How to Choose the Right College for You

Spring brings both joy and pain to the high school senior. On one hand, finishing up that K-12 career brings a sense of accomplishment and relief; on the other hand, this time also asks the typical 18-year-old to make one of the biggest decisions of their life.

As someone who went through the process of college admissions a little less than a year ago, I can confirm that the weight of my college decision rested heavily on my shoulders. Choosing your home for the next four years is not a decision to make lightly (especially since the price of college nowadays is pretty much equivalent to a small fortune). But the problem of which school is best for you can be broken up into smaller, more answerable questions.

4 (Possible) Reasons Tuition Is So High These Days

The high cost of college tuition is a problem. In the last few decades, it's become increasingly important to have a college degree in order to achieve a relatively secure financial standing and a modest degree of job security, but at the same time, the cost of higher education has skyrocketed. If we are ever going to find a way to solve the problem, we must first begin to understand how and why tuition has gotten so high.

Nontraditional College Students Are the New Normal

The landscape of higher education is changing. Online learning options, the high cost of tuition, fading tenure programs for professors – today's college experience looks very different than the one students encountered 15 or 20 years ago. But, maybe some of these changes were designed to address what might be the biggest change of all: the change in the students themselves. Let's take a closer look at today's college students in an attempt to get a better sense of how their circumstances and objectives have shifted in recent years.

Why One College Professor Quit His Dream Job

Oliver Lee, an attorney and assistant professor of history, recently wrote an op-ed for Vox about his decision to leave his tenure-track job in higher education. He did not point the finger at his former employer, the students, or the professors for the problems that led to his resignation. Instead, he says the trouble is systemic, and he calls for reform. Let's take a closer look at some of the issues.

Rise Above the Bottom Line: The Benefits of a Liberal Education

There's more to life than money. These days, it can be hard to remember that. A lot of people focus on the bottom line – their compensation – when it comes to work. But, if you've ever been miserable at a high-paying job, you know that a big salary isn't always worth the cost. When it comes to education, the same principle applies. There's more to be gained from college than simply training for a high-paying job.

5 Tips on Choosing a College: Confessions of an Art School Grad

By now, we probably all know someone who struggles with student loan debt or job woes. Many of us young folk went to college hoping to make our dreams come true, only to find ourselves saddled with enormous debt and no job prospects. Young grads are still having trouble nailing down that first professional job, and many people aren't working in the industries they trained for. It wasn't exactly a walk in the park for older people either, whose careers went kaput and they had to go back to school or get new training. Stories from the Great Recession are many among us.

What We Know So Far About Obama’s Plan for Free Community College

Yesterday, President Obama unveiled his plan to offer eligible college students two years of community college for free. More information about the America's College Promise proposal will be revealed today, alongside an American Technical Training Fund proposal, which would expand technical training programs that meet employer's needs and prepare more Americans for higher paying jobs. Here's what we know about the plan right now.

Male Professors Automatically Get Better Reviews

In any profession, performance evaluations matter. Just as a year-end review might be utilized by management to make decisions about salary, assigned duties, and general competency, professor's assessments (including the course evaluations filled out by students) are used to make hiring, promotion, and even tenure decisions. Now, new research suggests what many have long suspected: male professors automatically receive better reviews than female professors.

American-Sized Student Loan Debt for Australians?

Australians have found themselves in the middle of a debate not unlike the ongoing dispute in the U.S. over the cost of higher education. This year, the Australian government unveiled a proposal that would allow universities to raise tuition without any regulatory restraints. Officials say the changes would make schools more competitive, but opponents believe college in Australia will become unaffordable.