In the pages of The Chronicle of Higher Education (the trade journal for college professors and administrators), Dr. Peter Conn, professor of English and Education at the University of Pennsylvania, recently penned a provocative essay entitled “The Great Accreditation Farce” (subscription may be required). Conn argued that religious colleges “undermine the most fundamental purposes of higher education.”
Louis Zamperini, Olympic runner, WWII vet, POW, and adult convert to Christ, passed away this morning due to complications with pneumonia. He was 97 years old. Denny Burk has a nice write up on his remarkable and accomplished life.
Zamperini’s life story is told in Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (soon to become a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie).
Read the breakdown (reported in July 2013, the data appears to be 2011-2012).
Whether student debt loads are contributing to the decline in home ownership or not, the personal horror stories making headlines are not normative. That isn’t to say that lots of people don’t have loads of student loads. But on a percentage based, it’s a minority: In 2012, less than 10 percent of students completing a bachelor’s degree had more than $49,000 in debt. Only 0.3 percent of undergraduates had six figures of debt. The median debt at graduation for a bachelor’s degree was just under $17,000. (The average figure in 2012 has been reported by another source as being just north of $29,000.)
This documentary hits theaters this month: