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College costs climb, yet again

Although more Americans are getting help from scholarships and tax breaks, the net cost of college is eating up a higher share of the typical family's income in 2011, according to a report released Wednesday. The sticker price of studying and living on campus at the average public university rose 5.4% for in-state students, or [...]

Private College’s Entrepreneurship Course Helps Generate Successful Start-Ups

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg both famously dropped out of Harvard to start wildly successful technology companies. In Israel, an innovative program is providing undergraduate students the business tools they need to become entrepreneurs, while also encouraging them to complete their degrees. The Zell Entrepreneurship Program at the Interdisciplinary Center, a private college here, has [...]

Community-College Enrollments Slow After Years of Growth

After a decade of record growth, enrollment appears to be slowing down at many of the nation's community colleges. The final figures are not out yet, but California, Connecticut, and Michigan are all predicting statewide decreases in full-time enrollment compared with last fall, and other states' numbers are uncharacteristically flat. Read more...

Gauging the Value of Your M.B.A.

When Fuat Ecer decided to go back to school for an M.B.A. after three and a half years working as a consultant, he wanted to be certain to find the best school in which to invest his time, money and future. “What kind of door-opener do you need?” wondered Mr. Ecer, a 31-year-old German businessman, [...]

Is higher education fit for the global urban era?

Our era of ‘global urbanization’ — one where the majority of the world’s population now lives in ‘urban’ areas – raises some interesting opportunities and challenges for higher education systems and institutions. This issue came to mind today when Roger Keil (Professor and Director, The City Institute at York University) tweeted a link to this [...]

180 Private Colleges Fail Education Dept.’s Latest Financial-Responsibility Test

A total of 150 private nonprofit colleges failed the U.S. Department of Education's most recent financial-responsibility test, which covers the 2010 fiscal year, according to data released by the department on Wednesday. More than half of them scored so low that they will be required to post letters of credit to remain eligible to participate [...]

France to Allow Work Visas for More Graduates

French officials are planning to soften their stance on limiting working permits to foreign college graduates and to reconsider recently rejected work-visa applications after criticism from students and heads of universities, the Education Ministry said Thursday. This autumn, non-European Union students were subjected to stricter work-visa procedures, making it increasingly hard for them to pursue [...]

How to Go to Medical School for Free

Peter Bach, of the Memorial Sloan—Kettering Cancer Center, and Robert Kocher, of the Brookings Institution, argue that medical school should be free. In a May 2011 New York Times op-ed, the two doctors said M.D. programs could be free if they suspended stipends for students in specialty training programs. Since a specialist can earn $325,000 [...]

At U.S.-India Summit, Leaders Call for More Collaboration in Higher Education

The first U.S.-India Higher Education Summit, held here Thursday and attended by more than 300 academics, business leaders, and government officials, showcased plenty of good will between the two countries. But it also drew out the many challenges they face as they seek deeper, broader and more sustained collaboration. Read more...

Can Antioch College Return From the Dead Again?

The long corridors of Antioch Hall are dark. The fluorescent lights, perhaps 50 years old and never updated, do not work. The vinyl floor tiles are loose. There are cobwebs and puddles on the floor, and the whole place smells of mold. You have to squint, almost, to picture this four-story brick building as the [...]