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Busting the Myths about Private Colleges

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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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Lower-income Students to Top Colleges: A Little Help Here!

Hechinger Report - Presidential Opinion

July 2, 2015

Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel Porterfield writes:  Sadly, 50 years later, the value of the Pell Grants has eroded greatly, and lower income students are dramatically underrepresented at America’s finest institutions — from Ivies to state flagship institutions to top private colleges — where the graduation rates are highest and the financial aid packages strongest. It’s not that the college-ready talent isn’t out there. America’s leading colleges and universities can do much more to create that future, and society should expect no less from us.

For-Profit in Tulsa Goes Nonprofit

Inside Higher Ed

July 2, 2015

Community Care College, a small institution located in Tulsa, Okla., that offers certificates and associate degrees in health care and business education, shifted to nonprofit from for-profit status on Wednesday, the Tulsa World reported.The college is now called Community HigherEd.  

U.S. universities need philanthropies to stay the envy of the world

Seattle, Wash., Times - Presidential Opinion

July 2, 2015

Ronald R. Thomas, President, University of Puget Sound writes: Every dollar raised from alumni, corporations, foundations and friends is a dollar we don’t have to charge students and families in tuition. Something we call “philanthropy” has been central to the success of American higher education since the beginning. It has made private universities like the Ivy League, as well as many in the Northwest, the envy of the world — especially in times when federal and state governments reduce their commitment to supporting college education for those who need it most.

New Players Could Be in Line to Receive Federal Student Aid

Chronicle of Higher Education

July 2, 2015

Students may soon be able to use Pell Grants to attend coding boot camps and enroll in MOOCs and other nontraditional programs under an experiment that the Education Department is considering conducting.

Minimum Wage Hike

Inside Higher Ed

July 2, 2015

More and more colleges and universities are hiking their minimum wage above what’s required by their states and the federal government. The increases -- often motivated by concerns about equitable pay for all employees, changes in local ordinances or pressure from advocates for low-wage worker -- can cost millions. Yet many colleges that are raising pay say they have an obligation to do so.

Designing a Federal Ratings Tool

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece

July 2, 2015

Tom Allison writes: There are already plenty of resources and tools to help students and families research these questions, provided by government (College Navigator), nonprofit organizations (College Results Online), and media outlets (U.S. News & World Report College Rankings), and lawmakers continue to call for more consumer information about college outcomes. But is anyone actually using these tools, and are the interfaces, graphics and user experiences designed to actually help students? And how “easy to use” will these new tools be?

Bush, Cruz Share Thoughts on Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed

July 2, 2015

Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz, two candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, shared thoughts on higher education in the past two days.

Canceling Clery?

Inside Higher Ed

July 2, 2015

Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, suggested last week that she was in favor of “removing” the Clery Act, the law that requires colleges to provide and publicize information about campus crimes. In a statement late Wednesday night, though, she softened her language, saying through a spokeswoman that she had been referring only to the campus security law's reporting requirements.

It’s Time to End Predatory College-Bank Partnerships

Chronicle of Higher Education - Opinion Piece

July 2, 2015

Maura Dundon writes: The Department of Education’s proposed amendments to the "Cash Management" rules governing financial-aid disbursements may soon put a stop to a clear misuse of the federal student-aid system: college-bank partnerships that, among other things, steer students into high-fee bank accounts. And it’s about time. The comment period for this important rule change ends today, July 2.

Ohio's private colleges join forces to sponsor 'visit days' on July 13 and 14

Cleveland, Ohio, Plain Dealer

July 1, 2015

Ohio's private colleges have collaborated on a new program that allows families to visit up to four schools on July 13 and 14. Ohio's Independent College Visit Days will focus on programs, affordability and student success.
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