Excellent WSJ Article on AP

Follow this to the article. Here was my comment. I am a retired math professor who, for years, taught gifted high school students that had completed AP calculus and who went on to attend elite schools.  I have a blog (See below.) where, by clicking on the category “AP”, you can read about AP courses, […]

What Does the Graph Reveal?

In a novel experiment, the Education Department announced Tuesday up to $17 million in loans and grants for students to undergo training at eight entities that aren’t traditional colleges. Source: Obama Administration to Fund Nontraditional Training for Students – WSJ I wrote, After spending decades in one of the most corrupted businesses in America, it is obvious […]

Is a Ph.D. Holder a Qualified Ph.D.? Not Always

As the supply of doctorate holders grows and their academic job prospects dwindle, schools take steps to help graduates find work beyond the academy. Source: Job-Seeking Ph.D. Holders Look to Life Outside School My comment. Advice from a retired math professor:  Don’t be fooled by a doctoral degree- or the offer of one. Here is […]

Demand for H1-B Skilled-Worker Visas Forces Agency Into Lottery – WSJ

U.S. demand for foreign skilled-worker visas surpassed the entire year’s mandated supply within five days, prompting the government to say it will award them through a lottery. Source: Demand for H1-B Skilled-Worker Visas Forces Agency Into Lottery – WSJ I wrote… To paraphrase, “It’s the flood of certification, and paucity of education, stupid.”  In other […]

More Than 40% of Student Borrowers Aren’t Making Payments – WSJ

More than 40% of Americans who borrowed from the government’s main student-loan program aren’t making payments or are behind on more than $200 billion owed, raising worries that millions of them may never repay. Source: More Than 40% of Student Borrowers Aren’t Making Payments – WSJ I wrote… The $200 billion is a pittance compared […]

Students Cope With Shaky Colleges

U.S. officials tell shaky colleges how to clean up student-loan data and keep access to federal aid. Source: U.S. Helps Shaky Colleges Cope With Bad Student Loans – WSJ I commented: Most people would be shocked and awed If they were to see what I saw at a school that is much better than the ones discussed […]

Colleges Flex Lobbying Muscle – WSJ (Very Important)

College and universities have lobbied aggressively to beat back dozens of government proposals to measure their successes and failures, including a federal ratings system. Source: Colleges Flex Lobbying Muscle – WSJ See Bill Gross on the power of universities – see this to see how much revenue some of them receive yearly. I commented. Speaking […]

Obama Targets College Accreditors – WSJ (But Not Sen. Alexander)

The Obama administration on Friday plans to announce executive actions to lift standards and increase transparency at the self-policing groups that accredit colleges. Source: Obama Targets College Accreditors – WSJ Of course, Sen. Alexander rejects the idea. This is from a column he wrote in this paper. “…in one year Vanderbilt University spent a startling […]

Who is Scamming Whom?

More U.S. campuses pay agents commissions to find foreign students—illegal when recruiting most Americans—but sometimes get phony applications, ghostwritten essays. Source: American Colleges Pay Agents to Woo Foreigners, Despite Fraud Risk I wrote the following. “Risk of Fraud“? Who is defrauding whom? If higher education wasn’t such a serious matter, it would be funny that […]