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Oklahoma Wesleyan Quits Christian College Group

September 2, 2015

Oklahoma Wesleyan University has become the second Christian college to quit the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities because two of that group's members have changed their policies to allow for the hiring of gay faculty members who are married or who are celibate.  The Christian college group has said that it is consulting with all of its members about what to do. That process is scheduled to conclude on Sept. 21.

Away from Politics, Kerry Healey Raising Babson’s Profile

September 2, 2015

As another presidential campaign heats up, Kerry Healey finds herself in an unusual position: spectator.  During Mitt Romney’s 2012 run, Healey, who was his lieutenant governor, traveled with the Republican nominee and played campaign surrogate, popping up on TV to defend him. This go-around, Healey has officially retired from politics as she begins her third year in academia as president of Babson College.

Augustana University: More Than a Name Change

September 2, 2015

A Sioux Falls higher education institution has big growth plans as residents welcome Augustana University to the community.
Augustana officials announced plans Tuesday to expand student offerings and add facilities, including a 125,000-square-foot student activities center, as they bid farewell to Augustana College and adopted the new name.  But a name change and a growing campus haven’t altered the school’s spirit.

Saint Rose Planning Faculty Cuts

August 31, 2015

Citing a heavy debt load and enrollment declines, officials at The College of Saint Rose told faculty members on Tuesday to brace for layoffs and program cuts as the school tries to achieve what a spokeswoman called "a sustainable financial model.  Several staffers said they were told by top officials that Saint Rose is saddled with a $9.3 million structural deficit, and last year sustained a $4 million operating loss. 

Dartmouth, Rural Vermont Town Have Tuition Agreement Spanning Generations

August 31, 2015

For more than a century Dartmouth College has been making good on a promise to students from a hardscrabble Vermont town that helped the keep the school afloat in its early years: get in, and your tuition is free.  But in that time only nine students from the town of Wheelock have taken advantage of the offer of a tuition-free Ivy League education for students from the community in the heart of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.

The Stake in Federal Aid

August 31, 2015

Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University President Emeritus D. Merrill Ewert and Former Provost Patricia A. Anderson D. Merrill write:  The Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage may have placed many Christian colleges on a collision course with their largest funding partner — the U.S. government. Already facing significant financial challenges, these institutions could be forced to re-examine their core values and business models. 

Tuition Discounting

August 31, 2015

Former Hofstra University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Herman Berliner writes:  The average first year discount rate increased in 2014 from 46.4% to 48% and, though the increase is modest, the yearly increases in the discount rate continue unabated. The common wisdom has been that we will not cross the 50% threshold but the reality has too many examples already of institutions that have already ventured into and above the 50% level, both undergraduate and graduate. 

Laughner: Arizona Wins When Public, Private Partner

August 31, 2015

Maria Laughner, Arizona regional director for The College St Scholastica, writes: Budget cuts continue to stress Arizona’s education system, leaving higher learning on a financial shelf too high for many students to reach. As the cost of college tuition continues to rise, two colleges in the East Valley are providing a stepstool to ease the burden for today’s scholars. Mesa Community College (MCC) and The College of St. Scholastica, a 103-year-old Catholic Benedictine independent private college, have partnered to bridge the gap between a two-year and a four-year degree for community college students wanting to further their education.

Federal Grant to Help Science and Math Students at Bennett College

August 28, 2015

Bennett College hopes a $400,000 federal grant will help its students do better in science and math courses. The private women’s college said Thursday that the National Science Foundation award will help it develop a tutoring and mentoring program that could help its students stay in school — and stay on track to graduate. Retaining and graduating students in science and math disciplines is an issue not just at Bennett but across the county. 

Are Work Colleges Like Blackburn an Answer to Rising Higher-Education Costs?

August 28, 2015

Columnist Chuck Raasch writes:  Work colleges, including one in the St. Louis region and another in south central Missouri, could get more attention from Congress in the coming months.  Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, was at Blackburn College in Carlinville this week touting a bill he has introduced with Rep. Jason Smith, R-Cape Girardeau, that would make permanent a tax-exempt status to income earned by students at Work Colleges. At these institutions - seven of which exist in a consortium from Maine to Missouri - students work 10-15 hours a week to offset tuition. The goal is a debt-free education. 

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