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D.C. College Freshmen: A Portrait

Washington Post
October 22, 2014

George Washington University has a huge recruiting pipeline to China: Preliminary counts show 113 of its freshmen this year come from the world’s most populous country.  That’s seven times more than the 16 Chinese in Georgetown University’s class of 2018.  Catholic University, meanwhile, is wired into Saudi Arabia. It has a projected 10 Saudi freshmen, more than the four counted at the University of the District of Columbia and two each at GWU and Georgetown. 

Free Online AP Courses Debut on edX Web Site

Washington Post
October 22, 2014

Rice University launched a free Advanced Placement biology course Monday on a Web site overseen by two other elite schools, a potentially significant milestone for a movement that aims to bring college-level courses to high school students.  The site, edX, was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 2012 as a nonprofit platform for those universities and selected others to offer massive open online courses, or MOOCs, to the world.

Education Department to Expand Access to Student Loans

Wall Street Journal
October 22, 2014

The federal government will expand access to student loans to more Americans with poor credit histories under new rules to be announced by the Obama administration Wednesday. The new rules will mostly affect parents who take out federal student loans to help cover their children’s undergraduate costs, including tuition and living expenses.

Worries About Student-Loan Debt Undercutting Homeownership

MarketWatch
October 22, 2014

Nearly half of those with student loan debt — 49% of them, to be exact — say that the debt they accrued to pay for their studies is now an obstacle to buying a home, according to a new survey from NeighborWorks America.  In fact, 17% of those with debt from student loans said that it’s their biggest obstacle to buying a home, while 14% said the lack of a down payment is the biggest hurdle. 

A Study Shows Kentucky’s Nonprofit Private Colleges Add Nearly $618 Million to Economy

KyForward.com
October 22, 2014

Kentucky’s nonprofit private colleges add nearly $618 million to Kentucky’s economy each year, creating more than 10,400 jobs, according to a new study commissioned by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities. “Most people understand how important Kentucky’s 19 private nonprofit colleges and universities are in Kentucky’s overall system of postsecondary education,” said Gary S. Cox, president of AIKCU.

Many Athletes Receive Little Education on Concussion

Chronicle of Higher Education
October 22, 2014

Nearly a quarter of respondents to a new survey of NCAA colleges said their institutions do not have a formal process for educating athletes about the danger of head injuries.  The findings, published on Tuesday in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, suggest that dozens of institutions may not be in compliance with the concussion policy set forth by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

When Women Stopped Coding

NPR
October 22, 2014

Modern computer science is dominated by men. But it hasn't always been this way. A lot of computing pioneers — the people who programmed the first digital computers — were women. And for decades, the number of women studying computer science was growing faster than the number of men. But in 1984, something changed. The percentage of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged, even as the share of women in other technical and professional fields kept rising.

For Colleges, Student-Privacy Law Can Be an Obligation and a Shield

Chronicle of Higher Education
October 22, 2014

Colleges are not known for being open to sharing information about sexual assaults or anything else involving the bad behavior of students. Such matters, they often say, are cloaked by a federal law—the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, which prohibits educational institutions from releasing "education records" that reveal the identity of an individual student.

Student Loans and Political Ads

Inside Higher Ed
October 21, 2014

As Democrats look to keep control of the U.S. Senate and hold on to House seats, they are continuing to raise student loans as an issue in this fall's election. After several Democrats last month pushed student loan refinancing on the campaign trail, some Democratic candidates in both House and Senate races are now trying to put their Republican opponents on the defensive on higher education issues.

College Debt May Not Be a PLUS for Parents

BloombergView - Commentary
October 21, 2014

Zac Bissonnette writes: The U.S. Department of Education will soon loosen the credit standards for parents looking to borrow to pay for college under the parent PLUS loan program. The new rules will be published next month and will go into effect for the next school year. Although this may look like a great solution for those struggling with tuition payments, some serious problems could arise, especially for students at historically black colleges. Before cheering the news, families and the government should be aware of the implications of the changes.

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