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The Ivory Tower—An Investment or a Gamble

While planning to review Ivory Tower, Andrew Rossi’s inventive documentary about higher education, I felt fortunate to have an arts house landmark theatre in St Louis. But I had a friend visiting for the weekend, so I sat alone at the noon showing at the Tivoli theatre in the University City Loop. It was an […]

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Graduates and Servants

What does it mean to be an indentured servant? Ask a senior in a selective college and you might be surprised by his or her answer. This semester I interviewed over 30 undergraduate juniors and seniors about financial aid, and one interview in particular stands out. I spoke with a graduating senior who had already […]

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Commissioners, Campaigns, and Crazy Kittens

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking during the public comment session at the California Student Aid Commission meeting. Every month, Governor-appointed Commissioners meet to tackle some of the challenges mentioned in the most recent string of 21st Century Scholar blog posts. We have been working closely with the Commission over the […]

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Ivory Tower Sounds the Alarm and is A Call to Action To Address the Student Loan Crisis

I went to see the documentary Ivory Tower last Friday. The movie was well done and very informative about the state of higher education and more specifically the student loan crisis in the United States. Although I didn’t hear all that much that I hadn’t known already, the barrage of bad news during the documentary […]

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Mid-Program Reflection … SummerTIME 2014

We’re in the middle of our annual SummerTIME Program. The students arrived last Monday and they’re with us until next Wednesday. This is my seventh year being involved in SummerTIME and my first year directing it on my own. I’m lucky to have a handful of dedicated student workers and a full-time assistant—most of which […]

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Financial Literacy Can Start in K–12 Schools

Last year, I studied the decision-making processes of graduate students enrolled in master’s programs with Dr. Kristan Venegas and colleagues in the Rossier Ed.D. program. One of our most interesting findings was that an overwhelming majority of master’s-level students had not given a considerable amount of thought to the repayment of their educational loans, saying […]

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Graduate Student’s Debt Decision-Making Process—Seeking Advice and Making the Right Decision

Borrowing money to pay for college, a new home, a car, or to consolidate debt, can be a stressful experience. Not having someone to talk with about borrowing can add to the stress. In our study students described the stress they encountered, or avoided, when making financial aid decisions. One student told us, “My sister […]

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Financing College: What’s It Like for Master’s Students?

This week, 21st Century Scholar features blogs related to findings from a recent study of master’s degree students and how they make plans to pay for their graduate work. At a time when the media and researchers are paying so much attention to student debt, our team decided to try to understand more about what […]

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Obama’s Executive Action on Student Loans: Turn Down For What

So, President Obama announced an executive action to allow for decreased payments for student loan borrowers after 2007. Basically, borrowers in that category will only have to pay 10% of their income in loans for 20 years and their remaining debt is forgiven. I think it’s pretty exciting that past and future borrowers will have […]

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My First Year in a Ph.D. Program in Three Stanzas

“Geometry,” a poem by Rita Dove, describes much of my experience as a first year Ph.D. student in urban education policy. I prove a theorem and the house expands: the windows jerk free to hover near the ceiling, the ceiling floats away with a sigh. As the walls clear themselves of everything but transparency, the […]

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