Economy

Amid the Congressional debate over how to offset the cost of keeping interest rates on Stafford loans from doubling, Senator Al Franken today unveiled new legislation that would require colleges to fill out a uniform financial aid letter for student applicants.  Speaking at a press conference...
05/01/2012
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One major reason people pursue a college degree is to get a better job. But what if the debt accrued to finance an education itself becomes an obstacle to employment? That’s what happened to Latoya Horton. “Years ago I went to college to study accounting, and like millions of other...
05/01/2012
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It's becoming harder and harder to ignore a depressing fact: one of America's most admired companies is also among its least ethical. Yes, that would be Apple. Now, in response to the latest expose on Apple --  the long New York Times article yesterday detailing the company's tax evasion --...
04/30/2012
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Pres. Obama speaks at a 2009 health care rally at the University of Maryland. Credit Flickr/borman818What's more important for creating a strong American work force: investing in education or investing in health? The answer is both, which is why it is bewildering to watch as conservatives in...
04/30/2012
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The President’s Rose Garden press conference last week on speculative trading and gas prices has induced a flood of editorials that lecture the administration on the law of supply and demand. President Obama pressed for renewed scrutiny of excessive speculation and manipulation in oil...
04/27/2012
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America’s experiment with the debt-for-diploma system has officially failed. Total student loan debt in the U.S. now tops $1 trillion – an unprecedented sum that represents the unprecedented obstacles students and recent graduates face in their pursuit of the American Dream. Over the...
04/25/2012
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The most recent hunger statistics in the U.S. are startling: In 2010, 32.6 million adults and 16.2 million children lived in food insecure households.  Despite the clear need for food stamps the House Agriculture Committee voted last week to drastically cut spending on the Supplemental...
04/24/2012
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In the eyes of some, community colleges are essentially becoming victims of their own success.  An excellent article by Jennifer González published yesterday in the Chronicle of Higher Education talks about the challenge 2-year schools face going forward.  The public and...
04/24/2012
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Source: Flickr/United States Forces - Iraq Incriminating photos published this week by the Los Angeles Times of members of the 82nd Airborne Division posing with corpses show how war can twist normal logic and bend behavior beyond reasonable limits. These actions by a few draw attention away from...
04/20/2012
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Students attending or planning to attend college know that a postsecondary credential is a minimum requirement for getting a good paying job. But they are frustrated that, while their education also means great dividends for the nation as a whole, they’re increasingly being asked to shoulder...
04/19/2012
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