Higher Education

  • Crazy Stories in American Higher Education

    Barry Lenson

      This has been a difficult year in American higher education. Tuition is soaring, endowments are shrinking, and horrid crimes have shaken campuses from coast to coast. But along with the grim news, some really funny things have happened too. Let’s take a look at some recent howlers from the world of higher education. Student Lies His Way into Harvard by Claiming He Is Fluent in Ancient Armenian A nice-looking young man named Adam Wheeler has been accused of defrauding Harvard of scholarship dollars. He got into that Ivy League university by claiming he had obtained a perfect SAT score (he didn’t), by claiming he had attended Phillips Andover and MIT (he didn’t), and that he was a scholar of ancient Armenian, among ot ...

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  • Educational Institutions Targeting Homeless Americans?

    Barry Lenson

    “Homeless Dropouts from High School Lured by For-Profit Colleges,” an article in the May 3 edition of Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine, paints an appalling picture of how some institutions of higher learning are targeting America’s homeless. The article, by reporter Daniel Gordon, relates stories like these . . .  One university staged a seminar in a homeless shelter and made a pitch for higher education before 70 homeless men. Then it moved in to give the hard sell to a handful of them who expressed interest. Gordon writes: “Such disadvantaged students are desirable because they qualify for federal grants and loans, which are largely responsible for the prosperity of for-profit colleges. Federal aid to students at for-profit ...

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