Time for Idaho to break the barrier of transparency in Higher Education

Erik Makrush Higher Education

Since the inception of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, we have been leading the charge for an accountable local and state government. Today, we continue fight for transparency and fiscal responsibility at all levels of government. At the 2011 Legislative Preview hosted by the Idaho Freedom Foundation, Senate and House leadership acknowledged that while the state has made significant strides over …

US Dept of Education seeks greater control over Private Colleges and Universities

Erik Makrush Higher Education

The US Department of Education has proposed regulations that would mandate greater government control over private colleges and universities (including the 5 private institutions throughout Idaho) and the private-sector accreditation process that has served higher education for more than a century. The Department is using its regulatory authority under the Higher Education Act, the law that governs federal student loan …

Only one Idaho College receives a “B”, the rest fall short

Erik Makrush Higher Education

Are Idaho’s college students learning what they really should be learning to graduate? The answer, by one measure, is no. Recently, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni updated its review of colleges from around the country. Using ACTA’s grading scale, IFF has ranked the four top colleges in Idaho. Not even one received an “A” for requirements needed to …

25% of Idaho High School Graduates Need Remedial Classes as Entering College Freshman at Boise State

Erik Makrush Higher Education

Almost a quarter of Idaho high school graduates attending Boise State University are so far behind on their English and math skills, they’re required to take remedial courses to catch up. In some cases, more than half of the students from an Idaho high school arrive unprepared for basic freshman-level college classes. Data from Boise State University show that in …

Are Idaho’s Colleges and Universities really feeling the effects of State Government budgets crunches?

Erik Makrush Higher Education

Across the state, the sour economy is forcing businesses, families and government agencies to cut back. But state’s colleges and universities are figuring out ways to avoid the same dramatic cuts as everyone else. Idaho’s publicly-funded higher education institutions are fending off big budget cuts with a combination of under estimated student enrollment and big tuition increases. The State Board …