12 Trends Killing College

“Does college still matter? The Department of Education makes the case that college is more valuable than ever: Degree holders earn $1 million more that workers without postsecondary education and the innovation economy is likely to require a more educated workforce. But averages and projections hide the rapid loss of faith in higher education as the escalator to the middle class.”

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Size and resources will determine colleges’ success in the next 10 years

“Colleges with more resources and brand recognition have had an easier time navigating the increasingly competitive post-recession environment for higher education than have smaller, less-resourced institutions, a new report from S&P Global explains. Although analysts expect the sector to remain stable, they write that the latter group of colleges will “face substantial pressures” in the coming decade.”

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FOX NEWS Mocks Student Loan Borrowers, Warns Taxpayers Will be Forced to Pay ‘Hundreds of Billions’ in College Debt

“Fox & Friends warned that the U.S. is close to “free college for all” Thursday in a segment ridiculing student loan borrowers and cautioning taxpayers they’ll be “on the hook” for young Americans’ desire to receive an education. Co-host Steve Doocy was joined by Brian Brenberg, executive vice president and chair at New York’s King’s College, as the pair mocked student loan borrowers and warned that Americans will soon be forced to pay off “hundreds of billions of dollars” in other people’s student loan defaults. The Thursday morning Fox News crew put out a segment, “Student Debt Threat,” which claimed the mainstream media is trying to create a recession to make President Donald Trump look bad while ignoring the real economic crisis: student loan borrowing.”

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Fewer than half of public colleges are affordable, report finds

“The share of public colleges considered affordable decreased between the 2012-13 and 2016-17 academic years, according to a new report from the National College Access Network (NCAN). NCAN defines an affordable college as one with a total cost of attendance not exceeding the combination of: its average grant and federal loan awards; average expected family contribution for Pell Grant recipients; average Federal-Work Study award; and summer wages, plus $300.”

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‘Restoring the Promise’ Review: High Cost, Low Yield

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“We are at the end of an era in American higher education. It is an era that began in the decades after the Civil War, when colleges and universities gradually stopped being preparatory schools for ministers and lawyers and embraced the ideals of research and academic professionalism. It reached full bloom after World War II, when the spigots of public funding were opened in full, and eventually became an overpriced caricature of itself, bloated by a mix of irrelevance and complacency and facing declining enrollments and a contracting market. No one has better explained the economics of this decline—and its broad cultural effects—than Richard Vedder.”

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A dollar a day — Local resident goes back to school through Walmart’s Better U Program

Through the Better U Program, Walmart helps provide education through different universities, Lewis said. According to a release from Walmart, the program now offers to cover 14 new degrees, a graduation bonus program and a pathway for high school students. “

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