One of the great things about the burgeoning conversation on rating colleges, ranking colleges, student debt and the value of a degree is that it's driving more sophisticated and detailed media coverage of higher education.
But there's one news organization in particular that seems to have its finger on the pulse of the debate, relentlessly covering the biggest issues facing American higher ed.
I refer, of course, to The Onion:
College Admissions Office Finds Ideal Applicant Capable Of Subsidizing Tuition Of 3 Low-Income Students http://t.co/UZvD93iMgF— The Onion (@TheOnion) March 25, 2014
Did your alma mater make this year's list of "perfectly good" state schools? http://t.co/gnTMGTjQ0z— The Onion (@TheOnion) February 7, 2014
New Parents Wisely Start College Fund That Will Pay For 12 Weeks Of Education http://t.co/Q31rujqy3I— The Onion (@TheOnion) February 20, 2014
Man Doesn't Know How Parents Ever Going To Pay Off Massive Student Loan Debt http://t.co/aQiS0uQgfA #OurAnnualYear— The Onion (@TheOnion) December 28, 2013
30-Year-Old Has Earned $11 More Than He Would Have Without College Education http://t.co/SDM039Ciu1— The Onion (@TheOnion) December 15, 2013
[STATSHOT] Least Lucrative College Majors http://t.co/VFHioV0fKi— The Onion (@TheOnion) October 3, 2013
Study Finds College Education Leaves Majority Of Graduates Unprepared To Carry Entire American Economic Recovery http://t.co/772RSjU6KS— The Onion (@TheOnion) May 13, 2013
POLL: Do You Think College Is A Good Investment? http://t.co/gmioMgzDmf— The Onion (@TheOnion) May 10, 2014
Did you know that, on average, $8,000 of your tuition goes to a 'standard wasted money fee?' The full breakdown: http://t.co/QYghgzVgBR— The Onion (@TheOnion) August 19, 2013
Date Rapist Tossing His Mortarboard Into Air 3 Rows In Front Of You http://t.co/XveNMbu2oh— The Onion (@TheOnion) May 22, 2014
That is… a pretty on-point summary of many of the biggest issues in higher ed right now.
(Bonus round: "College's New CareerLink Program Connects Students With Thousands Of Annoyed Alums" and "NFL Thankful Northwestern's Activist Players Will Never Make It To League.")