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Education-How Can We Assure A College Education To All Qualified Students?

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 […]

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, […]

Magnet Schools Find a Renewed Embrace in Cities

By MOTOKO RICHFEB. 16, 2014 NYTimes MIAMI — Nearly five decades ago, as racial tension raged in cities, magnet schools were introduced here and elsewhere as an alternative to court-ordered busing in the hope that specialized theme schools would slow white flight and offer options to racial minorities zoned for low-performing schools. Magnet schools never […]

Risky Business: Why Student Loans Are The Worst Way To Fund College

Josh Freedman, Contributor 2/10/2014 @ 9:00AM Forbes As the number of students attending colleges and universities has steadily increased and the cost for most students has climbed even faster, student debt figures (both total and per person) have continued to get bigger. Arguments about the likelihood of a “higher education bubble” abound. Struggles with loan […]

Tennessee Weighs The Cost Of A Free College Education

by BLAKE FARMER February 08, 2014 5:00 PM NPR Pretty soon, going to community college in Tennessee may become absolutely free. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam unveiled the proposal in his annual State of the State address this week. Haslam is trying to lift Tennessee’s ranking as one of the least-educated states. Less than a third […]

Anant Agarwal: Why massive open online courses (still) matter

2013 was a year of hype for MOOCs (massive open online courses). Great big numbers and great big hopes were followed by some disappointing first results. But the head of edX, Anant Agarwal, makes the case that MOOCs still matter — as a way to share high-level learning widely and supplement (but perhaps not replace) […]

US Government Shuts Down Access to Online Courses in Syria, Sudan, Iran and Cuba

by NEUROBONKERS JANUARY 28, 2014, 11:09 PM BigThink Coursera is a service that allows top universities around the world to share their material online. Without spending a penny I’ve completed courses on Coursera from universities including Stanford and Caltech on topics ranging from science writing and law to neuroscience and clinical problem solving. My experience […]

Will Congress turn its back on students?

By Ronan Farrow 01/28/14 09:00 AM—UPDATED 01/28/14 12:08 PM MSNBC Becky Gaul holds $96,000 of student loan debt. Her salary as a public school teacher for Nevada’s Clark County is about half that amount. Becky was raised in a household of little means in Ohio, but her single mother encouraged her to dream big. Becky […]