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It Is Possible to Graduate From a for-Profit College

For-profit higher education’s failings have the feds exercised anew. If only there was some way to know who might thrive in these institutions….



How the Internet Is Changing the Fight Against Sex Crimes on Campus

Students are no longer confronting these issues alone.



Should All Software Engineers Be Required to Take an Ethics Course?

Facebook outing students. Google collecting personal information from wireless networks. A dating app used for stalking. The creators of a new three-day ethics program believe these incidents could have been avoided.



How Socioeconomic Class Affects the College Choices of Even the Best Students

We tend to go where we know.



Teach Me How to Brand

Paul Hiebert talks with the co-founder of the country’s first Masters in Branding program.



How Financial Education in Jail Can Empower Inmates—and Save Everyone Money

Incarcerated men say that money troubles put them in prison—and avoiding money troubles will keep them out.



U.S. Excels at Producing Suspect Behavioral Science

The mythbusters of academe take on soft science from the United States, and find a propensity toward aggrandizement.



Not So Hot for Teacher

How did we come to decide that relationships between professors and students are almost always wrong?



The Student Debt Explosion

We celebrate education as the answer to almost all of our economic problems. At the same time, we largely ignore the enormous debt many American students are forced to acquire and the great difficulties they face in landing a job that makes it possible for them to pay it off.



The Pernicious Mission Creep of Ranking Academic Journals

The use of journal rankings to rate individual papers, scientists, and even programs has upset loads of people in academia. One paper’s solution: Get rid of journals.



How Do We Feel About Higher Education? Look to the Movies

They’re just summer blockbusters, sure, but they present a rather dim view of the importance of the classroom.



Does Obama’s Ambitious Universal Pre-K Program Stand a Chance?

The long-term benefits of pre-k education are well established, but an opportunity to invest in it for every child in America is caught up in political stalemate.



Save the Humanities—From Themselves

The humanities and social sciences in America could use a white knight, but instead they got a white elephant.



Don’t Be Afraid of Going to Graduate School in the Humanities

Full-time, tenure-track professorships in the humanities are famously scarce. But that’s not a reason to avoid an advanced degree. Even if you don’t end up in academia, odds are you’ll have a job—and you’ll love it.



Want to Learn How to Think? Read Fiction

New Canadian research finds reading a literary short story increases one’s comfort with ambiguity.



Is California About to Embark on a Gigantic New Experiment in Public Education?

Jerry Brown’s education plan asks, “Why not just give poor schools more state money—and authority over how to spend it?” His idea mirrors some of the most promising new theories of global development.



I Failed a Mensa Test, Twice

An inside look at a failed attempt to become a member of a select group of people who did well on a test.



Why MOOCs Are Bad for Science Education

Instead of overturning traditional education models, when it comes to science, MOOCs just reinforce them.



In Rankings Race, Colleges Giving Low-Income Students Less Aid Than Better Off Ones

A new study from The New America Foundation makes it clear why so many schools have fought efforts for greater transparency when it comes to financial aid.



Academic Publishing Flirts With the You(Test)Tube Age

A look at the Journal of Visualized Experiments, the first journal devoted to publishing scientific research in a video format.



Why Do We Still Have Summer Vacation?

Forget the argument about a calendar built around an agrarian economy. It was urbanization that created summer as we know it—and now we can’t imagine doing anything else.



Why Do Music Students Have Higher SAT Scores?

New research suggests the reason has more to do with the sort of student who decides to study music than any brain-boosting benefits of lessons.



How to Receive a World-Class College Education on the Cheap

But you probably won’t be able to visit the parents back home very often.



The 5 Top Host Countries for American Students Studying Abroad

Want to save on tuition? Think about ditching the Ivy League to go international.



You Only Hate Grad School Because You Think You’re Supposed To

They tell you it’s supposed to be bleak, so it is—but what if you enrolled without any expectations?

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Mysterious Resting State Networks Might Be What Allow Different Brain Therapies to Work

Deep brain stimulation and similar treatments target the hubs of larger resting-state networks in the brain, researchers find.

Trust Is Waning, and Inequality May Be to Blame

Trust in others and confidence in institutions is declining, while economic inequality creeps up, a new study shows.

Dopamine Might Be Behind Impulsive Behavior

A monkey study suggests the brain chemical makes what's new and different more attractive.

School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

Adding just one counselor to a school has an enormous impact on discipline and test scores, according to a new study.

How a Second Language Trains Your Brain for Math

Second languages strengthen the brain's executive control circuits, with benefits beyond words.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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