Archive for student debt

Rally May 13th 11:00 am at Ohio Statehouse, Columbus

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For Profit at Tri-C Metro, noon Feb. 26

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Are you an adjunct with student debt? Contact reporter

abj story screenshotIf you are adjunct faculty with an advanced degree and student debt who is unable to find a full-time teaching position in your field, contact Akron Beacon Journal higher education reporter Carol Biliczky to share your story.

She is adding a local take on the current $1.1 trillion student debt crisis and welcomes readers’ stories.

Adjunct faculty across the state can add compelling angles to that story, since Biliczky wants to hear from those who have degrees and debt but are unable to find work. Adjuncts, many of whom are unable to find the full-time faculty jobs for which their degrees qualify them, fit that category.

Biliczky’s first installment on the series, “State lawmaker waits tables, helps with plumbing to pay off student loans,” about a student who ran up $80K in debt while attending the University of Akron and Malone College, ran in the Oct. 6 issue of the daily paper.

In future stories, she will pursue these ideas:

  • Courses of study most likely to result in high-paying jobs that make debt affordable.
  • People who have debt and degrees and are unable to find work.
  • People with debt who quit attending college before obtaining a degree.
  • Parents or relatives who have large debt from financing education for family.

Contact Biliczky at cbiliczky@thebeaconjournal.com or at 330-996-3729.

Watch segment on “For Profit” on Al Jazeera

Aaron Calafato’s solo performance of “For Profit” at Kent State University earlier this month was Aaron on Al Zazeerafeatured in a three-minute segment on the Al Jazeera show “Real Money” last night.

The evening also featured a panel discussion on student debt, part-time faculty and other issues in which Katherine Burke, KSU adjunct faculty and a member of OPTFA’s Organizing Committee, participated.

You can watch the segment and get a glimpse of Katherine here and view photos from the KSU performance on our Facebook page.

Calafato’s play, which includes a post-performance panel discussion on equity issues, will be part of Campus Equity Week. It will be performed at campuses around the country both before and after that week.

Upcoming Ohio performances of “For Profit” include:
  • October 28: University of Akron, Akron, Ohio.
  • November TBA: Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio. With Evan Chaloupka, member of OPTFA Organizing Committee and doctoral student at CSU.

Read more about the one-man play, For Profit, in the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Art imitates life and debt in play about for-profit school: Plain Dealing, Aug. 16, 2013

 

For Profit tonight at 7 at KSU Kiva

Aaron Calafato’s solo play “For Profit” will be performed tonight at the Kent State University Kiva at 7 p.m. A panel discussion including part-time faculty member Katherine Burke, who also serves on the OPTFA Organizing Committee, will follow the performance.

About the play: “For Profit” is a vibrant solo-portrayal of the exploitation of the American college student and the $1 trillion student debt crisis, told through the lens of an unwilling admission adviser at a for-profit institution.

The play blends theatrical techniques of storytelling and acting, in the tradition of the late monologist Spalding Gray – The Chronicle of Education

Location:
800 E. Summit Street, Kent, Ohio 44240

Rising Cost of College on Sound of Ideas July 24, 9-10 a.m.

“The Sound of Ideas” on NPR (WCPN), hosted by Mike McIntyre on Wednesday, Julyfor profit 24, from 9-10 a.m. EST, will discuss “The Rising Cost of College.”

Discussion participants include:
Aaron Calafato, Former admissions counselor, creator of one-man show For Profit and Artistic Director at Student Debt Crisis

John Carey, Ohio Chancellor of Higher Education

Bruce Johnson, president of the interuniversity council

Richard Vedder, Economics Professor at Ohio University and Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity

Mike Foley, State Representative and cosponsor of “Fair Deal for College Education” bill proposal

Listen on your radio, computer or smartphone and share the link to the livestream broadcast. Then participate in the conversation by calling in or leaving comments on there website and through social media.