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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 'Best and Brightest' Aren’t Always Obvious

Chronicle of Higher Education - Commentary

July 23, 2014

Angel B. Pérez writes: At a time when the White House is paying a lot more attention to the work of higher education and challenging selective colleges in America to solve the problem of "undermatching," almost no one is dealing with what really impedes access. Are colleges going to change current metrics used to define "success" in an effort to create more opportunity? Are external agencies (including the federal government) going to rate colleges favorably when they admit more students whose numbers don’t measure their true potential? Until we see a fundamental shift in how we define institutional success, we will continue excluding millions of deserving young people from higher education.Read More


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Ed Tech Promoters Need to Understand How Most of Us Learn

Hechinger Report - Commentary

July 23, 2014

This is no surprise: we all rely on our own experiences in forming our ideas of how learning works. But the experiences of ed tech creators and promoters are notably influential—and notably unusual. Most people are not autodidacts. In order to learn effectively, they need guidance provided by teachers. They need support provided by peers. And they need structure provided by institutions. Amid all the effusions about how ed tech will “change the way we learn,” however, these needs rarely merit a mention.Read More


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Experimenting With Aid

Inside Higher Education

July 23, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education will give its blessing -- and grant federal aid eligibility -- to colleges' experimentation with competency-based education and prior learning assessment. On Tuesday the department announced a new round of its “experimental sites” initiative, which waives certain rules for federal aid programs so institutions can test new approaches without losing their aid eligibility.Read More


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Promise Unfulfilled?

Chronicle of Higher Education

May 1, 2014

In a recent surge of demands that colleges step up their response to rape, students have put their faith in the federal civil-rights law known as Title IX. Meant to prohibit sex discrimination, the law requires colleges to investigate and resolve reports of sexual misconduct—including assault—whether or not the police are involved.

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Myths & Facts: Student Debt Crisis

MediaMatters.org

April 25, 2014

Fox News often promotes myths about student loan debt in the United States, misinforming about everything from the lack of protections borrowers receive, to the unsubtantiated claim that student loans drive up college costs, to the myth that struggling borrowers are taking a government handout. As the two-year anniversary of student debt surpassing $1 trillion takes place this week, here is a sample of the network's past student loan misinformation.

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More Data is Needed for Student Loan Debt Policy Change

ACA international - Press Release

April 24, 2014

The American Student Assistance organization finds that additional numbers on default rates and the larger population of borrowers who struggle with repayment would help address education debt in the U.S. More data is needed to reflect the level of American consumers negatively impacted by student loan repayment issues, according to a new report from American Student Assistance, a nonprofit organization focusing on responsible student loan borrowing and repayment.

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