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Private Urban Universities Beat Rivals in Enrollment and Revenue Growth, Moody’s Says

Chronicle of Higher Education

June 28, 2016

Private urban universities are outperforming their rural and suburban counterparts in enrollment and revenue growth, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service.

Taxpayers on the Hook for College Costs

US News and World Report - Opinion

June 28, 2016

Contributing Editor Peter Roff writes:  Few things animate younger voters more than a discussion of student loans. The Obama administration is pushing a regulatory change these young people may applaud, but which could leave the rest of us on the hook for what they owe. The new initiative, even if that is not its intention, has the potential to go too far because those who feed off society's productive activities – because that's where the money is – will take it there. They will find ways to expand on language so vague its inevitably loose interpretation leaves public and private universities vulnerable to countless claims that are without merit. Never mind willful deception and misrepresentation, the proposed rule presents the possibility that simple clerical errors will be elevated to a pathway to debt forgiveness far beyond what those who came up with it intended.

Education Department Eases Financial Aid Application Restrictions for Homeless College Students

Washington Post

June 28, 2016

The Education Department is revising the federal financial aid application to make it easier for homeless college students to access loans and grants, in response to requests from Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

As Big Data Comes to College, Officials Wrestle to Set New Ethical Norms

Chronicle of Higher Education

June 28, 2016

But as more colleges experiment, they're facing complex questions about what to do with the findings the data-crunching reveals.

Is Higher Education Suffering a Crisis of Budget, Buildings or Failure to Adapt?

Huffington Post - Presidential Opinion

June 28, 2016

Jayson Boyers, president of Cleary University (MI), writes: As long as colleges continue to look toward the same sources of funding, and conduct business as usual, any state budgetary shortfalls are going to result in a cascade of failures in their colleges and universities. Private schools will not fare much better as the price of delivering an education continues to climb in order to meet the rising cost of underutilized buildings and rapidly transforming technology. At the same time colleges and universities focus on aggressive discounting to attract a declining traditional aged population resulting in less revenue to meet obligations while deferring critical investment.

Who Got Rich Off the Student Debt Crisis

RevealNews.org

June 28, 2016

A generation ago, Congress privatized a student loan program intended to give more Americans access to higher education. In its place, lawmakers created another profit center for Wall Street and a system of college finance that has fed the nation’s cycle of inequality. Step by step, Congress has enacted one law after another to make student debt the worst kind of debt for Americans – and the best kind for banks and debt collectors.  Today, just about everyone involved in the student loan industry makes money off students – the banks, private investors, even the federal government.

The Importance of Protocol

Huffington Post - Presidential Opinion

June 28, 2016

Gary A. Olson, president of Daemen College (NY), writes: Violating professional etiquette can result in significant unwelcome consequences. When you knowingly go around someone, you, in effect, are saying, “I’m more important than the process.” At the very least, it makes you appear selfish. Even worse, leaving someone out of the loop may cause that person to believe you are hostile, a perception certain to create lasting ill will.

Study on Education Rates Does Not Reflect Reality

Milwaukee, Wis., Journal-Sentinel - Opinion

June 28, 2016

Rolf Wegenke, president of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, writes: If Wisconsin is going to prosper in the knowledge economy, we have to recognize that 62% of the jobs the future will require postsecondary education and — here's the nub of the matter — not discourage students, as this "study" clearly does, from seeking educational opportunity in the very sector that has done the most for them. Ultimately, this is why the data matter.

Task Force Proposes Changes in Federal Work-study Financial-aid Program

Hechinger Report

June 28, 2016

A report by the principal group of university financial-aid administrators is calling for a change in the federal work-study program that would steer more of the money to institutions with larger shares of lower-income students and less to long-established colleges with larger proportions of higher-income ones.

Did Elizabeth Warren Fudge Some Facts in Monday’s Speech?

Boston Globe

June 27, 2016

It’s not true Washington has empty pockets on the matter of student debt. More borrowers are taking advantage of income-dependent repayment plans that make monthly expenses less burdensome and provide the possibility of debt forgiveness. Roughly $240 billion worth of loans are in repayment plans based on incomes, compared with just $72 billion in the middle of 2013, according to the Education Department.
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