FROM Anthony Carnevale
Cracking Down on For-Profit Student Debt The Obama administration released new rules today in hopes of reining in runaway student debt. They’re called gainful employment rules. The idea is to crack down on college programs that make a lot of money through federal student loans but don’t do much to train students for the workforce. The rules will hit the for-profit college industry the hardest. But critics say the new regulations don’t go far enough.
Are the Humanities in Crisis? Only about 12% of all college students major in the humanities, a big change from just 50 years ago, when there were twice as many. Only about 7% major in subjects like English, Music or Art. The cost of college and concerns about employment are funneling more students into business and technology degrees, and we certainly need engineers, scientists and blue collar laborers, but at what price to American culture? Are we raising a generation of Americans that doesn't know enough about the humanities? What does it take to create a well-rounded society? What's at stake in education and society when our curricula become more career-focused and less aimed at creating well-rounded individuals?
Are Public Universities on the Road to Privatization? UCLA's Anderson School of Management offers a full-time MBA program to 720 students each year. By a vote of 53 to 46, the Legislative Assembly of the campus's full faculty has agreed that the program can switch from public funding to relying on donations and increased tuition . Is the Anderson School part of a trend? Are other programs in other public institutions looking to go private?
UCLA Prepares for the Budget Axe State budget cuts mean higher tuition at the University of California, which has tripled to $11,600 in the past ten years. If voters don't give Governor Brown a tax increase, UC tuition could rise to $20,000 or $25,000. Gene Block, the Chancellor at UCLA, says 29 out of 42 Republican legislators have received educational benefits they're denying to future generations.
How Much Does College Matter? It's that time of year when high-school seniors and their parents are biting their fingernails over college admissions. Seventy percent have probably been accepted to some four-year institution. The question now is where to go. We look at the past 10 years of increases in applications to the elite, most exclusive schools, and the multi-billion-dollar college-admissions industry, financed by parents' hopes for their children.
How Much Does College Matter? As President Obama makes yet another speech about America's future, more than a million high school seniors are deciding about college. No less than 70 percent will be accepted somewhere, most often near home. But many will have been recruited by the most elite schools, even though they'll never get in. From Harvard on down, schools encourage "application inflation," because the more they reject the better their reputations. Are they really that good? Are they worth all that money? We look at the past 10 years of increases in applications to the elite, most exclusive schools, and hear about the strange and expensive world of college admissions.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.