Trump’s Chance to Fix American Higher Education

Donald Trump’s election brings with it both an opportunity and an imperative to straighten out the mess that modern higher education has become. The level of disconnection of the academy from the rest of America is most recently evidenced by the fact that the Ivory Tower–for all its huffy pretenses of superior knowledge and insight–was…

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College Students: How Not to Be a Fragile Snowflake

There’s a lot of talk today about how this generation of college students is filled with “special snowflakes” cowering in “safe spaces” demanding protection from “unwanted speech,” but virtually no one is helping students avoid that embarrassing, simpering fate. Here’s my attempt. First off, you don’t want to be a flake. That’s not a good…

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Don’t go into denial over upcoming tuition bills.

The sooner you face soaring college costs, the better prepared you will be to preserve your family’s wealth. College acceptance letters used to be a cause for celebration in most families. These days, with soaring costs, they can be a cause of tremendous anxiety and handwringing. It’s never been harder to send a child to…

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Good News for the Class of 2016!

After several years of grim news, this year’s college graduates finally have something to look forward to: an 11 percent increase in hiring over last year. No, it’s not exactly a job boom, but it’s still very welcome news, indeed. At last—things are looking up! So, as you polish up your resume, you can also…

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The Good News in American Higher Education

There are a number of significant challenges in higher education today, including rising costs, diminishing returns, and the stifling effects of runaway political correctness on academic inquiry. That being said, it’s not all bad news. In fact, there are a number of hopeful, emerging trends that promise to create new and expanded opportunities for students…

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Beware the Dark Side of Higher Education

For generations, Americans have fondly and firmly believed that higher education is an unqualified, unquestionable force for good. Colleges had built up a huge reservoir of trust over the years, so of course every child should go; it’s a complete no-brainer! What could possibly go wrong? Based on the historical payoff for graduates in the…

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FREE Infographic: College Admissions in 3 Rounds

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FREE Infographic: 10 Biggest College Planning Mistakes

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How to Survive Campus Politics

If you’ve been awake during the last decade, you’ve noticed that campus politics have gotten really ugly. In fact, on many campuses, things are so downright vicious that it’s taking a toll on many students’ enjoyment of college, their peace of mind, their friendships and even their overall mental health. College campuses have always had…

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Unraveling Scholarship Confusion

The recent kerfuffle over Ben Carson’s stated belief that he had been offered a scholarship to West Point highlights an ongoing source of confusion in the world of college funding: misuse of the word “scholarship.” A quick rehash of higher education history can help resolve this persistent misunderstanding. Once upon a time, the only way…

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