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Student Debt: A Political Battleground

By Bob Hildreth If you attack student loans, you are accused of putting at risk the only way that a poor and diverse student population can pay for college. How Republican of you! But if you support the availability of student loans, you are mired in a system, created...

Student Debt Penalizes Students Changing Majors or Schools

By Bob Hildreth If you encounter a student with over $50,000 in debt, you will usually find that the student transferred majors or schools, or both. Planning for the costs associated with a college education is hard. Even after you enroll in a college and have your...

Colleges As An Engine To Succeed. Really?

By Bob Hildreth Take a guess: What is the average graduation rate at America’s four-year, non-profit colleges? Would you guess 85%? 75%? Maybe 65%? (Surely, it can’t be that low.) Guess again. On America’s college campuses, the average graduation rate for students six...

The Presidential Candidates on College Affordability

By Bob Hildreth Each candidate has identified college affordability and high student loan debt as important issues. And, while there is some overlap among their proposed remedies, sadly, none of the proposals get at the real root of the problem. They just put bandages...

College’s Stake in China May Backfire

By Bob Hildreth Colleges have a lot to lose if China’s economy keeps declining and with its wealth. This is because China’s wealth is the source of much college tuition both directly and indirectly. And one key source of wealth—China’s official foreign reserves, has...

A Parent Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

By Bob Hildreth Among the items ignored by educational reformers is parental engagement. Little has changed in how parents engage with schools since public education first began. And yet recent studies have shown parents to be key in how their children are...

Guest Commentary: Beware The College Financial Aid Letter

  By Bob Hildreth This is the time of year when students and their parents pack a light lunch or an overnight bag and head off to visit colleges. Some may be aware that these highly orchestrated guided tours are marketing tools. After all, colleges are in a...