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The Decline & Fall of Higher Education

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Kevin Carey - About. Interview: Kevin Carey, Author Of 'The End Of College' : NPR Ed. MIT is one of several schools that offer classes through edX, which provides free online courses in partnership with some of the country's top universities. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Joe Raedle/Getty Images MIT is one of several schools that offer classes through edX, which provides free online courses in partnership with some of the country's top universities. Joe Raedle/Getty Images A lot of parents start worrying about paying for college education soon after their child is born. But author Kevin Carey argues that those problems might be overcome in the future with online higher education. Oklahoma students protest fraternity's racist video. Universities work to battle culture of drinking. NASHVILLE — Every weekend, around 11 p.m., the pilgrimage begins.

Universities work to battle culture of drinking

Students at Vanderbilt University spill out of dorm rooms and apartments and make their way to a cluster of dimly lit watering holes a few minutes from campus. They lean against bars and fill dance floors in Midtown and along Demonbreun Street. On a Friday night in February, the college students drank alongside older Nashville residents and tourists at Rebar, Tin Roof and South. It's a weekend ritual repeated at popular college nightspots across Tennessee. College students tend to out-drink their unenrolled peers and are more likely to report binge or heavy drinking than non-students, said Aaron White, the program director for Underage and College Drinking Research Initiative at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Senior citizens carry student debt into retirement. At 39, Elizabeth Amerine went back to school and got a Ph.

Senior citizens carry student debt into retirement

D. in neuropsychology. 35 Shocking Facts That Prove That College Education Has Become A Giant Money Making Scam. College education in America is a bad joke.

35 Shocking Facts That Prove That College Education Has Become A Giant Money Making Scam

Instead of preparing the next generation of leaders for the jobs of tomorrow, the college education “industry” has become a giant money making scam. Millennials, rise up! College is a scam — you have nothing to lose but student debt. Credential inflation is the rise in educational requirements for jobs as a rising proportion of the population attains more advanced degrees.

Millennials, rise up! College is a scam — you have nothing to lose but student debt

The value of a given educational certificate or diploma declines as more people have one, thereby motivating them to stay in school longer. In the United States, high-school (i.e., twelve-year secondary school) diplomas were comparatively rare before World War II; now high-school degrees are so commonplace that their job value is worthless. University attendance is now over 60% of the youth cohort, and is on the way to the same fate as the high-school degree. It is a worldwide trend; in South Korea, 80% of high-school graduates now go on to higher education. The main thing that inflated degrees are worth is to plough them back into the educational market, seeking still higher degrees. The rub is on the expense side.

Education is a major cost of government, and this tends to limit future expansion. For-Profit Universities Want Some Respect. Michael Clifford never went to college.

For-Profit Universities Want Some Respect

For-Profit Colleges Change Higher Education's Landscape - Administration. By Robin Wilson At a time when American public higher education is cutting budgets, laying off people, and turning away students, the rise of for-profit universities has been meteoric.

For-Profit Colleges Change Higher Education's Landscape - Administration

Enrollment in the country's nearly 3,000 career colleges has grown far faster than in the rest of higher education—by an average of 9 percent per year over the past 30 years, compared with only 1.5 percent per year for all institutions, according to an industry analyst. For-profit universities now educate about 7 percent of the nation's roughly 19 million students who enroll at degree-granting institutions each fall. And the proportion rises to 10 percent, or 2.6 million, if you count students who enroll year round.

Just this academic year, the University of Phoenix eclipsed California State University as the second largest higher-education system in the country, with 455,600 students as of this month—behind only the State University of New York. Ivy League Schools Are Overrated. Send Your Kids Elsewhere. These enviable youngsters appear to be the winners in the race we have made of childhood.

Ivy League Schools Are Overrated. Send Your Kids Elsewhere.

But the reality is very different, as I have witnessed in many of my own students and heard from the hundreds of young people whom I have spoken with on campuses or who have written to me over the last few years. Our system of elite education manufactures young people who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose: trapped in a bubble of privilege, heading meekly in the same direction, great at what they’re doing but with no idea why they’re doing it. College is ripping you off: Students are cash cows, and schools the predators. This essay starts with utopia—the utopia known as the American university.

College is ripping you off: Students are cash cows, and schools the predators

It is the finest educational institution in the world, everyone tells us. Indeed, to judge by the praise that is heaped upon it, the American university may be our best institution, period. Becoming a Real Person. 21 Harsh Truths No One Tells You About Life After College. Improve: One reason you should think hard before getting an education instead of a skill. 1.

Improve: One reason you should think hard before getting an education instead of a skill

Education doesn't get you a job source: zerohedge.