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Leaders of Connecticut’s Small Private Colleges Oppose Taxing Property

New Haven Register
March 5, 2015

Private colleges and universities in Connecticut are fearful that state officials’ budget proposals will hurt their institutions and the students they serve.  Private colleges in Connecticut produce nearly half of the bachelor's degrees annually.

Lessons from Sweet Briar

Roanoke Times (VA) - Editorial
March 5, 2015

At Roanoke College, there’s a Marion Hall, a nod to the former Marion College, a former Lutheran school in Smyth County that closed in 1967. The alumnae from Marion still gather for reunions — at Roanoke College, which adopted the alumnae from its sister school and still maintains its records. Perhaps someday there will be a Sweet Briar Hall at Hollins University, a sad reminder of the private women’s college in Amherst County, which announced Tuesday that it will close in August.





Republican Governors' Shared Goals for Higher Ed: Accountability and Work-Force Preparation

Chronicle of Higher Education
March 5, 2015

Judging from their budget proposals, GOP governors are all over the map on their levels of support for higher education. But look past the conflicting budget numbers, and a more-unified approach to higher-ed policy begins to emerge. Republicans, who now lead 31 states, are building an agenda around holding public colleges more accountable for how they spend their money and how they prepare their students for the workplace.

Americans Have a Record $248 Billion In 529 College Savings Accounts

CNN Money
March 5, 2015

More Americans are saving money for college using 529 accounts.  They amount of money in the savings plans grew to a record $248 billion in 2014, about 9% more than the previous year.  People are starting to save for their children earlier than ever. 

Bloomfield College to Simplify Tuition, Offer 'One Cost' for Attendance

NJ.com
March 4, 2015

In an effort to be more "straight forward" about how much it costs to attend college, Bloomfield College will adopt a new pricing structure later this year that lists a single price for attending the private school, campus officials said today.
Starting in the fall, Bloomfield College will eliminate its individual course fees, comprehensive fee and other charges and combine all tuition and fee costs into one rate — $27,800 for full-time undergraduates. School officials said they believe the school the first college in New Jersey to adopt the simplified "tuition-only model."

Benedict College Readies for President Obama’s Visit

The State (Columbia, SC)
March 4, 2015

President Barack Obama’s visit to Benedict College on Friday will bring attention to the private Columbia school and create memories for its 2,444 students.  Obama is making his first trip to South Carolina since winning the state’s Democratic presidential primary in 2008.

The Right Fit

Inside Higher Ed - Presidential Opinion
March 4, 2015

Nancy Gray, President, Hollins University writes: The viability of women’s colleges is one of those evergreen topics in higher education that has again come to the forefront with the announcement that Sweet Briar College will be closing at the end of this academic year. I am saddened to learn of this decision. But I am convinced, after 15 years of experience leading women’s colleges, that the closing of one college does not portend the fall of others.

Obama's Education Ideas

Worcester, Mass., Telegram - Presidential Opinion
March 4, 2015

Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo writes: According to a February 2, 2015 Wall Street Journal article the administration's fiscal 2016 budget includes $32.2 billion for Pell grants, which is a minuscule increase over last year and raises the maximum award amount by only $140 per student. According to The New York Times, the same budget also calls for $60 billion over 10 years to provide a tuition-free community college education to eligible students. That $60 billion, or even a quarter of that amount, would benefit more students and address the college affordability challenge faced by so many American families if it were instead earmarked for additional Pell Grant funding.

Under Increasing Financial Pressure, Colleges Consider Mergers—Cautiously

Chronicle of Higher Education
March 4, 2015

Laura Schweitzer, president of Union Graduate College, and Anthony G. Collins, president of Clarkson University, take pains to emphasize that their two institutions are strong. Both are running in the black, the presidents say, and both could continue to do what they do for some years into the future. But both leaders concede that their colleges would be better prepared for that future together.

How One University Unexpectedly Found Itself Ranked Among the ‘25 Most Dangerous Colleges’

Chronicle of Higher Education
March 4, 2015

Drake officials knew something was amiss when they saw the list of most-dangerous colleges. The website said it had used data from the federal Office of Postsecondary Education’s Campus Safety and Security Statistics database. Yet that database tracks crimes by the calendar year, not the academic year.

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