Does Money Trump Academics? No.

by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scientist I received an email from EAB this morning that proclaimed “Financial pressure is the top reason that students leave college,” complete with a link to how technology can help. Then I paused. I’m not going to say that EAB is wrong on this. Financial pressures, let alone ability to pay, are significant barriers to postsecondary access … Continue reading Does Money Trump Academics? No.

Equating an Education with the Cost of an Automobile

by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scientist Today’s InsideHigherEd.com article, “Promoting Financial Transparency for Students,” focused on new legislation in Congress to make the cost of higher education more transparent and simpler to understand. The article quoted Laura Keane of uAspire, a non-profit, saying that “When you buy a car, you walk up to a car and you see a window sticker that … Continue reading Equating an Education with the Cost of an Automobile

Blow It Up?

by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scientist We have a chance. COVID-19 has provided an unusual opportunity to rethink how we educate people at the postsecondary level in the United States, if not the world. Let us hope this type of opportunity does not present itself again, but over the next few years, the sheer financial weight associated with the pandemic will cripple … Continue reading Blow It Up?

Should Colleges Reduce Tuition Charges Due to COVID-19?

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scientist, Educational Policy Institute Over 25 lawsuits are currently being levied against universities by various student groups (and their legal representation) in demand of tuition and fee refunds due to COVID-19 closures. The argument is that students are paying a standard fee for online classes that are not of the same quality as those provided in person. In … Continue reading Should Colleges Reduce Tuition Charges Due to COVID-19?

Vote NO for Eliminating All Student Debt

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute So, let me get this right. I’ve ardently been against rescuing the college-going public against any government intervention to completely eliminate student debt. You can read my diatribes against Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in several Swail Letters (see at end of piece). Now, apparently, Joe Biden, who is a capable leader with a … Continue reading Vote NO for Eliminating All Student Debt