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Chronicle of Higher Education
August 21, 2014
A man in Fort Worth recently offered his friends advice on Twitter: "Do not go to college for a major in liberal arts you will have no job!!" Soon after, a Twitter account he’d probably never heard of called his tweet a myth. "FACT: The unemployment rate of liberal arts majors is roughly the same as most other majors," said a follow-up tweet, which linked to a report with more information. The intervention came from a Twitter account fronted by two cartoon characters who swoop in whenever the value of the liberal arts is besmirched on Twitter: "Libby," an auburn-haired student, and "Art," a bespectacled, tweed-wearing counselor.
August 21, 2014
Men punished for sexual misconduct in the wave of cases sweeping college campuses are fighting back against what they call unfair student disciplinary systems and publicity that threatens to shatter their reputations. The current and former college students describe themselves as victims of false accusations amid a national campaign — led by the White House — to stamp out sexual violence on campuses.
August 21, 2014
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said that the Senate will give her student loan bill a second vote in September, as Democrats look to push the issue ahead of November’s midterm elections. Warren’s bill would allow more than 25 million people to refinance student loans acquired before 2010 to a lower interest rate under 4 percent. She would pay for her proposal with the "Buffett Rule," a minimum 30 percent income tax payment from people earning between $1 million and $2 million.
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.
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.
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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