College Costs

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NYT Writer Observes That College Costs a Lot, But Students Learn Little

Oct 24, 2011 by George Leef |

While higher ed expenses and concomitant student debt loads have risen greatly, many students put in little effort to get B or better averages. 

Is Higher Ed on the Brink of Major Change?

Oct 12, 2011 by George Leef |

In the recent book by Clay Christensen and Henry Eyring, The Innovative University, the authors contend that many colleges and universities will be left in the dust unless they figure out how to adapt, much as companies have crumbled…

Western Governors University Moves Online Education Forward

Sep 28, 2011 by George Leef |

Duke Cheston writes that Western Governors University has found solutions to some of the problems that have plagued online higher ed. 

Disrupting the Textbook Machine

Sep 02, 2011 by David Clemens |

The higher education bubble was inflated by various pumps and gases:  expensive but useless degrees, an ideological straitjacket, grade inflation, administrative bloat, and proliferating programs, centers, and offices of enigmatic,…

Video: Andrew Ferguson on the College Admissions Circus

Aug 29, 2011 by |

"The entire edifice of higher education now has a huge propaganda machine at its heart, relentlessly pounding home the idea that everybody should go to college." - Andrew Ferguson, father of a college student

Is the “College Cost Disease” Incurable?

Aug 25, 2011 by George Leef |

John Moore, who served as president of Grove City College, discusses the recent book by Professor Robert Martin, The College Cost Disease. He thinks that Martin’s analysis is mostly correct, but argues that it is possible…

Profitable Nonprofits

Aug 17, 2011 by George Leef |

Professor Vance Fried in “Federal Higher Education Policy and the Profitable Nonprofits” argues that nonprofit colleges act like profit-making enterprises, but they simply spend their excess revenues in ways that keep…

Admissions Insanity

Aug 03, 2011 by John C. Chalberg |

Historian John C. Chalberg reviews Andrew Ferguson's Crazy U, and concludes that the title has some merit.

Video: John Zmirak on How to Choose a College

Aug 01, 2011 by |

What makes a college overpriced? How do you identify

Another Degree-less Individual Makes Good

Jul 01, 2011 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, Joe Bast, president of the Heartland Institute, writes about his unusual experience with the University of Chicago. Lots of courses and lots of learning, but no degree. Fortunately, he got into…

Video: The Federal Takeover of Higher Education

May 12, 2011 by |

Peter Wood spoke about the effects of federal direct lending on rising generations and higher education at a panel with the Family Research Council.

Video: George Leef on Higher Education - Oversold and Underperforming

May 02, 2011 by |

George Leef warns that Americans will soon realize they are paying too much for too little education at our colleges and universities.

Federal Student Aid Helps Colleges, Not Students

Apr 06, 2011 by George Leef |

That is the finding of a recent study done by Robert Martin and Andrew Gillen for the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and I write about it in this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call. 

Video: Richard Vedder on the “Nearly-Everyone-Should-Go-to-College” Idea

Apr 05, 2011 by |

Richard Vedder, president of the CCAP, interviewed with Inside Academia this week on the economics of college education and on why tuition costs have gotten to be so high.

Video: Anne Neal on the Responsibilities of Universities

Mar 23, 2011 by |

Anne Neal explains why students should not be thought of as customers, and how colleges must be held accountable for providing solid, affordable education.

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