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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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For Colleges, Student-Privacy Law Can Be an Obligation and a Shield

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 22, 2014

Colleges are not known for being open to sharing information about sexual assaults or anything else involving the bad behavior of students. Such matters, they often say, are cloaked by a federal law—the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, which prohibits educational institutions from releasing "education records" that reveal the identity of an individual student.

When Women Stopped Coding

NPR

October 22, 2014

Modern computer science is dominated by men. But it hasn't always been this way. A lot of computing pioneers — the people who programmed the first digital computers — were women. And for decades, the number of women studying computer science was growing faster than the number of men. But in 1984, something changed. The percentage of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged, even as the share of women in other technical and professional fields kept rising.

Many Athletes Receive Little Education on Concussion

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 22, 2014

Nearly a quarter of respondents to a new survey of NCAA colleges said their institutions do not have a formal process for educating athletes about the danger of head injuries.  The findings, published on Tuesday in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, suggest that dozens of institutions may not be in compliance with the concussion policy set forth by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

A Study Shows Kentucky’s Nonprofit Private Colleges Add Nearly $618 Million to Economy

KyForward.com

October 22, 2014

Kentucky’s nonprofit private colleges add nearly $618 million to Kentucky’s economy each year, creating more than 10,400 jobs, according to a new study commissioned by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities. “Most people understand how important Kentucky’s 19 private nonprofit colleges and universities are in Kentucky’s overall system of postsecondary education,” said Gary S. Cox, president of AIKCU.

Education Department to Expand Access to Student Loans

Wall Street Journal

October 22, 2014

The federal government will expand access to student loans to more Americans with poor credit histories under new rules to be announced by the Obama administration Wednesday. The new rules will mostly affect parents who take out federal student loans to help cover their children’s undergraduate costs, including tuition and living expenses.

Worries About Student-Loan Debt Undercutting Homeownership

MarketWatch

October 22, 2014

Nearly half of those with student loan debt — 49% of them, to be exact — say that the debt they accrued to pay for their studies is now an obstacle to buying a home, according to a new survey from NeighborWorks America.  In fact, 17% of those with debt from student loans said that it’s their biggest obstacle to buying a home, while 14% said the lack of a down payment is the biggest hurdle. 

College Debt May Not Be a PLUS for Parents

BloombergView - Commentary

October 21, 2014

Zac Bissonnette writes: The U.S. Department of Education will soon loosen the credit standards for parents looking to borrow to pay for college under the parent PLUS loan program. The new rules will be published next month and will go into effect for the next school year. Although this may look like a great solution for those struggling with tuition payments, some serious problems could arise, especially for students at historically black colleges. Before cheering the news, families and the government should be aware of the implications of the changes.

Map: The Most Expensive College Dorms in Every State

Vox

October 21, 2014

Some of the most expensive American college dorm rooms are at the University of California-Berkeley, where room and board costs students more than $15,000 per year. It's the most expensive room and board in California, according to a map from eCollegeFinder, a website that connects students with online colleges:

Is Mark Cuban Right About Capping College Loans At 10K Per Student Per Year?

Forbes - Commentary

October 21, 2014

James Marshall Crotty writes: Recently, Mark Cuban opined about student debt at Inc.’s GrowCo Conference. Against the backdrop of rising student loan default, he made a compelling case that, in the interest of economic growth, the federal government should set a per-student ceiling on the amount of student loan money it gives out every year.

Grassley: 'Know Before You Owe' for College Degree

Des Moines, Iowa, Register - Commentary

October 21, 2014

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley writes: Higher education is widely viewed as a key factor in the 21st century for career achievement and lifetime earning potential. Before heading off to career training or college, students need to better understand how much they will owe and how long it will take to repay.
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