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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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Study: Obama's College Rating Plan May Not Reach Low-Income Students

U.S. News & World Report

April 18, 2014

A new study from a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association concludes that it's misplaced for the federal college ratings plan, announced last year by President Barack Obama, to try to enhance consumer access and institutional accountability through one tool. The authors call the strategy "well-intentioned but poorly devised." 

Needing revenue, old universities open new campuses where the students are

Hechinger Report

April 18, 2014

Several older colleges and universities, most of them from slow-growth areas in the East, are opening or expanding campuses in places with booming populations and economies, zeroing in on cities where there is demand for mid-career education, but not enough supply.

Education Department Proposes Easing Eligibility Criteria for PLUS Loans

Chronicle of Higher Education

April 18, 2014

The Education Department, which has been roundly criticized by historically black colleges over changes in the underwriting criteria of its PLUS-loan program, is considering softening its standards for awarding the loans. In a proposed rule sent to members of a negotiating committee this week, the department offers to reduce from five years to two the "look back" period for debts that are in collection or charged off, and to exempt from consideration delinquent debts of less than $2,085.

Is There a Sustainable MOOC Business Model? - Opinion Piece

April 18, 2014

If last year was a tough one for MOOCs and their various stakeholders — the platform companies, faculty members and sundry market cheerleaders — it can only have been a consequence of the absurd expectations for MOOCs, both as an agent of change and as a harbinger of educational doom. Perhaps 2014 will turn out to be the Year of Thinking Sensibly.

Targeting Sexual Assaults on Campuses -- Starting With the Facts on the Ground

Huffington Post - Opinion Piece

April 17, 2014

Senator Claire McCaskill is asking for detailed answers on how sexual assaults on campuses are reported, how they're investigated, what resources are available to victims, how students are notified of those services, what kinds of data the schools collect, what security procedures are used, and what relationships the schools have with local law enforcement.

Claire McCaskill to Quiz Colleges on How They Handle Sexual Assault Cases

April 17, 2014

Sen. Claire McCaskill sent an exhaustive survey to 350 colleges and universities this week in hopes of better understanding how schools report and investigate sexual assault and whether or not current federal oversight is effective. The congressional inquiry is unprecedented in terms of scope and specificity, she says — and also in line with her recent strategy for tackling sexual assault in the military.

Why Americans’ Trillion-Dollar College Debt Burden Is Still Rising

Al Jazeera America

April 17, 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ran the numbers on what the student loan rate increases will mean for students, and found that, for loans issued in the 2014–15 school year, monthly payments would rise about $3 a month for every $5,000 in loan balance. That figure may sound trivial, but the average student taking out loans in 2012 carried $29,400 in debt after graduation.

Dartmouth President Calls for End to ‘Extreme Behavior’ That Mars Image of Elite College

Washington Post

April 17, 2014

Dartmouth College’s president lamented Wednesday that the Ivy League school’s promising future “is being hijacked by extreme behavior,” including sex assaults, parties with “racist and sexist undertones,” and a campus culture in which “dangerous drinking has become the rule and not the exception.”Philip J. Hanlon, a Dartmouth alumnus who took office in June, said such problems were taking a toll on the image of the 245-year-old college in Hanover, N.H. 

Fault Lines Appear at Northwestern Over Union Vote

New York Times

April 17, 2014

The imminent vote by scholarship football players at Northwestern on whether to certify a union has students, professors and athletes in other sports choosing sides.  The varied viewpoints were on display at a meeting on Wednesday night organized by former Northwestern football players at a civic center here. Several dozen alumni attended, most of them former football players.

Excelencia in Education Report Reveals Latino College Completion Strides and Struggles


April 17, 2014

Despite California having the largest Latino population in the U.S., there are no California higher education institutions in the top five at the associate’s or bachelor’s level, according to a report delivered Tuesday on Capitol Hill.  Excelencia in Education also noted in its report “Latino College Completion: United States”  that Latinos will need to earn 5.5 million more degrees above current levels by 2020 in order for the U.S. to regain the top ranking in the world for college degree attainment.  

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