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The Great Recession's

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Staggering hit on higher education. State spending on higher education still much behind 2008 levels. From The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

A Lost Decade in Higher Education Funding State Cuts Have Driven Up Tuition and Reduced Quality
A decade since the Great Recession hit, state spending on public colleges and universities remains well below historic levels, despite recent increases. Overall state funding for public two- and four-year colleges in the 2017 school year (that is, the school year ending in 2017) was nearly $9 billion below its 2008 level, after adjusting for inflation. . . .The funding decline has contributed to higher tuition and reduced quality on campuses as colleges have had to balance budgets by reducing faculty, limiting course offerings, and in some cases closing campuses. At a time when the benefit of a college education has never been greater, state policymakers have made going to college less affordable and less accessible to the students most in nee…

The top 20

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Community colleges for adult learners, according to the Washington Monthly.

Best Colleges for Adult Learners - 2 Year Colleges

1. Weber State (Utah)

2. Utah Valley U.

3. Foothill College (Calif.)

4. Central Texas College

5. Raritan Valley Community College (N.J.)

6. Columbia College (Mo.)

7. Howard Community College (Md.)

8. Renton Technical College (Wash.)

9. Montgomery College (Md.)

10. Capital Community College (Conn.)

11. Lakeshore Technical College (Wis.)

12. Inver Hills Community College (Minn.)

13. Gateway Community College (Ariz.)

14. Fox Valley Technical College-Appleton (Wis.)

15. Montgomery County Community College (Pa.)

16. Diablo Valley College (Calif.)

17. Oakton Community College (Ill.)

18. Quincy College (Mass.)

19. City College of San Francisco (Calif.)

20. Mesa Community College (Ariz.)

Infographic Friday

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From Visually.

Stemming the tide

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Of low liberal arts salaries. Just you wait. From CBSnews.com.
Does a liberal arts degree lead to low pay? Not necessarily To be sure, liberal arts graduates earn less out of the gate. Princeton graduates with degrees in the humanities such as English, philosophy or foreign languages report earning an average $61,500 within five years or graduation, the most of any university.  Yet after ten years or more of workplace experience, they typically earn an average of $134,100. Graduates of the Ivy League university who major in social sciences such as economics, history or anthropology are paid an average of $68,100 when starting their careers. But a decade after graduation, they typically earn $176,600.  It's not only Ivy League graduates who end up with healthy paychecks over their careers, PayScale said. "You might assume that the highest earners in the country come from well-known Ivy League Schools like Harvard or Princeton, but the truth is, the highest median alumni salarie…

First I heard of

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Tuition insurance. It appears to mostly cover CBSnews.com. dropping out because of illness. Maybe grade insurance is on the horizen. From

What is tuition insurance and do you need it? Paying for college is one of the biggest financial investments you can make.  According to the College Board, the average undergraduate budget at a private four-year college is a staggering $49,320 for the 2016-2017 school year. Public universities aren't much better; expect to pay $39,890 for out-of-state students or $24,610 for in-state students.  But just as you would protect your home or car purchase with insurance, you can get tuition insurance to protect your investment in education. Below, we answer all your questions about tuition insurance, from what it covers to whether it's worth getting.

Meanwhile, just over the mountains in North Carolina

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Bigfoot. Yes, Bigfoot. Everyone carries a phone now and yet no photos of ufos, Bigfoot, or other creatures ever show up. From WYFF4.com.
Bigfoot hunters spot legendary, hairy creature in WNC, Carolina group says
If you thought Bigfoot never ventured down South, think again.  Members of a group calling themselves Bigfoot 911 claim they spotted the giant, walking, bear-like, legendary creature in the woods of Western North Carolina Friday night.  John E. Bruner posted on the Marion group's Facebook page (it's a closed group page) that the expedition in McDowell County "hit pay dirt" just before 11 p.m. The sighting came after three teams set up glow sticks at various locations, Bruner said.  He describes how they heard movement in the woods, three steps at a time, and the creature came into view near a glow stick about 30 yards away.  "The angle of the moon was shining straight down on the road and something big stepped into view," Bruner said. "I turned …

My hometown and its college

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My alma mater--is on this list. Not surprising since I know someone who bought a house at auction for $100, albeit a fixer-upper. True story. Not that I would move back, you understand. Charleston, Illinois, is also on the list. As are Fort Valley, Georgia, and Orangeburg, South Carolina. From CBSnews.com.

The 10 most affordable U.S. college towns
7. Macomb, Illinois Median home price: $104,500  Student population: 40.3 percent  Macomb, Illinois, is down four spots this year from its third-place spot in 2015, with a median home price increase of $3,600. It's home to Western Illinois University, which was established in 1902, and is tied as the No. 9 top public university in the Midwest (with the University of Wisconsin Whitewater), according to the 2017 Best Colleges ranking from U.S. News and World Report. Macomb is about 70 miles west of Peoria, Illinois.