Thursday, April 17, 2014

‘The University is For Sale’: Koch Brothers Target Higher Education

April 6, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery The billionaire Koch brothers, famous for the more than $400 million they funneled to right-wing candidates in the 2012 state elections, aren’t just bankrolling politicians to do the dirty work of their anti-worker agenda—they’re also investing in the minds of young people. In 2012, two of the six private charitable foundations [...]

College Costs Increasing Dramatically For Poor Students. For Wealthy Students? Not So Much

March 16, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery The price of a college education has skyrocketed over the past decade—but not for wealthy Americans. Recent federal data shows it’s actually the families who can least afford a college education who have seen their costs double or triple over the past five years, as they bear the brunt of outrageous [...]

President Obama and First Lady Talk College Affordability at White House Summit

January 17, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery The White House continued its efforts to make college more affordable and more accessible for all Americans, this week announcing commitments from more than 100 colleges and universities, plus millions of dollars from nonprofit groups and foundations, aimed at helping poor students get degrees. “We want to restore the essential promise [...]

What’s Happening to Public Higher Education in the District of Columbia?

November 12, 2013 by clong  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery Kelvin Page is just a year away from earning a bachelor’s degree in special education at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), and already he sees the program’s power. The ability to differentiate instruction, to meet students at their individual levels, to make gains, especially with students with autism: [...]

Slideshow: NEA Members Speak Out for Quality and Equity in Higher Education

October 30, 2013 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery This week is Campus Equity Week and NEA called on all of its members to speak up, organize, and work together to change the working conditions for the benefit of faculty and students across the country. Here are just a few of the activities educators participated in to show their support.

Campus Equity Week: Help Improve Adjunct Faculty Working Conditions

October 18, 2013 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery Adjunct or contingent faculty members teach the majority of college students in America—and they often do so under truly terrible working conditions. Keeping in mind that those conditions also are the learning conditions for the nation’s future teachers, scientists, nurses, and business innovators, NEA is calling on its members and allies [...]

The Student Loan Dilemma

September 24, 2013 by twalker  
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By Edward Graham When the United States Senate finally passed a bipartisan bill after months of relentless bickering to keep the interest rates of federally subsidized Stafford Loans for undergraduates from doubling to 6.8 percent, many college hopefuls probably breathed a long sigh of relief. Lost amongst the incredulousness of a congressional compromise were the [...]

MOOCs May Already Be Wearing Out Their Welcome

September 16, 2013 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery As the massive, open, online courses known as MOOCs grow exponentially in number, as millions of students enroll and as dozens of colleges and universities make deals to jump on the bandwagon, MOOCs have been applauded as the latest and greatest innovation in higher education. But do they actually work? That [...]

Is Higher Education Propping Up White Privilege?

August 12, 2013 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery White racial privilege still exists in America—did you doubt it? The latest proof is an extensive study from Georgetown University that shows two college pathways in America: one for white students at the nation’s most selective colleges, the other for black and Hispanic students—even with the same 3.5 or better GPA—at [...]

With Little Funding or Support, Community College Students Dropping Out

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By Mary Ellen Flannery With fees rising, and more than two-thirds of courses taught by part-time faculty, the path to a college degree has become too steep for too many students to climb. In a new report with national implications for public higher education, the Massachusetts Teachers Association found that just 17 percent of the [...]

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