Sunday, August 30, 2009

My Daily Domestic Diigolet 08/30/2009

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    • A new study titled “How America Pays for College,” done by the Gallup organization for Sallie Mae, the nation’s largest provider of student loans, found that in the 2008-2009 school year, 58 percent of families did not borrow money for college.
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    • A new study titled “How America Pays for College,” done by the Gallup organization for Sallie Mae, the nation’s largest provider of student loans, found that in the 2008-2009 school year, 58 percent of families did not borrow money for college.
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    • n times of economic slowdown, prices usually fall. Is your home worth as much as it was two years ago? As much as the mortgage you have on it? (For your sake, I hope so.) In major cities rents are falling, and shoppers are skipping organic groceries in favor of mongo-sized discount produce from Price Club. There’s just one sector of the economy that’s bizarrely insulated from reality: Academia.
    • Tuition, room and board at Sarah Lawrence College just hit $53,166 per year. That’s like buying a C-Class Mercedes every year ... except you never get the car. Other colleges are comparable, with even state school tuition rising to levels some parents find impossible. Why hasn’t reality had its revenge?
    • At the same time, the degree of interaction between teachers and students has declined. While 43 percent of two-year public college students and 29 percent of four-year public college students require remedial course work, costing $2 billion annually, one national survey reports that 37 percent of first-year arts/humanities students “never” discuss course readings with teachers outside of class, and 41 percent only do so “sometimes.”
    • vy League grads can emerge without having ever read Hamlet or the Declaration of Independence, or they’ve learned these texts through some trendy lens, such as Queer Theory.
    • That’s why it’s essential, when making the ever more costly choices required in education, to carefully scope out each college. Call the admissions office and inquire about the student/teacher ratio and the percentage of classes taught by graduate students.

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