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Busting the Myths about Private Colleges


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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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Roundup: NLRB Grad Student Unions Ruling - August 24, 2016

Multiple Sources

August 24, 2016

A collection of articles on the NLRB ruling allowing graduate students to unionize.

More Students Take ACT Exam, and Growing Portion Aren’t College Ready

Wall Street Journal

August 24, 2016

More high-school graduates are taking the ACT college-entrance exam, as states push students to consider their options for higher education. But the test results show a growing portion aren’t actually ready for college.

Stanford Bans Hard Liquor From On-Campus Parties, Limits Bottle Sizes

NPR

August 24, 2016

Hard liquor will now be completely banned from on-campus parties — unless the party is hosted by groups exclusively for graduate students, and in that case, only mixed drinks are allowed. "Straight shots of hard alcohol are never allowed at any party," the school says. Beer and wine are still allowed. And in dorms, individual students (provided they're 21 and over) will be allowed to have liquor — but only in bottles smaller than 750 mL.

Why College Should Come With a Money-Back Guarantee

Money - Opinion Piece

August 24, 2016

Beth Akers & Stuart Butler write: Why do so many students keep showing up year after year to pay this high price? Because they believe it will be worth it. They believe that the institution they’ve chosen will fulfill all of the promises made to them in the glossy recruiting pamphlets and during campus tours led by a charming upperclassman. But what if it doesn’t?

Why We Are Going to Duke – Presidential Opinion

Chronicle of Higher Education

August 24, 2016

David Yellen, president of Marist College (NY), writes:  Marist College has been criticized for agreeing to play a basketball game at Duke University as part of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament in November. I am very sorry that our participation in this basketball game leads some to doubt Marist’s and my commitment to LGBT rights, which I consider to be one of the most important human and civil-rights issues of our era. Like many other colleges, Marist has made great strides in recent years in supporting LGBT students and making our campus a welcoming and safe place. Our opposition to boycotting North Carolina should not be read as a lack of commitment to LGBT rights. To the contrary, the existence of laws like this one shows that much work remains to be done — and Marist will continue to participate in that urgent task.

Forgiving All US Student Loan Debt Sounds Amazing. Here’s Why It’s a Terrible Idea

Quartz

August 24, 2016

Debt forgiveness would cost 7.5% of GDP. It wouldn’t bankrupt America, but it would add a considerable amount to long-term debt and leave less room to finance fixing other less regressive issues that actually harm the economy. America needs to spend vast amounts of money in the coming years improving its infrastructure. It needs more welfare reform, too. There are simply better ways to spend the money than wiping out student loan debt.

Weigh the Pros, Cons of Attending a Women’s College in the 21st Century

U.S. News & World Report

August 24, 2016

While there aren't as many women's colleges as there were in 1960 – about 230 existed – a few dozen remain and may be the right fit for some students. Families may want to consider the following benefits and drawbacks of women's colleges when weighing their options.

Voters With Student Debt Flock to Clinton in Poll

Bloomberg

August 24, 2016

People with student loans, who heavily favored Bernie Sanders in a presidential election poll taken in June, are migrating to the Clinton camp, according to a new survey.

A Solution as Obvious as It Is Rare: Making High School Graduates Ready for College

Hechinger Report

August 23, 2016

Now a handful of high schools are trying something different, in an even smaller handful of states, including Indiana, Tennessee and Colorado: They’re identifying students in their junior years or earlier who aren’t yet ready for college math or English and trying to bring them up to speed before they leave.

Experts Warn Competency-Based Education Can Be Abused, Pt. 2

Huffington Post - Opinion Piece

August 23, 2016

Raul Valdes Pages writes: If the CBEs were employer-developed and so were the assessments, I would have more faith that students would eventually benefit. If the assessments are instead internally developed by schools, I am afraid that at a time when online education still seems suspect, we might be adding additional risks.
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