While we hail higher education as the great equalizer, disparities in university admissions reveal staggering race-based inequalities. A recent report by researchers at Georgetown University, for example, found that “more than 30 percent of African-Americans and Hispanics with a high school grade point average (GPA) higher than 3.5 go to community colleges compared with 22 percent of whites with the same GPA.” This finding points out that the racial disparities in higher education are not linked to merit or personal achievement, but systematic exclusion and discrimination.

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Students aren’t rational applicants,” Mr. Pittinsky said. “They aren’t necessarily internally consistent in where they apply. They may apply to a big school and a small school, an urban school and a rural school, a mission-oriented school like a military academy and also a liberal arts college. But when they apply to one of those mission-oriented schools, they have a very strong interest, and so they choose them at a higher rate.

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Jonathan Gibralter, president of Frostburg State University, has had parents call him at his office to talk about a squabble their child is having with a roommate. “Don’t you trust your child to deal with this on his own?” he asks. “Rather than telling a son or daughter to talk to a [resident assistant] or [resident director], parents will immediately call my office. And that I consider to be a little over the top.”

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Books and lectures don’t make students happy. School-sanctioned booze and inflatable games do. Prioritizing the latter over the former is an ethical dilemma at best, but it’s the reality many colleges have created.

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Seeing how students think about teachers, and how that perception is affecting what they learn, is an unusual development in public education. Today, schools assess the effectiveness of teachers primarily through standardized test scores and observations by administrators, but both measures have been criticized as too narrow, unable to shed light on the complex interplay between teachers and students on a day-to-day basis.

Panorama is trying to assess how well teachers are doing by conducting scientifically valid student questionnaires that collect data about a variety of factors that might affect a teacher’s performance. Credit Gretchen Ertl for The New York Times “Education is just starting to figure out what measurement actually means,” said Aaron Feuer, Panorama’s co-founder and chief executive. “Five years ago we thought test scores were the answer to everything. We’re offering a way to focus on the right metrics.”

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It turns out that employers evaluate applicants who attended two-year community colleges and those who attended for-profit colleges about equally. Community colleges, in other words, open just as many doors to possibility as for-profit ones. Darolia and his colleagues then tested whether employers displayed a preference for applicants who went to for-profit colleges versus applicants with no college at all. They didn’t. Employers treated people with high school diplomas and coursework at for-profit colleges equivalently.

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Tuition in the United States has skyrocketed, the job market for graduates is rough, and student debt loads are increasingly burdensome. But from a financial standpoint, a degree usually pays off. An analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York finds that the value of a college degree is near its all-time high of $300,000—it’s held close to that level for nearly a decade. And even with rising tuition, the time it takes to pay off a degree is near an all-time low.

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And no matter how much you love libraries, and as much as I do, you can’t have a classroom without a teacher in front of it,” Walter says.

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Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishing is big business. It generates $19 billion in revenue per year, the majority of which is earned by a few powerful publishers that enjoy profit margins of up to 40 percent. Inflated subscriptions sold to academic libraries keep them moving ahead because the librarians feel they have no choice but to buy. These companies add little value to the actual publishing product but they are entrenched. Many forces are now at work to change the status quo which has existed for more than 100 years.

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Six-year bachelor’s degree completion rates for students coming from poverty are lower today than they were in the 1970s, according to data from the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Education. In 2012, 51 percent of low-income high school students enrolled in college in the fall after graduation, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, compared with 81 percent of students in the top third of the income scale. “It’s hard not to ask, are these programs working?” said Rebecca A. Maynard, university trustee professor of education and social policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Though certain college access programs improve outcomes, in 2012 just 8.3 percent of students in the bottom economic quartile graduated from a four-year college (by age 24), compared with 73 percent of those in the top quartile, according to the Pell Institute.

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