End Note

Time to Rethink Public Higher Education

Strategic investing in education could help save revenue-starved institutions.

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings' commission on the Future of Higher Education should acknowledge that the historical business model for public higher education is irreparably broken.

Communicating the Reality and the Promise

An essential part of a president's job is to help a university imagine its future.

I have always viewed communication as essential to the position of a university president. In my short time as president of Loyola University New Orleans, I have been guided by a basic, underlying commitment to be as open and transparent as possible in my decision-making. Communication is crucial to fulfilling that promise.

Say No to More Federal Bureaucracy

A college affordability index would be a further intrusion on campus management decisions.

The U.S. House higher education subcommittee wants to create a federal college affordability index. The proposal has little to do with ranking colleges in a public image-building contest. It has everything to do with de facto price controls.

Congress would insert itself into the middle of each college's pricing decisions, stripping boards at private and public institutions of their independence and responsibilities to students. At thousands of colleges, Congress and the U.S. Department of Education would walk into a trustees' meeting and take permanent seats at the table.

Preventing Professional Plagiarism

Technology can help ensure students and faculty live by the same standards.

Pervasive student plagiarism used to be the dirty little secret in higher education, but plagiarism by professors is the dirtier secret now being told. They condemn student plagiarism but are now being found guilty of the same crime.

Campus politics and hierarchies, economics, and fear of litigation all conspire against confronting the problem. Some professors industriously steal others' phrases, sentences, paragraphs, chapters, and research to trade for credibility, reputation, tenure, and textbook royalties.

Private/Public Partnerships Can Work

A new stadium shared by a college and school district--why not?

Reading, Pa., northwest of Philadelphia, is a city in transition. With 80,000 residents, the historically Pennsylvania-German city has become an urban melting pot with a Latino population of nearly 39 percent. North 13th Street cuts across very different socio-economic neighborhoods, going in a matter of blocks from a working class, predominantly Latino area of modest row-homes, to the solidly middle and upper-middle class single-family homes surrounding a college campus.

Universities and Communities Must Collaborate to Reduce Binge Drinking

Binge drinking won't stop on its own. Universities have a role to play in addressing the problem.

This past school year, the deaths of at least seven U.S. college students have been tied directly to the excessive consumption of alcohol.

Something's Wrong with the Grading

You thought your child was doing well in school. A report card comes home saying that he just received an F. At school you learn that of the 50 students in the class, 36 received Fs and 11 received Ds. Only 3 students received C- or better. Your first thought is that there's a problem with the grading.

You're right.

Barbarians at Higher Education's Gates

Phony degree scams offer a sheepskin equivalent of the emporer's new clothes.

Want a college diploma without ever enduring the inconvenience and cost of attending a college? Plenty of providers are out there, ready to oblige.

Teens of Means and the Dangers of Privilege

Rarely is their success driven by a quest for knowledge.

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