If federal subsidies go mostly to state institutions, as presidential candidates have proposed, many small private colleges will have to close their doors.
For parents and students, a great deal of the current uncertainty about selecting a college may vanish overnight. Not so for colleges.
Competency-based education, which focuses on results rather than process, is a model that colleges are going to have to adopt to survive.
State attorneys general stepped in to broker changes at Sweet Briar College and the Cooper Union, and disgruntled alumni claimed victories. The interventions were nothing of the kind.
To improve civic literacy and ease student-loan debt, a voluntary national-service program for high-school graduates, leading to two years of a free college education, is an idea worth considering.
Data on graduates, skills for the workplace, students who can talk about what they’ve learned — these are the results of asking colleges to measure what they do.