A Quote to Keep in Mind

“…Franklin Roosevelt did not suddenly decide on his own to enact Social Security or grant union rights. Those ideas came up from below, through decades of frustration and struggle and conflict. If Americans want something different from their politicians, there is no alternative to this kind of exhausting and uncertain hard work…” (Italics are mine […]

The College Cares About Truth in Advertising? Oh?

Several companies are using high-pressure tactics, critics say, to persuade international students to enroll in U.S. colleges. Many will need remedial help to succeed. Source: Recruiting Students Overseas to Fill Seats, Not to Meet Standards I wrote, According to a Brookings study, Western Kentucky’s graduates have a median mid-career salary less than similar graduates attending […]

A Sad Example, One of Many

After freshman year, grants and scholarships may disappear for any number of reasons — some justified, some not. Source: Why Upperclassmen Lose Financial Aid – The New York Times I commented. This young lady sounds depressingly like another example of what our corrupted system of higher education has been doing to young people – and […]

Why Else Would He Call It a “University”?

…hundreds of pages of legal documents, as well as interviews with former students and instructors, suggest the surveys themselves were a central component of a business model that, according to lawsuits and investigators, deceived consumers,,, Source: At Trump University, Students Recall Pressure to Give Positive Reviews. Here is my take. I’m a former math professor. […]

Chicago Professor Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Investigation

The resignation of Jason Lieb, a prominent molecular biologist, comes amid complaints about how universities handle sexual harassment in their science departments. Source: Chicago Professor Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Front Page (News?): As Graduation Rates Rise, Experts Fear Diplomas Come Up Short –

The number of students completing high school has reached historic peaks, yet other measures of academic readiness for college or jobs are much lower. Source: As Graduation Rates Rise, Experts Fear Diplomas Come Up Short – The New York Times I tried to explain. From a former math professor, here is the sorry story in […]

 “Meal Plan Costs Tick Upward as Students Pay for More Than Food” They Pay For More Than Education, Too!

Universities are embracing lucrative deals with dining contractors to help pay for campus improvements, but critics say students often pay for them in the rising costs of meal plans. Source: Meal Plan Costs Tick Upward as Students Pay for More Than Food – The New York Times I wrote. I’m a former professor. This is […]

Meal Plan Costs Tick Upward as Students Pay for More Than Food (Front Page of Today’s NY Times)

Universities are embracing lucrative deals with dining contractors to help pay for campus improvements, but critics say students often pay for them in the rising costs of meal plans. Source: Meal Plan Costs Tick Upward as Students Pay for More Than Food I will comment more, but for now, here is a quote. “…Some people […]

Outraged By For-Profits? What About the Rest?

The industry has been excoriated for preying on the poor, veterans and minorities, charging exorbitant fees for degrees that mostly don’t deliver promised jobs and skills. Source: For-Profit Colleges Accused of Fraud Still Receive U.S. Funds – The New York Times I tried to point out the rest with this comment. The government’s problem is […]