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December 2, 2014

Is the UVA Rape Story a Gigantic Hoax? - Robby Soave, Reason

Journalists who contemplate such matters are now wondering whether the incredible Rolling Stone story about the gang rape of a University of Virginia student is just...

December 2, 2014

Universities Should Get Out of the Housing Business - Peter Lawler, NRO

Reading Rolling Stone and then Carl about the gang rape at the frat house at the University of Virginia has caused me to wonder whether many or most colleges and universi...

December 1, 2014

Maybe Preschool Helps Some Kids but Not Others - Jay Belsky, NYT

BEHIND a half-century of policies to promote child development, there lies an assumption: that children are essentially equally affected by the environments they grow up in, and th...

December 1, 2014

Bringing Higher Ed Into Focus - National Survey of Student Engagement

Findings released today from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) show how the average student experience can vary considerably from one institution to the next, even a...

November 26, 2014

Are Colleges Using Their Space Wisely? - Thomas K. Lindsay, RCPolicy

Texas, the country's second-largest state, will commence its next legislative session in January. Among the bills already introduced (during the "pre-filing" session), two seek sli...

November 26, 2014

Is Harvard Unfair to Asian-Americans? - Yascha Mounk, New York Times

NEARLY a century ago, Harvard had a big problem: Too many Jews. By 1922, Jews accounted for 21.5 percent of freshmen, up from 7 percent in 1900 and vastly more than at Yale or Prin...

November 26, 2014

Campus Rape: Calling the Cops Isn't Enough - W. Bradford Wilcox, NRO

It’s been a terrible semester at Mr. Jefferson’s University. Suicides. The apparent kidnapping, rape, and murder of Hannah Graham. And now this: allegations of not one ...

November 21, 2014

Jeb Bush Troubled by Common Core Debate - Caitlin Emma, Politico

Potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush stood before a packed hall Thursday morning and rallied his education troops, encouraging the crowd to keep fighting the “gover...

November 17, 2014

LBJ's Impact on Education Today - Dana Goldstein, American Prospect

Even as President Lyndon Johnson declined to take regulatory steps to protect veteran black teachers who were losing their jobs as a result of Brown v. Board, he aggressively pursu...

November 14, 2014

Thumbs Down on 'Gainful Employment' Rule - George Leef, Pope Center

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Steve Gunderson, president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (the group that would be decimated — or worse — by t...

November 13, 2014

Post-election, Higher Ed Still Needs Help - Alex McHugh, ACTA

With the midterm elections behind us, Washington is quieting to its usual hum. But post-election analysis has already begun, and it’s no different for higher ed. There was on...

November 13, 2014

Common Core Prepares a 21st Century Workforce - Chamber of Commerce

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the business community is a strong supporter of the Common Core State Standards. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise why they supp...

November 13, 2014

Common Core Hidden Cost: Teacher Accountability - NCPA

Bill Gates said that education reform is more difficult than eradicating polio, malaria or tuberculosis. He supports all of these causes, but the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)...

November 12, 2014

Republicans, Don't Forget Higher Ed - Peter Lawler, Minding the Campus

The Republicans’ massive victory on all levels of American politics requires them to be more than anti-Obama or anti-progressive. They must implement policies that will contribut...

November 11, 2014

The Union That Devoured Education Reform - Daniel DiSalvo, City Journal

During his 12 years as mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg made a valiant effort to loosen the grip of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the labor union representing m...

November 11, 2014

Economic Benefits of Closing Achievement Gaps - Lynch & Oakford, CAP

Our nation is currently experiencing growing levels of income and wealth inequality, which are contributing to longstanding racial and ethnic gaps in education outcomes and other a...

November 8, 2014

How Much Does Community College Pay? - Dadgar & Trimble, AERA

This study provides one of the first estimates of the returns to different types of community college credentials—short-term certificates, long-term certificates, and associa...

November 6, 2014

An Action Plan for Higher Ed Trustees - ACTA

November 2014 by ACTA  Implementing Governance for a New Era is an action plan to assist college and university trustees in reforming higher education. Delivere...

November 4, 2014

When Teachers Make $125,000 a Year - Furgeson et al., Mathematica

Mathematica found that by the end of the 2012–2013 school year, TEP’s impacts on student achievement were consistently positive across subjects and cohorts, with especi...

November 4, 2014

Student Loans and Repayment - Lochner & Monge-Naranjo, St. Louis Fed

In this paper we explore alternative models for insurance and incentives problems and assess them in terms of the implied behavior for human capital investment, consumption and def...

