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Why GMU’s Renaming Work Has Only Just Begun - Commentary

Inside Higher Ed

April 28, 2016

Robert Williams, an assistant professor of marketing at Susquehanna University (PA), writes:  George Mason University’s law school recently underwent a name change. But due to an unfortunate acronym, it was quickly slated for yet another change. Though the renaming has already gotten plenty of attention -- both good and bad -- what’s more important for a renaming is what happens during the lead up to the decision, and in cases like this, the first few years after the renaming.

Colleges Use Questionable Tactics to Attract Students

Forbes – Commentary

April 28, 2016

Forbes Contributor Ryan Craig writes:  While the university from which National Lampoon emerged has never had to resort to such crude commercial means to attract students, lesser institutions have. We’ve become inured to stories about Division I universities recruiting athletes with sex, alcohol and drugs (Colorado, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Tennessee). Meanwhile, smaller schools have utilized less Lampoon-ish, but apparently effective means to attract students. 

Things Successful Presidents Do

Chronicle of Higher Education - Opinion Piece

April 28, 2016

Scott Newman writes: During my fellowship, I made a point of meeting presidents and chancellors who were widely regarded as successful. I met more than 40 such CEOs via the program, and they were as different as the institutions they led. But from our conversations, some key similarities emerged in how they succeed at their jobs. Here is my list of practices that successful leaders seem to follow.

White House Steps Up Effort to Reform Student Loan Servicing to Stave Off Rising Defaults

Washington Post

April 28, 2016

The White House unveiled a series of initiatives Thursday to improve the way the government collects payments on education loans, at a time when defaults are rising.

If We Want a Workforce of Drones We're Going About It the Right Way

Forbes - Opinion

April 28, 2016

Forbes Contributor Nick Morrison writes: The arts have always faced an uphill battle to get enough time and resources in schools, but in recent years the slope seems to have got even steeper. In part, this is due to our obsession with international comparisons. Policy makers and school leaders are eager to see where school systems stand in relation to their global competitors, and standardized tests have become the de facto judge of how well an education system is doing.

Fading Affordability

Inside Higher Ed

April 28, 2016

College affordability has declined in 45 states since 2008, with low- and middle-income students in particular feeling the pinch, new study finds.

How Free College Tuition Would Become a Giveaway to the Rich

Los Angeles Times - Column

April 27, 2016

Columnist Michael Hiltzik writes: Given the attention being devoted to the rising debt load of graduating university seniors and professional school students, the question of how to pay for higher education is sure to remain on the table, regardless of the outcome of November's election. Whether the best approach is to attack costs at the source -- the budgets and tuition charges of colleges and universities -- by steering grants to needy students, or helping students borrow at manageable rates and terms is still open.

New York’s Medical Schools Say They Feel Squeeze in Finding Clinical Clerkships

Wall Street Journal

April 27, 2016

New York medical schools and their competitors offshore are clashing over a precious resource: the opportunity for students to watch and learn from doctors in hospitals.

For More Economic Diversity, Fix Income Inequality

Chronicle of Higher Education - Presidential Opinion

April 27, 2016

Catharine Hill, President, Vassar College writes: Current research suggests that having a four-year college degree increases lifetime earnings by about 65 percent over having only a high-school degree. And a greater supply of those with college degrees in the labor market would put downward pressure on the skills premium. Earning a college degree also makes it much more likely that someone born into the bottom income quintile will move into higher quintiles.

Georgia Tech's Next Steps

Inside Higher Ed

April 27, 2016

Georgia Institute of Technology is working on expansion plans for its affordable online master’s degree program in computer science, even though the program isn’t growing at the rate it first anticipated.
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