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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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Overseeing Sex-Assault Cases Is Now a Full-Time Job

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 31, 2014

Activism and heightened federal scrutiny of how colleges respond to sexual assault have paved the way for the newly dedicated position of Title IX coordinator. The job dates back a few decades—the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX was passed in 1972—but its scope has expanded, especially recently, calling for greater professionalization of the role. On a growing number of campuses, what used to be a part-time job or an add-on for a faculty or staff member is now full time.

The Long View

Inside Higher Ed

October 31, 2014

Critics of for-profit colleges were disappointed by the final “gainful employment” regulations. They said the Obama administration caved to industry pressure and put out a watered-down, inadequate set of rules. The U.S. Department of Education calls that narrative “misleading.”

What MIT Can Teach Colleges About Becoming an Economic Powerhouse

Bloomberg Businessweek - Opinion Piece

October 31, 2014

Thomas Allen and Rory O’Shea write: In 2011, two business school professors put numbers to an idea that many assumed true: that a vibrant research university can drive an economy. They studied companies started by alumni of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and found that those businesses had provided 1.7 million jobs and generated $1 trillion in revenue annually.

Elite Colleges Explore Alternative to Common App

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 31, 2014

Admissions officials at some of the nation’s most-selective colleges seek to create a new online application system, according to documents obtained by The Chronicle. Although the platform would rival the Common Application, its members apparently would include only private colleges with robust financial-aid budgets, and public institutions with high graduation rates.

UNC and the Sports Media

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece

October 31, 2014

Murray Sperber writes: How could the sports media, both local and regional, not have known about the academic transgressions and investigated them? In fact, the local paper, The News & Observer, has a long and proud history of investigating local college sports teams.

Myth of the Amateur Athlete

Inside Higher Ed - Commentary

October 31, 2014

John V. Lombardi writes: While most of the challenges to the theory of amateurism in college athletics come from reformers who detest the whole enterprise and would like to see it radically transformed or eliminated, the defenders of intercollegiate sports do themselves no favors by pretending that they do not pay the athletes. In fact, we in America's colleges and universities not only pay them, we compete for their services in a marketplace where the price paid per athlete varies dramatically from institution to institution.

Grading Adults on Life Experience

The Atlantic

October 31, 2014

Last year, President Obama promised to promote legislation that would enable more people, particularly adult learners, to gain access to a high-quality, flexible college education. In July, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act, which eases financial aid restrictions on nontraditional course structures. It also makes provisions for the secretary of education to select up to 30 institutions to “(1)carry out, on a voluntary basis, competency-based education demonstration projects; and (2) receive waivers of certain statutory and regulatory requirements.”

First Amendment Rights for Adjuncts

Inside Higher Ed

October 31, 2014

A college can’t fire an adjunct professor for criticizing it, so long as the issues raised are matters of public concern and the adjunct has reasonable expectation of continued employment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday in a decision regarding Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois.

A Simple Way to Help Poor Kids Succeed: Make Sure They Actually Go to School


October 31, 2014

Here's a deceptively simple way to close part of the achievement gap between poor and wealthy students: make sure that poor students are in school as much as their richer peers. A recent study found that absentee rates could explain up to 25 percent of difference in math scores between low-income students and less disadvantaged ones.

What the Wonks Are Saying About the Final Gainful-Employment Rule

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 30, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education released the full text of its final gainful-employment rule on Thursday morning, and it’s a big one, weighing in at 945 pages. But sheer volume has never been enough to discourage the most devoted of higher-education observers: the diehard policy wonks, who took to Twitter with observations and analysis.
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