Marybeth Gasman comments on Ruth Simmons’s background as a graduate of a historically black college, her achievements as president of Brown University, and the benefits these experiences will bring to Prairie View.
Laura Perna notes the need to pay attention to short-term and long-term results for students who are encouraged to attend particular institutions, given the on-average low completion and transfer rates at community colleges.
Jonathan Zimmerman analyzes Harvard’s reported decision to retract admissions offers from 10 students who posted offensive social media messages and suggests that “the best reply to bad speech is always more speech, not less.”
Even though some colleges no longer require standardized test scores for admission, Jonathan Supovitz says some kind of standardized testing is necessary to evaluate students since there are differences in higher education quality across institutions.
“It’s all about implementation,” said Andy Porter, in reference to a new C-SAIL analysis on U. S. states' implementation of college- and career-readiness policies . “What can states do to get these standards implemented? If they’re not implemented, they’re not relevant.”
"There’s so much rigorous empirical research that shows the University of Phoenix is merely capitalizing on black and brown students," said Marybeth Gasman, in response to South Carolina State University's planned partnership with the for-profit institution.
The Chicago Tribune's editorial board cites Joni Finney's 2011 study that found Illinois' 1995 shift to more local control of colleges and universities intensified the state's higher education problems.
Most trustees come to the board table with no clue about what to expect. Cathy Trower and Penn AHEAD's Peter Eckel examine the individual competencies they should have to improve how the board governs.
Laura Perna speaks about academics' frustrations with predatory practices in the student loan industry. "We have this structural reliance on loan servicers," she explains. "If they're not doing their job, it's a problem."