November 1, 2014

Our New Rules for Career Colleges - Cecilia Munoz, White House

Yesterday, the Administration announced new regulations to protect students at career colleges from ending up with student loan debt that they cannot pay. The new rules will ens...

October 31, 2014

Do 'Teacher Quality' Measures Work? - Thomas J. Kane, Brookings

In 25 years as an education researcher, I have never witnessed a rapid outpouring of new research in education such as we’ve seen in recent years.  In what may be the mo...

October 30, 2014

Black Kids' Schools: Segregated by Poverty Too - Reed Jordan, RCPolicy

African Americans share a uniquely high exposure to poverty in the U.S. Through a century of various explicit public and private housing-discrimination practices, African...

October 30, 2014

Report Card on American Education - ALEC

The 19th edition of the Report Card on American Education is a comprehensive overview of educational achievement levels, focusing on performance and gains for low-income students...

October 29, 2014

Three Ways to Fix Private Student Loan Troubles - Maura Dundon, CRL

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent report on private student loans drew a sharp critique from lenders, who claim that the CFPB unfairly singles out private loans w...

October 29, 2014

Common Core: Mapping the Future of Testing - Emmeline Zhao, RCE

The Common Core couldn’t catch a break this summer as politicians geared up for November’s midterm elections....

October 28, 2014

A Public College Quality Compact - David A. Bergeron et al., CAP

Public investment in higher education is vital to the performance of our economy. First and foremost, America’s public colleges and universities offer citizens a steadfast pa...

October 27, 2014

College Should Start Senior Year of High School - Libby Nelson, Vox

Some rural school districts in Oregon are experimenting with "13th grade" — keeping students in the school system in high schools even as they attend their first year of coll...

October 24, 2014

Why Americans Like Their Own Public Schools - Martin West, Brookings

Americans assign far higher grades to the public schools in their local community than to the public schools of the nation as a whole.  In the 2014 Education Next&nb...

October 24, 2014

Colleges Let Sexual Predators Slip Away - Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post

If a college student is disciplined by a school for sexual assault, the rapist can skip the punishment by transferring to a new university without anyone ever knowing....

October 24, 2014

Why College Students Don't Learn Much - Michael Poliakoff, ACTA

"What Will They Learn?" asks the American Council of Trustees and Alumni's (ACTA) annual study of college core requirements. And given what we uncovered this year, it is no surpri...

October 23, 2014

Our Disturbingly Segregated Schools - Janie Boschma, National Journal

For the first time in American history this fall, students from racial and ethnic minorities represent a majority in public schools. That even Des Moines, Iowa is an exam...

October 22, 2014

Education: Stuck in the Manufacturing Age - Joan Duffell, Pacific Standard

As the leader of a non-profit organization that strives to help the world’s children develop vital social and emotional skills early in life, I was pleased to read ...

October 21, 2014

Connecticut's Great College Cost Shift - Huelsman & Hiltonsmith, Demos

In today’s economy, a college education is essential for getting a good job and entering the middle class. Yet, despite this reality, college costs are rising beyond the reac...

October 20, 2014

A Boost for School Lunch Standards - Neal Barnard, PCRM

The School Nutrition Association and its biggest backers—the meat, dairy, and other junk food industries—would have you believe that getting kids to eat their veggies i...

October 20, 2014

Where the Advanced Degrees Are - Richey Piiparinen et al., CPD

In 1963, nearly 75% of America’s top 50 companies owned and extracted natural resources1. By 2013, only 20% of top firms were natural resource-based. Today, knowledge-focused...

October 16, 2014

Higher Ed: The Tyranny of 'Niceness' - Thomas K. Lindsay, RealClearPolicy

Take this quiz. In which of the following venues -- (a) The New York Times or (b) Fox News -- did the following report appear? "Teacher[s] . . . [are] frightened of the p...

October 16, 2014

Ranking Colleges' Curricula - American Council of Trustees and Alumni

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today released the 2014-2015 What Will They Learn?TM ratings. The study of the curricula of 1,098 colleges and universiti...

October 15, 2014

Student Loans: How Not to Help - Robert Shireman, California Competes

Four months after my niece's graduation party, she got an email with a subject line indicating that she would soon need to start making payments on her student loans. Employed only...

October 15, 2014

Who's Making It to College? - National Student Clearinghouse

Our second annual report provides high school-to-college transition rates for graduates of public non-charter, public charter, and private high schools. For students of public non-...

