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Conscious Parallelism

By Bob Hildreth Conscious Parallelism is the legal term when companies post the same prices but show no evidence that they are directly colluding. That pretty much describes what colleges do resulting in very similar tuition and a narrow band for tuition increases. So...

Guest Commentary: Who’s At Fault For Student Loans?

By Bob Hildreth Investigative reporters James B. Steele and Lance Williams know whom to blame for the student loan crisis; it’s big banks, big government and big corporations (see their full article here). They put the spotlight on these institutions for relentlessly...

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...