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Get an Education for Less
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It may sound to good be true, but there are some higher education institutions that have actually lowered their tuition rates recently instead of raising them. Now, you may be thinking, “What about all those articles I read about the rapid increase in tuition and how the student loan bubble might be the next to burst?” And you would be right to be skeptical.

However, as tuition has risen to unattainable heights, and the graduating high school classes have become markedly smaller than previous years, some colleges are facing an enrollment crisis. In order to stay relevant in an over-saturated market, some colleges are becoming more like country clubs by building high-end fitness and recreational facilities, others are searching for new revenue by integrating online degrees that appeal to a broader market of students, and other schools are lowering tuition.

February 7, 2013

The Inflated Egos of College Freshmen
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With the nationwide student debt toppling out of control, the question on many people’s minds seems to be “Is college worth it?” The problem, it appears, is that college-bound students don’t seem to be asking themselves this ever pressing question. Earlier this year, UCLA released a study that shows that American college freshmen consider themselves “above average” in many key areas. This could be causing more students to take out larger loans when deciding on which college to attend, only adding further to the nation’s massive student loan debt.

Over 9 million students have taken the American Freshmen Survey over the past 47 years, and the data stretches back to 1966. The survey asks college freshmen to compare themselves to their peers. Since the 1960s, there have been dramatically more students who rate themselves as above average in the areas of academic ability, drive to achieve, mathematical ability, and self-confidence.

January 30, 2013

American Higher Education and Low-Income Students

A recent Atlantic article by Jordan Weissman, “American Colleges are Failing Low-Income Students,” paints a clear portrait of the state of the U.S. system of higher education. We agree with Mr. Weissmann’s assertion that America “lacks the public education infrastructure to serve [low-income students’] needs.” We also believe “that higher education is becoming more and more of a pre-requisite for any kind of economic security in this country, and many of the people who attend these default-mills would still be looking for a degree even if they’d never heard of [for-profit colleges].” In other words, America’s higher education system presents a wall where many seek a thoroughfare. Naturally, people want to improve their economic security and in the words of our company manifesto, we believe that quality higher education should be accessible to all. Period.

October 8, 2012

For-Profit Institutions Should Address Deficiencies in Student Services

Back in July, Ashford University, an education holding of Bridgepoint Education Inc., was denied accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). According to the Associated Press, WASC said that Ashford University “hadn’t shown substantial compliance with its accreditation standards related to student retention and graduation, the alignment of resources with educational objectives and the implementation of a core of full-time faculty that can oversee the university academic policies and ensure the integrity of its programs.”

October 2, 2012

SR Education Group Manifesto

We believe that quality higher education should be accessible to all. Period.

If you want to learn more about our company's guiding principles, read this post by our CEO, or check out the frequently asked questions page.

September 24, 2012

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