The College Bubble: A Higher Ed Round-Up

Elizabeth Warren continues to be a powerful force in the campaign to fix the student loan system. Warren spoke at a recent hearing for the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee, saying that although the  interest rate necessary to cover the cost of the student loan program without making a profit would be about 2.5%, the government is charging students nearly twice that amount for undergraduate loans, and even more for graduate and direct loans.  But Warren has come under fire from critics who say that the figures she is using in her argument are wrong.

In the follow-up to the controversy surrounding the suspension of Northeastern‘s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine by the school, The Nation’s StudentNation blog has interviewed one of the directors of the group about the issue and Israel-Palestine politics on campus.

A recent study has found that about 50% of college students never use the career centers at their schools. While the USA Today article focuses on  effective college career resources, the statistics are confounding. Only 8% of the students surveyed say college career services are helpful in helping them figure out a career path. Does this hold true at Wesleyan? It would be great to get some numbers on this, especially with all the money that seems to have gone into our career resource center.

In Jacobin, University of California students explain why they are striking, focusing on the identities of students as workers.

A bill was introduced to Congress on Thursday to require all colleges and universities receiving federal student aid funding to enact policies prohibiting harassment. Wesleyan currently has a policy on Discrimination and Harassment based on Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, which can be read here. In the mean-time, prospective students should take sexual assault policies into consideration as they are choosing colleges, and putting pressure on universities to speak on these issues.

The New York Times has an interesting profile of a program at the University of Oregon that melds the arts and environmental studies in order to approach the issues of climate change from a new position.

Williams has reached a settlement to pay $86,000 to 58 current and former employees who alleged in a lawsuit that the college “engaged in a longstanding pattern of wrongfully depriving servers, bartenders and other waitstaff employees of service charges, gratuities, tips or service fees”.