Notes in the Margins: Suicide, smoking and corporate values

Judge Strikes a For-Profit College Regulation A federal judge dismissed the Department of Education’s requirement that, for career-training schools to get federal aid, at least 35 percent of graduates must be repaying their student loans. (The New York Times)

Colleges move toward absolute bans on smoking Bans on use, advertising and sales of tobacco in all its forms are being enacted or considered at perhaps half of campuses nationwide, sometimes over the objections of student smokers, staff and faculty. The movement is driven by mounting evidence of the health risks of secondhand smoke, the reduced costs of smoke-free dorms and a drive to minimize enticements to smoke at a critical age for forming lifelong habits. (Associated Press via The Boston Globe)

The Ones We’ve Lost: The Student Loan Debt Suicides Suicide is the dark side of the student lending crisis and, despite all the media attention to the issue of student loans, it’s been severely under-reported. (The Huffington Post)

Here’s the Interactive Future of Higher Education Computers and the internet were supposed to revolutionize education – from pre-K through grad school.  And while there have been isolated examples of teaching-learning breakthroughs, most of the so-called technological advances are decidedly unimpressive. Until now. (Forbes via NAICU)

Higher education: Academic vs. corporate values? The right question to ask is how any given institution of higher education should attack its long-range ambitions. (The Washington Post via the Star Tribune)