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Student debt: 25% of borrowers were past-due in third quarter of 2011

According to an article published in Time, 25-percent of those with student loans were past-due in the third quarter of 2011. The student debt crisis may be even more severe than many imagined. This article has a number of links to other writing on this topic, which has been gaining an increasing amount of attention […]

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Latest issue of Diversity & Democracy focuses on LGBTQ and higher ed

The most recent issue of Diversity & Democracy highlights the achievements and challenges for academia to open up spaces for inclusion of the LGBTQ community. Editor Katherine Campbell writes that the authors appearing in this issue address the following questions: What pedagogies can improve perspective taking among students while contributing to more LGBTQ-friendly climates? What […]

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Social justice trends in higher ed curriculum

In this article, Mith Smith discusses the various ways that social justice is being promoted on college campuses across the country, from new curriculum, to grants ($23 million to Kalamazoo College alone) , to new faculty positions. One program director writes: If we can provide a framework, we can get students to think about some […]

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Executive pay at for-profit colleges under congressional scrutiny

Two chief executives under review received more than $6-million when totaling their salary, stocks, and bonuses in 2010. Is this type of compensation justified when these colleges receive a great deal of taxpayer money, for example, in the form of tuition assistance? Read more about the investigation here.

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Philosophers to blame for philosophy’s decline?

The National Center for Education Statistics revealed a 20-percent decline in philosophy and religion majors between 1970 and 2009. Lee McIntyre charges philosophers with the responsibility for this decline in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article. Read the full story here.

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Dispute over military student aid

Colleges and universities may drop tuition assistance for active members of the military due to worries about an agreement that must be signed by participating educational institutions. Many of these institutions feel that provisions within this agreement are “inconsistent and, in many cases, incompatible with their well-established academic policies and administrative practices” according to Terry […]

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Campuses nation-wide express solidarity with Occupy Wall Street

Walk-outs, flash mobs, and marches are taking place on nearly 100 campuses across the U.S. Concerns over public higher education, exorbitant tuition increases, and reduced state funding of education were some of the concerns expressed. Read more at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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New student loan plan offers some interest rate reduction

President Obama announced a new plan to allow for interest rate reductions for low-income borrowers and consolidators with Federal Loans; however, interest rates will double next July adding thousands of dollars in expenses during the life of a loan. Read more at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Florida GOP on anthropology students: “We don’t need them here”

Anthropology, psychology, and political science programs are under attack in Florida. Governor Rick Scott asks “Is it a vital interest of the state to have more anthropologists? I don’t think so.” This is part of his aim to relocate available education funding to programs which will stimulate job growth, mainly in the STEM fields. Some […]

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