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Colleges Rattled as Obama Seeks Rating System

By MICHAEL D. SHEARMAY 25, 2014 NYTimes WASHINGTON — The college presidents were appalled. Not only had President Obama called for a government rating system for their schools, but now one of his top education officials was actually suggesting it would be as easy as evaluating a kitchen appliance. “It’s like rating a blender,” Jamienne […]

Troubling Student Loans

By THE EDITORIAL BOARDAPRIL 28, 2014 NYTimes College students who borrow from private lenders often assume that private and federal student loans work the same way. The two could not be more different. Federal loans, for example, have low, fixed rates and broad consumer protections that permit people who run into trouble to make lower, […]

How One Michigan City Is Sending Kids To College Tuition-Free

by NPR STAFF April 16, 2014 3:41 AM ET Paying for college presents a tremendous hurdle to many families, from wading through paperwork and navigating financial aid to understanding the long-term implications of college debt. But what if the city you lived in footed the bill for college? That’s what Kalamazoo, Mich., has been doing […]

Ed Tech Is Poised to Go Mainstream

By Sari Factor Forbes 2/28/2014 @ 4:21PM Six hours a day. That’s how much time the average teenager spends online, according to a June 2013 study by McAfee. These are “digital natives,” a generation that has grown up online and connected. Just think about it: students born in 2007, the year the iPhone was launched, […]

The Latest in Online Learning

by BIG THINK EDITORS MARCH 28, 2014, 12:00 AM Anant Agrawal is the president of edX, an online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT. As Bill Clinton said at the Global Education & Skills Forum, it’s important to never stop learning. That’s why online education is such an exciting new frontier–helping people challenge themselves, […]

The Moral Power of Free Universal Higher Education

The Moral Power of Free Universal Higher Education coming the subject of a fight for justice (some of which have yet to be won). I believe the moment will come, perhaps very soon, when we as a society will ask ourselves: How can we deny a higher education to any young person in this country […]

A Quick Way to Cut College Costs

By STEVE COHENMARCH 20, 2014 NYTimes COLLEGE admission notifications have begun to arrive. With every thrilling acceptance comes something far less welcome: the heart-stopping reality of what it all costs. Tuition has risen almost 1,200 percent in the last 35 years, and the sticker price for many four-year private colleges and out-of-state public universities exceeds […]

Rick Holmes: A primer on education reform

By Rick Holmes Posted Mar. 17, 2014 @ 1:35 pm Herald News We’re into a new round of debates over education reform, and the flashpoints illustrate how these basic values clash. The issues are further complicated by politics, money and stubborn tradition. Education should be simple. Just start with the things about child-raising nearly every […]

Mich. tuition plan would pay it forward

David Jesse, Detroit Free Press 8:57 p.m. EDT March 18, 2014 USA Today DETROIT — The latest, greatest idea for making a college education affordable sounds simple enough — students can attend school for free. But there’s a catch. In return for free tuition, students have to agree to pay a fixed percentage of their […]

Rubio and Obama have a plan to pay off your college debt

March 18, 2014 12:00 am • Bloomberg News The following editorial appears on Bloomberg View: Republicans and Democrats in Washington are expected, if not required, to disagree. So it’s both surprising and encouraging to find two Republicans proposing social programs that are more ambitious than the president’s. The Republicans in question are Sen. Marco Rubio […]