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History According to Newt

With former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich now leading in the GOP primary race comes scrutiny of his time out of office, particularly his role as an adviser to mortgage company Freddie Mac. Gingrich protested that he apparently made between $1.6 million and $1.8 million in consulting fees for his role as a “historian.”… Read more »

The Little Things

By Jon Marcus Things were going well for Job Asiimwe as he approached his final semester at Bunker Hill Community College. Then a toothache in December almost derailed his college career An immigrant from Uganda who’s been on his own since age 19, Asiimwe was finally close to graduating. He had been accepted to a… Read more »

A Note on Methodology: 4-year Colleges and Universities

There are two primary goals to our methodology. First, we considered no single category to be more important than any other. Second, the final rankings needed to reflect excellence across the full breadth of our measures, rather than reward an exceptionally high focus on, say, research. Thus, all three main categories were weighted equally when… Read more »

Introduction: A Different Kind of College Ranking

A few months ago, the Obama administration completed a remarkably successful run of sticking it to large corporations that make a profit in higher education. First, as part of the omnibus legislation that produced the Affordable Care Act in 2010, Obama pushed through a wholesale reform of the student loan industry, taking away tens of… Read more »

Beyond the Pail

With all the discussion about tabloid journalism and investigative indecency lately, we thought it might be worth a look at an article we ran back in September, 1981. In this piece, by former National Inquirer reporter Jay Gourley, the writer explains how journalism works in the tabloid industry and looks at the difference between what… Read more »