higher education

Higher Education
9:20 am
Fri June 13, 2014

The National Push To Unionize Adjunct Faculty At Universities

Marcie Sillman talks with Inside Higher Ed reporter Colleen Flaherty about the push by the Service Employees International Union to unionize adjunct faculty members.

Ivory Tower
3:26 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

The Documentary That Asks, Is College Worth It?

A lecture hall at Trinity College.
Flickr Photo/Trinity College (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Andrew Rossi, director of a new documentary "Ivory Tower" that asks the question, is a college education worth the skyrocketing cost of tuition?

Rossi, himself a Harvard and Yale graduate, examines the one trillion dollar student debt (now higher than credit card debt), the reasons higher education costs more, and the shake-out out that could take down many smaller liberal arts colleges.

Education
3:13 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Competency-Based Education As A Faster Path To Associate's Degrees

A student reads on campus at Seattle Central Community College.
Flickr Photo/javacolleen (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Connie Broughton with the Board for Community & Technical Colleges about competency-based education. Students with prior work experience or college credit could potentially earn an associate's degree in business in only 18 months.

Higher Ed
2:34 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Washington State Had Second-Highest Tuition Hikes

The campus quad at the University of Washington.
Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Times reporter Katherine Long about tuition increases in Washington since the beginning of the recession. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the state's four-year public colleges have experienced the second-highest tuition hike in the country.

Sexual Assault
2:40 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

More Students Are Filing Sexual Assault Complaints, Investigation Shows

Washington State University is one of 55 universities under investigation by the federal government.
Credit Flickr Photo/miss_usa_redneck

Marcie Sillman talks with Kristen Lombardi, investigative reporter for The Center For Public Integrity, about the federal government's investigation into 55 universities, including Washington State Univerity, over their  handling of complaints of sexual assault.

Paying For College
12:53 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Paying Off Student Loans Puts A Dent In Wallets, And The Economy

Student loan debt forces many young adults to make hard choices about how they spend their money — and can prevent them from making investments that will pay off down the road.
David Sacks Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:38 am

Weighing in at more than $1 trillion, student loan debt is now larger than total credit card debt. Morning Edition recently asked young adults about their biggest concerns, and more than two-thirds of respondents mentioned college debt. Many say they have put off marriage or buying a home because of the financial burden they took on as students.

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Tuitition Increases
2:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High

World War II veterans and other students at the University of Iowa in 1947. That year, due to federal assistance from the GI Bill, 60 percent of the school's enrollment was made up of veterans.
Margaret Bourke-White Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 10:59 am

If you want to get an earful about paying for college, listen to parents from states where tuition and fees have skyrocketed in the last five years. In Arizona, for example, parents have seen a 77 percent increase in costs. In Georgia, it's 75 percent, and in Washington state, 70 percent.

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Higher Education
3:22 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

History Professor: Why I Inflate Grades

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David Hyde talks with University of Houston history professor Robert Zaretsky about grade inflation and why it's hard to avoid doing it.

Labor Dispute
3:22 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Adjunct Faculty At Seattle University Pushing To Unionize

Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle University political science instructor Larry Cushnie about his efforts to organize a union for adjunct faculty members.

Higher Education
2:31 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

How A Student's Wealth Affects College Admission

High school seniors don't always realize that the college they are applying to may not be "needs blind."

Marcie Sillman talks with Scott Jaschik, editor and founder of Inside Higher Education, about how a student's wealth can affect the college admission process.

Military
9:35 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Student Vets Worry About Tuition Payments Amid Shutdown

University of Washington ROTC's Veterans Day 2012 ceremony.
Courtesy of HUMV/Sarah Koopai

For Tom Jenkins, a senior at the University of Washington and a veteran of the Air Force, the partial government shutdown has caused double stress: He has been furloughed from his part-time job as a reservist, and he may not receive veteran’s benefits.

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Decrease In Need-Based Aid
3:18 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

How Merit-Based Financial Aid Hurts Low-Income Students

Flickr Photo/Lucius Beebe Memorial Library

Many low-income students rely on need-based scholarships and grants to pay for college. But in recent years, universities across the country — and often states themselves — are turning away from need-based financial aid. Increasingly, they’re awarding student aid based on merit. Nationally, 29 percent of all student aid is now merit based. That number has nearly tripled over the past 20 years.

Catherine Rampell is an economics reporter for The New York Times. She talked with David Hyde about what's behind the trend.

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Government Shutdown
2:34 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

With Shutdown, Student Veterans Face Uncertainty Over Benefits

University of Washington ROTC's Veterans Day 2012 ceremony.
Courtesy of HUMV/Sarah Koopai

The government's partial shutdown has put many federal benefits at risk, including education benefits for veterans covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. That money goes towards tuition, housing, books and more.  Steve Scher talks with Tom Jenkins, a senior at UW and president of Husky United Military Veterans about how the shutdown is affecting student veterans.

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