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‘Risk Sharing’ Is All the Rage. Is It a Good Idea?

Chronicle of Higher Education

April 1, 2015

"Risk sharing" — the idea that colleges should bear some of the cost when their students default on federal loans — is catching on in Congress. Last week, senators in both parties came together on an amendment to the Senate’s spending blueprint for the 2016 fiscal year that expressed support for the idea. The amendment, which would create a "reserve fund" to reform student lending, passed easily.

The Burgeoning Student Loan Strike

Inside Higher Ed

April 1, 2015

A big red box of paperwork that activists delivered to federal officials here on Tuesday may hold the key to debt relief for large numbers of students who attended Corinthian Colleges. The group of former Corinthian students refusing to repay their federal loans, which has now grown to 100 people, met Tuesday with top officials from the U.S. Department of Education, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau student loan ombudsman and representatives from the Treasury Department.

The Ed Dept Knows How to Write Rules, but Does it Know How to Enforce Them?

Ed Central, New America Foundation - Opinion Piece

April 1, 2015

Stephen Burd writes: In 2010, the Obama Administration put new teeth into regulations barring colleges from compensating recruiters based on their success in enrolling students. But apparently, the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) office, which is in charge of enforcing the rules, didn’t get the message.

The Company Working To Fix Higher Education's Diversity Problem

FastCompany.com

April 1, 2015

The PhD Project was founded as an initiative of accounting giant KPMG’s foundation. The firm’s leadership believed that the way to cultivate more diversity among their business candidates was to work on diversity among college and university faculty, says Bernard J. Milano, president of the PhD Project and the KPMG Foundation.

Wall Street’s new student loan scheme: Subprime loans are coming to financial aid

Salon - Opinion Piece

April 1, 2015

Jeff Bryant writes: An alphabet soup of new financial vehicles – SLABS, CABS, PPPs, ISAs – that’s been created in the edu-debt sphere spells disaster, as Wall Street tightens its control of how – or even whether – the nation educates its future workers and citizens.

The Opposite Of The Dean's List

NPR

April 1, 2015

Undersecretary Ted Mitchell says the department is listening to its critics. "We've heard concerns from higher education, and we hope to work to address those." But the government clearly believes the benefits of making its list public far outweigh any potential risks to individual institutions. With this information, Mitchell says, students and families will be better informed and better served.

Financial aid increase needed

Worcester, Mass., Telegram & Gazette - Opinion Piece

April 1, 2015

Richard Doherty writes: So many young people's dreams of gaining a college education depend on them having access to financial aid. Their need for aid is critical; their advocacy is essential, their gratitude is sincere, and their voices need to be heard.

A Senator Pushes to Improve Data on Graduates’ Earnings - Video

Chronicle of Higher Education

April 1, 2015

Efforts are under way on Capitol Hill to pass legislation calling for the construction of a system that can tell prospective students how much they are likely to earn with a degree from a particular program. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, described that plan to The Chronicle only hours after the Senate approved a budget blueprint at 3 a.m.

Punishment, Post-Oklahoma

Inside Higher Ed

April 1, 2015

In the weeks since the University of Oklahoma campus was rocked by a video showing fraternity members there singing a racist song, several institutions have found themselves dealing with similar crises. And so far the responses of presidents have been noticeably swift, forceful and public. In years past, many such incidents led to pledges by college leaders to conduct investigations. This year, punishment hasn't been delayed.

College VP: An experience gap is keeping graduates from getting good jobs

Washington Post - Opinion Piece

March 31, 2015

Nick Ducoff writes: The higher education system transfers knowledge, and relies on students to take that knowledge and apply it to their desired field. Why should students be expected to bear the burden, however, if schools aren’t offering the opportunities necessary for them to apply what they learn outside the classroom?
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