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U.S. student loan fix robs the old to pay the young

July 16, 2012

To keep borrowing rates low for education, Congress is using some devilish hocus-pocus. An accounting change will allow employers to kick in less to a pension guarantee fund. That could leave Uncle Sam owing more to retirees while also increasing taxpayer risk on student debts.

West still rules in global education

By Edward Hadas
October 5, 2012

The original homelands of modernity - Europe, the U.S. and their close cousins - account for 90 percent of the world’s top 200 universities in the new Times Higher Education rankings. Developing nations are trying to catch up, but this cultural advantage is likely to persist.