Category Archives: In the News…

October 1st, 2012: Development Economics at Marginal Revolution University

MRU is up and running!  Find out why two economists, Alex Tabarrok and Tyler Cowen, are offering economics courses for free. Their first course is Development Economics.  The class covers everything from basic facts about poverty and prosperity to the … Continue reading

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Dropout Nation (PBS Frontline) Aired September 25th, 2012

Frontline aired an excellent piece about students (at a public high school in Houston) who are struggling with the pressure to stay in school and the forces that pull them away. Below is a preview. You can watch the full … Continue reading

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August 27th, 2012: Niall Ferguson on American Higher Ed.

…As a professor, I can see much that is wrong with our system – but not so much that I would advise a smart 18-year-old to skip college.  The real problem is not that our college system is failing.  The … Continue reading

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July 26th, 2012: For-Profit Shares Still Falling

  For-profit college company shares fell today after ITT Educational Services Inc. (ESI) and Strayer Education Inc. (STRA) said student enrollment declined in the second quarter. ITT Educational sank 15 percent at the close in New York to $42.78, the … Continue reading

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July 25th, 2012: 28 of the Top 50 Law Schools are Still Accepting Applications

In a sign of just how desperate things are on the law school admissions front, Paul Campos (Colorado) reports that 28 of the Top 50 law schools are still accepting applications for the IL class beginning in August, including 10 … Continue reading

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July 25th, 2012: The Typical Online Student

The average student pursuing a postsecondary credential completely online is a white, 33-year-old woman with a full-time job and a household income around $65,000 per year, according to a new surveysponsored by two companies involved in online consulting. Read more … Continue reading

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July 24th, 2012: “The College Education Shake Out Has Just Begun”

Have you invested in a for-profit college or training program? Get out while you can. The warning gun was sounded yesterday by DeVry (DV), which posted disappointing results and led the whole group downward. Investor David Einhorn was reportedly shorting … Continue reading

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July 17th, 2012: More universities to partner with Coursera

A dozen more universities have signed partnerships with Coursera, a company that provides hosting services for massively open online courses (MOOCs)… In addition to U.Va., Coursera will also be serving as a platform for open online courses from the California … Continue reading

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June 29th, 2012: Degrees in Pop-Culture

Is it responsible to saddle a 23 year old with $20,000 of debt all for a degree in pop-culture? Offering them degrees in “pop culture” is perilously close to child abuse. Any academic or administrator who truly believes in both … Continue reading

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June 29th, 2012: Interest Rates on Student Loans Will Remain at 3.4% for another year…

Congress voted today to freeze interest rates on federally subsidized student loans.  The interest rates, which were scheduled to jump to 6.8% this Sunday will remain at 3.4% for the next academic year.  The votes were as follows: 373 to … Continue reading

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