Notes in the Margins: Digital texts, too little debt and the survival of for-profits

The other student loan problem: too little debt Students who take extreme steps to avoid debt at all costs, they say, may get stuck with something much more financially damaging than moderate student loan debt. They may not wind up with a college degree. (Associated Press via NAICU)

Textbooks Finally Take a Big Leap to Digital Though some textbook publishers made some of their textbooks available in digital formats a decade ago, it is only recently that the market has picked up. Responding to the new demand, many academic publishers have made almost everything they sell available in electronic format. (The New York Times)

High School-College Hybrid Grooms Students for Jobs At a time when more than a quarter of students don’t graduate from high school, the last thing you’d expect is for a city to make it harder to get a degree. But a new technology-focused, six-year high school in New York City is asking students to do just that in return for a more secure job outlook. (U.S. News & World Report)

The Dwindling Power of a College Degree One of the greatest changes is that a college degree is no longer the guarantor of a middle-class existence. (The New York Times Magazine)

5 reasons for-profit colleges will survive Despite the industry’s troubles, a book by the head of Kaplan Inc. convinced me that for-profit educational ventures are here to stay. People who feel as I do will have to adjust to that. (The Washington Post)