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College, Inc.: February, 2012

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Many students could skip remedial classes, studies find

Two new reports suggest some students might be better off without catch-up coursework.

By Daniel de Vise  |  06:22 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Research, Community Colleges | Tags:  community college, remedial education, Montgomery College, Northern Virginia Community College

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Washington still the nation’s best-educated city

Census Bureau data for 2010 say 47 percent of Washingtonians hold bachelor’s degrees, ahead of Boston and other academic also-rans.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:23 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment | Tags:  Census, college attainment

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Are car loans, college loans so different?

Guest blogger asserts that a college education is a good investment — better, in the long run, than a car. Is a modest student loan such a bad thing?

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:33 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  financial aid, student loans, Obama

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 02/27/2012

UMUC under Susan Aldridge: A grim account

Faculty survey tells of rampant turnover, failing morale.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:43 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Labor | Tags:  UMUC, Susan Aldridge

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 02/27/2012

In search of higher education’s Best Picture

A guest blogger awards Oscars for best performances in a pedagogical role.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:50 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance, Liberal Arts, Pedagogy | Tags:  Academy Awards, American Council of Trustees and Alumni, St. John's College

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Coppin State president hit with no-confidence vote

Faculty at Coppin State University, a Baltimore institution whose low graduation rate was the subject of a recent Post article, have taken a vote of no confidence in President Reginald Avery.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:03 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Labor | Tags:  Coppin State University, college presidents

Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 02/23/2012

UMUC President Aldridge on indefinite leave

State university system officials offer no explanation.

By Daniel de Vise  |  07:01 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration | Tags:  UMUC, Susan Aldridge

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Texas affirmative action case may hinge on Justice Kennedy

Affirmative action in college admissions is on the Supreme Court docket again, and swing vote Anthony Kennedy may determine the outcome.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:49 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Litigation | Tags:  affirmative action, college admissions, University of Texas, Supreme Court

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 02/23/2012

St. Mary’s College secures major gift for need-based aid

The $1 million donation for need-based aid is a significant boost for a public liberal arts college with a $30 million endowment.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:33 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Development, Liberal Arts | Tags:  St. Mary's College of Maryland, philanthropy, financial aid

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Harvard Asian-American discrimination probe ends

An Indian-American student has withdrawn his complaint alleging Harvard and Princeton rejected him over racial-ethnic bias.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:51 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Litigation | Tags:  civil rights, harvard university, college admissions

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Liberal learning: Only for the elite?

Guest writer says that all college students, not just the privileged, should learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:41 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Community Colleges, Liberal Arts | Tags:  college access, liberal learning, college attainment

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 02/17/2012

American University adjunct faculty vote to unionize

Part-timers cite “near-poverty wages” at Tenleytown campus.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:58 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Labor | Tags:  faculty, American University, unions, labor

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 02/16/2012

University of Texas moves to enforce ‘slacker’ rule

The Texas flagship looks for ways to boost its four-year graduation rate — even if that means making fifth-year students feel a bit less welcome.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:12 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Public policy, Publics

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 02/15/2012

Local colleges fare well on ‘LGBT-friendly’ index

A group that rates colleges for quality of life for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students gives American University five stars.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:38 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Students | Tags:  American University

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 02/10/2012

A bachelor’s degree for $10,000

Excelsior College offers a fairly cheap BA for students who are willing to do some independent study.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:24 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Finance, Online

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 02/09/2012

Washington’s first academic earthquake drill?

Students and employees of Catholic University conducted an earthquake drill, perhaps the first time any school in the region has tested its tectonic wits.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:46 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Public safety | Tags:  Catholic University

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 02/08/2012

Guest post: Calculator shopping, the night before the SAT

In this book excerpt, our guest blogger gives a brief history of college entrance testing and explains the difference between “aptitude” and “assessment.”

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:56 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Female VMI cadets offended by sexist online posts

Dozens of postings to a photo-caption Web site amount to personal attacks against specific female students at the tax-funded Virginia Military Institute.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:33 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Online, Students | Tags:  Virginia Military Institute

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Claremont McKenna SAT scandal: More at stake than rankings?

The school’s admission of falsified SAT scores suggests bad data were sent to regional accreditors and the feds, agencies with real power.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:47 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Accreditation, Rankings

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Guest post: A nontraditional university for nontraditional students

By some estimates, only a quarter of college students are “traditional,” in that they live on campus and study full time. Upper Iowa University offers a model for the other three quarters.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:46 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Online

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Guest post: An ‘Arab Spring’ of free online higher education

The writers envision a time when students access an entire college education online. But which model will prevail?

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:26 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Finance, Online, Pedagogy, Technology

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Guest post: Higher education’s $64,000 question

The academic community should spend more time mulling whether students are learning, the guest writer opines.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:48 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Pedagogy, Research

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Student claims Harvard, Princeton discriminate against Asian-Americans

An Indian-American student in California got rejected both places despite high test scores. But are high test scores a guarantee of admission to a top Ivy?

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:22 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Privates

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Report faults Va. colleges for spiraling tuition

Tuition and fees at 17 private institutions now exceed two-fifths of median household income in the commonwealth.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:46 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Attainment, Finance, Public policy, Research | Tags:  College of William and Mary, University of Virginia, University of Richmond, Washington and Lee University, George Mason University

 

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