Higher education is facing great pressure to change — both in the administrative offices and in the classrooms. Here are five less-visible developments on college campuses — with implications big and small for students and their families. Continue reading
Through the recession, college tuition skyrocketed at public universities to make up for flagging state funding. Some students who borrowed to keep up with rising costs face crushing debt repayments. Hari Sreenivasan travelled to Wisconsin to report on one group hoping to turn the state’s student borrowers into a powerful voting bloc. Continue reading
As the recession squeezed state budgets, the Obama administration made college affordability one of its signature issues, often pointing out that while average tuition at public universities rose 300 percent in the last 30 years, the average family’s income rose just 16 percent. Now that states are starting to turn the funding faucet back on for higher education, public pressure is helping drive efforts to clamp down on costs to students. Continue reading
College for America, an online degree program, has no classes, professors or credit hours. It’s been cited as an innovative way to make college more affordable. But how do its students qualify for a degree? Hari Sreenivasan reports from New Hampshire on a university that gives credit based on competency at the student’s own pace.
The country’s best known college rankings are probably those published every year by U.S. News and World Report. While the rankings sell magazines and advertising, their influence is often criticized as pushing colleges to drive up admissions criteria and drive … Continue reading
Marshall University in West Virginia is seeing a national trend up-close, Between 2000 and 2011, the number of people 25 and older enrolled in college increased 41 percent. At Marshall, nearly 20 percent of students are over 25. The campus is one of many across the country figuring out what it takes to support them through graduation. Continue reading
U.S. colleges are importing the German model of career and technical education to keep up with a demand they can’t fill for skilled, mid-level American workers. Continue reading
Continuing her journey as an international education advocate, Malala Yousafzai joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how to inspire children around the world to fight for education. Continue reading