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A More Nuanced Bill Gates

Inside Higher Education

July 22, 2014

Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder whose Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent roughly a half billion dollars on higher education, made his case to college business officers Monday that colleges must hold themselves more accountable -- or someone else will bring them to account. “The sooner you drive this the better it is than having it brought down from on high in a way that is not appropriate,” Gates told members of the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

College Backlash and a Difficult Balancing Act on Sex Assault

July 22, 2014

He called it consensual. She called it rape. Their college, Swarthmore, acted decisively. He was expelled.
Those spare facts make up the little that the parties can agree upon in a lawsuit working its way through federal court in Philadelphia.

Sweeping Change Is in the Works for How Job-Training Dollars Are Allocated

Chronicle of Higher Education

July 22, 2014

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will announce a plan on Tuesday to change how the federal government allocates millions of job-training dollars to colleges and other organizations. The plan, the culmination of a review that President Obama announced in his State of the Union address, will require applicants for some $1.4-billion in grants to follow a "job-driven checklist" that calls for increased collaboration with employers, more on-the-job training, and better tracking of employment outcomes, among other elements.

McConnell Wrong; Prestigious Colleges Often Are More Affordable

Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader - Commentary

July 22, 2014

Alex Petros writes: At a town hall meeting in Oldham County, McConnell explained that "the best short-term solution is for parents to be cost-conscious in shopping around for higher education alternatives. Not everybody needs to go to Yale. I don't know about you guys, but I went to a regular ol' Kentucky college. And some people would say I've done OK." McConnell's last sentence is certainly debatable. But as a Kentuckian who is directly benefiting from Yale's generous financial aid policies, I take issue with his premise.

A Majority of Campus Space Needs Repair and Restoration, Report Says

Chronicle of Higher Education

July 22, 2014

Most buildings constructed from 1951 to 1990 have reached critical life-cycle thresholds, according to a report from the facilities-consulting group Sightlines. The report shows that one-time capital financing supported by state allocation dropped to $3.32 per square foot on campuses in 2013, down from a peak of $3.88 per square foot in 2008. At public institutions, capital spending increased to $1.35 per square foot, from $0.89 in 2008.

Report: Higher Education Behind on Common Core

Hechinger Report

July 22, 2014

A new report from the New America Foundation finds that “there is little evidence to suggest colleges are meaningfully aligning college instruction and teacher preparation programs with the Common Core standards.”

U.S. Urged to Require Colleges to Publicize Availability of Nurse Examiners

Inside Higher Education

July 22, 2014

Colleges should be required to inform sexual assault survivors that nurse examiners, both on campus and in nearby communities, are available to them, two senators told the U.S. Department of Education Monday.

Educating College Trustees

Huffington Post - Opinion Piece

July 21, 2014

Brian C. Mitchell writes: Basically, college governance has three partners - the faculty, the administration, and the trustees. It's commonly thought to be a kind of "three-leg" stool with each leg required to be strong enough to support the other. There is a kind of healthy tension that exists among the governing parties. Historically, the trustees are cardinals among the bishops given their duties as fiscal stewards, their legal responsibilities to the institution, and the requirement that they hire, evaluate, and replace the president.

FAFSA Fix Will Mean Less Aid for Many

Chronicle of Higher Education

July 21, 2014

The U.S. Education Department will automatically reprocess the student-aid applications of tens of thousands of applicants who inadvertently overreported their income this year, costing many of the applicants their Pell Grants, the department has announced.

How Congress Can Fix the Student Debt Crisis

Roll Call - Commentary

July 21, 2014

Balaji Rajan writes: Congress should devise solutions that reflect the proven principles of our economic system, such as incentivizing desirable behavior. Let me make it clear that I see struggling students not as digits on a spread sheet, but as individuals who need assistance with financial literacy, repayment planning and averting default.
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