Notes in the Margins: Hitler, Bill Gates and solutions to the student-loan problem

The best answer is still RTFM Countless college and university presidents and deans have written memoirs over the years in hopes of providing both brilliant insights and practical guidelines. Most such works reprint or modestly revise dry and repetitive speeches that are “dead on arrival”. Henry Rosovsky’sThe University: An Owner’s Manual (1990) remains a notable exception. (Times Higher Education)

Study: Millennials Prefer Traditional Classrooms Over Online Ones Students are warming up to virtual education, but according to a new study, they still believe it’s easier to learn in a traditional classroom. (21st Century Fluency Project)

Thai University Apologizes For Hitler Banner Thailand’s premier university has apologized for displaying a billboard that showed Adolf Hitler alongside Superman and other superheroes, saying it was painted by ignorant students who didn’t realize Hitler’s image would offend anyone. (The Huffington Post)

Four Intriguing Proposals to Fix Student Loans With student debt growing ever larger, researchers and policy groups are questioning whether there might be a better way for Americans to pay for college. (Bloomberg Businessweek via NAICU)

Bill Gates expands influence — and money — into higher education For years, Bill Gates has exercised extraordinary influence in shaping modern K-12 school reform to his liking, leveraging cash from his vast Microsoft fortune to drive the public agenda — and taxpayer funds — toward standardized test-based accountability. (The Washington Post)