Minjae Park

Fake Harvard

For all the mentions of Harvard in movies, few film crews actually get permission to shoot in Harvard Yard. As a 1999 story in the Harvard Crimson explains, the 1969 filming of “Love Story” created such a mess—damaging and killing trees with fake snow—that Harvard decided to adopt a stricter policy when allowing commercial film… Read more »

“Worthless Degrees”

Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has introduced a bill to stop federal funds from going to unaccredited college programs that leave graduates unable to find work in that field of study. Stephen Burd, a senior policy analyst in the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation who has written for the Washington Monthly about abusive… Read more »

Biggest Increase In Student Borrowing Comes From Upper-Middle Class

The percentage of households with student loan debt grew most for the upper-middle class—those with incomes between the 80th and 95th percentiles—from 2007 to 2010, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal. The Journal’s analysis defined upper-middle-income households as those with annual incomes between the 80th and 95th percentiles of all households nationwide…. Read more »

Tuition Freezes At Some Schools

In response to three decades of tuition increases, some colleges will not charge students and families more this coming school year, according to a story in the Hechinger Report. California, Arizona, and Maine have decided to freeze tuition at their university systems (though California’s freeze depends on voters approving a tax increase in November). Some… Read more »

Where Is the Skills Gap?

We often hear chatter about the “structural issues” that ail our economy, such as a supposed skills mismatch that is restraining hiring. Take, for example, The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman in a column this May: “The Labor Department reported two weeks ago that even with our high national unemployment rate, employers advertised 3.74 million… Read more »