August 22, 2014

Judith Shulevitz writes: ew magazine editors—myself included—can resist a dash of apocalypse in a cover line, which is why I don't fault writer Graeme Wood for the question on the front of this month’s Atlantic: “Is College Doomed?” I'll answer that question anyway: no. The appetite for college is huge. A larger percentage of Americans are pursuing some sort of post-high-school degree than ever before—70 percent in 2009, compared to 45 percent in 1960—and that number keeps rising. Undergraduate education isn’t going away any time soon.Read More


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Aided by Donors, Colleges Continue Their Slow Recovery

Chronicle of Higher Education

August 22, 2014

Higher education continued to show signs of economic improvement in the 2013-14 academic year. As in the preceding few years, that recovery was sluggish, marked by a modest increase in tuition revenue. Colleges also welcomed reports of increased revenues from endowments and donations.Read More


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Athletes, assaults and inaction

ESPN

August 22, 2014

Last year, the National College Health Assessment found that more than 10 percent of women said they had been the victim of some form of sexual assault on campus in the previous 12 months. Although it's unknown how many instances of campus sexual assault involve athletes, "Outside the Lines" research of media coverage found at least 30 Division I schools had such reports in the past five years. These cases, because of their publicity, are often the ones by which the system -- the university and law enforcement -- is judged for how such reports are handled.Read More


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How the Government Exaggerates the Cost of College

New York Times

July 29, 2014

Net tuition and fees at private four-year colleges have risen 22 percent since 1992, the College Board says, and the increase has been 60 percent at public four-year colleges. Community-college tuition has declined, because aid grants have outpaced published tuition. These numbers are obviously quite different from the government’s index showing a 107 percent increase.

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Student Loans Can Be Worth Every Penny

Motley Fool - Opinion Piece

July 27, 2014

Matthew Frankel writes: According to a study by Georgetown University, the average college graduate can expect to earn $2.3 million over their lifetime, and this jumps to $2.7 million with a master's degree. With just a high school diploma, lifetime earning expectancy plummets to just $1.3 million. All of a sudden, being $30,000 in debt doesn't seem like such a bad deal.

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The Ivy League Is Not the Problem

Slate - Opinion Piece

July 24, 2014

Osita Nwanevu writes: the halls of academia really are hallowed, and there’s a kind of mysticism at work in the way people like Deresiewicz perennially describe what college is supposed to do: take in our ordinary people and spoiled brats and transfigure them into worldly gadflies, or at least interesting selves. To their credit, our best colleges, both public and private, actually do this in great numbers. But less radical conversions—from, say, being an entitled, solipsistic econ major to being an entitled, solipsistic political science major—are far more common.

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