The Lost Children of Katrina04/15/15
In the year following Hurricane Katrina, 30 percent of displaced children were either not enrolled in school or not attending regularly. Today, Louisiana has the nationâs highest rate of young adults who are neither in school nor working. And...
Saving a Women's College from Closure
Last month the board of Sweet Briar College announced that the school will shut its doors at the end of this term, due to financial difficulties. The announcement was made abruptly, sending the campus community into a state of shock... and then...
The Future of College
Kevin Carey's book "The End of College" is stirring up debate in higher ed circles. This week, a response to the book by a critic.
The End of College or the University of Everywhere
When education policy wonk Kevin Carey looks into the future, he sees the end of traditional colleges and universities and he says that's a good thing.
Today older Americans are heading back to school in record numbers. Many have already started a career, but want to gain knowledge or skills that can make them more competitive in the workplace. Colleges and universities are grappling with the needs...
In her new book,âThe Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized TestingâBut You Donât Have to Be,â NPR Education Blogger Anya Kamenetz examines the role testing plays in American public education.
An Administrator Responds to Adjunct Protests
Last week, we talked about growing dissent among adjunct college instructors who claim theyâre not getting compensated fairly for the work they do. This week weâll hear from someone who has dealt with this issue from the administration side.
What would higher education look like without adjunct professors? Thatâs what a grass-roots group of academics is trying to prove by holding a National Adjunct Walk-out Day on February 25.
To Test or Not to Test?
Sometime in the next few weeks, Senate Republicans and Democrats will vote to reauthorize The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. On the podcast this week, we talk to two education advocates who differ on how and when we should test our kids.
Looking back: An Imperfect Revolution
In June 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down school desegregation plans that look at studentsâ race. This week on the podcast, weâre featuring our 2007 documentary, âAn Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era,"
Are HBCUs the Key to Producing More African American...
We talk to a Dallas doctor who thinks the HBCUs may be the best pathways to for African Americans interested in careers in medicine.
Boosting Black Male Student Achievement
The Minneapolis Public School District created an Office of Black Male Student Achievement earlier this year. One goal of the office is to help young African American men graduate from high school in greater numbers.
Free Community College for All
President Barack Obama wants to make the first two years of community college free for what he calls âresponsible studentsâ who are âwilling to work for it.â Itâs being called âAmericaâs College Promise.â This week on the podcast we examine the...
What's in a number?
Our guest this week has a message for high school seniors and their parents who are poring over the latest college rankings lists: Put âem down.
Following the Money in Education Philanthropy
Philanthropic foundations have been giving money to public education for years. But our guest this week argues that philanthropies are increasingly pushing specific educational agendas.
Rising prices on the poorest
In January 2014 nearly a hundred college presidents gathered at the White House for a summit on the rising cost of college. Nearly a year later, according to data just released by the Department of Education, the average price tag for an education at...
How Much Will College Cost My Family?
In 2011 the federal government required colleges and universities to publish ânet price calculatorsâ on their web sites. These tools are supposed to help families figure out which colleges they can afford. The calculators take into account family...
Bridging the "Middle Skills" Gap
Thereâs a paradox in todayâs job market: even though there are millions of people looking for work, employers say they canât find enough qualified workers. Thatâs due to an abundance of what economists call âmiddle skillsâ jobs â jobs that require...
Academic Fraud and College Athletics
Last month the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released a report that showed evidence of nearly two decades of academic fraud perpetuated by the schoolâs Afro-American Studies Department. An investigation found certain professors and...
Episode 280: Bryan Ferry, Aasif Mandvi, and Jessie Ware
Roxy Music rocker Bryan Ferry explains capital-A Art ... Lynne Rossetto Kasper takes a seat at our Splendid Table ... One of the nation's most-acclaimed poets, Billy Collins, invents some words ... Aasif Mandvi of "The Daily Show" channels MJ to unite...
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