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College Colleges & Universities


  • Life's Not Really That Bad, Dr. Helen Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 3:33 PM ET

    Dr. Helen Smith is a forensic psychologist in Knoxville, Tennessee "who enjoys commenting on popular culture, politics and psychological issues."

  • College Kids Are Barbarians Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 12:12 PM ET

    College students are barely civilized barbarians who are fundamentally lacking in the basic skills required to succeed as human beings.

  • Why Is Wall Street So Addicted to Prestige Colleges? Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 2:40 PM ET

    A recent paper by Kellog management professor Lauren Rivera “uncovers” something most of us already know: elite investment banks, consultancies and law firms are education snobs.

  • College Freshmen: Life Sucks Thursday, 27 Jan 2011 | 2:34 PM ET

    College freshmen are more miserable than they have been in 25 years.

  • China's Influence on US Schools Growing Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011 | 11:43 AM ET

    According to the Center for Applied Linguistics, from 1997 to 2008, the number of middle and high schools offering Chinese has quadrupled. Among elementary schools it has grown tenfold.

  • Greenberg: Is Strayer the Rule, Not the Exception? Monday, 10 Jan 2011 | 10:43 AM ET
    Strayer University in North Carolina

    Strayer Education and other for-profit education companies are taking a big hit on Monday.  On late Friday, after the market’s close, Strayer had announced worse-than-expected enrollment results.

  • Put That Pizza on my Student Loan Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 4:29 PM ET

    College kids were enjoying pizza and beer, and paying for it all with a debit MasterCard.  But this was not any debit card.  The funds behind it come from student financial aid.

  • Some Schools Masters At Managing Debt Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 6:05 AM ET

    Call it one of the dirty little secrets of the education industry: When students can’t pay their loans, many schools manage (some would say, manipulate) default rates so they look better than they really are.

  • Student Loan Defaults Could Cost Taxpayers Dearly Tuesday, 21 Dec 2010 | 8:39 PM ET
    Uncle Sam and money

    The dramatic rise in student debt—and in student loan defaults—could leave the American taxpayer on the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars.

  • Pay For CEOs Of For-Profit Colleges Top Of The Class Tuesday, 21 Dec 2010 | 8:51 AM ET

    For-profit colleges may have unusually high student dropout and loan default rates, but their CEOS receive enormous compensation packages.

  • Lots of Money for Student Loans—But at What Cost? Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 11:21 AM ET
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan noted that millions of students do not take full advantage of federal student aid. But the vast majority of that aid consists of loans, and the nation’s student loan debt—and student loan defaults—are going rapidly.

  • Rewriting Of Regulations May Spell Trouble Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 11:21 AM ET

    The Education Department is trying to crack down on high dropout and default  rates at  for-profit colleges and universities..

  • Kids Can Chip In Too Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 10:30 AM ET

    College costs shouldn’t be only the parents’ concern. Children can help out too, explains CNBC's Sharon Epperson in an excerpt from her book "The Big Payoff."

  • Send Your Kid to College Without Going Broke Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 10:29 AM ET
    cost of education

    There are as many ways of saving for higher education as there are majors at college. CNBC's Sharon Epperson offers a few of them in this excert from her book “The Big Payoff: 8 Steps Couples Can Take To Make The Most of Their Money – And Live Richly Ever After.”

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    Student loans are a financial anchor around graduates' necks, saddling them with decades of debt and forcing them to make poor career and life choices.

  • Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators Tuesday, 7 Dec 2010 | 10:56 AM ET

    With China’s debut in international standardized testing, students in Shanghai have surprised experts by outscoring their counterparts in dozens of other countries, in reading as well as in math and science, according to the results of a respected exam. The NYT reports.

  • CEO Blog: Putting an End to the Dropout Epidemic Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 | 12:02 AM ET

    For every effective business, data drives decision making from the cubicle to the boardroom. Without supporting data, new projects and products are not funded, people are not added, and marketplace conditions are not understood. This basic principle of American business is starting to take hold in American education. As a result of better data in recent years, America has awakened to its dropout epidemic.

  • McCormack's Legacy Lives On At UMass Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 4:28 PM ET

    A gift by the McCormack family, announced Wednesday, will ensure that McCormack's legacy will be lasting.

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    The falling value of U.S. dollar has made the prized American degree a lot more affordable for tertiary students from Asia.

  • The US can afford another stimulus package but needs to commit to long-term deficit reduction to help states handle pension liability, Laura D’Andrea Tyson, an economic adviser to Obama, told CNBC Monday.