The president’s suite at Hampshire College currently has a no-shoes policy. There are more than a dozen mattresses laid on the floor, beds neatly made, and the occupants of this space are guarding against winter muck. The president of the college, Miriam (Mim) Nelson, is temporarily working out of different buildings on campus, while students stage a sit-in in her office. They have been living here, first in shifts and then in looser rotations, since January 31st—the longest sit-in in the forty-nine-year history of a college that is famous for its protest culture. On January 15th, Nelson sent out a letter to the Hampshire community in which she announced that the college is looking for a “long-term partner.” Written in the upbeat tone of a corporate report, the document was difficult to decipher. On the one hand, it said that Hampshire was doing great: its fifty-two-million-dollar endowment had “performed well,” its budget was balanced, and … [Read more...] about Hampshire College, a Child of the Sixties, Faces Its “Visioning Problem”
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Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. The offer was too good to resist: Go to rehab for a week, get $1,000 in cash. It was early 2017, and Brianne, a 20-year-old from a woody Atlanta suburb, had come to South Florida to leave her heroin addiction behind. At a residential facility called Recovery Villas of the Treasure Coast, she was approached by a charismatic guy I’ll call Daniel, a Pennsylvania native six years her elder. He could relate to her troubles—he’d struggled with addiction himself—and he could get her into another rehab after Recovery Villas. He would even pay her: $1,000 for the first week of her stay and $500 each week thereafter. That money could buy Brianne a whole lot of heroin. Brianne, whose full name has been withheld to protect her privacy, could be a poster child for the opioid crisis: a blond, green-eyed former softball star who experimented with pills from the medicine cabinet with her high school boyfriend … [Read more...] about A disturbing new phase of the opioid crisis: How rehab recruiters are luring recovering addicts into a deadly cycle
Scott Kilgore was frustrated. He had been a registered nurse for 18 years, specializing in oncology and emergency care, but every time he tried to advance his career in nursing administration he hit a wall. “After three years of interviewing and being told by recruiters that I was going to have to get a master’s-level degree in order to progress further, I finally took their advice,” the 44-year-old said. He enrolled in George Washington University’s online master of science in nursing program. “The flexibility was key for me,” he said. “Two cross-country moves for my husband’s job and the adoption of our daughter, Parker, never disrupted my education.” That was four years ago. After graduating with his master’s degree in 2016, he enrolled in the university’s online doctor of nursing practice program and graduated in May. This year, millions of adult students will enroll in online courses ranging from those that are … [Read more...] about Choosing the Best Online Program for You
Former President Bill Clinton and presumed 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton have deep ties to Laureate Education, an international conglomerate of aggressive, telemarketing-happy, for-profit colleges that is ensnared in controversy all over the globe. The huge Baltimore-base company is America’s largest for-profit education corporation by enrollment — boasting 800,000 students worldwide. Many of its schools are located in Latin America. Laureate scored a marketing coup when it hired Bill Clinton in 2010 as its global pitchman, reports Bloomberg. In his position as honorary chancellor, he has gone around the world over a dozen times — to places such as Peru, Malaysia and Spain — to hawk the company. For his globetrotting efforts, the for-profit education juggernaut pays Clinton a secret sum of money. Neither Clinton nor Laureate will disclose exactly how much it is. The company has also enthroned a small armada of old Clinton … [Read more...] about Why are the Clintons hawking a seedy, Soros-backed for-profit college corporation?
Officials at T.M. Landry College Prep are consulting with attorneys and plan to release more reaction next week to a Friday story in The New York Times that leveled several allegations against the school. The story, citing several current and former students and teachers, said the private school in Breaux Bridge submitted falsified college applications and subjected some students to physical abuse. Attorney Dwazendra Smith issued a statement Friday evening on behalf of the school's founders, Mike and Tracey Landry. "They are steadfast in fulfilling their obligations to their current students and future students to continue to afford all children the opportunity to get the education that they deserve," Smith said in an email. "They appreciate the continued support and prayers of the communities they work so hard to serve." On Nov. 19, the school posted a video on its official Facebook page about reporters from the New York Times visiting the campus. The video shows a room filled with … [Read more...] about T.M. Landry College Prep issues statement on New York Times article