College, Inc.: Higher Education


Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 07/17/2012

Fixed-rate tuition can minimize college-price angst

Kettering University in Michigan is one of the latest institution to fix its tuition rate, so that students pay the same amount throughout their undergraduate education.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:04 PM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Finance | Tags:  college affordability, higher education

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 06/06/2012

Are certificates the future of higher education?

Post-secondary credentials in specific fields are the fastest-growing segment of higher education, a new report says.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:50 AM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment | Tags:  college attainment, higher education, postsecondary certificates

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/30/2012

New momentum for the three-year degree?

A prestigious college embarks on a three-year degree as another program yields its first graduates.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Finance | Tags:  three-year degree, higher education, college completion

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 05/21/2012

Public university presidents nearly crack the $2 million mark

Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State and a college leader since 1981, comes a few thousand dollars short of a compensation milestone.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:35 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  higher education, executive compensation

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 05/15/2012

State grant aid goes increasingly to the wealthy

In the District, only 6 percent of state grant funds are awarded based on financial need, according to a new report.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:49 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  higher education, financial aid

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 04/25/2012

Do colleges court those least in need of education?

Colleges build prestige by admitting the best-educated students. That’s like hospitals admitting the healthiest patients, our guest blogger opines.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:03 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Admissions, Rankings | Tags:  higher education, college rankings, college admissions

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 04/24/2012

The case against lowering student loan interest rates

A guest blogger argues that low-low interest rates on student loans feed runaway college pricing and waste tax dollars.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:34 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance | Tags:  student loans, Obama, higher education

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 04/23/2012

College giving rebounds as donor base shrinks

College giving is on the rise after a rough 2009 and an ambiguous 2010, a new report finds. But younger alumni are not stepping up.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:57 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Development, Finance | Tags:  college fundraising, higher education

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 04/20/2012

Ohio State’s Gordon Gee proposes “differential” tuition

What if public colleges charged different rates according to how much each student’s courses cost them to teach?

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:52 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  higher education, college affordability

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Five steps to a prudent student loan

Don’t be afraid to borrow a modest sum for college, our guest blogger advises.

By Daniel de Vise  |  06:36 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Finance | Tags:  student loans, higher education

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/01/2012

Six tips for liberal arts colleges to produce employable grads

Many top CEOs received a liberal education, our guest bloggers note.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Liberal Arts, Pedagogy, Students | Tags:  labor market, higher education

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Five universities that really are up-and-comers

These schools, all founded or reconfigured in the past 50 years, have quickly joined the top tier of national research universities.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:19 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Administration, Pedagogy, Public policy | Tags:  higher education, top universities, UMBC

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 03/16/2012

College learning tests might not be the answer

The academic accountability movement is creeping into higher education. But there are better ways than high-stakes tests to measure learning, our guest blogger argues.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:39 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Liberal Arts, Pedagogy, Research | Tags:  higher education, learning assessments, Academically Adrift

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Obama college-cost plan may not work as prescribed

The president wants to penalize colleges that charge too much. But the plan might punish low-cost schools, too.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:39 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Higher Education, College cost, Obama education plan, Colleges and universities

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Rising college prices: Is federal policy partly to blame?

Vassar president opines that spiraling costs are partly a response to misdirected federal incentives.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:37 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Obama budget, higher education

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Complaint alleges UMUC made ‘hush money’ payments to disgruntled employees

The document, filed with the state auditor, alleges UMUC President Susan Aldridge and her administration wasted tax dollars paying exiting employees for their silence.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:03 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance | Tags:  UMUC, higher education

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 03/08/2012

New graduation math = success for community colleges

Counting transfer students as “completers” will raise community college completion rates to 40 percent from - - well, from an unspeakably low number.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:03 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Community Colleges, Public policy | Tags:  community colleges, completion rates, higher education

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Juliette Bell tapped as UMES president

Chemist hopes to raise numbers of underrepresented minorities in the sciences.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:55 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration | Tags:  UMES, higher education

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Student loans surpass auto, credit card debt

New report shows one-third of all student loan debt is held by those under 30.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:54 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Obama, student loans, higher education

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Grad-rate ranking reveals elite list of small, wealthy schools

The colleges with the highest four-year graduation rates tend to enroll around 3,000 students and to spend about $200,000 educating each one.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:03 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Rankings | Tags:  college completion, graduation rates, Chronicle of Higher Education

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 09/13/2011

For-profit colleges release “responsible conduct” standards

Industry coalition proposes ethical rules for for-profit colleges

By Daniel de Vise  |  06:06 PM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, For-profit colleges | Tags:  Kaplan Higher Education

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 05/11/2011

O’Malley restores merit grants to 350 seniors

The students found out in recent days that their $3,000 Distinguished Scholar grants had been yanked.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:46 PM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Maryland higher education, student aid

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 03/25/2011

Guest post: Non-traditional students key to college completion goal

In a guest post, InsideTrack CEO Alan Tripp contends nontraditional students are essential to America’s quest to regain the world lead in college completion.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:36 PM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Inc., Attainment | Tags:  college completion, fixing higher education

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Cal State's Reed: Don't cut Pell grant program

California State University broke with years of tradition in the 2008 downturn by adopting competitive admissions. For the first time in a long time, California students in the top third of their classes with B averages weren't guaranteed admission. Since...

