Higher Education

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We need an educational system that brings children, with all combinations of assets and deficits, to adulthood having identified things they enjoy doing and having learned how to do them well.

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Covering an education story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI education team.

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks at the Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

It’s not that student loan programs aren’t generous enough. It’s that the existing protections they offer are poorly designed and difficult to use for the people who need them most.

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Republican nominees for 2016 must explain to voters how they can believe in both the importance of education and in a limited federal role.

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Some of the countries we lionize for their high-achieving and tuition-free higher education systems are successful in part because they do things that many Americans dislike. They track students into different paths and ration access to the most prestigious ones.

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AEI’s Rick Hess hosts a research conference featuring presentations of eight new papers that explore hard questions about the role of philanthropy in school reform today.

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Rather than waiting for one-size-fits-all accountability to be imposed by government officials, Purdue’s faculty has a chance to craft a system that reflects their university’s mission and goals. They have an opportunity to help lead the national policy debate — not just respond to it.

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Higher education policymakers should look to learn from efforts to ensure quality, accountability, and consumer protection in other sectors.

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Competency-based education, in which credit is provided on the basis of student learning rather than credit or clock hours, is starting to gain traction with educators and policymakers, but many questions about it remain to be answered.

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Journalists at NPR and the Center for Public Integrity are responsible for creating a moral panic over campus rape.

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By doubling down on this troubled model, the President’s plan would spend more without solving the structural problems that plague it.

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