Education

3:41pm

Wed May 2, 2012
Education

Cal State Faculty On Strike Amid A 'Scary Future'

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:44 am

California Faculty Association Vice President Douglas Domingo-Foraste (right) helps Cal State, Long Beach, professor Mark Sugars vote last month on whether to authorize a strike. The strike was authorized Wednesday.
Damian Dovarganes AP

California State University, the nation's largest four-year, public university system, is in trouble. Wednesday, professors authorized a strike over working conditions and pay, and students began a hunger strike demanding a tuition freeze.

The faculty authorization allows for two-day strikes at each of the schools in system, one after the other. A strike date is pending, though, and will only take place if negotiations fail.

This unfolding crisis is the result of massive state cuts in funding that have pushed higher education in California to the breaking point.

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3:15pm

Wed May 2, 2012
All Tech Considered

Explosion In Free Online Classes May Change Course Of Higher Education

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:44 am

It's become much cheaper and easier to offer classes online.
Matjaz Boncina iStockphoto.com

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are teaming up in a $60 million venture to provide classes online for free. The move is the latest by top universities to expand their intellectual reach through the Internet — a trend that is changing higher education.

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1:20am

Wed May 2, 2012
Planet Money

How Colleges Fight For Top Students

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 1:56 pm

"My mom opened the letter and she called me and told me I got the Marquis Scholarship. And she's like, 'It's a humungous scholarship!'" -Michele Tallarita
Jacob Goldstein NPR

It's a gray April evening, and two men have driven from Easton, Pa., to Manhattan. The men are administrators at Lafayette College. They're wearing solid black suits with Lafayette pins on their lapels.

They're here to see 12 students — high school seniors who have been admitted to Lafayette and are trying to decide where to go to college.

The men have come to make the students "feel that Lafayette is in their future and make them think that they'll ruin their lives if they go elsewhere," says Greg MacDonald, Lafayette's dean of admissions.

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1:07pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Education

CSU Polls Students on Proposed Stadium

CSU freshman Asia Upchurch writes a comment on a poster aimed at gathering student opinion about a proposed on-campus stadium.
Grace Hood

This week Colorado State University officials are ramping up efforts to gather student opinion on a proposed on-campus stadium.

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1:31am

Mon April 30, 2012
Education

Economy Puts Value Of Liberal Arts Under Scrutiny

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 4:47 am

Wellesley College English professor Yoon Lee teaches a class on the rise of the novel.
Tovia Smith NPR

As high school seniors wrestle with big decisions before Tuesday's deadline about which college they want to go to, some of the nation's top liberal arts colleges are dealing with big decisions of their own. Many of the most elite private schools are trying to figure out how they may have to adapt at a time when they're seen as a more expensive — and less direct — path to landing a job.

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