Notes in the Margins: Entrepreneurs, for-profit enrollment and religion

$100,000 To Forgo College? The Thiel Foundation today named the first winners of its controversial “20 Under 20” fellowship program, which hands young people $100,000 to pursue entrepreneurial ideas rather than a university education. It’s a limited program designed to showcase a bigger — and for many, a troubling — idea: That higher education is highly overvalued. (San Francisco Chronicle)

For-profit colleges see major gains, lower per-student instructional spending A federal report shows undergraduate enrollments rose by more than a third, with the most dramatic growth occurring at for-profit colleges. (USA Today)

Tradition of properly greased obelisk makes a comeback at Naval Academy All school year, there were rumors that the new U.S. Naval Academy superintendent would restore one of the most challenging aspects to a potentially dangerous rite of passage for first-year students: Climbing a 21-foot granite obelisk that’s covered with grease. (The Washington Post)

A Plea to Elite Colleges for Socioeconomic Diversity “Despite progress on diversity,” David Leonhardt writes in the Times, “campuses tilt to the affluent.” (The New York Times)

The (Lack Of) Conflict Between Science And Religion In College Students For the vast majority of American university students, there simply is no conflict between science and religion. (The Huffington Post)