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Students are paying a higher price tag for college, but is the quality of their education also increasing, or at least staying stable?
Students are paying a higher price tag for college, but is the quality of their education also increasing, or at least staying stable?
 
More than six years have passed since Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa rocked the academic world with their landmark book, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses
More than six years have passed since Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa rocked the academic world with their landmark book, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses
 
Back in 2003, Thomas Benton-"the pseudonym of an assistant professor of English at a Midwestern liberal arts college"-wrote a brutally honest article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about graduate programs in the humanities
Back in 2003, Thomas Benton-"the pseudonym of an assistant professor of English at a Midwestern liberal arts college"-wrote a brutally honest article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about graduate programs in the humanities
 
For decades, the American higher education establishment was able to sell the idea that promoting college was sound policy because it seemed that nearly all graduates found good, high-paying jobs
For decades, the American higher education establishment was able to sell the idea that promoting college was sound policy because it seemed that nearly all graduates found good, high-paying jobs
 
Summary: The Navy can train an electronics technician in 20 weeks to work on 20 million dollar planes. The government provides free training to enlisted men including free medical and dental plans.
Summary: The Navy can train an electronics technician in 20 weeks to work on 20 million dollar planes. The government provides free training to enlisted men including free medical and dental plans.
 
I'm writing this during a very cold, snowy day in central North Carolina, but will imagine that instead it's one of our summer heat waves. For several days in a row, the temperature has hit 99 degrees, and someone comments, "Well, this certainly ought to shut those global warming skeptics up!"
I'm writing this during a very cold, snowy day in central North Carolina, but will imagine that instead it's one of our summer heat waves. For several days in a row, the temperature has hit 99 degrees, and someone comments, "Well, this certainly ought to shut those global warming skeptics up!"
 
A persistent question about American higher education is what explains the apparent increase in demand for workers who have college credentials. It could be due to rising skill requirements for jobs, implying that the economy needs a larger number of people who have been through college...
A persistent question about American higher education is what explains the apparent increase in demand for workers who have college credentials. It could be due to rising skill requirements for jobs, implying that the economy needs a larger number of people who have been through college...
 
A staple of the higher education establishment's advocacy campaign to keep college enrollments growing is that students are making an excellent "investment" if they go and missing out on a lot of earnings if they don't. Those arguments have been losing their edge for years, as Americans wise up...
A staple of the higher education establishment's advocacy campaign to keep college enrollments growing is that students are making an excellent "investment" if they go and missing out on a lot of earnings if they don't. Those arguments have been losing their edge for years, as Americans wise up...
 
Speakers at a recent conference at Wake Forest University agreed that it is hard for English majors (and other liberal arts majors) to find jobs after graduation. However, they maintained that, although colleges could do more to help them find jobs, liberal arts remains a worthwhile field of study.
Speakers at a recent conference at Wake Forest University agreed that it is hard for English majors (and other liberal arts majors) to find jobs after graduation. However, they maintained that, although colleges could do more to help them find jobs, liberal arts remains a worthwhile field of study.
 
I was surprised after I graduated from college that employers were not lining up outside my door fighting over me. That was the picture that my private, liberal-arts college depicted while I was completing my degree.
I was surprised after I graduated from college that employers were not lining up outside my door fighting over me. That was the picture that my private, liberal-arts college depicted while I was completing my degree.
 
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