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What do you want (really, really want) out of your college education?
Richard Gunderman discusses what a college education can provide for students.
Is college worth it? Is this even the right question?
Josipa Roksa and Richard Arum
Josipa Roksa and Richard Arum discuss whether college is preparing graduates for life after school.
Will the 'right' college major get you a job?
Glenn Altschuler discusses how important the major you choose in college is to your success after college.
I went from prison to professor
Dr. Stanley Andrisse discusses how he went from being incarcerated to being a professor.
The US has become a nation of suburbs
Christopher Boone discusses the trend of suburban living in America.
Serena Williams' catsuit controversy evokes the battle over women wearing shorts
Deirdre Clemente discusses the attention that is paid to what women wear in sports.
Making college more affordable: The importance of pre-collegiate preparation
Reynold Verret discusses how we can make college more accessible for students of various social and economic backgrounds.
Making college more affordable: What needs discussing is the total cost of a degree
The president of Pennsylvania State University discusses how we can make college more affordable.
Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?
James Kuzner discusses the idea of love at first sight.
Remember the Victims of Juvenile Offenders
Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, who lost her sister to a juvenile offender, discusses how young offenders should be sentenced.
Prison Is a Poor Deterrent, and a Dangerous Punishment
Daniel Okonkwo discusses how juvenile offenders should be treated differently than adult offenders.
Making college matter
Leo M. Lambert and Peter Felten
Leo M. Lambert and Peter Felten discuss how students can make their time in college matter.
The Race Factor in Trying Juveniles as Adults
Jennifer L. Eberhardt & Aneeta Rattan
Jennifer L. Eberhardt and Aneeta Rattan discuss the impact that race has on sentencing juvenile offenders.
Making college more affordable: more than one funder has to step up
Jill Tiefenthaler, President of Colorado College, discusses how different funders could help make college more affordable.
The Cost of Prison in Dollars and Lives
Michael Jacobsen discusses the punishment and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.
What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow Up in Cyberspace
Brent Staples discusses the impact that the Internet has on teenagers’ development.
The Limits of Empathy
David Brooks discusses what it means to be empathetic and whether or not empathy influences our actions.
Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail
Angel B. Pérez
A dean of admissions dispels the myth that students should showcase perfection on a college application, and explores the relationship between past failures and college success.
Sir Francis Bacon
In this essay, Sir Francis Bacon discusses the importance of pursuing knowledge.