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Education Issues

Are Common Core State Standards an Education Solution?

Only 35 percent of U.S. 8th graders were identified as proficient in math by the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress...

Seeking a Shortcut to a Job

From 2001 to 2011, the number of certificates of one year or less awarded by public community colleges more than doubled to about 249,000 from about 106,000...

University of California: The Bubble of Bureaucracy

The University of California's annual spending exceeds that of most state governments -- amounting to roughly $100,000 for each of its students...

Subsidized Loans Drive College Tuition, Student Debt to Record Levels

Even at the 6.8 percent student loan interest rate, students are still benefiting from a significant subsidy; the rate on similar loans in the private market is about 12 percent...

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...


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