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Free community college for all students: Not a good idea

January 20, 2015
Free community college for all students: Not a good idea

Earlier this month, President Obama began releasing previews of some important proposals he will be making in his State of the Union speech tonight.  Included is the idea of providing the first two years of community college for free for all students in the country.  While this may sound like an intriguing idea, in...
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A look inside federal higher education proposals

January 15, 2015
A look inside federal higher education proposals

In the last month, the Department of Education and President Obama have released two important proposals affecting higher education. The first, released by the department last month, was for the long-awaited college ratings plan that the president had first proposed 16 months earlier. This...
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The Department of Education’s college ratings plan: Stay tuned

December 23, 2014
The Department of Education’s college ratings plan: Stay tuned

The U.S. Department of Education has finally released the outline of its college ratings plan, 16 months after the idea was first proposed by President Barack Obama.  When he first suggested the plan, he said, “Bottom line is this: We’ve got a crisis in...
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Civil rights pioneer honored at commencement

December 16, 2014
Civil rights pioneer honored at commencement

Last weekend, Michigan State held its fall commencement ceremony, at which six individuals were honored with honorary degrees.  Much of the focus during the weekend was on George Will,...
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“Easy A’s” gets an F

November 14, 2014
“Easy A’s” gets an F

I have written in the past about problems with reports on the teacher preparation industry issued by the National Council on Teacher Quality (see here and here, for example). ...
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Missing the mark on “missing the mark”

October 10, 2014
Missing the mark on “missing the mark”

This week’s New York Times contained a piece by economics columnist Eduardo Porter titled “Why Aid for College is Missing the Mark.”  In the article, Porter argues that the...
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