Don’t craft student loan policy based on Governor O’Malley’s experience

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley recently declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president, challenging front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Among his key proposals as a candidate are to offer students in public colleges and universities “debt-free college” and for states “to immediately freeze tuition rates.” While these may sound like good ideas to address …

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Pornography to pay for college?

The Internet and mainstream media have been abuzz the last couple of weeks with the story of a first-year student at Duke University who is financing her education by working as an actress in pornographic movies.  A Google search today for the terms “duke university porn star tuition” returned 179,000 results.  The story evidently surfaced …

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A cautious lesson in controlling health care costs in universities

Earlier this summer, Penn State University announced that it was implementing a new “wellness” policy for its employees who receive health insurance through the university.  The policy was intended to help it control the rapid growth in health care costs, an affliction that many universities – and other employers – have faced in recent years.  …

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