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Officials in the past seven Dartmouth administrations wrestled with Dartmouth’s reputation. For at least six decades, Dartmouth officials have been trying to shut down or rein in fraternities in some form or another, according to oral histories and archival material.
If last year was a tough one for MOOCs and their various stakeholders — the platform companies, faculty members and sundry market cheerleaders — it can only have been a consequence of the absurd expectations for MOOCs, both as an agent of change and as a harbinger of educational doom. Perhaps 2014 will turn out to be the Year of Thinking Sensibly.
The Education Department, which has been roundly criticized by historically black colleges over changes in the underwriting criteria of its PLUS-loan program, is considering softening its standards for awarding the loans. In a proposed rule sent to members of a negotiating committee this week, the department offers to reduce from five years to two the "look back" period for debts that are in collection or charged off, and to exempt from consideration delinquent debts of less than $2,085.
Several older colleges and universities, most of them from slow-growth areas in the East, are opening or expanding campuses in places with booming populations and economies, zeroing in on cities where there is demand for mid-career education, but not enough supply.
A new study from a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association concludes that it's misplaced for the federal college ratings plan, announced last year by President Barack Obama, to try to enhance consumer access and institutional accountability through one tool. The authors call the strategy "well-intentioned but poorly devised."
Following an extensive national search, Seton Hill University’s Board of Trustees overwhelmingly elected Mary C. Finger Ed.D. as Seton Hill’s tenth president. Finger will assume the role by July 1. The announcement was made by Michele Ridge, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee.
Senator Claire McCaskill is asking for detailed answers on how sexual assaults on campuses are reported, how they're investigated, what resources are available to victims, how students are notified of those services, what kinds of data the schools collect, what security procedures are used, and what relationships the schools have with local law enforcement.
Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D., has been named the eighth President of Cabrini College. Taylor, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., since 2008, will begin his presidency July 1.
Seamus Carey, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., has been selected to serve as the 26th president of Transylvania University, effective July 1, 2014.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ran the numbers on what the student loan rate increases will mean for students, and found that, for loans issued in the 2014–15 school year, monthly payments would rise about $3 a month for every $5,000 in loan balance. That figure may sound trivial, but the average student taking out loans in 2012 carried $29,400 in debt after graduation.
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