Archive | November, 2012

Student loan delinquency reaches record high

At the end of September, outstanding student loan balances totaled $956 billion, amounting to an increase of $42 billion from the previous quarter. Now that the fourth quarter is well under way, improvement looks unlikely. New York Times blogger Catherine Rampell put this debt into perspective with some statistics from the Federal Reserve Bank of New […]

Legalizing marijuana unlikely to affect colleges

Washington and Colorado voters recently legalized recreational use of marijuana, initiating a national debate. Should North Carolina follow suit and allow adults 21 and older to buy up to an ounce of dried marijuana, college campuses in the area are unlikely to see big changes. But Elon University students, staff and visitors disagreed on the […]

Student debt interferes with academic performance

According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, one-third of students are negatively affected by the stress of college loans, the New York Times reported. Additionally, one-third of students do not have all the required course materials due to cost. 60 percent of students surveyed said they worry about their current finances, not to mention life […]

Disabled borrowers earn new forgiveness regulations

Lilly O’Donnell, a Huffington Post blogger, reflected Wednesday on the updated regulations for those with disabilities. Under federal law, graduates who face disabilities they did not have when initially taking out loans may have payments forgiven. This isn’t new legislation, but the process was streamlined just a few weeks ago. Until this month, borrowers would […]

University administrative costs causing rise in tuition

Purdue University has a $313,000-a-year acting provost. It employs six vice and associate vice provosts, including a $198,000 chief diversity officer. It also has 16 deans and 11 vice presidents, among them a $253,000 marketing officer and a $433,000 business school chief. According to the Pittsburgh Gazette, administrative costs like these may be responsible for both […]

Parents also face crushing loans for students’ education

An article published by Forbes today examined the devastating effects of student loans taken out by parents. The students  in financial distress due to college payments are part of a popular conversation, but their parents who are equally in debt are part of a less prominent struggling class. For those parents who have huge loans, the shock […]

Free online classes could ease student debt dilemma

The York Daily Record reported today that online courses offered by companies like Coursera could significantly decrease the debt crisis, but at a cost. Taking a “Massive Open Online Course” offers students across the world the opportunity to continue the education process, free of charge. Expanding horizons and taking courses of interest is always a […]

Volume, area, directional measurements and the metric system

Wickham finished her book with a discussion of directional  measurements, area measurements, volume measurements and the metric system. Each of these units are extremely valuable for journalists, as many hard news stories involve time, rate, distance, units and physical measurements. Directional measurements include rate, velocity, momentum, distance, speed and acceleration. These topics apply to more […]

Student debt in America is not too big a deal

According to State Impact, Ed Moore, president of the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida a member of the Higher Education Coordinating Council, said the student debt crisis isn’t as big of a deal as people think. He and six other members of the council will be making recommendations to the Florida legislature in the next […]

Black college students disproportionately affected by the debt crisis

According to the Washington Post, student debt is what keeps black students from entering the middle class. The blog post written by Ann-Marie Adams claims that loans are keeping American minority groups from climbing the socio-econominc ladder. Black college graduates have been disproportionately affected by the debt crisis–more than 80 percent of African American students graduated […]