Higher Education


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Friday, September 26, 2014

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PRI's The World

Universities are screening students from West Africa for Ebola as they return to school

Thursday, September 04, 2014

There are an estimated 10,000 students from Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea attending American colleges and universities. Many US campuses have put Ebola health screening measures in place to make sure students aren't infected.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Bill de Blasio; NJ Higher Ed; Robert Reich; Mo Rocca

Friday, September 27, 2013

Bill de Blasio, New York City Public Advocate and Democratic candidate for mayor, talks about his mayoral campaign and takes listener’s calls. Plus: we take calls from listeners coping with a power outage on the Metro-North New Haven line; Robert Reich, labor secretary in the Clinton administration, talks about his new documentary about inequality; and the history and track record of international intervention. Then, 30 Issues in 30 Days continues this Education Week with a look at higher education in New Jersey. Plus: Mo Rocca on cooking with grandmothers.

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Syria Options; Rating College; Story of "The Butler"; Queens BP

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

As the situation in Syria heats up and the international community weighs intervention, Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center discusses options for the U.S. Plus: a look at President Obama's proposal about how to rate and value colleges; the candidates running to be the Queens Borough President; Wil Haygood, the Washington Post columnist who wrote the story that inspired the new movie "The Butler," and the history of the obsession with immortality.

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Teen Pregnancy Down; Against NY’s Gun Laws; Cantor’s Speech

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Farley talks about why the city’s teen pregnancy rate has been on the decline over the past decade, and why the Bronx still has the highest rate in the country. Then, Thomas King of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association explains why the group is against new state gun laws. Plus: your stories on navigating the differences between Western and alternative medicine; the obstacles to higher education for first generation college students; and allegations of fraud against S&P.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Higher (Cost of) Education

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Martha Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education in charge of post-secondary education, talks about the affordability of higher education and the role of community colleges in meeting the goal of having the U.S. have the most college graduates in the world by 2020.  

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Local Colleges Focus on Reporting Requirements in Wake of Penn State Scandal

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

In the wake of the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, policies and procedures for reporting such incidents on college campuses have come under more intense scrutiny.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Teacher Tenure Rates

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Subject to tougher guidelines in the city, tenure for teachers is no longer a given. Beth Fertig, senior WNYC education reporter, discusses the new standards and the subsequent drop in the tenure rate from 99% to 58% in the last five years. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Freshman Class: The Value of a BA

Thursday, September 23, 2010

In the fourth installment of The Freshman Class, Tamar Lewin, a reporter for the New York Times covering higher education, talks about her recent article and the value of a BA in 2010.

Listeners: Tell us how valuable you think a liberal arts degree is in 2010.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Freshman Class: For-Profit Colleges

Thursday, September 02, 2010

In our first installment of a new series about becoming a college student today, New York Times reporter Tamar Lewin addresses for-profit higher education.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: College Graduation Shortage

Friday, June 18, 2010

On yesterday's show, we discussed a new report which finds that, by 2018, 63 percent of the jobs in the Unites States will require a post-high school education. The problem is, at the current rate of college and high school graduations, there will not be enough workers with higher educations to fill these jobs.  We wanted to know if you think colleges are properly preparing its students to enter today's workforce.



The Takeaway

Historically Black Colleges Tackle Student Loan Defaults

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Recent college students are defaulting on their student loans in growing numbers. If default rates get bad enough, it can threaten federal funding for their alma maters. But a group of historically black colleges in Texas may have found a way to slow the default problem by counseling students about their financial responsibilities.

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