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Education Issues

State-Level Agenda for Higher Education Reform

The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce estimates that, by 2018, almost two-thirds of all jobs will require some level of postsecondary education...

Teacher Education Needs More Structure

Fewer than half of the 1,450 higher education institutions that house teacher preparation programs have earned national accreditation...

Sallie Mae -- Cronyism at its Finest

The federal government exiting higher education finance would stop cronyism in the system and lay the groundwork for a more robust private sector student loan industry...

Differential Tuition Pricing Could Help Universities

Price does appear to be a policy lever through which state governments can alter the field composition of the workforce they are training with the public higher education system...

Raise Standards for Teachers and Free Them to Teach

Students who intend to major in education have below-average SAT scores, which correspond to a below-proficient ranking on state grade-by-grade tests...

Millennials' Ball-and-Chain: Student Loan Debt

Two-thirds of 2011 college graduates graduated with an average student loan debt of $26,600, or $27,500 when adjusted for inflation; in 1993, less than half of students graduated with any debt...

The Associate's Degree Payoff: Community College Grads Can Get High-Paying Jobs

Outside of fields that require specific certificates or degrees, it's not always clear to students which higher education path they should take -- community college or a four-year university...

Easy Credit Is Inflating a Massive Student Loan Bubble

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently dismissed concerns over student loan debt by saying that most of the money is federal money, which just means taxpayers -- rather than lending institutions -- will take the initial hit...

Repairing America's Unhealthy Relationship with Student Debt

From 2007 to 2012, total student debt nearly doubled, from $548 billion to $966 billion...

Playing Politics with Loans Doesn't Help Students

In a world with pressing higher education problems, the interest rate debate has already consumed far too much time and energy...


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