Can ASU’s innovations inspire changes at schools across the nation? In his provocative speech to governors, President Michael Crow challenged the mindset that “only a lowlife scum university would be so foolish as to divert the energy of its elite faculty to educating college dropouts working at Starbucks.”
Since the financial crisis of 2007-08, Americans have had fewer babies. As a result, about ten years from now, there will be a big dip in the number of college-age students. Professor Nathan Grawe has written a new book which forecasts this dynamic in detail–and his findings predict a major threat to many colleges.
–Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal, describing–apparently without irony–his concerns about cryptocurrencies (and not the US dollar).
It’s a “big numbers” news edition as a top liberal arts school crosses the $70K tuition mark, Lowe’s writes generous checks to employees, and some “not degree” winners make six-figure salaries. Plus, we learn what “text nudging” is for college students.
If you have ever made payments on student loans, how would you feel if the government forgave the debt of others who had not paid? Effectively, you would have paid for student debt twice–first for your own, then second, as a taxpayer, for those who had their loans erased.
Someone is always ranking colleges in one way or another, and today’s news provides three very different examples. Also: Wheaton College and several HBCU’s get financial windfalls, students throw axes, and we learn about campus dating in the Tinder era.
–Tim Hofferth, Chairman of the Board of South Carolina’s Higher Education Commission, commenting on the untenable trends of increasing college costs and decreasing enrollment. As reported in the Charleston Post Courier, in-state enrollment to South Carolina public schools has decreased 17% over ten years, while tuition rates have increased four times faster than inflation. Mr. Hofferth predicts some “institutional failure” will result from these trends.
Tech wonks continue to promote bots and AI in higher ed, while students wrestle with the more practical concern of textbook prices. Meanwhile, in case your social media isn’t fake enough, you can now follow 100% fake influencers like “Lil Miquela.” And: how much would YOU pay to get into the ivy league?
After years of listening to the concerns of students and other educators, Dr. Jones envisioned a better approach to higher education–but her solution was not to write a book about it. Instead, she founded an unorthodox 21st-century college, the Wayfinding Academy, from scratch! Learn more in our interview.
Granted, the Department of Education has an obligation to inform the public about financial aid options and all of the details relating to FAFSA application processes. But taking on years of debt is far more serious than dancing groundhogs or dudes with horse heads.