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.
The jobs report is good, but the feds are about to start losing money on student loans. Pueblo Community College gets well-deserved praise, while Greek life comes under fire in multiple states. Plus, we learn who’s likely to win in a PhD vs. robot challenge!
A proposed bill in New Mexico requires high school juniors to submit proof of their plans to apply to college, begin an internship, or join the military.
“Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential.”
-President Trump, in his State of the Union address
Possibly practical updates on everything from debt to Disney! Plus: which of these has gone up 160% since 1980: average family income, home cost, or tuition? And, we wonder: does Unmanned Vehicle University have a decent football team?