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For-Profit Colleges Still Cash In on Post-9/11 GI Bill, Harkin Reports Says

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 30, 2014

Eight big for-profit-college companies received nearly a quarter of all the money spent on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in 2012-13, says a report released on Wednesday by Sen. Tom Harkin and the Senate education committee's Democratic majority. And even as the for-profit colleges’ overall enrollments fell from 2009 to 2013, the document asserts, their enrollments of veterans "dramatically increased."

Bar Exam Technology Disaster

Inside Higher Education
July 30, 2014

New law graduates in many states experienced a technology snafu at the worst possible time Tuesday night: as they were attempting to upload bar examinations just before deadlines in their states. Many reported spending hours trying and failing to upload their answers. ExamSoft, a company that manages the bar test submission process in many states, acknowledged "slowness or difficulty" being experienced by many test-takers, and said that it was sorry for the difficulties many were having.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Stress, and Sales?

Chronicle of Higher Education, Head Count - Blog
July 30, 2014

A new report was released on Wednesday by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Based on a survey of nearly 1,500 admissions officials, “Career Paths for Admission Officers: A Survey Report” reveals a host of concerns about the fast-changing profession. Those include an uncertain career path, a lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the profession, an expanding array of required skills and responsibilities, and growing pressure to enroll classes that will ensure a college’s financial viability. That pressure, some respondents worried, will “heighten a ‘sales’ approach to recruitment.”

Testing, but No Treatment

Inside Higher Education
July 30, 2014

The National Collegiate Athletics Association will establish a $70 million fund for testing and diagnosing concussions in current and former college athletes, the association announced Tuesday, as part of a settlement to a class action. However, the settlement does not provide any money for treating anyone who is diagnosed with conditions related to a concussion.

UD or VD?

Inside Higher Education
July 30, 2014

University of Dayton officials on Tuesday denied that the institution was changing its logo, even after its first week of use led to quite a bit of mocking that it appeared to be promoting sexually transmitted disease.

College Radio Changes Frequency

Wall Street Journal
July 30, 2014

Cash-strapped universities are discovering that their student stations are lucrative assets. They are finding eager partners in public-radio stations and religious broadcasters. The public and religious radio channels are looking to own the equivalent of beach-front property on the FM dial, which has a limited number of frequencies reserved for noncommercial radio. Often, public-radio stations that already host an all-news signal want a second signal to play classical or jazz music to appeal to their target audiences, as music and news generally don't coexist well on one signal.

Colleges Don't Like The Idea Of More Sexual Assault Laws

Huffington Post
July 30, 2014

College leaders complain, however, that they already face an obstacle course of regulations on handling campus sexual assault with several laws -- the Clery Act, Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act -- setting forth conflicting responsibilities. Anne Neal, president and co-founder of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, argues that the Obama administration is putting too much of the burden of ending sexual violence on colleges, noting that educational institutions "are ill-equipped" to adjudicate serious crimes.

Adjuncts Welcome Congress's New Interest in Their Working Conditions

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 30, 2014

Advocates for adjuncts who have long sought more data about their working conditions on campuses have gotten the attention of Congress. Legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is now pending before the Senate would require colleges to collect and report more information about their part-time instructors.

College Cost Isn't Poor Students' Big Problem

Bloomberg View - Opinion Piece
July 30, 2014

In research published last year, a team of American and Canadian economists compared the connection between family income and college or university attendance in the two countries. The researchers found that coming from a poor family makes you much less likely to go on to higher education in the U.S. than in Canada, even after controlling for intelligence and other factors.

The highs and lows of a Mooc education

Financial Times
July 29, 2014

In 2012 Sharon Watkins was watching a Ted talk when she came across the concept of Moocs – massive open online courses. She was so impressed by the prospect of elite education being delivered for free to the masses, that she decided to set up a Mooc cohort where she works in Springfield, Ohio.

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