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A New Kind of Rating System

Inside Higher Ed - Presidential Opinion

October 17, 2014

Paul J. LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University writes: Many of my fellow college presidents remain worried about the Obama Administration’s proposed (and still being developed) rating system for higher education. While Education Department officials have been responsive and thoughtful about our concerns, many among us fundamentally do not trust government to get this right. Or anyone, for that matter. After all, we already have lots of rating systems and they mostly seem flawed.Read More


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Why Colleges Don’t Want to Be Judged by Their Graduation Rates

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 17, 2014

This fall, President Obama will release a college-rating system that is likely to include graduation rates as a key measure of institutional success. That worries colleges, which have long complained that the official government figures leave out many successful graduates. The federal rate counts only first-time, full-time students who graduate within a certain time frame. Look at the Education Department’s first Beginning Postsecondary Students longitudinal study, begun in 2003, and you’ll see several categories of students that the federal rate overlooks.Read More


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Let's Fix It: How We Pay for College Is Broken

LinkedIn - Commentary

October 17, 2014

Jeff Selingo writes: Fewer people are actually going to college today compared to just a few years ago. Enrollment has dropped by nearly a million students since 2011. Only 4 out of every 10 young Americans were enrolled in college in last fall. The big problem, of course, is the rising price of college. In 2012, the average college-tuition bill ate up more than 40 percent of median earnings in the United States. In 2001, it accounted for less than a quarter of a family's paycheck.Read More


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Harvard Is Better at Admitting Low-Income Students Than the University of Wisconsin

Vox

September 18, 2014

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.

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Time to Stop the Sob Stories About Student Loan Debt

Forbes - Commentary

September 18, 2014

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.

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Why the Government Won't Let Colleges Reduce Tuition

American.com

September 17, 2014

Most people think that college tuition is too high, and many presidents of private colleges agree with that sentiment and would like to cut their tuition. However, they cannot legally do so, at least not in a way that would be beneficial for them — which would be for a large group of private colleges to jointly reduce tuition.

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