Weighing the Pros and Cons of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)


This Sunday’s New York Times featured the quarterly Education Life, which is all about higher ed, teachers, public and private schools, tuition, scholarships, financial aid and student loans. Lauren Pappano declared 2012 as “The Year of the MOOC.” In case Continue reading

Ivy League or Bust? The Value of a College Degree


Today CNBC featured Gurbaksh Chahal, who has founded several successful startups. At only age 18, he sold his first company, ValueClick, for $40 million. A few years later, he sold his second company, BlueLithium for $300 million to Yahoo. Despite Continue reading

Zero Bound: Student Loan Repayment Through Volunteer Work

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Zero Bound is an independent startup that aims to repay student loans with volunteer hours. Can this ambitious idea take a bite out of the staggering one trillion dollars of total student loan debt? Here’s how it works: Students and Continue reading

Student Debt Growing at $3,000 Per Second


Today Businessweek explored the issue of rising student debt. Though a bit of a depressing read, it’s worth a look. Students are shelling out cash and taking out bigger loans to pay for higher education. Going to college has become Continue reading

New Legislation Keeps Student Loan Interest Rates Stable


President Obama signed a new bill that dealt with a variety of measures addressing  Asian carp, roll-your-own-tobacco, federal timber aid, and road building. Oh, and it also secured the interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans for undergraduate students at 3.4 Continue reading

Flunk Students, Pay Off Your Loans in New Online Game

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Campus E-mail From: Dr. Nathaniel Paynuss, Ph.D. To: My blockheaded teaching assistant Subj: Sarah Wonderland “Look what this uncouth dingbat wrote about me on The Face Book. Let’s see how she feels with a flat-line GPA! Fail her and we Continue reading