Our Voices

Should we consider a lottery or gambling to help the poor?

In their recent NYT opinion piece titled “College Does Help the Poor” Tim Bartik and Brad Hershbein argue that “while a college degree does not eliminate inequality, it still pays off for people from low-income backgrounds.” While I agree that it is unrealistic to...

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The Privilege to Serve

  By Peter Hulbert In an impromptu speech on the steps of the University of Michigan’s Union in 1960, then presidential candidate John F. Kennedy asked a group of students: “How many of you who are going to be doctors are willing to spend your days in Ghana?...

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Student Loans, Not Just for Millenials

By Debbie Westmoreland Baker In 1996, I borrowed $34,000 to become a public school teacher in Oklahoma. When the newly established income-based repayment plans and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) were offered in 2007, I inquired about the program and was...

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The Burden of Freeing my Mind

By Julian Armand Cook I was reared on the south side of Chicago by a devoted and powerful single mother who struggled daily to provide for my family. Though our finances were beyond tight, the value of a college education was consistently lifted as an integral part of...

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We Are Failing College Students Who Drop-Out

By Bob Hildreth College graduation ceremonies are just on the horizon. While young graduates are proudly throwing their caps in the air, we must not forget thatforty-one percent of U.S. college students are not graduating with their class and they will not graduate...

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Wheelock, Mount Ida, who is next?

By Bob Hildreth Wheelock and Mount Ida collapsed overnight just like all the banks in 2008. Their sudden closings should bring a shudder to policy makers wondering which college will be next. In 2016, Forbes Magazine forewarned of their closings in its annual college...

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What do Toys”R”US and Wheelock College have in Common?

By Bob Hildreth Decreases in national birth rates have dealt fatal blows to both Toys”R” Us andWheelock College. Empty aisles and empty seats killed them. If low birth rates can destroy a national box store and a prestigious college what else may be vulnerable? The...

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