Save Us From the SAT (New York Times - Opinion Piece)
The SAT is a mind-numbing, stress-inducing ritual of torture. The College Board can change the test all it likes, but no single exam, given on a single day, should determine anyone's fate. The fact that we have been using this test to perform exactly this function for generations now is a national scandal.
Progressive Push on Debt (Inside Higher Ed)
A coalition of progressive groups on Thursday formally began a new campaign aimed at curbing rising student debt and reducing the price of college. The group of think tanks, student organizations, consumer advocates, and unions is targeting the country's "increasingly dysfunctional system of higher education," said Anne Johnson, executive director of Generation Progress, the youth division of the Center for American Progress, which is an organizer of the campaign.
President Obama to Unveil FAFSA Initiatives in South Florida (Miami Herald)
President Barack Obama plans to launch a new initiative to further encourage college students to fill out the federal forms that act as the gateway to financial aid during a visit Friday to Miami-Dade's Coral Reef Senior High. In an afternoon speech to hundreds of high school seniors, Obama will unveil a program to ensure more students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The document is required paperwork to receive most types of financial aid such as Pell grants and, until a recent change in state law, Florida Bright Futures.
Can This Online Course Get Me a Job? (Wall Street Journal)
As rapid developments in online learning shake up higher education, students face a dizzying array of course, degree and certification options with little sense of which path will lead to a job. Now, efforts are under way to fill that void and offer some structure to an otherwise difficult-to-navigate and fast-growing market. Apollo Education Group Inc., best known for its University of Phoenix for-profit college, is expected to launch an "online marketplace" dubbed Balloon on Tuesday.
Johns Hopkins U. Plans Its First Policy on Academic Freedom (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Johns Hopkins University, long considered a standard-bearer of academic freedom, has decided it is time to formally spell out its standards on a professor's right to speak. In the wake of controversies over the past year that involved faculty speech, the university announced last month that it would convene a panel of students and faculty members to write the university's first-ever formal statement of principles on academic freedom.
Dr. Edwards to Conclude Anderson University Presidency in 2014-15 (Rushville Republican, IN)
Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University (IN) has announced his plans to conclude his presidency by the end of the 2014-15 academic year. His last year of service will mark 25 years of distinguished leadership as president of Anderson University. Currently, he is the longest serving president (in both public and private universities) in the State of Indiana. Edwards has served as president of Anderson University since 1990 and is only the fourth person to hold the office in the school's 97-year history.
NCAA Faces Legal Push Led by Litigator With Tobacco Stash (Bloomberg News)
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is expected as early as April to reach an agreement to boost safeguards for athletes who get concussions while playing college sports. Driving the deal is 59-year-old Seattle lawyer Steve Berman, a onetime college soccer goalie who has brought successful group actions against Big Tobacco, Enron Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp.
Recession Hit 2008 Grads Hard (Inside Higher Ed)
Americans who received bachelor's degrees in 2008 were roughly twice as likely to be unemployed after a year than were their peers who graduated in 1993 and 2000, the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics said in a report Thursday. Mostly to blame, the researchers said: the recession.
Paying It Forward (Inside Higher Ed)
Before the University of Puget Sound could accept what has been called the first bitcoin donation to a U.S. university, Sherry Mondou had to clarify a laundry list of concerns. "The risks that came to my mind were: Could there be a way for hacking or some way for the gift to be stolen while it's in process'" Mondou, the university's vice president for finance and administration, said. "By accepting bitcoin, is there some association with criminal activity' The big one was, really, in the end, how could we avoid the currency volatility'"