RSS Feed

Sandusky's Scandal Still Rocking Penn State

Melissa Block talks to Penn State associate dean Marie Hardin about how the school's campus culture has changed as a result of the Sandusky trial and the university investigation.
WAMU 88.5

Andrew Delbanco: "College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be" (Rebroadcast)

The value of college in an era of rising tuition and high unemployment. A prominent cultural critic argues for a broadly humanistic model for higher education.


Struggling Michigan City Privatizes Public Schools

The emergency manager in Muskegon Heights, Mich., announced on Monday that he's turning over the entire school district to a for-profit charter operator. Like many struggling districts in the state, Muskegon Heights is low-performing and deeply in debt. Unlike the others, though, the elected school board voted for the emergency manager. Now, will they and the public support privatizing the public schools?
WAMU 88.5

Virginia's College Saving Plan Strained By Rising Tuition

Virginia has the largest pre-paid college savings program in the country, but participation is waning as the cost of tuition continues to skyrocket.


For Manufacturing Jobs, Workers Brush Up On Math

Today's manufacturing work requires a strong grasp of fractions, decimals and basic trigonometry — skills that many job applicants often lack. So colleges and nonprofits are stepping in to fill the skills gap with programs that combine manufacturing training with basic math and reading.

Stafford Loans Interest Rate To Remain Steady

Undergraduate college students will be able to access a certain kind of loan for the low rate of 3.4 percent for one more year. The interest rate on Stafford loans was about to double, but lawmakers reached an agreement recently to keep the rate low. Renee Montagne talks to financial planner Tim Maurer about low-cost student loans.

Online Classes Cut Costs, But Do They Dilute Brands?

More colleges are using online classes as a way to cut costs and maximize registered students. But the quality and benefits of an online education have come into question, since universities such as Stanford, Harvard and MIT offer their courses online free of charge.