Though it may have gotten buried with the New Year's holiday, I had an article published in Fox News Opinion on how to get a college degree without going broke. I outlined five things every student can do. Here's the opening: The disappearance of low-skilled jobs and a rising earnings premium sparked a dramatic uptick in college enrollment over the past few decades. At first, students could afford it, graduating with minimal (if any) debt, and entering an expanding job market with rising wages. But now? Real median household income is down 6.5% from 2007-2014. Salaries for 25-34 year … [Read more...] about 5 Suggestions for Getting a College Degree Without Going Broke
One of the reasons I wrote Beating the College Debt Trap is that it seemed to me that millions of Americans don't know how the whole paying for college thing works. The system is intimidating, confusing, and complicated, so they stay clear of it altogether. A July 2015 study from the Urban Institute confirms my suspicions. As the U.S. News & World Report summarized: "A new study details how college is surprisingly affordable for the lowest income Americans. Yet fewer than half of them enroll in college, and 12 percent of those who do enroll fail to apply for financial aid." Here's … [Read more...] about Low-Income Americans’ Kids Can Go to College for Free
Jeff Selingo is right: Too few college students hold a significant part-time job before graduation. As a result, they struggle with professionalism in the work place. Selingo reports that "the number of teenagers who have some sort of job while in school has dropped from nearly 40 percent in 1990 to just 20 percent today, an all-time low since the United States started keeping track in 1948." Why aren't more students working? Reasons include a poor labor market for teens and the fact that minimum wage earnings don't go far relative to escalating college prices (tuition, fees, textbooks, … [Read more...] about Why more teenagers and college students need to work while in school
After writing Thriving at College, why write another book for students? How does Beating the College Debt Trap differ from Thriving at College? Thriving at College is about making the most of the college years, about using that season in life as a launching pad into all that’s associated with responsible Christian adulthood. But while I briefly addressed money management skills, the whole idea of paying for college is more or less assumed. In the four years since I wrote Thriving at College, the economics of college have continued to evolve. In 2013, a majority of families (57 percent) … [Read more...] about Why Write Another Book for College Students?
I have an article in today's Stream about the recent Million Student March. Here's the opening: Amidst the recent potpourri of petulant pouting on college campuses around the country, in “safe spaces” and elsewhere, you’ll be forgiven if you missed the news of a Million Student March. On November 12, these student marchers took to their respective campuses and communities with three specific demands: 1.Tuition-Free Public College 2. Cancellation of All Student Debt 3. $15 Minimum Wage for All Campus Workers Their arguments were not new. As the group’s website reads: “The United … [Read more...] about The Empty-Headedness of the Million Student March
Moral of the story? Don't mess with the professor's assigned grade. Scott Jaschik, with Inside Higher Ed, writes: Jay Conover, a professor of mathematics and statistics at Texas Tech University, got quite a surprise when he learned three of his former students graduated from the business school's graduate program this year. He was surprised because he had given the students grades so low he thought they wouldn't be able to graduate. It turns out the Business School's Dean, Lance Nail, had gone behind Conover's back to get another prof to set up an alternate exam for a group of five students … [Read more...] about Grade-Changing Dean at Texas Tech Resigns