College Is Biggest Financial Worry for the Young While for the Old It Is Health Care

By: Monday April 21, 2014 11:02 am

By far the top financial problem for young people is paying for college, but for older people it is health care. These two have an interesting inverse relationship with age, with young people being relatively unconcerned about health care cost and seniors not facing problems paying for college.

 

Meanwhile, in College Campuses Across America

By: Sunday April 13, 2014 5:45 pm

Given the role of college in the continuum of American life — as college students pivot from high school to postgraduate existence — a college protest movement can be an important part of any overall movement to change society. It’s easier to feel that one is “making a difference” when one is outside of the economic and political structures of the “real world” in which “difference-making” appears as such a daunting goal.

A Nation Fails Its Youth When Millions Go to College Presidents, Not Students

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 11:15 am

A recent report by The Chronicle for Higher Education has found 42 private college presidents made over $1 million in executive pay, up from last year’s figure of 36 millionaire presidents. The list was based on 2011 federal tax data from institutions receiving endowments.

Educators Wary of Tech Fixes for College Affordability Crisis

By: Sunday October 20, 2013 5:20 pm

As tuitions rise and the job market still slumps, many young college graduates are wrestling with the question of how to make their increasingly expensive educations pay off. Now, new technologies are emerging as a potential solution for the college affordability crisis, according to some educational administrators and officials. The growing public fascination with “Massive Open Online Courses,” or MOOCs, suggests that in the near future, a public university degree may become cheaper and more accessible, with a greater economic “return on investments” for the government. Yet some education advocates are wary of the MOOC phenomenon and urge the government to focus on brick-and-mortar educational investments before seeking a magic bullet .

At Swarthmore and Other Colleges, Students Say Sexual Assault Is a Persistent—and Often Mishandled—Problem

By: Saturday August 10, 2013 4:00 pm

Joshua, a 21-year-old Swarthmore College student, is calling from his home in California—three time zones and 2,800 miles away from the prestigious campus 30 minutes outside Philadelphia. He’s back on the West Coast for the summer, tackling unfinished coursework after leaving school a few weeks early.

But, on this late July evening, he’s recalling the night last fall when he was raped, and the details of how Swarthmore mishandled his case.

For Disgruntled Young Workers, Lawsuits May Spark Intern Insurrection

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 10:30 am

You’d have to be pretty desperate to offer to work for free, right? Or you could be just an enthusiastic young student who believes that toiling for little more than free coffee and a line on your resume may boost your future career. But recent research shows that unpaid internships are not likely to lead a coveted job offer.

Colleges Pushing Poor Students Into Debt to Give Aid to Rich Ones

By: Thursday May 9, 2013 10:55 am

A report by the New America Foundation details the systematic undermining of the financial aid system by colleges and universities who are using financial aid to attract wealthy students rather than open doors for poorer ones, forcing poorer students to either not attend or take on high debt burdens.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Danny Dorling, The No-Nonsense Guide to Equality

By: Sunday September 2, 2012 1:59 pm

Modern democratic society requires basic equality. Our Founding Fathers understood this point when they drafted the Declaration of Independence with the radical statement, in its time: “All men are created equal.” Citizens must feel that they have a say in political decisions, that they are represented in some way. Citizens must also feel that they have an opportunity to “win” sometime in the future, even if their causes and candidates “lose” today. The opportunity to change government and policy based on citizen interests is central to democracy, and it requires a foundation in interpersonal equality.

Danny Dorling’s provocative book expands upon these insights. He argues that “human beings are happier and healthier the more equal they are.

The Recession for College Grads

By: Friday August 17, 2012 4:25 pm

The WAPO has a nicely graphed blogpost telling us that there was no recession for college grads. It shows that employment for college grads has risen at a strong pace since the start of the recovery and is well above its pre-recession level. The problem is that we need a denominator in this story.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deborah Emin, Scags at 18 (novel)

By: Saturday May 5, 2012 1:59 pm

Going away to college is one the defining moments in anyone’s life, and for Scags Morgenstern, the heroine of Deborah Emin’s Scags at 18, her first semester at an elite Vermont college, where she’s a scholarship student, shifts her world.

Told in the first person as diary entries, Scags’ first semester expresses the questioning and discovery that comes with growing into adulthood.

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