October 15, 2014

Neo-Victorianism on Campus - Heather Mac Donald, Weekly Standard

Sexual liberation is having a nervous breakdown on college campuses. Conservatives should be cheering on its collapse; instead they sometimes sound as if they want to administer th...

October 14, 2014

'Yes Means Yes' Is a Terrible Law and I Support It - Ezra Klein, Vox

SB 697, California's "Yes Means Yes" law, is a terrible bill. But it's a necessary one....

October 14, 2014

Working Conditions of Adjunct Faculty - Public Sociology Association

As many as 3 in 4 college or university instructors today are part-time or “contingent” faculty. In many cases, they must work long hours for multiple institutions, wit...

October 11, 2014

A Culture of Campus 'Rape Culture' - Heather Mac Donald, NRO

Proponents of the idea that American colleges are frequent sites of sexual assault have seized on the abduction of a University of Virginia undergraduate to further their case. ...

October 10, 2014

The Heritability of Academic Achievement - Eva Krapohl et al., PNAS

Differences among children in educational achievement are highly heritable from the early school years until the end of compulsory education at age 16, when UK students are assesse...

October 8, 2014

The Ed Dept.'s New War on Inequality - Michael S. Greve, Library of L&L

This past Friday, Boston College’s excellent Shep Melnick (interviewed on this site not long ago) gratuitously ruined my weekend by alerting me to the latest “Dear Coll...

October 8, 2014

The Affluent Are Borrowing More for College - Richard Fry, Pew Research

In 2012, a record share of the nation’s new college graduates (69%) had taken out student loans to finance their education, and the typical amount they had borrowed was more ...

October 8, 2014

Aid for College Is Missing the Mark - Eduardo Porter, New York Times

In 1987, when he was Ronald Reagan’s education secretary, the conservative culture warrior William J. Bennett wrote a famous essay denouncing federal aid for higher...

October 7, 2014

The Plot Against Public Education - Bob Herbert, Politico Magazine

Bill Gates had an idea. He was passionate about it, absolutely sure he had a winner. His idea? America’s high schools were too big....

November 26, 2014

Feds Restore Oklahoma's No Child Left Behind Waiver

August 6, 2013


June 6, 2013

Student Loan Fight Set in Senate

May 31, 2013

Universities Show Uneven Efforts in Enrolling Poor Students

May 31, 2013

Tea Party Groups Mobilizing Against Common Core

May 30, 2013

For Raising Students' Scores, Reading Is Harder Than Math

May 29, 2013

Loan Rates to Rise for 7 Million

May 29, 2013

Student Loan Business Sallie Mae to Split into Two Companies

May 28, 2013

States Raise Public College Budgets After Years of Cuts

May 24, 2013

House Approves Variable-Rate Federal Student Loans

May 23, 2013

Two-Year Colleges Support Poor Students, Get Less Federal Aid

May 23, 2013

House Begins Effort to Stave Off Student Loan Increase

May 23, 2013

Obama Threatens Veto

May 20, 2013

Schools Add to Students' Test Load to Refine Testing Questions

May 16, 2013

Obama Student Loan Policy Reaping $51 Billion Profit

May 14, 2013

Indiana Halts Common Core Standards Implementation

May 13, 2013

House Tackles Student Loan Rates

May 8, 2013

Louisiana Supreme Court Rules Voucher Funding Unconstitutional

May 6, 2013

Colleges Cut Prices by Providing More Financial Aid

May 2, 2013

Chicago Charter Schools Unionize

May 1, 2013

'Parent Trigger' Legislation Fails in Florida State Senate

May 1, 2013

Rural-Urban Split Over Rewrite of No Child Left Behind Law

April 30, 2013

Turmoil Swirls Around Common Core Standards

April 30, 2013

Colleges Adopt Online Courses to Ease Burdens of Graduating

April 30, 2013

Funding Overhaul Pits Rich vs. Poor Districts in California

April 25, 2013

Study Finds There's No Shortage of U.S. STEM Graduates

Education Headlines

Massive power outage hits downtown

By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A massive outage on Tuesday cut power to public building...

Five college students plead not gui

By Sascha Brodsky PATERSON, N.J. (Reuters) - Five college students accused of gang-raping a female f...

Calif. lawmakers push higher educat

Democrats in the state Senate released a plan Tuesday to avoid tuition increases at the University o...

More than 2,200 NYC school computer

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 2,200 computers purchased for New York City schools ...