Colleges in Crisis

Colleges in Crisis : Analysis
The advent of massive open online courses won't make on-campus learning a thing of the past.

There is no education bubble

Prognosticators worry that skyrocketing tuition and technology-driven innovations will soon lead to the collapse of the American university. They're wrong

Colleges in Crisis : Opinion Brief
A student takes a nap while studying: The price of a college education has nearly doubled since 1995, far outpacing inflation.

Is college a bad investment?

With tuition rising and jobs disappearing, says Megan McArdle at The Daily Beast, many students are leaving campus worse off than when they arrived

Colleges in Crisis : In-depth briefing
The company Coursera has teamed up with 16 universities (including Stanford, Duke, and Princeton) to offer more than 100 free online courses to anyone with internet access.

Virtual Princeton: A guide to free online Ivy League classes

Elite universities are throwing open their classrooms' doors to anyone with an internet connection — for free

Colleges in Crisis : Best Column
Syracuse University graduates during their commencement: Professor Luigi Zingales says we could extinguish student debt by having venture capitalists "fincance students' education with equity."

Why investors should be allowed to buy 'stock' in college kids

We can solve the student debt crisis, lower the cost of college, and shrink the federal deficit in one fell swoop, says professor Luigi Zingales in The New York Times

Colleges in Crisis : Instant Guide
It may be overflowing with tourists, but Niagara Falls, N.Y., is seeing its population shrink as young residents move elsewhere in search of excitement and employment.

Would you move to a city that helped pay off your student loans?

Communities with contracting populations, like Niagara Falls, are offering debt relief to attract young residents. Will it work?

Colleges in Crisis : The Bullpen
Bill Frist

Bill Frist: America must invest in research universities — or get left behind

Gone are the days when Bell Labs was the nation's prime innovator. Today, we must rely on universities — and those universities need our help

Colleges in Crisis : Burning Question
Three-year undergraduate degrees are the norm in Europe, according to the Associated Press.

Can three-year degrees help Americans afford college?

Wesleyan University, eager to help cash-strapped families avoid crushing college costs, encourages students to shave a year off their time on campus

Colleges in Crisis : Controversy
Diddy and his son Justin Combs in 2010: Merit-based scholarships may help even wealthy kids strive to work hard in high school.

Should rich kids be ineligible for college scholarships?

Hip-hop mogul Diddy is worth $500 million, and his son just landed a full-ride, merit-based scholarship to UCLA. Where's the justice?

Colleges in Crisis : The List
Depending on how you look at it, the rising cost of student loans can be blamed on too much government... or too little.

Who's to blame for the rising cost of student loans?

As Congress deadlocks over proposals to prevent interest rates from spiking, a look at five possible culprits in America's student-loan mess

Colleges in Crisis : Fact Sheet
What would Bluto do? Starting this fall, Princeton freshmen who try to pledge one of the school's 12 frats will likely be suspended.

Princeton's crackdown on frats: Too harsh?

Starting next fall, if the Ivy Leage school's freshmen pledge, rush, or interact with Greek organizations, they'll face the threat of immediate suspension

Colleges in Crisis : The Bullpen
Yunte Huang

Yunte Huang: A student debt crisis that cannot be ignored

Mitt Romney talks about the country's student-loan problem as if it barely merits fixing — probably because he doesn't know what it means to owe

Colleges in Crisis : Instant Guide
Some experts advise students to view increasingly pointless waitlist spots as "honorable mentions" and move on in their search for a college.

The hopelessness of college waitlists: A guide

Colleges load up their admissions waitlists with near-misses and donors' children, but the odds of getting off the list and into the school are increasingly low

Colleges in Crisis : Burning Question
One community college in California is testing out a two-tiered fee system that will quintuple the cost of some popular classes.

Should colleges charge more for popular classes?

A California school comes up with a novel way to avoid overcrowded lecture halls, but some worry that the plan favors the rich

Colleges in Crisis : Analysis
A business school class: Because business can be a more lucrative major, some public universities are making business students pay more than their more liberal arts-focused cohorts.

Should business students pay more tuition than philosophy majors?

An increasing number of colleges are charging more money for students to enroll in fields that lead to better-paying jobs

Colleges in Crisis : Opinion Brief
President Obama wants to reduce higher education tuition and fees, which averaged $8,244 at public universities last year, and $28,500 at private colleges.

Skyrocketing tuition: Is punishing expensive colleges the answer?

President Obama tries to pressure colleges into taming their wildly soaring tuition costs. Good luck with that, say dismissive critics

Colleges in Crisis : Fact Sheet
The University of Kansas Jayhawk mascot: KU bought up several Kansas-related .xxx domains over the last two months in an effort to prevent porn producers from profiting off the school.

Why colleges are buying .xxx web addresses

Before the racy web suffix went public, universities scrambled to protect their brands from profit-seeking porn producers

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