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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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Building a Better College Ranking System. Wait, Babson Beats Harvard?

New York Times - Opinion Piece

July 28, 2014

Kevin Carey writes: The mark of a good new college rankings system — or, at least, an interesting one — is a deft combination of familiarity and surprise. Publish a list of nothing but unknown colleges and you lose credibility. Simply replicate the U.S. News hierarchy and you haven’t done anything worthy of attention. By this measure, the Money rankings are successful.

Paul Ryan's views on college costs look a lot like Obama's


July 28, 2014

President Obama's higher education agenda has had trouble attracting supporters from either party in Congress so far. But he appears to have at least one rhetorical ally in the House of Representatives: Rep. Paul Ryan. That doesn't mean Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, will be supporting Obama's higher education proposals anytime soon. But Ryan's new plan to fight poverty reveals that the the two very different politicians have some common ground in their approach to colleges and universities.

Student Debt on Campaign Trail

Inside Higher Education

July 28, 2014

Since holding a vote on their student loan refinancing plan last month, many Senate Democrats have been promoting the plan across the country. Most visibly, the proposal’s main architect, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, has traveled to West Virginia and Kentucky in recent weeks to campaign for Democratic candidates for Senate.

The Comfortable Kid

Chronicle of Higher Education

July 28, 2014

But the kids-these-days diss simplifies the complexity of 21st-century students. They are a diverse bunch with varying needs and wants, some more serious than others. They carry immense expectations through higher education’s gates, and in the name of compassion and competition, colleges strive to serve. If students are soft, campuses help make them so.

Close Business Schools / Save the Humanities

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece

July 28, 2014

William Major writes: That there is a general and widespread acceptance in the United States that what is good for corporate America is good for the country is perhaps inarguable, and this is why men like Governors Scott and McCrory are dangerous. They merely invoke a longstanding and not-so-ugly stereotype: the pointy-headed humanist whose work, if you can call it that, is irrelevant. Among the many easy targets, English departments and their ilk are convenient and mostly defenseless.

U.S. Moves to Align Student Exchanges With Policy Goals

New York Times

July 27, 2014

This summer, 500 Africans studied business, leadership and public management on American campuses as part of a new State Department program. The Obama administration has hailed the effort, which is part of the larger Young African Leaders Initiative, as a fresh take on public diplomacy.

Here’s why I never have to teach anything boring again

Quartz - Opinion Piece

July 27, 2014

Brian McDermott writes: By creating a blended learning classroom—and incorporating external Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)—I can now confidently outsource what’s boring, remedial, monotonous and binary to self-guided online lessons.

Top 50 Colleges At a Glance

Time, Money

July 27, 2014

Time Magazine looks at the ROI at the approximately 1,500 4-year colleges in the U.S.  It narrowed the list down based on schools which had graduation rates above the median in their category.

Student Loans Can Be Worth Every Penny

Motley Fool - Opinion Piece

July 27, 2014

Matthew Frankel writes: According to a study by Georgetown University, the average college graduate can expect to earn $2.3 million over their lifetime, and this jumps to $2.7 million with a master's degree. With just a high school diploma, lifetime earning expectancy plummets to just $1.3 million. All of a sudden, being $30,000 in debt doesn't seem like such a bad deal.

50 Virginia college presidents sign letter of concern about White House plan

Charlottesville, Va., Daily Progress

July 27, 2014

Fifty presidents of Virginia colleges and universities have signed a letter objecting to what they see as unintended consequences of a White House proposal that could link federal financial aid to student success. While the presidents said they support the plan’s goal to bring more transparency to student outcomes, apportioning aid by a ratings system would be “misguided” and “would disadvantage many needy students.”
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