This Saturday, The Ohio State University will graduate almost 12,000 students, setting another school record for the fourth year in a row.
In northern California, Butte College’s efforts to reduce textbook costs for students have led to 200 class sections with no book fees. On the course schedule, the Butte flags these classes with a “ZTC” (Zero Textbook Cost) logo. Meanwhile, in New York, a partnership with online bookstore Akademos will result in a 60% savings for students.
CNBC provides a helpful list of the actual, net costs of attending 17 of the top colleges in America. Their calculations tally all tuition, fees, and living expenses but subtract the average amounts of grants and scholarships.
Plans are in the works to create almost 300 new universities in Nigeria to meet the demand from a rapidly growing youth population. Last year, Nigerian schools accepted only 19% of applicants.
Westminster Choir College, a small music school in Princeton, New Jersey may soon be sold for $40 million to a for-profit Chinese company. Following the familiar pattern of schools undergoing transitions or mergers, some faculty and alumni oppose the sale and are trying to prevent it.
With their lower tuition rates, cheaper rents, and 18 year-old drinking age, Candadian schools have become increasingly attractive to American students. For example, the University of Toronto experienced an 81% increase in American applications compared to last year (although we suspect professor Jordan Peterson’s swelling rock-star popularity may have contributed to that particular increase).
Last week, we reported on Pennsylvania’s recognition (spurred by a RAND corporation analysis) of the possibility that it may have many more public colleges than it needs. This week, an opinion piece in an Oklahoma paper raises similar concerns about that state, noting there may no longer be a “ready supply” of students.
The accrediting authority over the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system has rejected its president’s proposal to merge and consolidate campuses. The system must now consider tuition hikes or campus closings to address its financial problems.
A study by Cigna finds that Gen Z (ages 18-22) is the loneliest generation, with a “loneliness score” of 48.3 (on a scale of 20-80, and compared to a national average of 44). Notably the researchers did not find a correlation between loneliness and use of social media.
Vocationalism in Washington state: observing that “High-Paying Jobs Go Begging While High School Grads Line Up for Bachelor’s Degrees,” Washington Monthly explains how high school graduates in the Pacific northwest have opportunities in ironworking and other skilled trades. Meanwhile, in Battle Ground, a high school automotives teacher prepares his students with enough basic skills to begin work at auto shops.
Fans of L’il Miquela will not be surprised. Student loan expert Drew Cloud, who has been quoted by media outlets such as CNBC, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post, does not exist. An investigation by The Chronicle of Higher Education exposed Cloud as a fabrication of The Student Loan Report, which promotes a debt refinancing company. As the Chronicle explains, that website presented an “elaborate backstory” for Cloud, along with an appealing stream of dubious media-baiting statistics such as, “Twenty-seven percent of students would contract the Zika virus to live debt-free.”