Postsecondary Education

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College Budgets Need a Sharper Knife

Earlier this year, President Obama issued a challenge to institutions of higher education to do what they can to make tuition more affordable to students. Many in the higher education community dismissed the call to action, saying that the ongoing fiscal crises facing most states have already forced them to cut their budgets to the bone. This, they say, forces them to pass more costs on to the students.

New Paths Being Forged to Higher Education

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With demand for talented workers rising exponentially while state and federal budgets continue to shrink, the race is on to find new ways to impart more credentials and degrees with less money. In particular, two emerging trends have received a fair share of attention lately: open source online courses and prior learning assessments. , Recent articles by the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed shine a light these promising practices.

Innovation in College Affordability

At a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) hearing in February on college affordability, undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education, Martha Kanter, discussed the president’s plan to cut the cost of higher education. Tensions were high as the senators questioned Kanter on the proposals unveiled during this year’s State of the Union address.

The Free Search for Truth

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) envisions itself as the defender of academic freedom. Its core policy statement argues that “institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual teacher or the institution as a whole. The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition” (1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure).