Notes in the Margins: Truths, industry and for-profits

False Promises It has long been clear that an oily subgroup of for-profit schools were doing very well for themselves by recruiting students who had no real chance of graduating, pocketing their federal financial aid and leaving the students with valueless credentials — or none at all — and crippling debt. (The New York Times)

Private-sector colleges fill a need: Let’s set aside ideology. Let’s work together to develop one set of common standards for all students in all colleges. Let’s develop protocols that accurately calculate the graduation rates and the placement rates of all students at every college. Let’s work together to figure out how we can ensure access to higher education for all, especially the low-income, in an era of deficit reduction. (USA Today)

Twelve Inconvenient Truths About American Higher Education On the surface, it seems like we have a great high education system that works beautifully. But below the surface, there are a large number of flaws in the system. (The Center for College Affordability & Productivity via Education News)

Partnering with industry: more than just a logo to help recruit students? Universities can develop new postgraduate courses quickly, and increase their relevance, by making industry partners integral to the development process. (The Guardian)

UC reaching out to depressed students online The University of California is hoping to prevent suicides through a confidential online effort to get troubled students to seek help in person. (Los Angeles Times)