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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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Obama's Education Ideas

Worcester, Mass., Telegram - Presidential Opinion

March 4, 2015

Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo writes: According to a February 2, 2015 Wall Street Journal article the administration's fiscal 2016 budget includes $32.2 billion for Pell grants, which is a minuscule increase over last year and raises the maximum award amount by only $140 per student. According to The New York Times, the same budget also calls for $60 billion over 10 years to provide a tuition-free community college education to eligible students. That $60 billion, or even a quarter of that amount, would benefit more students and address the college affordability challenge faced by so many American families if it were instead earmarked for additional Pell Grant funding.

The Right Fit

Inside Higher Ed - Presidential Opinion

March 4, 2015

Nancy Gray, President, Hollins University writes: The viability of women’s colleges is one of those evergreen topics in higher education that has again come to the forefront with the announcement that Sweet Briar College will be closing at the end of this academic year. I am saddened to learn of this decision. But I am convinced, after 15 years of experience leading women’s colleges, that the closing of one college does not portend the fall of others.

Under Increasing Financial Pressure, Colleges Consider Mergers—Cautiously

Chronicle of Higher Education

March 4, 2015

Laura Schweitzer, president of Union Graduate College, and Anthony G. Collins, president of Clarkson University, take pains to emphasize that their two institutions are strong. Both are running in the black, the presidents say, and both could continue to do what they do for some years into the future. But both leaders concede that their colleges would be better prepared for that future together.

'Corinthian 15' Student Debt Strike Picks Up Congressional Endorsement

Huffington Post

March 3, 2015

ormer for-profit college students who publicly announced a "debt strike" have gained a prominent endorsement from an influential member of Congress. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Tuesday she supports the 15 former students who declared last week they won't make payments on their federal student loans. Waters, the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, is the first member of Congress to publicly endorse the actions of the striking debtors, who refuse to repay loans taken out to attend schools owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., the troubled owner of schools that the U.S. Department of Education recently bailed out.

How an Oversupply of Ph.D.s Could Threaten American Science

Hechinger Report

March 3, 2015

Despite all the seeming demand for experts in the sciences, cuts in research spending and belt-tightening at universities mean that only one in five PhDs in science, engineering and health end up with faculty teaching or research positions within five years of completing their degrees, according to the National Science Foundation. 

Why Colleges Want Your Personal Data

National Journal

March 3, 2015

Colleges have always collected reams of data about students. The admissions office knows where students come from, their high school grades, and their standardized test scores. The financial-aid office knows how students are paying for school and how much money their parents make. The registrar's office knows what courses students are taking and what grades they're earning. Now a growing number of institutions are analyzing all that data to address the problem of lagging graduation rates for low-income and nonwhite students by trying to identify those students most at risk of dropping out. 

Gillibrand, Katko Will Visit Syracuse University to Discuss Campus Sexual Assaults

March 3, 2015

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will lead a roundtable discussion at Syracuse University on Monday about sexual assaults on college campuses as she touts a bill to make schools more accountable to survivors.

Some Owners of Private Colleges Turn a Tidy Profit by Going Nonprofit

New York Times

March 3, 2015

After a recent government crackdown on the multibillion-dollar career-training industry, stricter limits on student aid and devastating publicity about students hobbled by debt and useless credentials, some for-profit schools simply shut down. But a few others have moved to drop out of the for-profit business altogether, in favor of a more traditional approach to running a higher education institution.  And the nonprofit sector, it turns out, can still be quite profitable.

America’s Student Loan Boycott: How 15 Students Took on the Government — And Just May Win


March 3, 2015

As you may have heard, 15 former students at the embattled for-profit Corinthian Colleges have gone on strike, refusing to make their student loan payments. The debtors and their allies want to raise awareness of the crushing burden of student loans, and the misguided way we finance higher education in America.  But less understood is that the debt strikers also have a very specific grievance, rooted in their college’s false promises and underhanded tactics. 

One College President: On Campus Rape, Leadership and a New Film

Washington Post Grade Point Blog - Presidential Opinion

March 3, 2015

Trinity Washington University President Patricia McGuire writes:  Rape is a horrific crime that shatters victims, leaving them grasping to gather the shards of dignity, security and inner peace they once had in that time before the crime.  Rape on a college campus may be no different, but the shock may be measurably worse because of the anticipation of a more enlightened life a student might expect to enjoy in the supposedly civilized groves of academe. No young person heads off to college expecting to find those groves inhabited by monsters.

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