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Free Community College

Well Snowmageddonpocalypse means a day of lolling, cooking and pondering, including noddling down some thoughts regarding recent discussions about free community college for all. Well, not “all” exactly.  But the proposal from the White House that’s been bandied about (one that was mentioned during the recent State of the Union address) wants to translate the aspirational […]

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Flogging Higher Education – A Response to Eugene Linden

I’ve always been a sucker for tales involving getting rich (sort of) by flogging low-production printed matter to rubes. This interest started when I learned about the early days of the exploitation film industry, during which itinerant showmen would go town to town renting theatres for short screenings of films that promised (but rarely delivered) […]

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Ivory Tower – Revisiting the Cost of College Debate

Now that CNN is broadcasting the documentary Ivory Tower (a film I saw in the cinema and reviewed last summer), I wanted to revisit the cost-of-college series I wrote earlier this year so that anyone interested in the questions Ivory Tower raises will have some alternative theories to chew over. Fortunately, I recently discovered a […]

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Cost of College – Top 5 List

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Cost of College

After a holiday hiatus, I thought I’d wrap up this Monday series on the cost of college with a look at what some reasonably priced (albeit not free) alternatives to a traditional residential degree program might include. While the Internet and the culture of open access that accompanied it has certainly made possible the notion […]

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No-Cost College Alternatives?

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series Cost of College

Before looking at some of the more radical alternatives to a quarter-million dollar, four-year degree at a fancy college or university, it’s worth noting that the vast majority of post-secondary students have already opted for more affordable options. These include four years at a large (and subsidized) state school, two years at a community college, […]

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Cost of College – Wrapping Up

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series Cost of College

As I mentioned recently, the time has come to start wrapping up a discussion of why college costs so darn much that began on this blog earlier in the year. That analysis actually started when a good friend who was familiar with my One Year BA project mentioned that, while she found that endeavor intriguing, wondered […]

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Debt-Free U

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Book/Film Reviews

This post marks the end of my summer book review series, which signals a wrapping up of Monday discussions regarding the high cost of college that began earlier in the year. Not that there isn’t a lot more to say about why the price tag associated with higher education has shot through the stratosphere, or […]

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Returning to/Getting into College

Having spent the last week dodging moving trucks parked next to weepy parents, it looks as though the 2014-2015 academic year has officially commenced. With the new season, I plan to wrap up my Monday cost-of-college blog series shortly, although the experiment I’ve been running in the newsletter regarding how to pay for college seems […]

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Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis and the Cost of College – Continued

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Cost of College

Last week, I began an attempt to reconcile two competing theories over why college costs as much as it does. One theory (the “Bennett Hypothesis”) holds that schools are responsible for the ever-inflating cost of tuition due to their readiness to suck up funds from any source (families, government grants, banks loans, etc.) through ever-escalating […]

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Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis and the Cost of College

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series Cost of College

Over the last two weeks, I talked about two competing theories regarding why the cost of college has risen faster than any other product or service. One theory, summed up in William Bennett’s Is College Worth It?, lays blame for this hyper-inflation on schools themselves which have taken advantage of huge pots of available money […]

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