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Private Colleges Focus on Affordability

New campus affordability measures are helping to keep students' and families' out-of-pocket costs as low as possible. Tuition cuts and freezes, three-year degree programs, and more. Complete list

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An Especially Welcome First Day of Classes, at a College Slated to Close

Washington Post Grade Point Blog

August 28, 2015

When Brittany Agee moved back to Sweet Briar College this month, she joked that she could not stop running her hands along the red brick walls of the buildings on the idyllic campus.  Agee and about 250 other students started classes at Sweet Briar on Thursday, realizing the long-shot dream of alumnae and students who fought hard to bring the school back from the brink of closure in the spring. It is a changed Sweet Briar, however.

Presidential Personality

Inside Higher Ed

August 28, 2015

Imagine this scenario: a presidential search is underway at a college. A candidate visits campus and is perceived by a board member as being overly ambitious and narcissistic. The trustee is ready to cut the candidate from the short list, but a subsequent test reveals that while the candidate is ambitious, that ambition is reserved not necessarily for self but channeled into whatever organization he or she is affiliated with. The candidate is hired. The test in question? A personality assessment.

Making College More Expensive

USA Today – Editorial

August 28, 2015

USA Today Editorial Board writes:  The United States is struggling to train its next generation of achievers. Despite rapidly rising sums that the federal government has devoted to loans and grants, American college students and recent graduates are wallowing in debt. At last count, they owed $1.2 trillion.  Not surprisingly, the leading Democratic presidential candidates have come up with plans they say will make colleges more affordable and provide debt relief for millennials. Though well-intentioned, their plans threaten to drive up costs rather than rein them in. They would all throw more federal money at colleges while offering little but hope that these institutions would hold expenses down.  [Tell States to Do Their Share: Opposing View]

ACT’s President Answers a Few Final Questions Before Putting Down His Pencil

Chronicle of Higher Education

August 28, 2015

When Jon Erickson joined the ACT, in 1984, the college-admissions process was not yet a front-page fixation. These days, he can’t go to a dinner party without anxious parents asking him to explain the secret recipe for conquering the ACT and getting into a big-name college.  In an interview this week, Mr. Erickson, president of the Iowa-based nonprofit organization, reflected on the admissions field and the role that standardized tests play within it. Mr. Erickson, 61, plans to retire on September 1. 

Minimum-Wage Work Alone Won’t Get You Through College

Chronicle of Higher Education

August 28, 2015

Politicians and pundits love to talk about the character-building experience of working your way through college. But how realistic is that ideal? As one way of answering that question, here’s a thought experiment: Let’s say you’re planning to attend your state’s best-known public university (at the in-state rate, naturally) and you’re hoping a minimum-wage job will cover the cost. How long would you have to work at that job to recoup a year’s worth of tuition and fees?  We’ve created a tool to show you.

Choosing the Right College and Degree Boost Your Post-Graduation Earnings

Forbes - Commentary

August 28, 2015

Forbes Contributor Robert Farrington writes: Almost every student goes to college with a simple goal – earn more money after graduation. And studies show that college graduates who are working full time earn about $17,500 more annually than their peers who have only a high school diploma, according to the Pew Research Center.  But it’s definitely not an even trade off. There are some schools and college majors where you earn much more after graduation than others. There are also schools and majors where you get a very low return.

Is There a ‘Right Time’ to Go to Law School — And If So, What Is It?

Washington Post Grade Point Blog - Opinion

August 28, 2015

Seton Hall University Law Professor Michael Simkovic and Rutgers University Business School Professor Frank McInty write: Applications to law school have plummeted almost 40 percent since 2010 and enrollments have dropped by almost 30 percent. Law school applications have historically cycled up and down (enrollments have always been less volatile than applications), but the most recent drop in applications is unusually large and difficult to explain.

Can This Man Save the Public University?

Washington Monthly

August 27, 2015

Dressed in a suit with an LSU pin and a tie of LSU purple, King Alexander not only shares a last name with the senator (though they are not related), he’s also a southerner from the Tennessee Valley who has thought deeply about the effects of federal policy on higher education. Yet King’s ideas for ensuring college affordability are the polar opposite of Lamar’s: the LSU president wants more federal regulation—including on his own state and university.

Money for Debt Relief Fight

Inside Higher Ed

August 27, 2015

Some of the student activists who are urging the U.S. Department of Education to grant more sweeping loan forgiveness for debt incurred at the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges campuses are set to receive $4 million to continue to press their case -- and possibly haul the department into court over the issue.  A bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved Corinthian’s plan to liquidate its assets, earmarking about $4.3 million for a special fund for former students.The money won’t go to students directly but will instead be used to pursue discharges of billions of dollars of federal student loans.

Study: Foreign Universities Show Little Interest in U.S. Expansion

USA Today College

August 27, 2015

American colleges have expanded their brand by building international campuses in cities abroad, like London and Abu Dhabi. But universities based abroad will likely not return the favor to the U.S., according to a recent report.  A survey published last month by the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education found that UK government officials have placed a renewed emphasis on sending students to study abroad. 
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