Notes in the Margins: Veterans, loan profits and public liberal-arts colleges

For returning veterans, back-to-school brings new battles – and not enough help When veterans come home from war and try to put their lives back together, there’s often a giant missing link in their transition: Clear advice on getting back to school and managing the next phase of their education. (The Hechinger Report)

Thousands of People Sign Up for Online Classes They Never End Up Taking How, then, should professors calculate a course’s pass rate? (The Atlantic)

Government books $41.3 billion in student loan profits Figures come as concerns mount about growing loan debt for students, graduates. (Detroit Free Press via USA Today)

Basing university subject rankings on reputation disadvantages departments outside global cities  By removing the highly subjective score for employer reputation, the QS World University Rankings by Subject results change substantially — especially for universities outside global cities. (Impact of Social Sciences)

Public liberal arts colleges seek to exploit niche in turbulent market They aim to be selective and intimate, like private liberal arts colleges, but with enough public funding to make them more affordable. That’s the theory. (The Washington Post)