Daniel Fromson

Hip To Be Green

Pretty soon, Moneywatch won’t be the only place ranking college rankings—such is the speed with which specialized college guides are proliferating. Yesterday, Matthew Wheeland of GreenBiz.com reported that in the past week two competing lists have presented the latest takes on America’s “greenest” colleges and universities. The College Sustainability Report Card (CSRC), now in its… Read more »

Making Pell Grants Work

In a Senate hearing last week, Andrew Gillen of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity offered some helpful thoughts on the current debate surrounding Pell Grants. Admittedly, hardcore policy wonks have likely reviewed his testimony by now, but his words are worth a second look. (Click here for the PDF.) Recent Pell Grant reform… Read more »

Is UoPeople Ready for Prime Time?

Today’s issue of the Guardian offered the latest look at the University of the People (UoPeople), which bills itself as “the world’s first tuition-free, online academic institution dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education.” Since this innovative organization was created in almost exactly the same spirit as the Monthly‘s own college guide,… Read more »

lol k u convinced me!!!!

According to Wired‘s Clive Thompson, our Facebook- and instant-message-saturated landscape isn’t turning college students into text-talking, LOL-spouting automatons. In fact, his recent article in the magazine’s September issue argues that modern technology is actually helping them become better writers. It sounds too good to be true. Unfortunately, it probably is. Thompson’s article highlights some preliminary… Read more »

Fixing the Student Loan Discharge Law

The Chronicle reports that on Wednesday, a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing on why Congress should change a law that prevents private student loans from being automatically discharged when a person declares bankruptcy. Since 2005, those who declare bankruptcy and have student debt—either through federally guaranteed or private loans—have been… Read more »