How Purdue University is Serving Students by Cutting Costs

Purdue University is midway through a (so far) three-year tuition freeze. In the 2015-2016 school year, in-state students will pay $10,000 and out-of-staters $28,794. How’d they do it?

  • Adding higher-deductible health care plans that save the school money and make employees more cost-conscious.
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Why not massively lower interest rates on students loans?

Image result for student debtOver one million students graduate college each year with student debt. And the debt loads at graduation keep rising (to say nothing of the debt loads of the usually less employable college drop-outs). Naturally, politicians of all stripes are proposing policy solutions.

For example, the following has been proposed by 2016 Ohio candidate for the U.S. Senate, Democrat P.G. Sittenfeld:

  • Reduce interest rates to 2 percent for all recipients of subsidized federal loans who graduated with a four-year college degree since 2009.
  • Reduce interest rates to 3 percent for other federal loan recipients who graduated with a four-year college degree from public institutions since 2009.
  • Provide one year, up to $12,500, of federal student loan forgiveness to Pell Grant recipients upon their completion of a four-year degree.

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Why the Attraction of “Fifty Shades of Grey”?

Image result for 50 shades of greyWhy are millions of twenty-first century women drawn to a story about a rich man wooing, oppressing and humiliating a young, vulnerable woman? Don’t we live in a day in which sexual assault on college campuses and domestic abuse by professional football players fills us with indignation? Ross Douthat explain this mystery:

Viewed from one angle, the sexual revolution looks obviously egalitarian. It’s about extending to everyone the liberties–the freedom to be promiscuous, to pursue sexual fulfillment without guilt–that were once available only to privileged cisgendered heterosexual males. It’s about ushering in a society where everyone can freely love and take pleasure in anyone and anything they want.

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How Do Americans Pay For College?

The latest national study on how Americans pay for college is out from Sallie Mae and Ipsos. The 2014 breakdown:

Student borrowing and parent borrowing were at 18% and 9%, respectively, in 2013–so that’s a pretty big decline in borrowing. Other key findings:

Mark Kantrowitz on The Value of College, Student Loans, and More

Mark Kantrowitz is the publisher of Edvisors.com and the co-author of Filing the FAFSA. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for us on the cost and value of college, students loans, and other related issues. Readers may recall that I’ve previously interviewed Anya Kamenetz, David Wilezol, and Robert Archibald. Consider this another installment in the series.

Could you tell us about the work of edvisors.com, and your role?

Edvisors.com is a comprehensive, up-to-date web site about planning and paying for college. It launched in June with coverage of more than 400 topics, including college savings, financial aid application forms, scholarships and grants, student employment, military student aid, student loans and education tax benefits. The web site has the largest glossary of financial aid and college admissions terminology.

I am publisher of Edvisors.com. Together with David Levy, editor of Edvisors.com, I act as a gatekeeper on the quality of the content on the web site. The seven Cs of Edvisors content quality are: clear, concise, correct, complete, current, consistent and context-sensitive.

We wrote a bestselling book entitled Filing the FAFSA. This book is available as a free download (in multiple formats). It is also available on Amazon.com in paperback format. Amazon.com has reduced the list price for the 2015-2016 edition, will be available by January 1, by over 60% to $9.45.

It seems that people are increasingly questioning the value of college. What’s your take?

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Are College Students Borrowing Blindly?

A new report from the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings finds that “about half of all first-year students…seriously underestimate how much student debt they have, and less than one-third provide an accurate estimate within a reasonable margin of error.”

Respondents estimates vs. actual levels of debt

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Eric Garner Was Unjustly Killed By Police

I stayed mostly silent on the Ferguson matter, which was murky because of the forensic evidence and the divergent accounts from witnesses. But this Eric Garner situation looks unambiguous to me. I’m happy to stand corrected (Prov. 18:17), but I can discern no reason whatsoever why an NYPD officer who put a man in a chokehold–in violation of NYPD protocol–and resulting in the man losing his life–should not be indicted on manslaughter charges. An indictment is not a conviction. It just creates the context in which a trial can go forward and/or a plea can be submitted.

Sean Davis makes the case:

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College Debt & College Earnings in One Graph

Painful, but this says it all:

Though you can read more.

John Piper Answers: Do You Regret Partnering with Mark Driscoll?

John Piper draws eight lessons learned from his partnering with Mark Driscoll.

I think Pastor John is being too hard on himself when he expresses regret over not being a better friend to Driscoll. Piper’s efforts were noble, sincere, and enduring, and anyone hearing this audio can tell that Piper’s heart goes out to Mr. Driscoll in a desire to help him today.

But I respectfully disagree with Pastor John’s decision to have Driscoll speak at Desiring God national conferences in 2006 and 2008. It’s not that I think it was wrong for Piper to befriend Driscoll–I was, and am, for that. Private, redemptive engagement is worthwhile. It’s that I believe Driscoll’s readily discernible character flaws should have precluded putting him forward on the platform at a DG national event, however accurate his theology and however helpful his teaching. I agree that eventually a man’s books (his message) can be separated from the man. But not while that man is on a stage giving the message. At that moment they are inseparable. So the cons, including the additional elevation of Driscoll, simply outweighed any pros in my estimation. It may also be that the public affirmation of Driscoll somehow worked to at least partially undermine Piper’s private efforts of correction and admonition.

The No. 1 Reason Teens Keeps the Faith as Young Adults

David Briggs, writing for the Huffington Post:

Mothers and fathers who practice what they preach and preach what they practice are far and away the major influence related to adolescents keeping the faith into their 20s, according to new findings from a landmark study of youth and religion.

Just 1 percent of teens ages 15 to 17 raised by parents who attached little importance to religion were highly religious in their mid-to-late 20s.

In contrast, 82 percent of children raised by parents who talked about faith at home, attached great importance to their beliefs and were active in their congregations were themselves religiously active as young adults, according to data from the latest wave of the National Study of Youth and Religion.

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HT: @BrettKunkle

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