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Busting the Myths about Private Colleges


NAICU debunks the major myths surrounding private nonprofit colleges and universities. Visit 9myths.org to get the facts!

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The Obama Administration Is Building a Consumer Reports for Colleges

Vox

October 1, 2014

The Education Department is working on a project that will make it the Consumer Reports of higher education: a system that rates colleges based on quality. The Obama administration sees college students as consumers in an expensive, confusing higher education marketplace.Read More


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Stable Priorities, Unstable Times

Inside Higher Ed

October 1, 2014

As the higher education IT community meets at the annual Educause conference in search the next big thing, a survey shows IT officials still place training and support for faculty, staff and students at the top of their priority lists.Read More


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College Roommate? No Thanks. Many Students Are Opting for Privacy

Philadelphia Inquirer

October 1, 2014

Even as college administrators accommodate freshman requests for singles, they worry about the effect on residential life and the transition from high school to higher ed. One research study argues that a first-year roommate can be a critical component to retention and college success.Read More


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Harvard Is Better at Admitting Low-Income Students Than the University of Wisconsin

Vox

September 18, 2014

The underrepresentation of low-income students should be particularly troubling at public universities for two reasons. First, while the admissions process is still competitive, many public universities accept a higher proportion of their applicants than the most elite private colleges. Yale accepted 6 percent of its applicants last year; Wisconsin accepted more than half.

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Time to Stop the Sob Stories About Student Loan Debt

Forbes - Commentary

September 18, 2014

Jeffrey Dorfman writes: The New York Times informed its readers last week that there are now two million people over 60 years old that still have student loan debt, with an average loan balance of $21,000. To put this report in context, those two million seniors represent only three percent of all people in that age bracket and the average balance of $21,000 is only 78 percent of the size of the average car loan ($27,000). Assumedly many more than three percent of Americans over the age of 60 have car loans, yet nobody thinks that is a crisis.

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Why the Government Won't Let Colleges Reduce Tuition

American.com

September 17, 2014

Most people think that college tuition is too high, and many presidents of private colleges agree with that sentiment and would like to cut their tuition. However, they cannot legally do so, at least not in a way that would be beneficial for them — which would be for a large group of private colleges to jointly reduce tuition.

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