The Answer Sheet: higher education

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/11/2014

Single university president signs school contract restricting her love life

It just happened at Alabama State.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education

Posted at 10:56 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Texts of exchange between Catholic educators in war of words over $1 million Koch gift to university

Scholars say the Koch brothers advocate policies that counter those of U.S. bishops. Catholic University blasts the letter.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:56 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 12/06/2013

UC system president Napolitano ‘deeply skeptical’ about Education’s college rating system

Napolitano, Obama’s former Homeland Security secretary, said she hasn’t spoken to the Education Department about it yet but hopes to engage in a discussion.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:25 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/23/2013

Why the Obama administration should drop its plan to rate colleges

A college president explains the unintended consequences of President Obama’s plans to rate colleges and universities.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education, The 'Twist'

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 11/20/2013

UDC drops physics, history but keeps money-losing sports program. Really.

The school’s trustees make an odd decision.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/15/2013

A school counselor’s request to Michelle Obama

A counselor writes to the first lady about her new role encouraging students to go to college.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education, We Need Help

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Harvard, Amherst feud over Emily Dickinson (yes, the dead poet)

Longstanding tensions erupt over digital library project.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:58 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 09/20/2013

The best colleges for delicious, nutritious food

The No. 1 out of 60 top schools is a small school in Maine. But Virginia has four schools on the list.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:32 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education, Rankings

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 09/20/2013

Is education about increasing earning power?

Sure, education is about feeding the soul and learning how to be a good citizen. But is it wrong to want our kids to go to college so they can get jobs that pay well?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education, Rebuttal

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Obama’s newest bad education idea

President Obama's newest education reform idea, aimed at making college more affordable, is a plan that on its face seems helpful to families but isn't.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:47 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  But It's Well-Intentioned, College Affordability, Higher Education

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 07/16/2013

Gates Foundation responds to critical articles

The Gates Foundation says stories about how much influence Bill Gates wields in higher education "missed the big picture."

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:25 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gates Foundation, Gates' Influence in Higher Ed, Higher Education

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/03/2010

Why so many bright kids fail to launch in college

Nationwide, there is a large and growing group of bright kids whose brains aren’t wired right for a demanding college routine. The strategies and supports that worked in high school when they were living at home are not adequate to the new demands that college places on the executive functions of the brain.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education, Higher Education | Tags:  SAT scores, add, adhd, college dropouts, college freshmen, college graduation, college work, executive functioning, graduation rates, high school, higher education, landmark college, learning disabilities

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 10/28/2010

New college rankings based on quality, cost

The folks at, which offers financial advice, did some numbers crunching and came up with their list of the best values in private universities and liberal arts colleges, taking quality and cost into consideration.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:13 PM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Costs | Tags:  best values in education, caltech, college costs, duke, harvard, higher education costs, kiplingers, kiplingers best values, mit, princeton, private schools, rice university, swarthmore college, total college costs, yale

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 06/23/2010

Texas judge rejects creationist master's degree

A federal judge has denied an effort by the Institute for Creation Research to issue masters degrees in science education from “a Biblical scientific creationist viewpoint,” instead siding with state officials who initially refused to allow the program to go forward.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:35 PM ET, 06/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Science | Tags:  creationism, creationism vs. evolution, creationist science, earth science institute and texas, institute for creation research, judge rejects creationist masters degree, judge sam sparks and ruling, texas and creationist institute, texas higher education coordinating board

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 05/29/2010

Gender gap in higher education growing -- report

In less than a decade women will account for 59 percent of total undergraduate enrollment and 61 percent of graduate enrollment at the country’s colleges and universities and already have a dominant presence at every degree level, a new government report shows. But women still remain severely underrepresented in certain fields, the report shows, and young adult males still have higher median earnings than young adult females with the same levels of education at every degree level.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:01 AM ET, 05/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education, Higher Education | Tags:  condition of education, condition of education 2010, female enrollment, female enrollment in higher education, gender and enrollment, higher education, male attainment and college, male enrollment, male enrollment in college, participation in higher education by gender, women and higher education

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 05/27/2010

Sharp critique of for-profit ed companies

A highly successful and well-known Wall Street trader who has become famous for foreseeing the country's financial crash gives a speech blasting the for-profit education industry.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:06 PM ET, 05/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education | Tags:  for-profit education, for-profit higher education, steven eisman and for-profit education, steven eisman speech, the big short

