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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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Higher Ed Groups Respond to Harkin’s Draft Proposal

Inside Higher Education

September 2, 2014

Dozens of higher education interest groups submitted comments last week on Senator Tom Harkin’s draft proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The American Council on Education submitted a consensus letter, signed by 20 other higher education groups, that laid out provisions that garnered widespread support as well as concern.

Will College Ratings Hurt Minority Students? Here's Why Researchers Are Wary

Chronicle of Higher Education

September 2, 2014

More than 34 million Americans—over 10 percent of the nation’s population—live in communities where public colleges are either scarce or nonexistent. Compared to communities with more learning options, education deserts are more likely to have growing Hispanic populations, lower educational-attainment rates, and a larger share of the work force employed in manufacturing. Many have only one public institution, typically a community college.

College Presidents Must Lead on Sexual Assault

Huffington Post - Presidential Opinion

September 2, 2014

Patricia McGuire, President, Trinity Washington University writes: College presidents, usually a verbose bunch, have been remarkably silent in the media on the topic of campus sexual assault and remedies for this plague. Why the silence? Nobody wants to be on the wrong side of this issue; every single president I know agrees that sexual assault is appalling and we must do all in our power to stop it. But with the intense media glare on horrific cases and thunderous righteous pounding on universities by legislators and regulators, we are also concerned that any appearance of disagreement on tactics will be construed as coddling criminals.

Do Americans Expect Too Much From a College Degree?

Chronicle of Higher Education

September 2, 2014

As college costs increase, so do expectations about payoff and questions about value. How should colleges be judged, if not by the financial success of their students? Is it higher education’s job to fix the economy?

Feds Overhaul Servicing Contracts

Inside Higher Education

September 2, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education on Friday announced changes to how it pays the companies that manage student loan payments, responding to growing criticism that its oversight of those companies is inadequate. Officials have renegotiated the government’s contracts with the four main loan servicers, which together collect payments for tens of millions of federal student loan borrowers.

Undergraduate private education and student debt

Salem, Mass., News - Presidential Opinion

September 1, 2014

Dr. Richard Wylie, President, Endicott College writes: The total amount of debt incurred by students in our country is indeed staggering – the often-cited estimation is $1 trillion. However that number needn’t paint quite a dismal picture as we often see. In my opinion, one of the most harmful and perpetuated myths about the cost of college involves national numbers about student debt and how it relates to undergraduate, private education. In fact, private nonprofit colleges like Endicott account for only about one-third of that total. The average debt level of bachelor’s degree recipients at independent colleges and universities is $19,500, an arguably reasonable amount and well below what headline-hungry media would have us believe our graduates are all saddled with.

Another Voice: Enrollment remains strong at WNY’s private colleges

Buffalo, N.Y., News - Presidential Opinion

September 1, 2014

Dr. Gary A. Olson, President, Daemen College writes: All in all, private institutions in the Western New York region, including Daemen College, have adapted in positive ways to attract high school graduates and to provide them top-quality, affordable educational opportunities that will make a vast difference in their future. Simply put, there is good news and progress has been made to address this trend.

For college textbooks, newer -- and pricier -- isn't always better

Los Angeles Times

September 1, 2014

As the price of new college textbooks continues to rise, many students returning to class this fall are finding sympathy — and relief — from faculty. Between 2002 and 2012, prices for new textbooks rose 82%, while tuition and fees increased about 89% during that period, and overall consumer prices grew 28%, according to a 2013 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Policymakers hail STEM education as a strong foundation, pushing innovation

Washington Post

September 1, 2014

Although a recent study found that almost 75 percent of those who have science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) bachelor’s degrees have jobs in other fields, policymakers, advocates and executives continue to push STEM education as a way to close achievement gaps and produce U.S. innovation. Senior officials with the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy say the focus on STEM education is a response to global achievement trends, with an effort to develop students’ skills rather than drive them to specific careers.

Most college classes cost more online than on campus

Dallas, Texas, Morning News

September 1, 2014

Tuition for online classes can be more than 20 percent higher than regular classes at some universities, once extra fees or additional costs per credit hour are included, according to the News analysis. Among the 18 universities analyzed, only the University of North Texas in Denton and the University of Texas at Austin had lower costs for online classes.
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