Last year, I wrote an article about the leading presidential contenders’ stance on issues of higher education. As a college student, these issues are of particular relevance to me as many students look forward to year of paying back 5-figure, even 6-figure student loans. While the economy is collapsing around us, I applaud moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS for asking this question as way to close the debates: “The U.S. spends more per capita than any other country on education. Yet, by every international measurement, in math and science competence, from kindergarten through the 12th grade, we trail most of the countries of the world. The implications of this are clearly obvious. Some even say it poses a threat to our national security.
The year is 1969, and racial tensions on Cornell’s campus have erupted into a group of armed black students taking over Willard Straight Hall. The administration and professoriate have surrendered age-old traditions of education to the violent opposition, and Cornell has become a hotbed of radicalism. Fast forward almost 40 years, and Cornell is still the same “cynonosure of student rebellion.” At least this is the Cornell depicted by the Veritas Fund for Higher Education.
2008 marked one of the largest graduating high school classes in recent years, many colleges around the country, including Cornell, have over-enrolled students in their freshmen classes.
“As of mid-July, 3,181 first-year students indicated their intent to enroll in the Class of 2012; the target class size was 3,050,” Doris Davis, associate provost of admissions and enrollment, stated in an e-mail.
This is the third in a three-part series analyzing the Higher Education Opportunity Act that was passed in August.
President George Bush signed the Higher Education Opportunity Act into law this past August, ushering in a series of reforms that were said to help pave the way for more students to be able to attend college. Aside from its attempt to make higher education more accessible, the act contains controversial provisions that represent the entertainment industry’s ongoing pursuit to curb illegal file-sharing on college campuses nation-wide.
Last August, Congress signed into law the Higher Education Opportunity Act, which reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965. This act is the first piece of comprehensive higher education reform legislation in 10 years and totals over 1,000 pages in length. The law is broad in scope, focusing on problems such as the complex financial aid process and the rising cost of textbooks as well as illegal file sharing on campus. This is the first in a series of three articles that examine the various aspects of this law.
In a speech that was at times solemn and at others lighthearted, Provost Biddy Martin discussed Cornell’s role within higher education yesterday afternoon in Call Auditorium. Her second annual Academic State of the University focused on how Cornell stacks up against the trends in what she called “the golden age” of higher education.
Last year Martin focused on many of the challenges that Cornell faced, including the replacement of retiring faculty, making innovative changes to the curriculum and insuring diversity in all facets of the University.