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Community College to Bachelor's

Inside Higher Ed
March 26, 2015

Nearly half of all students graduating with a four-year degree in the 2013-14 school year had some experience within a two-year institution. That detail is a part of a new report released Wednesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which found 46 percent of all students who completed a 4-year degree had been enrolled at a 2-year institution at some point in the past 10 years.

Is 'Design Thinking' the New Liberal Arts?

Chronicle of Higher Education - Commentary
March 26, 2015

Bard Graduate Center Dean Peter N. Miller writes: What is design thinking? It’s an approach to problem solving based on a few easy-to-grasp principles that sound obvious: "Show Don’t Tell," "Focus on Human Values," "Craft Clarity," "Embrace Experimentation," "Mindful of Process," "Bias Toward Action," and "Radical Collaboration." These seven points reduce to five modes — empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test — and three headings: hear, create, deliver.

Former Naval Academy Commandant Tapped to Lead Delaware College

Capital Gazette (Annapolis, DE)
March 26, 2015

Former U.S. Naval Academy Commandant Robert E. Clark II has been selected as the next president of Delaware's oldest college.  The Wesley College board of trustees announced Clark will begin work as the college's 17th president on July 15. He will succeed Dr. William N. Johnston, who will retire.

Instead of Simplifying the FAFSA, Let's Just Get Rid of It

Forbes - Commentary
March 26, 2015

Educational Economist Carlo Salerno writes: If we’ll consider turning a 10-page, 107-field form into a postcard with a couple questions it’s actually much better to go one step further and get rid of the FAFSA altogether. It is absurdly duplicative, in both content and timing, to the tax information millions of Americans already annually file, while research clearly shows aid can be estimated with tax data alone and without hurting the distribution of federal grant aid.

Kansas Senate Passes Budget that Includes Cuts to KU and Student Financial Aid

Lawrence Journal World (KS)
March 26, 2015

The Kansas Senate has passed a preliminary budget bill that funds most state government agencies for the next two years, even though it cannot be funded without significant tax increases that neither the House nor Senate have started to address. The bill includes a $9.4 million cut over two years for funding of the Lawrence campus of Kansas University. It also includes a large-scale reallocation of student financial aid money between public and private institutions.

Cultural Crossroads: High School Students' Perspectives on Historically Black Colleges

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 26, 2015

Most historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were established in former Southern slave states after the Civil War. These institutions lie at the intersection of academics, culture and tradition, with more than 100 nationwide. Over nine days, a group of Pittsburgh-area high school students will visit 13 of these institutions spread across eight states.

U.S. Keeps Scrutiny of Risky Colleges Secret

Inside Higher Ed
March 26, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education is so concerned about the risk that dozens of colleges pose to students and taxpayers that it has curtailed access to federal money at those institutions -- but it won’t say which ones.

Student-Loan Default Rates Are Easily Gamed. Here's a Better Measure.

Chronicle of Higher Education - Opinion Piece
March 26, 2015

Ben Miller writes: This disconnect between repayment, completion, and default exposes a significant flaw in the key metric the federal government uses to police its student-loan programs and decide which colleges to bar from eligibility. And it highlights the weakness of current attempts at accountability around student loans.

Tenure Lawsuit Challenges Privacy of Student Evaluations

The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 26, 2015

Should the confidentiality shrouding students’ evaluations of college instructors always be protected, even if it might conceal violations of the law?  A California state court is expected to take up that question on Thursday in response to Pomona College’s refusal to grant access to such records to a former professor suing the college for discrimination.

GOP Senator: Students Graduating Late Because 'College Is Fun'

The Hill
March 25, 2015

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) argued that students are taking longer than four years to graduate because it's too easy to get student loans and "college is a lot of fun" in a recent event in the state.

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