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Advocates for students with disabilities and groups representing colleges and universities are sparring over federal legislation that would set new standards for accessible technology on campuses.
A trio of senior college enrollment officials gave a peek into how they decide which students to recruit. The process now involves number-crunching students’ demographic and economic information — not just sending chipper ambassadors to every nearby high school, mailing glossy books to students’ homes and relying on gut instincts.
The Obama administration is investigating nearly 70 campuses for mishandling sexual assault complaints, some advocates for victims of sexual assault would like to see them do more than just offer help and proactive campaigns. The problem is that the federal government really only has one way to punish colleges for not dealing with sexual assault. It's so severe that it's described two ways: the nuclear option or the death penalty.
Black college graduates take on significantly more student debt than do their white counterparts, according to a new study by Gallup. The study, conducted with Purdue University and the Lumina Foundation, found that half of black students who graduated from 2000 to 2014 reported graduating with more than $25,000 in debt, compared with 34 percent of white graduates who reported that level of debt.
Jeffrey Dorfman writes: The New York Times informed its readers last week that there are now two million people over 60 years old that still have student loan debt, with an average loan balance of $21,000. To put this report in context, those two million seniors represent only three percent of all people in that age bracket and the average balance of $21,000 is only 78 percent of the size of the average car loan ($27,000). Assumedly many more than three percent of Americans over the age of 60 have car loans, yet nobody thinks that is a crisis.
The underrepresentation of low-income students should be particularly troubling at public universities for two reasons. First, while the admissions process is still competitive, many public universities accept a higher proportion of their applicants than the most elite private colleges. Yale accepted 6 percent of its applicants last year; Wisconsin accepted more than half.
Since November 2012, Rolling Jubilee has purchased and eradicated about $15 million worth of debt arising from unpaid medical bills. Today, the group announced that it has erased $3.9 million in private student loans, including Courtney Brown's and those of almost 3,000 other students of the for-profit Everest College.
Some colleges do offer "employment guarantees." Understanding the promise—and motives—behind those efforts, though, turns out to be more complicated than the simple phrase suggests. Despite the name, the colleges aren’t really guaranteeing that their graduates will land jobs. They’re promising benefits, like offering more classes free or covering some loan payments, to graduates who can’t find work.
Last year was a difficult one for college admissions -- with institutions reporting more and more difficulty filling their classes.
Things aren't any better and they may be a little worse, according to the 2014 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Admissions Directors.
Canisius College President John J. Hurley is willing to talk about declining enrollment at the largest private college in Western New York, and then he does what good leaders should do. He offers solutions.
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