Graduate Student Debt Is Subsidizing an Ever-More Broken Higher Education System

Student debt have been soaring in the past few decades, the result of synergism between rapidly increasing tuition costs and the stagnation of household incomes. The increasing levels of debt is rapidly becoming a crisis, with negative downstream impacts on purchasing power and the economy. Although the burden of student loan debt is borne by…
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In Pursuit of Disruption in Higher Education

The current system of higher education is a historical anachronism. Nearly untouched by the inexorable forward march of technology, the experience of going to college has remained largely the same for hundreds of years. Sure, students now take notes on laptops rather than in notebooks, whiteboards have replaced blackboards, and lectures can be downloaded and…
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Even Obama is Worried About the Decline of Ideological Diversity on College Campuses

President Obama is wrong about almost everything. Let’s get that out of the way now. But he’s right about one thing: the increasingly militant fight for political correctness on college campuses has to end. Now. “If you think that the only way forward is to be as uncompromising as possible, you will feel good about…
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Colleges Are Failing Students. Here’s A Way to Fix That

Want to watch something depressing? Take a look at MarketWatch’s student loan debt clock and watch the outstanding balance jump by $2,726.27 every second. Every. Single. Second. | StartClass Want to read something depressing? Take a look at this new report from Preston Cooper of the Manhattan Institute, which finds that only 59 percent of four-year college…
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Liberals Have Created a Caste-Like Education System. It’s Time We Fixed It

Americans have long taken it for granted that college was the key to unlocking economic success. As President Obama said earlier this year, higher education is “the surest ticket to the middle class.” That may well be true, but it may miss the real problem: Colleges are getting very picky about who they sell those…
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The Agenda Lurking Beneath Obama’s College Rating System

The “higher education bubble” has often been discussed in terms of soaring college costs and the resulting debt being borne by students. Clearly this is a problem. Since 1978 the price of tuition has increased more than 650 points above inflation, a number that makes the housing bubble seem small by comparison. But there is…
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Young Voters are Willing to Listen, It’s Now Up to Republicans to Speak to Them

Republicans have many reasons to celebrate, not just because we made crucial gains in the U.S. Senate, but because we laid an incredible foundation for future victories. Nowhere is that more evident than the tremendous gains we achieved in the youth vote, both in terms of turnout and vote share. These gains were achieved in…
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The Higher Education Status Quo Is Failing More and More Young People

The claws are out for defenders of the status quo in higher education. The latest assault on their worldview comes from the results of a Gallup survey that shows that increasing levels of college debt decreases happiness, health, job satisfaction, and a myriad of other measures of well being. Susan Dynarski, a professor of education…
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Sen. Lee Brings a Dose of Creative Destruction to Higher Education

Over the past several decades technology has transformed nearly everything. Shelves of books can be condensed down onto a device no larger than a paperback. Music that was once etched in vinyl or burned onto CDs are now simply downloaded onto credit card-sized gadgets. And computers, which were once the size of entire rooms, can…
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College Debt is Busting the Budgets of a Generation – It’s Time for Change

The policy discussion over how to address college costs is faring almost as poorly as the discussion of health care costs that occurred several years ago. There is clearly a recognition that something is dramatically wrong, but the political left and right are miles apart in how to fix it. Conservatives view the higher education…
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