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:22 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Administration, Admissions, Aid, Attainment, Community Colleges, Finance, For-profit colleges, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  Cal State University, California higher education, Charles Reed CSU, Pell grants, higher education cuts

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Fixing higher ed: ACE's Molly Corbett Broad

In an article published last week in The Washington Post Magazine, I offered eight suggestions to "fix" higher education. After reading the article, you can rank the ideas in a poll, which you will find farther down on this blog....

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:52 AM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Accreditation, Administration | Tags:  ACE Broad, Fixing higher education, fixing higher ed washington post, washington post magazine higher education

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Fixing higher ed: U-Va. and U-Md. weigh in

In an article published last week in The Washington Post Magazine, I offered eight suggestions to "fix" higher education. After reading the article, you can rank the ideas in a poll, which you will find farther down on this blog....

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:46 PM ET, 02/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Aid, Athletics, Attainment, Development, Finance, Labor, Research, Technology | Tags:  UMD fixing higher ed, UVA fixing higher ed, fixing higher education, higher education reform, washington post fixing higher education

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 12/28/2010

12 notable higher education stories of 2010

In chronological order: Jan. 11: The University of Virginia picks its first female president. Her first six months will not be easy. April 16: Regents end a four-year tuition freeze in Maryland's state university system. Maryland's state schools were more...

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:43 PM ET, 12/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Students, Students, Students, Students, Students, Students, Students, Students, Students | Tags:  top college stories of 2010, top higher education stories of 2010

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 12/07/2010

Md., Va. grad rates exceed national average

A new report from the Southern Regional Education Board shows new graduation data suggesting that both Maryland and Virginia outperform the nation as a whole in both entering and exiting college. Maryland's college graduation rate stands at 65 percent, and...

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:08 PM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Attainment, Attainment | Tags:  Maryland higher education, Virginia higher education, college completion rates, college entrance rates, college graduation rates

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 12/02/2010

25 ways to reduce the cost of college

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity has been periodically releasing bits and pieces of what will be a book-length compendium of 25 proposals to reduce the cost of college. Much of it is now available online. I guess the...

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:35 PM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Finance, Finance, Finance, Finance, Finance, Finance, Finance, Finance, Finance | Tags:  25 ways to reduce the cost of college, Center for College Affordability and Productivity, college costs, college finance, higher education costs

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 10/08/2010

National Review encourages collegiate giving clubs

Collegiate giving clubs are a way for donors to boost the impact of their largesse and to steer the dollars toward favorite projects. This week, the National Review announced formation of its own Collegiate Giving Clubs. The goal, according to...

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:07 PM ET, 10/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Pedagogy, Pedagogy | Tags:  Conservatism 101, National Review, college giving clubs, conservatism on campus, liberal bias in higher education

Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 09/22/2010

For-profit higher ed company opens national ad campaign

A national ad campaign by for-profit higher education provider Corinthian Colleges Inc. seeks to draw decision-makers and the broader public into a long-simmering debate over whether the federal government should tighten regulations on colleges that operate for profit.

By Daniel de Vise  |  06:58 PM ET, 09/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  For-profit colleges, For-profit colleges, For-profit colleges, For-profit colleges, For-profit colleges, For-profit colleges | Tags:  Corinthian Colleges ad, for-profit ad campaign, for-profit colleges, for-profit higher education, for-profit lobbying, gainful employment

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 09/16/2010

New global rankings: Hopkins high, G'town low

The last of the high-profile world collegiate rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, was published Thursday with a new and reportedly improved methodology. The London-based ranking used to publish in collaboration with Quacquarelli Symonds, but the two split...

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:04 PM ET, 09/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Rankings, Rankings, Rankings, Rankings | Tags:  Times Higher Education, World University Rankings, college rankings, university rankings

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 09/10/2010

Kaplan responds to Education Department

In a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, released late Friday, Kaplan CEO Andrew S. Rosen proposed what amounts to a money-back guarantee for customers in its for-profit Kaplan Higher Education division. The letter, dated Sept. 8, was in response...

By Daniel de Vise  |  06:09 PM ET, 09/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  For-profit colleges | Tags:  Kaplan Washington Post, for-profit colleges, for-profit higher education

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 08/24/2010

Higher ed community focuses on Post, Kaplan

In a lead news article today headlined "Watching a Watchdog," the industry publication Inside Higher Ed draws attention to what it terms rising concerns among higher education observers about the editorial independence of The Washington Post in covering for-profit higher...

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:28 PM ET, 08/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  For-profit colleges, For-profit colleges | Tags:  For-profit colleges, Kaplan Washington Post, Washington Post for-profit, for-profit higher education

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 01/20/2010

USM's Kirwan: No Pay Cut

Well, here's something you don't see too often in a newsroom. We publish something flattering about a source. He says it's not true and asks for a correction. We reported in Tuesday's paper the latest survey of executive compensation for...

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:02 PM ET, 01/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Publics, Publics, Publics | Tags:  Executive compensation, University System of Maryland, higher education finance