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 […]

The value of university: Our first-ever college rankings | The Economist (IS VERY FLAWED)

Source: The value of university: Our first-ever college rankings | The Economist I commented. I’m a former math professor who has been observing the corrupt system of American higher education for decades. Even though I have little regard for this mainly corrupt and fraudulent system, I find that your rankings don’t help at all. Unfortunately, […]

An Admissions Surprise (Or a Marketing Ploy?)

Exclusive schools say they want more diversity. Will a new application process really get them there? Source: An Admissions Surprise From the Ivy League – The New York Times I commented. Since my comments use – as examples –  Washington University’s Chancellor Mark Wrighton and Provost Holden Thorp, here are links to closely related stories about […]

Link to Wash. U. Leaders’ Comments on Aid to Low Income Students

This is the copy I uploaded to my blog. Wrighton_Thorp_Pell_2013-11-22_minutes Here is the original link. Search for Thorp to read about his tenure as President at U. of North Carolina.

Why Pretend?

Data on non-repayment rates shows a new dimension of the problem, particularly with for-profit colleges and historically black institutions. Source: Student Debt Is Worse Than You Think – The New York Times I had to take the opportunity to comment that “The Academic-Financial Complex runs what I call a “pass-through” scheme. I understand the academic part well […]

Top Colleges Doing the Most for Low-Income Students (NY Times)

To measure top colleges’ efforts on economic diversity, The Upshot created the College Access Index. Source: Top Colleges Doing the Most for Low-Income Students

Colleges Are Fooling You About “Tuition”

One thing college do know – they know what it is that most people don’t know, and how to mislead them. It’s amazing how hard they work to not disseminate knowledge.  (See this post for another example of their efforts.) Anyway, look at this graph. PublishedVSNet_TuitionGraph There was a good article about this and some discussion […]

New Data Gives Clearer Picture of Student Debt – But What About Student Assets? Do They Have Them? AND What Data? Appropriate Data? I’m Afraid Not

The increases in debt and default rates are concentrated among students at for-profit and community colleges, even though those students borrow less on average. Source: New Data Gives Clearer Picture of Student Debt – The New York Times Here was my comment. Two points, one just about data, the other simple business sense. First, the […]

More On: Is College Tuition Really Too High? – The New York Times

“…the great national crisis is..that too many..young adults are not going to college or, if they do, don’t graduate..” Source: Is College Tuition Really Too High? – The New York Times I wrote: “…he great national crisis is..that too many..young adults are not going to college or, if they do, don’t graduate..” Sadly, the national […]