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Taxpayers Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Unhappy College Students

July 27, 2016

William J. Bennett, former U.S. secretary of education and co-author of Is College Worth It?, writes: Unbeknownst to many, the Department of Education is close to finalizing a rule change that would dramatically ease higher-education loan forgiveness. The new rule would make it easier for current and former students to sue their college—either individually or by class action—if they believe that they’ve been defrauded. At first glance, this seems reasonable. Except that the rule somehow does not ask the colleges themselves to pay up. Instead, it could leave taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars in student loans.  Colleges and universities shouldn’t be responsible for the state of the job market or for fledgling students who spend more time partying than studying, but they should be held accountable for promises they make and be made to pay up if fraud is proven. However, the Department of Education’s proposal is clearly not the right way to go about this.

Who’s Fighting for College for the Forgotten Majority?

Hechinger Report

July 27, 2016

Free college has become the banner headline for Democrats in an effort to attract the energetic, debt-ridden millennials who flocked to the Bernie Sanders campaign. But what about the 8 million adult college students struggling to complete a degree, and the millions of other adults who wish they could go to college but can’t afford it?

Higher Ed at the DNC

Inside Higher Ed

July 27, 2016

Speech after speech discusses student debt -- and praises the Clinton plan (based in part on Sanders plan) for college affordability.

How Clinton’s ‘Free College’ Could Cause a Cascade of Problems

Chronicle of Higher Education

July 27, 2016

Although the notion of free college is popular among progressives and young people, conservatives — who will probably retain control of the House of Representatives and many state governments after November — have balked at the cost of the various free-college plans presented by Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Sanders, and President Obama. Even some left-leaning policy wonks have questioned whether the plan would drive up tuition, put new burdens on the tax system, or even undermine college access.

Career in Teaching? College Students Turning Away in Droves

Philadelphia, Penn., Inquirer

July 27, 2016

The number of U.S. college students graduating with education degrees slipped from 106,300 in 2004 to 98,900 in 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.  The profession, Arnold-Schwartz warned, has been undermined by skin-and-bones school budgets, testing overkill, increasingly rigorous teacher evaluations, and dimming public respect, among a raft of relatively recent negatives.

Costly Loan Forgiveness Amendment Will Burden Universities

Richmond, Va., Times-Dispatch - Opinion

July 27, 2016

Liz Wolfe, a Young Voices advocate and senior at the College of William & Mary (VA), writes: The Department of Education is pushing a loan forgiveness amendment to federal student loan policy that would relieve students of their debt if they could make the case that the school “substantially misrepresented” the education received. This new policy would have vast financial implications, is poorly thought-out, and is unlikely to be adjudicated properly.

Clinton's Free College 2.0 Doesn't Cut It

Forbes - Opinion

July 27, 2016

Contributor Preston Cooper writes: The plan is a giveaway to the upper-middle class, if not the rich. Despite the income limit, the benefits of this proposal would still accrue overwhelmingly to those with incomes between $65,000 and $125,000. This is because institutional aid and federal Pell Grants already substantially reduce the net tuition paid by lower-income students.

Democrats Want to Open More Doors to College, But Can They Help Students Graduate?

Huffington Post

July 26, 2016

Making college more affordable is a focus of the Democratic Party’s platform for this year’s convention, which marks a significant shift from the past. But what may be missing is a feasible plan to get more low-income students beyond simply enrolling, through to graduation.

Why Tech Industries Are Demanding More Liberal Arts Graduates

July 26, 2016

Liberal arts and sciences are not an outdated element of training standing in the way of the nation’s science and technology imperatives. Rather, they are the concrete foundation of global connectivity in communication, leadership, innovation and enterprise. That is the case which will be made in a forthcoming report produced by the Education Advisory Board.

Students and Teachers Detail Pervasive Cheating in a Program Owned by Test Giant ACT


July 26, 2016

The Global Assessment Certificate program is designed to give foreign students the skills to succeed at U.S. universities. Reuters found it sometimes offers those students much more – including a sneak peek at the ACT itself.
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