Duke Says $60K Tuition Is a Bargain

In 1984, it cost $10,000 a year to go to Duke University. Today, it’s $60,000 a year. “It’s staggering,” says Duke freshman Max Duncan, “especially considering that for four years.”

But according to Jim Roberts, executive vice provost at Duke, that’s actually a discount. “We’re investing on average about $90,000 in the education of each student,” he says. Roberts is not alone in making the claim. In fact, it’s one most elite research institutions point to when asked about rising tuition.



The Odds of Having Your Letter of Recommendation Read

Julie Schumacher, a professor of creative writing at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities wrote in the Chronicle of Higher of Education that she received more than 1,500 letters of recommendation to read and went through just half of them.


The $10,000 College Degree

If you could get a four-year degree for $10,000 or less, would you choose that option? In Florida, an increasing number of working adults are doing just that by getting their bachelor’s degree from places like Broward College, a former community college. It’s essentially a rebranding of the community college experience:

The FCS (formerly the Florida Community College System) has offered a small number of four-year degrees in fields such as nursing and computer engineering technology for about a decade. In Florida, associate’s degree graduates are guaranteed admission to a state university, and FCS baccalaureate programs honor this structure by requiring students to complete an associate’s degree before applying.


The President Swears There is Nothing Wrong With an Art History Degree

On a trip to Wisconsin this week to talk about his proposal to revitalize American manufacturing, President Obama took a little swipe at art history majors.


How Are the MOOCs Doing?

The researchers note that this doesn’t mean that online courses aren’t working—just that there were a lot of curious people who were simply browsing and dropping as the courses became available.


Broken Glass

We went to see a 10am screening of Tiny Furniture at the Alamo Drafthouse, where I ordered myself a Manhattan I didn’t need and couldn’t particularly afford.


The Intangible Value of a College Degree

When it comes to determining the value of a college degree, much of the conversation revolves around what a graduate’s potential earnings will be after obtaining a degree, though not everyone works solely for money. So starting in the spring and for the next five years, polling agency Gallup and Purdue University will begin to survey 150,000 college graduates (30,000 at a time) to find out “how the graduates perceive the effect of college on their careers and quality of life.”


Supplies Needed to Return to School

How much to apply to school?


How a Professional Stage Actor Does Money

Chet is a 30-something professional actor from British Columbia.


Playing Professional Basketball Didn’t Work Out, But Working as an Actuary Did

Adam, 30, earns $170,000 (not including bonuses) working in an actuary-type role. “Have you seen Along Came Polly? I basically have Ben Stiller’s job.”


Why It’s Hard for Adjuncts to Find Other Jobs

We’ve covered a little bit about some of the financial difficulties adjunct professors face here, and at Slate, L.V. Anderson addresses a question that often comes up in these discussions: Why don’t adjuncts just find other jobs?


Sickness, Death, and Money

My mom passed away when I was a junior in college, and she got sick when I was in high school. There were a lot of trips to doctors, many close calls at the ER, and many out-of-pocket medical expenses.