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Private Colleges Focus on Affordability


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Why Comparing Lots of Colleges Might Not Help as Many Students as You’d Think

Chronicle of Higher Education

December 19, 2014

For many students, the set of choices is not the thousands of colleges sprinkled across the country or the name brands clustered at the top of U.S. News & World Report’s rankings. It’s the contained, sometimes even sparse, group of colleges within a reasonable radius of home.

Behind the Ratings

Inside Higher Ed

December 19, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education published just a handful of pages of information, much of which underscores what officials have been saying publicly for months. There are, however, some new details about how the administration plans to approach the ratings. And the department released an expanded version on Friday.

The Walking Dead in Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece

December 19, 2014

Geoff Irvine writes: Today, leaders of colleges and universities across the board, regardless of size or focus, are struggling to meaningfully demonstrate the true value of their institution for students, educators and the greater community because they can't really prove that students are learning.

What About Learning?

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece

December 19, 2014

Carol Geary Schneider and Daniel F. Sullivan write: Regardless of whether one judges the proposed ratings data to be clarifying or misleading, the fact remains that the most important outcome of higher education — the impact a college or university has on student learning outcomes — is completely missing from the federal ratings framework.

How the College-Ratings Plan Came About

Chronicle of Higher Education

December 19, 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education created a timeline of President Obama's college ratings proposal.

The Administration's College Ratings: How It Looks On Campus

NPR

December 19, 2014

"The most important things about what we do are not a part of this rating system," Randolph President Bradley says. "For the federal government to set themselves up as the arbiters of what quality higher education is, it is ridiculous and it should be resisted."

Senate Banking Chair Urges Student Loan Reform

Credit Union Times

December 19, 2014

Senate Banking Committee Chair Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) is concerned about the economic impact of student loans on borrowers and their families and has called several government agencies to take coordinated action to address those issues, especially loan servicing and debt collection.

Collection of Articles on Dept. of Ed Ratings Framework

Multiple Sources

December 19, 2014

Please find below a collection of articles on the release of the college ratings framework for the Department of Education's alphabetized by source.

Should the Government Rate Our Colleges?

Politico - Opinion Piece

December 18, 2014

Robert Kelchen writes: Once the draft ratings are released, we’re sure to hear more criticism about the methodological choices and the politics of holding colleges accountable for factors that are at least partially beyond their control. Regardless of what the final ratings look like, it’s unlikely that they will be tied to federal financial aid funding in 2018—conveniently after the Obama administration leaves office—due to concerns about the federal role of education and the fairness of the measures.

GOP gives feds’ college rating plan an F

Politico

December 18, 2014

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said he sees rating colleges as “a financial and moral obligation,” meant to help families make wise choices and to ensure taxpayers’ $150 billion annual investment in student aid isn’t squandered. But GOP critics frame the rating plan — expected Friday — as yet another example of arrogance and imperialism from the White House.
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