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Senators Call for a Tougher ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule

Tossing off phrases like “national scandal,” “scammed,” and “worst of the worst” to describe for-profit colleges that they said take advantage of students, four U.S. senators on Thursday called on the Department of Education to beef up its proposed “gainful employment” rule. The senators appeared at a news conference here with several students at for-profit … Continue reading

Rubio Proposes Higher Education Overhaul

Addressing what he calls a “growing opportunity gap” between people with and without advanced educations, Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for state-accredited alternatives to four-year colleges and income-based repayments for college loans. The Florida senator and possible 2016 Republican presidential contender also says Congress should establish an independent accrediting agency to assess free courses offered … Continue reading

Home College: an Idea Whose Time Has Come (Again)

“Maybe you should home-college,” I joked to a highly educated Ph.D. friend—doctorate in medieval history, two master’s, several years of adjunct teaching experience in three fields. She was worried about how she would pay for her own offspring’s eventual college education on her tiny salary, if she did not soon land a full-time job, preferably … Continue reading

A Chronicle of Higher Education Special

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a special feature on the funding (or lack of) for the nation’s public colleges and universities. A must read. An Era of Neglect: How public colleges were crowded out, beaten up, and failed to fight back. By Karin Fischer and Jack Stripling. From Public Good to Private Good: How … Continue reading

Jonathan Martin and the Soft, White, Private School Question

N.F.L. lineman Jonathan Martin encountered a Miami Dolphins team culture that was sick at its core. But was his private-school upbringing partly responsible for his inability to cope with the locker-room bullying he encountered there? “I figured out a major source of my anxiety,” he wrote to his mother during his ordeal, according to the … Continue reading

Alumni of For-Profit Colleges Have Mixed Views of Their Experience

Students and graduates of for-profit colleges give their institutions high marks for teaching quality and scheduling flexibility, but nearly a third of the alumni conclude that, given the colleges’ relatively high costs, the investment isn’t worth it, according to a report being released on Monday by Public Agenda, a nonprofit research group. The report, “Profiting … Continue reading

Higher Education Split over Benefit of Online Courses for Students

Despite controversies concerning the motives on online education companies, Cornell professors say online courses can be effective source of learning for students. Recent studies by the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education have revealed that much of the motivation behind companies such as Udacity, Coursera and EdX moving toward online education and massive open … Continue reading

By the Numbers: Millionaires at Private Colleges, 2011

The number of private-college presidents who earn more than $1-million has risen steadily each year, from just seven in 2004-5 to 42 in 2011. But at some of the wealthiest universities, where it’s not uncommon for a president to earn a seven-figure salary, other employees—especially doctors, coaches, and investment officers—can earn even more. 203–Number of … Continue reading

Boards Justify High Pay for Presidents

Robert J. Zimmer is a man of few peers. The University of Chicago president, who heads one of the nation’s wealthiest institutions and gets free housing in a major metropolis, earned almost $3.4-million in 2011, making him the highest-paid private-college leader in the United States that year, a Chronicle analysis has found. Mr. Zimmer’s total compensation was … Continue reading