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Busting the Myths about Private Colleges

NAICU debunks the major myths surrounding private nonprofit colleges and universities. Visit to get the facts!

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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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Debunking one myth about U.S. teachers

Hechinger Report

January 26, 2015

Several new research papers suggest that U.S. teacher quality never declined as badly as an earlier report said, and by 2010 had already turned around markedly for the better. 

The Day the Purpose of College Changed

Chronicle of Higher Education

January 26, 2015

Dan Berrett at the Chronicle takes a look at the history of how and when the government and the public started looking at going to college in order to get a job, rather than for the sake of education.

Removing bureaucracy from higher education

Waynesboro, Va., Augusta Free Press - Opinion Piece

January 26, 2015

Rep. Bob Goodlatte writes: Why does federal bureaucracy need a bigger role in higher education? This is the question many of us are asking as the Obama Administration continues to propose policies that further government intrusion into our education system. Ensuring the opportunity for a quality education is important to America’s future. However, we have seen that more federal government in education means more ineffective policies that ultimately lack critical flexibility and decision-making power needed by individual states, schools, educators, parents, and students.

Undocumented and Stressed

Inside Higher Ed

January 26, 2015

Undocumented college students have a much higher level of anxiety than the population at large, likely caused by a unique set of challenges they face as a result of their legal status. Concerns related to finances, fear of deportation and a sense of isolation weigh heavily on undocumented students, according to a study released today from the Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education at the University of California at Los Angeles.

TN colleges to fight sexual violence together this week

Nashville, Tenn., Tennessean

January 26, 2015

More than 70 Tennessee colleges — including Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State University — are meeting in Nashville this week in hopes of combating the threat of sexual violence on their campuses.

Is There a Better Way to Deal With Student-Loan Debt?

The Atlantic - Column

January 26, 2015

Gillian B. White writes: The process of taking out student loans can be nerve-racking, but the reality of paying those loans back can be downright sobering—especially when a looming, large number suddenly becomes very real during the repayment period.

Competency-Based Degree Programs On The Rise


January 26, 2015

A report out today from the American Enterprise Institute says a growing number of colleges and universities are offering, or soon will offer, credits in exchange for direct demonstrations of learning. That's a big shift from credit hours — the currency of higher education for more than a century — which require students to spend an allotted amount of time with instructors.

Racial Profiling on Campus?

Inside Higher Ed

January 26, 2015

The debate over racial profiling -- already a hot topic on many college campuses -- gained renewed attention this weekend when Yale University police briefly detained a black male student Saturday evening. Black students and faculty members at many campuses charge that racial profiling is a fact of life for them, but this student's experience immediately attracted wide attention. His father is a New York Times columnist who has written about racial profiling and whose Twitter feed attracts many eyeballs.

Major Exodus

Inside Higher Ed

January 26, 2015

Humanities advocates sometimes dispute data about declining numbers of majors in their disciplines: they don’t always reflect double majors, or overall enrollment in courses, or the diversity of majors now available to students (compared to the past). But data on the number of English majors at the University of Maryland at College Park – down some 40 percent in a little more than three years – are pretty hard to dispute. What happened?

Free Community College Stories Roundup - January 26, 2015

Multiple Sources

January 26, 2015

Here is a collection of articles, alphabetized by source, on President Obama's proposal to provide free community college.
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