Business leaders unimpressed with college grads’ skills Annual survey shows execs don’t think the situation is improving. (The Hechinger Report) The Adjunct Revolt: How Poor Professors Are Fighting Back Can a budding labor movement improve the lives of non-tenured faculty—and, in the process, fix higher education? (The Atlantic via University Business) UCLA cancels $3-million research gift from Read more

Does it pay to obsess on where your kid goes to school? In light of what we know about educational achievement, their obsessive quests are almost entirely unnecessary.  And worse, their pursuits are undermining the broader aim of equity. (The Washington Post) Another Bank Leaves Student Loans Behind Why are so many banks exiting the student loan Read more

Obama plans new regulation on colleges of education The Obama administration’s obsession with standardized test scores knows no bounds. The newest example: a plan to spend millions of dollars to reward those colleges of education whose graduates, among other things, are successful in raising their students’ standardized test scores. (The Washington Post) Small Colleges Get an Read more

Northwestern University football players to vote today on union amid debate over labor rights The outcome of the secret-ballot vote among Northwestern’s football players will not be known for some time as the board considers a case with broad ramifications not only for intercollegiate athletics but also for how colleges operate. (The Washington Post) The Political Read more

Here’s the letter that Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system Chancellor Steven Rosenstone and Minnesota State University – Mankato President Richard Davenport sent to two legislators asking for a review of Mankato’s firing of football coach Todd Hoffner. The review would be conducted by the state Office of the Legislative Auditor and focus on Read more

Here’s the very first SAT, from 1926. Can you pass it? Alas, the College Board couldn’t find the answer code. (The Washington Post) Public strongly backs affirmative action programs on campus Americans say by roughly two-to-one (63% to 30%) that affirmative action programs designed to increase the number of black and minority students on college campuses is a “good Read more

How much are college students learning? This failure to examine systematically what is, after all, the core mission of colleges is a big problem for U.S. higher education. We’re awash in efforts to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of our colleges. But without a better base of comparative evidence, we won’t really know how these reforms Read more