Higher Ed.

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The 50 best colleges in America

What makes a college great? They provide a quality education and graduate students on time, they set graduates up to earn well-paying jobs early in their career, and they provide a memorable and enjoyable campus experience that instills pride and loyalty for decades to come.<p>Business Insider's 2016 …

Research Triangle

Private colleges to Clinton: Not so fast on free tuition

"We’re going to ruin some of the places where low-income students get the best education," says one college president.<p>Updated 08/02/16 05:31 PM EDT<p>Hillary Clinton’s free college plan may have helped her win over progressives, but it is already under sharp attack by private college presidents, who …

College & University

The best career advice you never hear in graduation speeches

“Follow your passion” is the stupidest career advice I’ve ever heard. Why? Because my passion in life is for singing bad karaoke. My friend Dodgy …

California student among dead in France Bastille Day attack: UC Berkeley

(Reuters) - A California university student who has been missing since Thursday's Bastille Day attack in Nice is among those who died after a truck driver deliberately plowed through a crowd, killing at least 84 people, University of California, Berkeley, said on Sunday.<p>Nicolas Leslie, 20, was one …

Are post-graduate degrees a waste of money for millennials?

As spring fever bursts into bloom, a lot of people start to think about shaking up their lives. We end relationships, look for new jobs, and try to …

Millennials

Clinton backs limiting foreign, out-of-state students in California colleges

Perris, California (CNN)Hillary Clinton backed a plan on Thursday that would limit the number of foreign born and out-of-state students who can attend California state universities.<p>The California Assembly approved that plan on Wednesday, allowing the University of California system to restrict the …

California

Politics In Real Life: The Struggle To Pay For College

Monica Nezzer, 22, is a full-time student studying psychology and biology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She describes herself as "fortunate." But in addition to a full course load, she's working about 30 hours a week as a campus tour guide and recruitment specialist.<p>"At least once …

Higher Education

The Tools of Campus Activists Are Being Turned Against Them

Students working to force the resignation of UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi to resign face critics using the language of social justice to attack them.<p>At UC Davis, where student activists still hope to oust Chancellor Linda Katehi, critics of their activism are using concepts like “safe space” …

UC Davis

Exclusive: U.S. students given SATs that were online before exam

Tables are seen one day before SAT examinations in Hong Kong, October 2015. REUTERS/Bobby Yip<p>At least five times in the past three years, U.S. high school students were administered SAT tests that included questions and answers widely available online more than a year before they took the exam, a …

Education

How UC Davis Tried to Scrub Its Abuse of Students From the Web

The university spent at least $175,000 dollars to remove "references to the pepper spray incident in search results on Google for the university and the Chancellor."<p>Back in 2011, when Occupy Wall Street protests roiled dozens of college campuses, I published a series of articles about an egregious …

UC Davis

The Madness of College Basketball Coaches’ Salaries

Amid spiraling tuition costs and a growing reliance on part-time faculty, athletic departments pay them millions of dollars a year.<p>As you pick your bracket for March Madness, stop for a moment and ponder what some might describe as the madness of the coaches’ salaries. According to <i>U.S. News & World</i> …

Basketball

The Glaring Evidence That Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus

A debate at Yale highlighted the disconnect between those who would downplay the problem, and the growing mass of evidence that they’re wrong.<p>At a recent Intelligence Squared debate, an audience filled an auditorium at Yale University to weigh the timely proposition, “Free speech is threatened on …

University of Pennsylvania

Here's where Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders stand on college affordability

If he wins the White House, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' political revolution would reshape much of the American healthcare, campaign-finance, and finance systems.<p>But if elected, Sanders' most lasting impact for thousands of younger Americans could be his plan to radically …

Bernie Sanders

College Freshmen Are More Politically Engaged Than They Have Been In Decades

A new survey that captures the attitudes of 2015 college freshmen shows unprecedented levels of interest in both political engagement and student …

Higher Education

Obama wants $4B to help students learn computer science

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday he will ask Congress for billions of dollars to help students learn computer science skills and prepare for jobs in a changing economy.<p>"In the new economy, computer science isn't an optional skill. It's a basic skill, right along with the three …

What You Need to Know About Student Loan Refinancing -- How Your Repayment Terms Affect How Much You Repay

Student loan borrowers refinance typically refinance their student loans to save money over the lifetime of their loan, often refinancing at lower interest rates with shorter repayment terms. However, some borrowers find themselves in positions that they would like to keep or extend their repayment …

Loans

How to Make Higher Education More Affordable

A look at what presidential candidates are proposing to address the issue<p>The cost of college in America today conflicts with a deeply held belief that higher education should not be the exclusive preserve of the upper-middle class and the wealthy.<p>The presidential candidates have their remedies. …

Higher Education

Does having a degree matter any more?

<i>This article is published in collaboration with The Washington Post.</i>In the wake of the Great Recession, a meme took hold: That of the overeducated …

Great Recession

UC draws criticism after extending its transfer application deadline

Mihai Gherghina sacrificed sleep, study time and Thanksgiving holiday fun to make the application deadline for a long-cherished goal: transfer to a UC campus.<p>When he clicked the "submit" button Nov. 29, a day before the deadline, the Orange Coast College student said he felt huge relief.<p>But that …

UC launches $250-million fund to invest in university innovation projects

For years, some of the University of California’s brightest minds have turned to Silicon Valley to get their projects funded.<p>Now, they may not have to go so far.<p>UC officials announced Tuesday the launch of a $250-million venture fund led by entrepreneur Vivek Ranadivé that will invest in innovation …

This employer gives you $10,000 to pay off student loans - Dec. 8, 2015

Student loan repayment plans might be the next big work perk.<p>Another company is offering employees extra cash to use to pay down their student loan debt.<p>Natixis Global Asset Management said it would give $10,000 to workers who have federal student loans. Employees will receive a $5,000 lump sum …

Loans

Lawmakers in Ten States Push for Debt-Free College

Progressives continue to push for more public education spending<p>Local lawmakers in ten states including New Hampshire, Iowa and Massachusetts announced a new push for legislation on Monday to make attending public colleges in their states debt-free.<p>The state legislators are introducing different …

College & University

Why Are Fewer College Presidents Academics?

Tim Wolfe, the former president of Mizzou, is one of a growing number of leaders in higher education with a business background rather than an academic one.<p>Only two hours away from Ferguson, Missouri, a series of events quickly enflamed the University of Missouri in Columbia this fall.* In a few …

College & University

Bill Cosby’s honorary degree at Cal Poly Pomona revoked

The California State University is the latest school to revoke a degree awarded to actor-comedian Bill Cosby, with officials saying it is the first time in school history the board of trustees voted to take back such an honor.<p>In a closed session Wednesday, the board decided it would rescind the …

Is university worth the cost?

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” So said Benjamin …

Slow U.S. tuition growth is 'new normal' for higher education: Moody's

A sign for the entrance of the Saybrook College is seen on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in this November 12, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Files<p>U.S. universities and colleges should expect to see sluggish tuition growth next year, according to a report …

Higher Education

College Students Need Lessons in Tolerance and Free Speech

There's nothing like the massacre of 129 Parisian civilians at the hands of jihadi sociopaths, utterly convinced that their barbarism manifests the will of God, to provide some perspective on the recent whining of students at a number of America's most elite colleges and universities.<p>For the past …

For-Profit College To Pay Record Sum to Settle Fraud Charges

The Attorney General called the company a “recruitment mill.”<p>In a victory for the Obama administration in its on-going crack-down against for-profit colleges, Education Management Corporation will pay $95.5 million to settle accusations that it paid employees based on how many students they …

College & University