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A week after President Barack Obama warned colleges and universities in his State of the Union address that they were "on notice" to keep tuition increases in check or risk losing federal money, senior White House education adviser Zakiya Smith and three private college presidents will address higher education affordability on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at a panel session titled "College Affordability: Issues and Solutions."
"We welcome the president's commitment to increasing the federal government's investment in student assistance, including his call for doubling Federal Work-Study funding, expanding the Perkins Loan program, and making the tuition tax credit permanent. We also welcome a more robust conversation on college affordability."
Hundreds of private college and university presidents will meet with House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers; Senior White House Education Advisor Zakiya Smith; Education Analyst and Writer Diane Ravitch; Historian & Author Douglas Brinkley; United Technologies Corporation CEO Louis Chênevert; and other speakers to explore the challenges and opportunities facing higher education, America's college students, and the nation.
The salaries of executives at private, nonprofit colleges and universities reflect supply and demand. Searches for these positions at a significant number of independent institutions are highly competitive, and colleges must offer compensation packages that attract qualified leaders. Salaries are largely set through marketplace studies.
For the third consecutive year, the College Board’s college price report, like NAICU’s tuition survey results released in June, shows an increase in published tuition and fees at private nonprofit colleges and universities in the mid-4-percent range. This is down from an average annual increase of 6 percent during the 10 years preceding the economic downturn. The percentage increases in the past three years are among the lowest since 1972, the first year for which NAICU has data.
The board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities has voted to extend NAICU President Dr. David L. Warren's contract for two years beyond the 2012 end date of his current term of service. The announcement was made by the 2011 NAICU board chair, Dr. Dan Carey, president of Edgewood College in Madison, Wis. Under the terms of the board action, Warren's contract will now expire July 15, 2014.
A group of U.S. university presidents and the leader of a major U.S. higher education association are traveling throughout Israel on an educational program sponsored by Project Interchange. The program is being co-chaired by Barbara R. Snyder, president, Case Western Reserve University, and David L. Warren, president, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. The program will offer the group broad exposure to the complex issues facing Israel and the region. The delegation also is to meet with senior government officials, including Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
Published tuition and fees at private, nonprofit colleges and universities are increasing an average of 4.6 percent for the 2011-12 academic year, while institutional student aid is growing by an average of 7 percent, according to a survey of member institutions conducted by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
With the U.S. House of Representatives soon expected to vote on a budget proposal (H.R. 1) that will cut funding for Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), and other federal student aid, a new analysis of U.S. Department of Education data by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) quantifies the reliance on federal aid by students in every state and congressional district.The data is publicly available on NAICU's website.
The members of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities have selected 8 new board directors and four new board officers for 2011-12. Named board chair for the coming year is Dr. Dan Carey, president of Edgewood College. (Full list of NAICU Board officers and members.)
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