Notes in the Margins: Arrest records, graduation math and the corporate university

80 Percent Of Bankruptcy Lawyers Report A ‘Substantial Increase’ In Clients Buried By Student  Loan Debt A report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed that the total balance of student loans in the U.S. has reached $870 billion, while 27 percent of student loan borrowers are at least 30 days behind on their payments. Since 1985, the cost of college tuition and fees has sextupled. (ThinkProgress via University Business)

The Higher Education Monopoly is Crumbling As We Speak New organizations are being created to offer new kinds of degrees, in a manner and at a price that could completely disrupt the enduring college business model. The question is: Which colleges and universities will be the G.E. of the twenty-first century, and which will be as forgotten as U.S. Leather? (The New Republic)

The Corporate University Model: Part One The modern corporate university will be a center of economic activity. The university will run as efficiently as possible. University administrators should be experienced corporate managers — education experience is not necessary. (The Huffington Post)

Professor’s use of student’s arrest records spurs debate Late last month in an advanced reporting class, DePauw University visiting journalism professor Mark Tatge passed out a student-athlete’s public records — including her social media profiles and reports related to a recent arrest — for a session on accessing documents. (USA Today)

New graduation math = success for community colleges Scorned for the abysmally low number of their students who earn degrees, the nation’s community colleges may be about to more than double their graduation rates — not by turning out a single additional graduate but by changing the way the rates are calculated. (The Washington Post)