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Meet Harry Potter and the Philosophy Class

St. Cloud University offering class focused on the boy wizard

(Newser) - A Minnesota university is mixing the magical world of Harry Potter into philosophy teachings. St. Cloud State University professor Carolyn Hartz is applying Aristotle's work on friendship to character relationships in JK Rowling's books about the boy wizard, the St. Cloud Times reports. The class discusses ethics, logic,... More »

DOJ to Go After Colleges That Discriminate Against Whites

Civil rights division will lead new project around affirmative action

(Newser) - The Justice Department's civil rights division is being directed toward a new project defending the rights of white college students, according to internal documents. A division document seen by the New York Times seeks lawyers for "investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and... More »

Best Grad Schools in the US

Per the annual 'US News & World Report' ranking

(Newser) - While some claim earning an undergrad degree doesn't take much more than "hanging out on a college campus" for four years, getting into and succeeding at graduate school is a bit tougher—especially if you gain entry to one of the top schools in the nation. US News ... More »

University: Paying $17K for Dining Hall Table Was Mistake

In fairness, the table includes some fancy LED lights

(Newser) - The University of New Hampshire now acknowledges that spending $17,000 on a custom-made chef's table with LED lights for the campus dining hall was a mistake, the AP reports. Initially, university officials thought the light-up table would allow the dining staff to interact with students and demonstrate healthy... More »

Students Today Believe They're Buying an Education

As opposed to earning one, a professor writes

(Newser) - Somehow, students at higher education institutions have gone from thinking they're working for a degree to believing they're simply buying one. That's what an "anonymous academic" writes in a Guardian op-ed, citing a number of personal observations and those of colleagues: Students expect professors to meet... More »

Recent Grads Who Think Degree Was Worth It: Just 38%

But there is one thing that makes a big difference

(Newser) - Just 38% of recent college graduates (from 2006 on) "strongly agree" that their education was worth its price, a new Gallup-Purdue Index study finds, and 8% felt strongly that it wasn't worth it. The number rises to 50% for all college graduates (more than 30,000 total) who... More »

Clinton Wants to Throw $350B at Making College Free, Cheap

Candidate's plan would make community college free, 4-year college 'no loan'

(Newser) - As student debt balloons into an issue in the realms of predatory lending , borrowers' mental health , and even the elderly , politicians continue to brainstorm on making college more affordable. Hillary Clinton's solution: a $350 billion proposal whose goals include making community college free, cutting costs to attend four-year public... More »

More Women Who Have a PhD or MD Also Have Kids

80% of American women ages 40 to 44 with such a degree now have a kid

(Newser) - Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reported that married women in the US are having more children , while unmarried women are having fewer. It may not be a coincidence, then, that a new Pew Research Center analysis of Census data finds that more married women in... More »

Starbucks: We'll Put Workers All the Way Through College

Company doubles down on free online tuition program

(Newser) - Working at Starbucks can now be a road to a free college education, with no requirement for baristas to stick around once they earn their degrees, the company says. The coffee chain—which launched the free tuition program less than a year ago—says it will now cover the cost... More »

Why College Adjuncts Are Walking Out Today

National Adjunct Walkout Day aims to draw attention to teachers' plight

(Newser) - Adjunct instructors struggle with lower pay and far less job security than their tenured counterparts, and today, they plan to take a stand against it: It's National Adjunct Walkout Day, Inside Higher Ed reports. The walkout was conceived by an anonymous adjunct at San Jose State University in October,... More »

Highest-Paid Private College Prez Made $7.1M

Rensselaer's Shirley Ann Jackson received big retention incentive

(Newser) - Being president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute paid more than 15 times as much as being president of the United States in 2012, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education 's latest pay survey. Shirley Ann Jackson's total compensation added up to $7,143,312 for the year, millions... More »

Ivy League Produces 'Timid' Grads With No Souls

New Republic essay urges parents to send their kids elsewhere

(Newser) - A former Yale professor serves up a damning essay in the New Republic about elite education in general and the Ivy League in particular, urging parents to send their kids elsewhere if they want them to become authentic individuals. Yes, Ivy League grads are smart and driven in their particular... More »

How a Simple Letter Cut Student Borrowing by $31M

'Know before you owe' policy works for Indiana University

(Newser) - With US student debt at a staggering $1.2 trillion—including an average $30K each for member of the class of 2012 —Indiana University has set an example a lot of places could learn from. The seven-campus system managed to slash student debt by far more than the national... More »

Starbucks to Workers: We'll Pay for College

Firm says it will pay $30K per worker for online tuition

(Newser) - Starbucks workers who don't want to be baristas forever will be able to get a college education courtesy of the coffee chain. The company says it is offering all 135,000 of its US employees who work at least 20 hours a week the opportunity to be reimbursed for... More »

Going to a Fancy College Doesn't Make You Happier

Survey finds life satisfaction isn't linked to prestigious institutions

(Newser) - Didn't get into Harvard? Don't worry, you probably wouldn't be any happier if you had. A new Gallup poll finds that, for the most part, there's no significant difference in levels of life satisfaction between graduates of garden-variety colleges and graduates of prestigious colleges. In fact,... More »

College Is Still a Great Investment

Catherine Rampell: Let's not over-react to all this 'college bubble' worry

(Newser) - It's common these days to hear people complaining about a "college bubble," the idea that way too many kids are wasting money on a diploma that ends up being worthless. Don't buy into that simplified notion, writes Catherine Rampell at the Washington Post . "College is... More »

Education Helps You Recover From Brain Injury

People with college degrees recover at higher rate in study

(Newser) - College degrees may have an unexpected benefit: helping people recover from serious traumatic brain injury, NPR reports. A study of 769 adults found that a year after injury, 10% without a high school education had fully recovered, compared to 39% with a college degree. Those with advanced degrees fared even... More »

Tennessee Overwhelmingly Passes Free College Bill

Bill Haslam to sign proposal offering free 2-year schooling

(Newser) - Soon, every high school graduate in Tennessee will be able to afford at least some further education. The state's House overwhelmingly passed the "Tennessee Promise" bill Tuesday night; it offers graduates a two-and-a-half-year free ride to any qualifying associate's degree or technical certificate program, the Tennessean reports.... More »

Yes, We Should Tell Kids If College Will Make Them Poor

It's perfectly fair to rate colleges on their ROI, Jordan Weissmann argues

(Newser) - A lot of academics get awfully defensive when it comes to PayScale's annual report ranking colleges based, essentially, on how much money their grads make compared to the cost of their educations. "Saying that a mineral engineer makes twice what an artist does, and therefore this particular art... More »

Your Pricey College Education Isn't Worth Much

Universities aren't teaching students very well: Kathleen Parker

(Newser) - It's great that President Obama wants to make higher education more accessible and affordable, but what we should really be doing is making it better, writes Kathleen Parker in the Washington Post . Consider this: Since 1985, higher education costs are up an astounding 538% (in the same time period,... More »

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