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Paper on Campus Sexual Assault Called Into Question

Inside Higher Ed
July 29, 2015

An influential and frequently cited study on the prevalence of repeat sexual assault offenders is riddled with inconsistencies and possible errors, a new analysis of the paper asserts. The study in question is David Lisak's 2002 paper “Repeat Rape and Multiple Offending Among Undetected Rapists,” which argued that 90 percent of campus rapes are committed by serial offenders.

The new era of the $400 college textbook, which is part of the unsustainable higher education bubble

American Enterprise Institute
July 29, 2015

A new milestone must have been established recently – we’re now officially in a new era of the $400 new college textbook and the $300 used college textbook.

Campus Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection

New York Times
July 29, 2015

Nationally, the suicide rate among 15- to 24-year-olds has increased modestly but steadily since 2007: from 9.6 deaths per 100,000 to 11.1, in 2013 (the latest year available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). But a survey of college counseling centers has found that more than half their clients have severe psychological problems, an increase of 13 percent in just two years. Anxiety and depression, in that order, are now the most common mental health diagnoses among college students, according to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State.

Do students get a fair hearing? An effort to change how colleges handle sexual assaults.

Washington Post
July 29, 2015

As heated debate continues over how to handle allegations of sexual assault on college campuses, another bill is about to be thrown into the mix – this one most notable for its efforts to ensure students are able to get a fair hearing on campus, and give law enforcement a more prominent role in such cases.

Obama’s Plan to Restore Pell Grants for Prisoners Gets Mixed Reviews

Wall Street Journal
July 29, 2015

The Obama administration can’t lift the ban without the approval of Congress, but it plans to use an arcane provision of the Higher Education Act that allows it to temporarily waive rules as part of an experiment to study their effectiveness. Under the plan, a limited number of colleges would deliver courses at prisons, potentially helping thousands of prisoners, while providing data on recidivism.

U.S. Colleges: The American Dream For International Students

Forbes
July 29, 2015

The world still sees America as the land of opportunity – for higher ed. This is why in 2014, there were some 1 million foreign students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities, another peak in a string of all-time highs going back to 2000. China and India export the most students, followed by South Korea and Saudi Arabia.

How to combat sexual assault in college? The Senate wants to know.

Washington Post
July 29, 2015

What should be done about sexual assault in college? And what, if anything, should Congress do? The Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions takes up those questions Wednesday morning in a hearing that suggests sexual assault will become part of the debate in revising the nation’s higher education law.

Wheaton College (Ill.) Ends Student Health Insurance Over Contraceptive Rule

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 29, 2015

Wheaton College of Illinois will stop providing students with health insurance because of its objections to the Obama administration’s controversial rule on access to contraceptives, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair Named 28th President of Washington College

Washington College - Press Release
July 28, 2015

Sheila C. Bair, the former chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and a renowned advocate for financial reform, has been named the 28th president of Washington College, the historic liberal arts college on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She starts on August 1, 2015.

Why Drexel U. Tamed Its Application Monster

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 28, 2015

When applications fall, trouble often follows. So when Drexel University saw about half as many applicants this year as last, it braced for a smaller freshman class — and less revenue. In June the institution laid off a few dozen employees, part of a restructuring plan already underway to save $18 million while reducing tuition increases. Those cuts went hand in hand with a new enrollment strategy.

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