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 05/21/2010

Prof to students: Campaign for me, skip final exam

A professor and state legislator offered his students this deal: Campaign for me and you don't have to take the final exam.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 05/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  final exam and tobia, higher education, rep. tobia and complaint, tobia, tobia and students

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 04/23/2010

NFL draft: Top schools and their graduation rates

With the NFL draft underway, here's a look at the schools that have had the most players drafted over the years-- and each team's graduation rates. Some of them are well below 50 percent.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:26 AM ET, 04/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Sports, Sports | Tags:  NCAA, NFL and drafted players and schools, NFL draft, Ohio state and graduation rate, UCLA and graduation rate, University of Miami and graduation rate, football team graduation rates, graduation rates, higher education, schools with the most drafted players

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 04/22/2010

Should professor be allowed to run a sex Web site?

A tenured California university professor is operating a Web site that caters to people interested in Thailand's sex tourism and school officials say they can't do anything about it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:32 PM ET, 04/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education | Tags:, California State University at Northridge, Kenneth Ng, higher education, sex website, tenured professor

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 03/07/2010

Virginia colleges: Just say 'no' to Cuccinelli

Virginia's attorney general has really stirred the pot by telling the state's colleges and universities that they should remove from their anti-discrimination employment policies anything that covers homosexuals. Virginia's school's should just say "no."

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 03/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education | Tags:  cuccinelli letter, higher education

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 03/03/2010

Linking college academics to careers

But Rick Cherwitz. Too many students graduate without appreciating how their academic studies can affect their the potential contribution of academic knowledge to their future careers and to the broader goal of solving society problems. The answer is an entrepreneurial laboratory where students can discover how to make these connections.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:10 PM ET, 03/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education | Tags:  academic/community mentorship, higher education, university of texas at austin

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 01/07/2010

Sheepskin vs. Pigskin

Here’s another way of looking at schools with big-time football programs: How well the institution does in graduating its students--regardless of race or ethnicity. That’s what the non-profit Education Trust did and found some mixed results among football powers. For example, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats went undefeated in the regular season, and took the field at the Allstate Sugar Bowl ranked third overall in the Bowl Championship Series standings. But the school doesn't do so well with its graduation rates. An interactive tool called College Results Online lets you look up graduation rates at schools across the country.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 PM ET, 01/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  graduation rates, higher education

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 01/05/2010

Are American students lazy?

A teacher at Babson College in Boston wrote a guest column in the Boston Globe complaining about how lazy her American students are and saying that international students are generally much harder working. Her contention that American students are, essentially, lazy, sparked a heated on-line discussion. The question is whether the discussion has any merit.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 01/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education | Tags:  achievement, higher education

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 11/09/2009

Is the gold standard of higher ed best practices flawed?

The supposed gold standard on best practices in higher education was released today and it says that more colleges and universities are exposing more kids to high quality learning experiences. That sounds good--unless you believe the author of a new look at the engagement report, which questions the survey’s methodology and its conclusions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:22 PM ET, 11/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education | Tags:  higher education, student engagement

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 11/06/2009

The List: Kiplinger's top values in private higher ed

Today’s list (Friday is List Day on The Sheet) comes from, which offers financial advice. The Kiplinger folks crunched numbers and came up with a list of what they say are the best values in private universities, taking quality and cost into consideration.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 11/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  higher education costs

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 11/02/2009

How much is a university president worth?

I suppose we are supposed to recoil in horror that some presidents of private universities in the United States are earning a lot of money--a record 23 presidents received more than $1 million in total compensation in 2007-08, according to a new survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:32 AM ET, 11/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education | Tags:  higher education, presidential compensation

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/20/2009

Going back to college at 59: You can't do it "on a shoestring"

By Kay Dawson. I went back to school at the age of 59--and I’ve learned a lot more than Spanish. Books are heavier. Combining a caffeinated soft drink and a two-hour class with a 59-year-old bladder is not a great idea. Professors are so young. But what seems to have changed the most from when I was last in school is that it is no longer possible to go to college on a shoestring.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/20/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Going back to school at 59, Higher Education

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 09/09/2009

WHY IT MATTERS: Porn Movie Tests University Leaders

The Answer Sheet bets that setting policy about pornographic movies is not the first thing you would think higher education administrators would be wrestling with at the start of a new year. But at the University of Maryland at College...

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:35 AM ET, 09/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education, Higher Education | Tags:  Maryland legislature, college park, free speech, higher education, pornography, university of maryland