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Now Defending the Liberal Arts on Twitter: a Couple of Cartoons

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. Read More


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Men Punished in Sexual Misconduct Cases on Colleges Campuses Are Fighting Back

Washington Post

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. 
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Warren: Senate to Vote Again on Student Loans

The Hill

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.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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