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The War on For-Profit Education
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The New York Times's Tamar Lewin took aim at the Washington Post Company this week with a news article with the Web headline "Washington Post's Kaplan Faces Growing Scrutiny." It's kind of a self-fulfilling headline, because, by publishing a 2,600 word front-page news article on the topic, the New York Times itself both engages in the scrutiny and contributes to its growth.

What's avoided much scrutiny so far, however, is the Times's coverage of the issue. A close reading is in order. From the Times: "All these schools get most of their revenue from federal student aid. Kaplan Higher Education, for example, gets 91.5 percent of its revenue from the federal government, through Pell grants, Stafford loans, military and veterans benefits and other aid."

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Lee Bollinger's Pay
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Columbia University's President Lee Bollinger had compensation of $1,753,984 in 2008 from the university, the New York Times reports today.

Some of that ($325,000 a year, actually) is the occupancy value of his residence, which he uses for official university functions and which has a high value because it, and Columbia, happen to be in New York City, where real estate is expensive compared to other parts of America.

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Kaplan University Responds
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The chairman and chief executive of for-profit education provider Kaplan Inc. has a letter to the editor of the New York Times responding to last week's hatchet job.

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The Times on Tuition
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"Public Universities Relying More on Tuition Than State Money" is the headline over a New York Times news article reporting that "tuition bargains are fading as the nation's public universities undergo a profound shift, accelerated by the recession. In most states, it is now tuition payments, not state appropriations, that cover most of the budget."

The article predicts that state "appropriations for higher education are likely to shrivel further." But there's no mention at all of what has happened to federal higher education spending, either in Pell Grants or in federal student loans, and how those programs in essence make it possible for states to shift some of the cost of their colleges from the state budgets onto the federal budgets.

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NYT on ROSLA
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The New York Times has both a news article and an opinion piece on ROSLA, neither of which even mention the teachers union issue raised here. It's an example of the paper not giving its readers the full story.

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Ultra-Conservative Cato
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A Times news article about a Chinese dissident, Xia Yeliang, joining the Cato Institute reports:

The political labels of Professor Xia and the Cato Institute, in Washington, are strikingly different. Professor Xia got into trouble in China for being too liberal, while the institute is known as libertarian or — less to its liking — ultraconservative. But the professor and Cato officials say they have the same focus.

The "is known" is a classic Times passive construction. "Is known" by whom? By left-wing Times editors and reporters who think any point of view a scintilla to the right of their own Upper West Side ultraleftism qualifies as "ultraconservatism."

Update: More on this here.

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NYT on ROSLA
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The New York Times has both a news article and an opinion piece on ROSLA, neither of which even mention the teachers union issue raised here. It's an example of the paper not giving its readers the full story.

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The War on For-Profit Education
futureofcapitalism.com

The New York Times's Tamar Lewin took aim at the Washington Post Company this week with a news article with the Web headline "Washington Post's Kaplan Faces Growing Scrutiny." It's kind of a self-fulfilling headline, because, by publishing a 2,600 word front-page news article on the topic, the New York Times itself both engages in the scrutiny and contributes to its growth.

What's avoided much scrutiny so far, however, is the Times's coverage of the issue. A close reading is in order. From the Times: "All these schools get most of their revenue from federal student aid. Kaplan Higher Education, for example, gets 91.5 percent of its revenue from the federal government, through Pell grants, Stafford loans, military and veterans benefits and other aid."

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Lee Bollinger's Pay
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Columbia University's President Lee Bollinger had compensation of $1,753,984 in 2008 from the university, the New York Times reports today.

Some of that ($325,000 a year, actually) is the occupancy value of his residence, which he uses for official university functions and which has a high value because it, and Columbia, happen to be in New York City, where real estate is expensive compared to other parts of America.

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Kaplan University Responds
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The chairman and chief executive of for-profit education provider Kaplan Inc. has a letter to the editor of the New York Times responding to last week's hatchet job.

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The Times on Tuition
futureofcapitalism.com

"Public Universities Relying More on Tuition Than State Money" is the headline over a New York Times news article reporting that "tuition bargains are fading as the nation's public universities undergo a profound shift, accelerated by the recession. In most states, it is now tuition payments, not state appropriations, that cover most of the budget."

The article predicts that state "appropriations for higher education are likely to shrivel further." But there's no mention at all of what has happened to federal higher education spending, either in Pell Grants or in federal student loans, and how those programs in essence make it possible for states to shift some of the cost of their colleges from the state budgets onto the federal budgets.

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