Online Ed: Teaching Millions or Making Millions?

That’s the title of a snappy new 5-minute video produced by our friends at the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education.  Debunking some of the hype about MOOCs, the viedo shows how for-profit companies overpromise and underdeliver when it comes to the types of students they claim to serve.  The video, and the papers […]

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Don’t You Wish You Lived in North Dakota

Most states fund public higher education at much lower levels than they did 5 or 10 years ago.  Massachusetts cut state spending per student by 36.3%; only 7 states cut by more than that.  But North Dakota?  Up 38.2%! Check out this graph. Massachusetts has begun to turn things around, with a significant increase in […]

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“The Education Department has a profit motive”

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the federal government will make a profit of $127 billion over the next ten years from lending to college students and their families.  This article in the Huffington Post not only describes the extreme impact on borrowers and the economy as a whole, but outlines some refinancing proposals that […]

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Free Community College? Try Tennessee!

The Republican Governor of Tennessee has proposed that 2 years of community college or technical school should be free for all students.  Under Governor Haslam’s proposal, free access would not be dependent on grades or finances – think free high school.  Even for students who pay little or nothing, eliminating tuition and fees is financially […]

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Cool Stuff from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education

The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (CFHE) is a national campaign that examines and fights against the corporatization and privatization of public higher education.  4 PHENOM members attended CFHE’s most recent national gathering and came away inspired.  For instance, we learned that Washington, Minnesota and California all had victories similar to ours last […]

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Free Public HIgher Education is Feasible!

This article in The Atlantic makes the case.  “With what the federal government spent on its various and sundry student aid initiatives last year, it could have covered the tuition bill of every student at every public college in the country. Doing so might have required cutting off financial aid at Yale, Amherst, the University […]

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Freebies for the Rich: Why Are Public Colleges Giving More Non-Need-Based Aid?

This excellent article from the New York Times describes how – and why – many public colleges have shifted more of their financial aid away from students who need it toward those whose résumés “merit” it. Why is more aid helping kids who need it less – because it’s economically better for the schools?  because […]

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Innovative Legislation in Oregon

HB 3472 has been passed unanimously by the Oregon Legislature.  It would radically alter how students would pay for college. Called “Pay It Forward”, it would eliminate tuition, fees, and student debt.  Instead, anyone who attended college would be required to pay a smallpercentage of their post-college income as a tax for 24 years (0.75% […]

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State Budget Ensures Fee Freezes!

Massachusetts has taken an important step that should be a model for the rest of the country.  Shortly after the Legislature’s Conference Committee released a budget that incorporates the House’s approach to funding public higher education, the full legislature ratified this by passing the proposed 2013-14 budget. This is great news as it funds our […]

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Marriage Equality: Impact on Financial Aid

For some students, the Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will mean more financial aid; but for others, it will mean less.  Including same-sex spouses’ income in the federal need-analysis formula could reduce some students’ eligibility for aid, but counting a spouse and all of a couple’s children in the […]

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