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September 28th, 2012: US Department of Ed. releases 3 year student loan default rates

The U.S. Department of Education today released official FY 2010 two-year and official FY 2009 three-year federal student loan cohort default rates. This is the first time the Department has issued an official three-year rate, which was 13.4 percent nationally … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Coursera

For the last couple of months, we’ve been testing out Coursera. We’ve enrolled in courses like Greek and Roman Mythology, The Affordable Health Care Act, Introduction to Finance, History of the World Since 1300 and a few others. Here are … Continue reading

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September 19th, 2012: Coursera adds 17 more university partners

Today, Coursera added 17 universities, which doubles the number of their partners.   Four of them are international schools (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of British Columbia, and University of Melbourne).  Brown University … Continue reading

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More Free Education: Marginal Revolution University

The proliferation of free online education platforms continues. Today Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok (both economics professors at George Mason University) announced the launch of Marginal Revolution University, an online education platform for economics. From their blog: Here are a … Continue reading

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Online education not yet benefiting those who most need it

Kanyi Maqubela surveys the landscape of online education and explores some of the challenges that emerging online educational platforms face. He points out that the current users of many of these platforms are largely the educational elite and not necessarily … Continue reading

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Kids want their parents to be “less stressed”

Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic, Byliner) and Phoebe Connelly (Yahoo! News) discuss the goal of parenting in this clip from bloggingheads.tv. The most interesting bit is at the end when Conor talks about a backlash to the “meritocratic ladder.” I wonder … Continue reading

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Another explanation for the higher ed bubble

From StrategyProfs.net. Via Marginal Revolution. “By now, you may be getting sick of reading articles and blog posts about the crisis in higher education. This post is different. It proposes an explanation of why students have been willing to pay more and more for … Continue reading

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College Tuition

Agree or disagree with the following statement: “An important reason why private college and university tuition has risen faster than the CPI is because competition for faculty members – whose potential earnings in other sectors have steadily improved – has … Continue reading

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Student debt: is it too big?

Two posts by professors at the University of Chicago. One by Gary Becker (economist) and one by Richard Posner (jurist, legal theorist and economist). From their joint blog.

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The problem with colleges today – a Columbia professor’s view

Great post by Andrew Delbanco, author of College: What It Was, Is and Should Be.

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