Our Latest Updates – Archive

Updated: College Educations of US Presidents
3/31/2021 -

Joe Biden joins our resource. Of the 45 US presidents, 32 had college degrees and 13 did not. Eight presidents did not attend college; five attended college but did not earn a degree; 21 graduated college with undergraduate degrees only; and 11 earned graduate degrees. 

75% of College Student Households Changed Plans due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
1/14/2021 -

75% of households with at least one member attending college classes in fall 2020 changed higher education plans during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Most often households took classes in a different format (39%), or canceled plans altogether (37%).

Colleges See “Completely Unprecedented” Drops in Enrollment amid COVID-19 Pandemic
12/21/2020 -

Undergraduate enrollment fell 3.6% (about 560,000 students) from fall 2019. Community colleges were hit especially hard, with a drop of more than 10% (more than 544,000 students).

Interesting Facts in the Debate over College
1/30/2020 -

Nearly 20 million students are enrolled in US colleges and universities. How much more do college grads earn on average? What are the underemployment rates for recent grads? Find answers to these questions and more in our updated Did You Know? section.

Should Everyone Go to College?
1/27/2020 -

Read pro and con quotes on the debate over whether a college education is worth it, including statements from President Obama (pro), Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian (con), Julie Margetta Morgan, former senior policy advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren (pro), and Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs (con).

Wealthiest Americans with and without College Degrees
1/9/2020 -

The wealthiest person in the US is Jeff Bezos, worth $114 billion, who has a BA in Science from Princeton. He is followed by Bill Gates, worth $106 billion, who dropped out of Harvard University. Explore the top 10 wealthiest people with and without college degrees in this updated resource.

NEW ProCon.org Website! – 2020 Presidential Election: The Candidates and Where They Stand on the Issues
8/29/2019 -

Learn about the presidential candidates’ views on important issues, compare them with a side-by-side chart, find your best match with a fun quiz, track their finances, and so much more on our 2020 Presidential Election website. The New York Times called our previous presidential election site “The most comprehensive tool for researching the candidate’s stance on issues.” Check back monthly for expanded issue coverage.

New ProCon.org Website! – Should Birth Control Pills Be Available Over-the-Counter?
2/21/2019 -

Our new topic explores the pros and cons in the debate over making birth control pills available over-the-counter (OTC). 9.1 million women (12.6% of contraceptive users) use birth control pills, which are the second-most commonly used method of contraception in the United States. Proponents say making the birth control pill available over-the-counter would lower teen pregnancy rates, provide contraceptive access to medically underserved women, and ease access to a health-improving drug with decades of safe use. Opponents say making the Pill over-the-counter would raise the cost of contraception for women, pose a danger to teens’ and women’s health by removing the doctor’s visit requirement, and limit what options are made available.

Our new website presents the top pro & con arguments and quotes, a history of the debate, a video gallery, the prescription status of birth control pills around the world, and a list of drugs switched from prescription to OTC status.

Researcher Wanted at Educational Nonprofit ProCon.org
1/17/2019 -

ProCon.org, a Los Angeles-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity,
seeks an in-house Researcher (full-time with benefits or part-time
without benefits) to develop content for websites devoted to a
nonpartisan in-depth presentation of 70+ controversial issues. Three
items are required for application, as specified in the job notice.

50 Lesson Plan Ideas Using ProCon.org
7/16/2018 -

We’re excited to announce 50 free lesson plan ideas for educators! Visit our Teachers’ Corner for inspiration, including lessons plans about distinguishing fact from opinion, how to write a “call-to-action” letter, and content from our partner Credo Reference.