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US student debt isn’t as scary as everyone says


April 22, 2014

On average, students who graduated with a BA and who had student debt owed $29,000. And averages, as everybody knows, mask wide variations. Moreover, that $29,400 debt is just the average among those that had debt. While nearly seven out of 10 bachelor’s graduates do, that figure doesn’t represent the financial position of more than 30% of those graduates. (If we’re considering the future of an entire generation, the fate of nearly a third of the group is worth considering.)Read More


McCollum Seeks to Change How Feds Rate Financial Health of Colleges

Minnesota Public Radio

April 22, 2014

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat who represents Minnesota's 4th District, has proposed language that would require the U.S. Dept. of Education to change how it accounts for college pensions. Her efforts come after complaints by Bethel University and other schools that the federal formula that determines schools' health is deeply flawed.Read More


InBloom Student Data Repository to Close

New York Times

April 22, 2014

In a setback for the nearly $8 billion prekindergarten through 12th-grade education technology software market, inBloom, a non-profit corporation offering to warehouse and manage student data for public school districts across the country, announced on Monday morning that it planned to shut its doors.Read More


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Over-Reaching on Undermatching - Commentary

Huffington Post

January 23, 2014

“Undermatching" is the latest buzzword to afflict higher education, a theory that "high achieving low income" students should choose only elite or "competitive" colleges and universities instead of the often-local institutions that serve low income students in large numbers. Undermatching was one of the motivating forces behind last week's White House Summit on College Opportunity. Trimity Washington University President Patricia McGuire says educating low income students is not a competition, but rather, a hard task that requires considerable devotion and a deep sense of mission commitment.

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How Liberal Arts Majors Fare Over the Long Haul

Chronicle of Higher Education

January 22, 2014

Skepticism over the value of a college degree, especially one in the liberal arts, is common these days. On Wednesday the Association of American Colleges and Universities—a champion of liberal education—stepped into the fray with a report, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, that examines the payoff of a liberal-arts degree over the course of a career.

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College Enrollment Among Low-income Students Still Trails Richer Groups

Pew Research Center

January 16, 2014

Higher education long has been seen as one of the best ways out of poverty, but connecting low-income students — even the high-achieving ones who presumably are best prepared for college-level work — with colleges and universities remains a challenge. President Obama is expected to meet today with more than 100 college presidents at the White House to discuss ways of enrolling more low-income minority students and helping ensure more of them graduate.

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