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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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Congress Keeps Government Open

NAICU Washington Update

September 19, 2014

As Congress adjourns to go home for the midterm election cycle, it passed a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown. The continuing resolution funds programs at FY 2014 levels, and runs from September 30, the last day of FY 2014, until December 11, the last day the House is scheduled to be in session.

NCAA, MTV, BET Join Obama Campaign Against Sexual Assault

The Hill

September 19, 2014

The White House has enlisted the NCAA, MTV and Electronic Arts, the producer of popular video games like The Sims and the Madden NFL franchise, to promote its new public awareness campaign against campus sexual assault. President Obama and Vice President Biden will unveil the "It's On Us" program during an event Friday at the White House. The campaign, according to administration officials, is designed to "create new social norms" by encouraging men to do their part in stopping sexual assaults.

Wage Data Done Right

Inside Higher Education

September 19, 2014

Measuring the job-market returns of college credentials is complex work, according to researchers who gathered this week for a meeting on higher education data. That makes it challenging, or even risky, for policy makers to use those metrics to hold colleges accountable.

New Jersey Bill Would Freeze Tuition -- at Private Colleges, Too

Inside Higher Education

September 19, 2014

Legislation approved by the New Jersey Assembly's higher education committee would freeze tuition for state residents for nine consecutive semesters-- whether they attend a public or private college in the state, NJ.com reported. Numerous states have frozen tuition at public colleges, but it would be highly unusual -- and quite possibly unenforceable -- for lawmakers to seek to do so at private nonprofit institutions.

Where the Ivies Matter, Where They Don’t

Chronicle of Higher Education

September 19, 2014

In recent weeks, a gaggle of news outlets, including The Chronicle, have reported on and responded to William Deresiewicz’s book Excellent Sheep, the author’s latest and lengthy lament on the inadequacies of an Ivy League degree. As a response, the Chronicle of Higher Education collected ways that the Ivy League institutions are important or not.

Boston Becomes First City With Safety Laws for College Athletes

CBS Sports.com

September 19, 2014

The Boston City Council on Wednesday approved health and safety measures for NCAA athletes who play in Boston, including requiring a neurotrauma consultant at every Division I football, ice hockey and men's lacrosse event to monitor head, neck and spine injuries.  Boston is believed to be the first U.S. city to pass laws on behalf of NCAA athletes. 

Too Many Campus Alerts?

Chronicle of Higher Education

September 19, 2014

They cover thunderstorms, tests, and warnings that, on at least two occasions this summer, posed "no immediate health or safety threat." But the emails and text alerts that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s department of public safety sends to Lindsey R. Faraone’s iPhone all have one thing in common. They’re not read.

The Obama Administration Has a 'Nuclear Option' on College Sexual Assault

Vox

September 19, 2014

The Obama administration is investigating nearly 70 campuses for mishandling sexual assault complaints, some advocates for victims of sexual assault would like to see them do more than just offer help and proactive campaigns. The problem is that the federal government really only has one way to punish colleges for not dealing with sexual assault. It's so severe that it's described two ways: the nuclear option or the death penalty.

Predicting Where Students Go

Inside Higher Education

September 19, 2014

A trio of senior college enrollment officials gave a peek into how they decide which students to recruit. The process now involves number-crunching students’ demographic and economic information — not just sending chipper ambassadors to every nearby high school, mailing glossy books to students’ homes and relying on gut instincts.

Fight Over Digital Accessibility

Inside Higher Education

September 19, 2014

Advocates for students with disabilities and groups representing colleges and universities are sparring over federal legislation that would set new standards for accessible technology on campuses.
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