Tag Archives: higher education

The Truest Meaning of College for All

The Truest Meaning of College for All

By Jessica Landgraf If you think about a period in your life when you grew the most as an individual, discovered your independence, and started to become who you are today, it is likely to have happened during your young adult years. For many, this time occurs during, and is facilitated by, time away at… Read More »

Welcome Back Student Loan Servicers!

Welcome Back Student Loan Servicers!

By Dirk Zuschlag Over forty million Americans owe over $1.3 trillion in federal student loans. According to one study, student loan defaults average about 3,000 per day. And each year the federal government spends about $800 million to collect on that debt, principally by contracting with a “patchwork” of private student loan servicers. This is… Read More »

When Your College Roommate is a Baby

When Your College Roommate is a Baby

By Jessica Landgraf At the end of last week, The Chronicle of Higher Education released a special report titled “College, With Kids.” This report is a collection of four articles focused on the increasing number of college students who have young children and the unique challenges they face. While there are several colleges across the… Read More »

The Plight of Adjunct Faculty

The Plight of Adjunct Faculty

By Jessica Landgraf While reading about the state of the adjunct teaching force on college campuses recently, I began to see some parallels between college adjuncts and early childhood teachers. Just a few weeks ago I discussed the deplorable amount of money that early childhood teachers bring home, leading to a large portion of them… Read More »

I Stand With Smokers

I Stand With Smokers

By David Casalaspi   One of the earliest models of the policymaking process was known as the Rational Planning Model, in which policymakers behave as rational actors and proceed through a series of logical steps to produce public policy. First, policymakers identify a social problem. Then they search for solutions and, after weighing all possible… Read More »

Empty Seats

Empty Seats

By Jessica Landgraf The last several weeks have been very busy in the world of immigration policy. The anxiety on campus, especially for graduate students making summer research plans, is palpable. The new travel ban, although suspended at the moment, could mean that international graduate students from the seven listed countries may not be allowed… Read More »

Making News Great Again: Separating Jokes from Journalism

Making News Great Again: Separating Jokes from Journalism

By Jessica Landgraf There is no doubt that information is streaming, pinging, and tweeting at us from various devices as often as we are awake. It is hard to avoid being bombarded with a million voices as we check our social media accounts, watch the evening news, and check the morning newspaper, even when we… Read More »

International College Ranking Metrics

International College Ranking Metrics

By DeAndra Beck, PhD Over the past decade, an interesting phenomenon emerging from the marriage of big data analytics with social media and online platforms is the widespread availability of online reviews and rankings. Consumers now have a plethora of information to consult when buying cars or choosing economically competitive hotels or finding new employment… Read More »

Diversity, Inclusion, and Inching Towards Change

Diversity, Inclusion, and Inching Towards Change

By Jessica Landgraf At the beginning of this month the University of Michigan announced that it is devoting $85 million over the next five years to a plan to increase campus diversity and inclusion. As a large part of this initiative, a new scholarship program (HAIL, High Achieving Involved Leader) is being piloted. The scholarship… Read More »