As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away – The New York Times

Source: As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away – The New York Times I just had to comment on one aspect of the story. “… Here is the outrageous lie in this whole story: “…’Everybody tells you to go to college, get an education, and everything will be O.K. So […]

Colleges Resist Federal Effort to Gauge Student Outcomes – WSJ

Source: Colleges Resist Federal Effort to Gauge Student Outcomes – WSJ Nothing new here to readers of this blog I wrote, Of course they don’t want anyone to know.  Want to see the smelly reason why? Just read “A Tale Out of School” (on my blog inside-higher-ed ) to get a realistic sense of how  “outcomes” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Prof. Mankiw Has Not a Clue

There are three forces at work that are making college increasingly expensive. So what should we do about it? Source: Three Reasons for Those Hefty College Tuition Bills I posted two comments. I’m a former math professor (I taught at Wash. U. in St. Louis.) and am well aware of the flaw in arguing – […]

 “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 […]

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 […]