With college costs rising stratospherically, and student debt at an astounding $1.1 trillion, admissions officers often pitch the post-graduate opportunities, such as high-paying jobs or graduate school admission, their schools provide. However, data on student outcomes can be hard to come by; meanwhile, students, parents, and the government are asking for more information. More from WSJ
While national priorities and a good deal of federal funding once served as the impetuses for US scientific research, it is increasingly becoming less so. More and more scientific research is being funded by the wealthiest individuals, transferring what was once a predominantly publicly controlled sphere into a private one. Some argue that this arrangement harms basic scientific research, which doesn’t always have an immediate or obvious pay off, but can lead to some of the biggest breakthroughs
Frequently hailed as the means to upward mobility, college is now increasingly seen as reinforcing inequality. Ballooning tuition costs, coupled with the fact that 94% of graduates take out loans to cover these costs are leading to more indebtedness. Further, for those least able to afford these costs, federal aid has been declining in effectiveness. More at the NY Times
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that more and more schools are using single dorm rooms as a selling point. While privacy and space are important, having shared space and roommates have long acknowledged benefits. With the increase in singles and even “super singles,” should there be concern? This development has some interesting implications for interpersonal development and growth during higher education.
Currently, just 32% of Tennessee adults hold advanced degrees, which is 6 points below the national average. In his 2014 State of the State address, Gov. Haslam is pushing his ambitious agenda to ensure that at least 55% of the state holds an advanced degree. In part, he hopes to accomplish this through free community college for all high school graduates in the state. Read more in the Washington Post