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Does Pell Propel College Graduates? »

Earlier this year, the Congressional Budget Office projected a $7.8 billion temporary surplus for the federal Pell Grant program next year—and some members of Congress can’t wait to spend it on year-round disbursements, which were eliminated in 2011 but recently revived in the Senate. (See here and here also). The concept has enjoyed bi-partisan...
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A Glimpse into the College Entitlement Mentality »

Should a college education be a handout or something earned? A recent feature in The New Yorker Magazine provides a sobering glimpse of things to come if advocates of “free college” get their way. In his feature article “The Big Uneasy,” author Nathan Heller interviewed several Oberlin College students who demanded, among other things,...
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Have a Student Loan Question? Take a Number and Wait in Line »

“[E]rrors and poor customer service.” That’s how the federal government watchdog, the Government Accountability Office, summed up the US Department of Education’s handling of $96 billion in federal higher education loans affecting more than 9 million student borrowers. So much for the improved service and efficiency we were promised more than 30 years ago...
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Don’t Blame “Underfunding” for Soaring College Prices »

Death, taxes, and rising college prices – these are among life’s few certainties. A new study helps shed light on the latter. As the Washington Post’s Danielle Douglas-Gabriel reports: Using Department of Education data, Seton Hall University professor Robert Kelchen found that inflation-adjusted fees grew faster than tuition at state schools between the 1999-2000 and 2012-2013...
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Stop Coddling My College Students! »

It seems like every time I get online I see posts about college students advocating for the restriction of free speech on college campuses. From “safe spaces” to Emory students calling to evaluate teachers on their use of “microaggressions,” sometimes I feel like I’m living in the Twilight Zone. It certainly wasn’t that long...
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For the Love of Teaching and Economics »

I love teaching economic principles. There is something truly exciting about introducing students to the economic way of thinking for the first time. It’s a privilege and honor I take very seriously. It seems to me, if more people understood basic economics, we could avoid a lot of patently backward policies. However, I also...
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Tennessee’s Fracking Controversy »

Shale gas deposits underlie about a third of the State of Tennessee. Tapping that low-carbon resource is essential if electric utilities there and across the nation have any hope of complying with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Energy Plan, which mandates a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Yet environmental groups...
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College Loan Interest Rates: Real Change or Spare Change? »

The interest rate on federally subsidized student loans is set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1 absent Congressional action. Apparently a deal is forthcoming. Too bad the rhetoric surrounding this debate isn’t. First some background. Back in 2007 the College Cost Reduction and Access Act implemented a five-year, phased-in...
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Individual Career Choices, Not Government Quotas, Should Define the Next 40 Years of Title IX »

This month Title IX turned 40. Part of the 1972 Education Amendments, Title IX prohibits gender discrimination in federally supported educational programs and activities. Sexual harassment and college athletics typically receive the most attention; however, Title IX covers several additional key areas, including higher education access. Today, the academic focus is shifting to the...
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Tunnel of Oppression: Communist Theme Park »

Over at my academic freedom blog, I posted news of a Communist Theme Park in Lithuania. On college campuses, there is a “tunnel of oppression” movement to teach young people how awful this country has been to just about everyone. Here is a link to my blog:  Communist Theme Park @ Yahoo! Video Link...
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