Our Voices

College Rankings: What Are They Good For?

By Bob Hildreth Despite what might have started out with good intentions, college rankings have done more harm than good. Rankings do not do what they purport to do: provide high school students with an accurate, unbiased guide to selecting the best college fit for...

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A Likely Trump Message For Colleges: Diversity Is For Losers

By Bob Hildreth President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Betsy DeVos as education secretary signals that his K-12 policy will honor his promise of school choice. As for his higher education policy, though, we have very little concrete information. The Trump website...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Hunger on College Campuses: Another Barrier to Getting a Degree?

By Bob Hildreth Wick Sloane teaches a college writing class at Bunker Hill Community College, where he also manages the Emergency Assistance Fund. There are weeks, he said, he spends “more time helping students sign up for food stamps than I have correcting essays.”...

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