By Jeffrey R. Young Bill Gates never finished college, but he is one of the single most powerful figures shaping higher education today. That influence comes through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, perhaps the world's richest philanthropy, which he co-chairs and which has made education one of its key missions. The Chronicle sat down with Mr. Gates in an exclusive interview Monday to talk about his vision for how colleges can be transformed through technology.
A Conversation With Bill Gates - Technology
Why Is College So Expensive? - To the Point on KCRW
College students and graduates have racked up more than a trillion dollars in student loan debt, as the cost of a higher education is rising fast. Why are colleges and universities increasing tuition instead of cutting expenses? Is online learning on the verge of changing the way Americans prepare themselves for employment in the so-called "knowledge economy?"
iStockphoto.com Just days before student loan rates are set to double for millions of Americans, President Obama and congressional leaders haven't reached an agreement on legislation to keep those rates at 3.4 percent. The debate reflects the growing concern over the debt burden many take on to get a college education.
What's Driving College Costs Higher?
Resources and External Source Reports Published Research Saxon, D. P., Levine-Brown, P., & Boylan, H. R. (2008). Affective assessment for developmental students, part 1 (PDF), Research in Developmental Education, 22(1).
Reports and Research | National Center for Developmental Education
Obama to Link Aid for Colleges to Affordability
Doug Mills/The New York Times President Obama arrived at the University of Michigan on Friday. Under the plan, which the president outlined on Friday morning in a speech at the University of Michigan, the amount available for Perkins loans would grow to $8 billion, from the current $1 billion. The president also wants to create a $1 billion grant competition, along the lines of the Race for the Top program for elementary and secondary education, to reward states that take action to keep college costs down, and a separate $55 million competition for individual colleges to increase their value and efficiency.
Kevin Carey: A Radical Solution For America’s Worsening College Tuition Bubble
The claim that colleges and universities haven't changed is highly dubious; it follows the script of the MSM yet I'm skeptical that it's true as a matter of actual practice. Certainly at all the institutions I've been associated with we constantly think about how to improve the quality of education and how we can help student succeed. Cost is an issue; quality education--and how we maintain it with shrinking public support (a primary driver of increased costs)--in my opinion is a more pressing issue. by Feb 19
This is one of a series of articles that looks at pathways to the academic presidency in the U.S. In an earlier piece, boards were offered suggestions about how best to prepare for the inevitable change in leadership that comes sooner or later to every college and university. Because American higher education remains a complex and differentiated sector, each article in the series examines the distinctive attributes of leadership by institutional type: academic medical/health sciences centers; liberal arts colleges; community colleges; research-intensive universities; regional public institutions; and for-profit colleges and universities. The final article summarizes these differences and identifies the aspects of the presidency that are more or less common to all types of colleges and universities. Changes in higher education leadership will increase in number in the next several years, primarily due to presidential retirements.
Essay on challenges for future presidents of community colleges
Washington politicians have abdicated their leadership role in higher education, leaving the state with a disjointed system that doesn't produce enough bachelor's degrees and forces employers to go out of state — and even out of the country — to find skilled workers. That's the conclusion of a report from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, which noted that only 40 of every 100 Washington students who start ninth grade will enter college on time. The authors say state leaders should set "clear goals and an ambitious agenda" to increase the number of students earning bachelor's degrees. Much of the report's conclusions are not news to state policy leaders, who have been concerned for some time about the weak output of college degrees, especially in high-demand fields such as computer science and engineering.
Education | Higher-ed woes tied to state 'leadership vacuum'
Andrew S. Rosen takes the long view when talking about higher education. As CEO of Kaplan, Inc., he often defends the role of for-profit colleges in an evolving marketplace, peppering versions of his stump speech with tales about the creation of public universities and community colleges. His point is that some skepticism about for-profits is similar to the snobbery those older sectors faced from elite private higher education.
Kaplan CEO's book takes on higher ed's incentive system