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Mathieu Plourde

How UT-Austin's Bold Plan for Reinvention Went Belly Up - The Chronicle of Higher Educa... - 0 views

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    "The costs of filming a new SMOC are between $9,000 and $66,000, according to data provided by Williams, with about two-thirds of classes between spring 2015 and fall 2018 costing more than $20,000. These figures don't include instructional costs."
Mathieu Plourde

Why does college cost so much? One very good explanation - 0 views

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    This is a deep and complex question, one not susceptible to single answers or easy slogans.  Fortunately, two William and Mary economists have published one of the best and most accessible explanations I've ever seen."
Mathieu Plourde

EdX introduces support fee for free online courses - 0 views

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    "some users will be asked to pay a support fee, "from $9 up to some portion of the certification cost," said Medros. The price of the support fee "will be aligned to the value and experience" that a course gives to a learner, said Medros, suggesting that the best courses will also be the most expensive."
Mathieu Plourde

Living Homeless in California: The University of Hunger - 0 views

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    "Homelessness has caused Jasmine to give up on some dreams. She wants a college education, so that means giving up a home."
Mathieu Plourde

A possible solution to one college cost problem: free books - 0 views

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    "The plan, announced by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo earlier this month, is among a growing number of attempts to encourage college professors to turn to free, open-licensed materials. And, in this case, the effort is being billed as a way to cut the costs of a college education."
Mathieu Plourde

NACS: Research: Higher Ed Retail Market Facts & Figures - 1 views

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    "The following graph for average textbook prices is based on data obtained in the annual financial survey of college stores. The most recent data for "average price" was based on the sale of 5.5 million new books and 3.0 million used books sold in 142 U.S. college stores, obtained in the Independent College Stores Financial Survey 2014-15. "
Mathieu Plourde

The scandal of American universities goes way beyond Temple - 0 views

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    "And then keep this in mind as you watch the controversy up at Temple play out. The real college scandal is the cost."
Mathieu Plourde

Student Loan Debt Crisis - Consumer Reports - 0 views

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    "Millions of Americans who went to college seeking a better future now face crushing debt from student loans-while the industry makes a handsome profit. How a broken system landed so many in this mess."
Mathieu Plourde

Why More U.S. Students Are Going Abroad for College - 0 views

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    "As the cost of college in the U.S. soars to record levels, American students in growing numbers are enrolling in schools abroad, where tuition fees are substantially lower-and in some cases nonexistent. Annual tuition and fees for a private, nonprofit four-year university in the U.S. last year averaged $31,231, according to the nonprofit College Board. In Germany, universities receive so much in government subsidies that most students-including international students-pay no tuition at all."
Mathieu Plourde

I am an adjunct professor who teaches five classes. I earn less than a pet-sitter | Lee... - 0 views

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    "My situation is not unique. 76% of instructional staff appointments in US higher education are now not even full-time jobs"
Mathieu Plourde

Why college tuition is just as bad as bundled cable bills - 0 views

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    "On most four-year college campuses, full-time students don't pay by the credit hour (think by channel on your cable bill). Rather they pay a flat fee for the semester (a programming package on your cable bill) and are typically allowed to take as many courses up to a certain limit."
Mathieu Plourde

"The Art of the Gouge": NYU as a Model for Predatory Higher Education | naked capitalism - 0 views

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    "Under Chairman of the Board Martin Lipton and President John Sexton, New York University has been to operate as a real estate development/management business with a predatory higher-education side venture. A group of 400 faculty members at NYU, Faculty Against the Sexton Plan (FASP), have been working for years against what Pam Martens has called "running NYU as a tyrannical slush fund for privileged interests." FASP just published a devastating document, The Art of the Gouge, which describes how NYU engages in a mind-numbing range of tricks and traps to extract as much in fees as possible from students, while at the same time failing to invest in and often degrading the educational "product"."
Mathieu Plourde

How Much Do College Students Actually Pay For Textbooks? - 0 views

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    "The shortest answer is that US college students spend an average of $600 per year on textbooks despite rising retail prices."
Mathieu Plourde

Senate Higher Education Act Seeks to Tackle College Cost, Transparency - 0 views

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    The House education committee, led by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., released its reauthorization proposal over the summer in four smaller bills that respectively focus on simplifying the financial aid application process; increasing transparency by creating a centralized "College Dashboard" containing information on student outcomes; increasing financial awareness by providing counseling options for students and families; and promoting innovation through competency-based education pilot programs. All but the first bill have been passed in the chamber, but Democrats have criticized the House package for not doing enough to curb the high cost of college.
Mathieu Plourde

Is there a way to reduce costs and preserve appropriate student-faculty ratios? - 0 views

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    "The chart is part of a summary of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded studies by the Education Advisory Board, a business that produces research for colleges. The board looked at seven colleges, mostly regional public universities whose names have not been revealed, and tried to figure out what it costs to teach students. Analysts combed through 250 million rows of data to draw up reports that spelled out the costs of each student credit hour in each section in each department of each college."
Mathieu Plourde

The harsh truth: US colleges are businesses, and student loans pay the bills - 0 views

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    "Ivory Tower takes a look at universities and their transformation from providers of education to business ventures that strive to be the biggest and the best providers of the "college experience". The competition among these institutions of higher learning has had an adverse effect on those they are suppose to serve. From less rigorous curriculums to higher tuition prices, the universities have changed the way Americans think of educations. Students are now consumers and university presidents are CEOs overseeing multiplexes of the college experience. In order to pay for that experience, students are taking out an average of about $30,000 in student loans. The overall student debt in the US has now surpassed $1tn."
Mathieu Plourde

Students Have Greater Access to Textbook Information - 0 views

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    The rising costs of postsecondary education present challenges to maintaining college affordability. Textbooks are an important factor students need to consider when calculating the overall cost of attending college. In an effort to ensure that faculty and students have sufficient information about textbooks, Congress included requirements in HEOA concerning publisher and school disclosures, as well as publisher provision of individual course materials. HEOA directed GAO to examine the implementation of the new textbook provisions.
Mathieu Plourde

Texas Online Classes Generally Cost More Than Campus Ones - 0 views

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    "University officials say the higher tuition rates for online courses are the result of expensive infrastructure and the costs for designing the courses, which often involve partnerships or contracts with outside online education providers.   Nassirian said the infrastructure costs make it difficult to create online classes cheaply on a small scale."
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