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Indiana To Base Larger Portion Of College Funding On Performance

The pool of state money available to Indiana colleges who show the highest performance on state-assigned metrics is set to get bigger. Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says a state panel will consider expanding the amount of money distributed to public colleges and universities under Indiana’s performance funding formula. The formula has, in part, […]

Mailbag: 'Are All Colleges For-Profit On Some Level?'

After entering the crosshairs of Congress last month, for-profit colleges entered many of our commenters’ crosshairs last week. Reacting to our post about a GAO report that targeted for-profit higher education institutions, commenter “Alex” framed the debate this way: This is really about a “sub-prime college degree”. It is the same business model sub-prime mortgage […]

Ask The Ed Reporters: Why Do Students Finish Degrees At For-Profit Colleges Faster?

On our post about for-profit colleges, commenter Slowlightening asks: Students can finish degrees faster at for-profit institutes [than at community colleges, as The Atlantic writes]. Why doesn’t the article ask why that is? Is it because classes are held at better hours? Or is it because classes require significantly less work? Why doesn’t the article talk […]

Want A Merit-Based Scholarship? Go To A Private College

Private four-year colleges are giving more merit-based financial aid to more students than public universities, and numbers from the federal government suggest the gap between the two has grown significantly in the last 15 years. A report from the National Center for Education Statistics says 44 percent of all students received aid based on their […]

The New Achievement Gap? The Link Between Education & Unemployment

New numbers from a recent Gallup poll underscore the point once more: education pays, and generally, education employs. “In the U.S., the highly educated are most likely to be working full time for an employer,” the pollsters write, “highlighting the benefits of a good education during these difficult economic times.” High school graduates are twice […]

Mailbag: 'Food Fight!' Edition

We’re cleaning up from a food fight over the weekend in our comments section over college dorms and dining halls, and we’re featuring some of the best comments from the weekend in this week’s Mailbag. An Indiana University trustee’s concern that a $22 million dining hall might be part of an “amenities race” that’s ultimately […]

In College Dorms And Dining, How Nice Is Too Nice?

Student pours organic dressing on a salad at UC Berkeley dining commons.

Nearly half of U.S. students factor in their on-campus dining options into their choice of where to go to college, which has turned college food services a $4.6 billion dollar industry. It’s also made some Indiana University trustees wonder whether it’s economically feasible for the school to take part in an “amenities race” to build the nicest […]

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