student aid http://wamc.org en "Degrees Of Inequality" By Suzanne Mettler http://wamc.org/post/degrees-inequality-suzanne-mettler <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>America’s higher education system is failing its students. In the space of a generation, we have gone from being the best-educated society in the world to one surpassed by eleven other nations in college graduation rates.</p><p>Higher education is evolving into a caste system with separate and unequal tiers that take in students from different socio-economic backgrounds and leave them more unequal than when they first enrolled.</p><p>In <em>Degrees of Inequality</em>, acclaimed political scientist <a href="http://government.arts.cornell.edu/faculty/mettler/">Suzanne Mettler</a> explains why the system has gone so horribly wrong and why the American Dream is increasingly out of reach for so many.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 88223 at http://wamc.org "Degrees Of Inequality" By Suzanne Mettler NY Gov's "Free College For Convicts" Plan Takes Heat http://wamc.org/post/ny-govs-free-college-convicts-plan-takes-heat <p></p><p>"It's absurd to me that you can refinance a mortgage or a business loan, but you can't re-finance a college loan? I don't think the government should be making money off the backs of students." ~ <em>Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand</em></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:07:03 +0000 Dave Lucas 84169 at http://wamc.org NY Gov's "Free College For Convicts" Plan Takes Heat Karen Hitchcock: Degree Programs in the U.S. - Do They Miss the Mark? http://wamc.org/post/karen-hitchcock-degree-programs-us-do-they-miss-mark <p>Over the last several months, concerns regarding our nation&rsquo;s system of higher education have continued to escalate&hellip;concerns regarding cost, quality, rigor and, yes, even long-term value.&nbsp; And, as we all know, the employment opportunities for recent graduates of our institutions of higher education, particularly those who have earned a baccalaureate degree, have decreased substantially, despite the fact that members of the nation&rsquo;s high technology sector have stated that there are not sufficient numbers of U.S. Thu, 31 May 2012 19:45:00 +0000 42027 at http://wamc.org