22 juin 2014

The Miseducation of America

subscribe todayBy William Deresiewicz. The movie 'Ivory Tower' and the rhetoric of crisis and collapse.
While I was watching Ivory Tower, a documentary about the state of college in America that appears in select theaters this month (the movie also airs on CNN this fall), it occurred to me that of the many problems with higher education these days, not the least concerns the way we talk about it. "Efficiency," "art-history majors," "kids who graduate with $100,000 in debt," "the college bubble," the whole rhetoric of crisis and collapse: The public discourse is dominated by sound bites, one-liners, hearsay, horror stories, and a very great deal of misinformation. More...

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Study Links Child Health Coverage, College Attainment

HomeWhen children have health insurance, they are more likely to finish high school, enroll in college and earn a bachelor's degree, according to a study released today by the National Bureau of Economic Research (abstract available here). The study uses Medicaid expansions of the 1980s and 1990s that expanded the share of children in the United States with health insurance and tracks the impact on those who became eligible as children. Read more...

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Duke Changes Dorm Name Honoring White Supremacist

HomeDuke University will once again call East Residence Hall by that original name, stripping it of the name of the former North Carolina governor who had outspoken white supremacist views, President Richard H. Brodhead said in a letter to students this week. Students at Duke had pushed in recent months to change the name of Aycock Hall, a freshman residence that had been named in 1914 for the former North Carolina governor Charles B. Aycock, who pushed for both expanded public education and for segregation. Read more...

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Starbucks U.

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. Starbucks on Sunday night announced a major effort to help its employees earn bachelor's degrees. The company will pay for the junior and senior years of any employees who work at least 20 hours a week if they are admitted at junior or senior level to one of 40-plus bachelor's programs offered online by Arizona State University. There is no requirement that the degree program relate to Starbucks business. Read more...

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Promising Too Much?

HomeBy Charlie Tyson. Calls for free college, long a goal of the left (and, long ago, a reality in some states), went somewhat mainstream Tuesday morning. Flanked by an array of former governors and congressmen, Morley Winograd – who once served as a top adviser to former vice president Al Gore – unveiled a new nonprofit that has armed itself with an unusual proposal. The group wants to create federally funded full-tuition scholarships for students at two-year and four-year colleges. Read more...

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Missing the Expected Impact

HomeBy Charlie Tyson. Many in higher education believe that test-optional admissions policies –- when colleges and universities do not require applicants to submit standardized test scores -- boost enrollment of low-income students and underrepresented minorities (African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans). A new study, however, challenges this conventional wisdom.
An article published last week in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis argues that a college’s adoption of test-optional policies does not increase the proportion of low-income and African-American, Latino and Native American students who enroll. Instead, such policies benefit the institution. Read more...

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A Win for Free Speech

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a community college employee who testified about an Alabama legislator's no-show job had First Amendment protection when he did so. The ruling allows the employee -- whose job was subsequently eliminated -- to pursue a claim that he lost his position in retaliation for his testimony. Read more...

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Senators Start In on HEA

HomeBy Michael Stratford. After months of hearings, the two key lawmakers charged with overseeing the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in the U.S. Senate are beginning to stake out firmer positions on what they want to include in the massive law that governs colleges and universities. Read more...

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College costs expose the false meritocracy of the American dream

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy . The cost of an education in America has risen so much that only the wealthy and indebted can attend. The system doesn't work. More...

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US professors urge Western universities to end ties to China's Confucius Institutes

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy . In a serious blow to China's soft-power outreach, a leading association of American professors warns that Confucius Institutes break basic standards on academic freedom. Read more...

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