Notes in the Margins: Virtuoso professors, liberal arts salaries and the suing of students

Yale Suing Former Students Shows Crisis in Loans to Poor Yale, Penn and George Washington University have all sued former students over nonpayment, court records show. While no one tracks the number of lawsuits, students defaulted on $964 million in Perkins loans in the year ended June 2011, 20 percent more than five years earlier, government data show. Unlike most student loans — distributed and collected by the federal government — Perkins loans are administered by colleges, which use repayment money to lend to other poor students. (Bloomberg via Education Dive)

Student Loan Debt Crisis: How’d We Get Here and What Happens Next? The amount of student loan debt and the rate of delinquency have been climbing for years now. If it seems like every new statistic is worse than the last, that’s because it is. Two studies released this week are no exception. (Time via NAICU) 

Small Colleges Take Giant Steps into the Cloud Small schools with limited IT resources are discovering that cloud-based services can give them a competitive edge. (Campus Technology via Education Dive)

Top-Paying Liberal Arts Majors in 2012 Three liberal arts majors had average starting salaries that topped $40,000 in 2012, according to a new report. (NACE via University Business)

Extraordinary Professors: The Virtuosos and the Conductors At the beginning of some semesters, I take my seat for the first class and the professor comes in, and starts speaking. And suddenly I know that it’s become an honor to have a seat in this room. I’d like to share two different experiences with instructors of that other realm. (The Huffington Post)