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Busting the Myths about Private Colleges


NAICU debunks the major myths surrounding private nonprofit colleges and universities. Visit 9myths.org to get the facts!

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When a 43 Percent Graduation Rate Means Success

National Journal

April 16, 2014

Historically black colleges and universities—or HBCUs—typically have lower-than-average graduation rates, which is not surprising given the large numbers of low-income, often academically underprepared students they serve. But demographics aren't destiny. Within the educational sector, there's significant variation in how many entering freshmen go on to earn degrees.Read More


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Stand Up and Be Counted

Inside Higher Ed

April 16, 2014

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is cracking down on institutions that provide distance education to students in the state. But the commission has a problem: It doesn’t know who those distance education providers are. The commission last month fired off letters addressed to presidents and provosts of institutions that offer fully online programs (seen at the bottom of this article), asking them to self-report if they enroll students in Maryland.Read More


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Wyatt: We all have stake in higher education

Columbia, S.C., The State - Opinion Piece

April 16, 2014

An education, not a credential, but an education — that exquisite combination of actionable knowledge and practical skills, creative insights and fine appreciations, personal awareness and global responsibility — is, and will be, at the heart of individual and national success.Read More


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Over-Reaching on Undermatching - Commentary

Huffington Post

January 23, 2014

“Undermatching" is the latest buzzword to afflict higher education, a theory that "high achieving low income" students should choose only elite or "competitive" colleges and universities instead of the often-local institutions that serve low income students in large numbers. Undermatching was one of the motivating forces behind last week's White House Summit on College Opportunity. Trimity Washington University President Patricia McGuire says educating low income students is not a competition, but rather, a hard task that requires considerable devotion and a deep sense of mission commitment.

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How Liberal Arts Majors Fare Over the Long Haul

Chronicle of Higher Education

January 22, 2014

Skepticism over the value of a college degree, especially one in the liberal arts, is common these days. On Wednesday the Association of American Colleges and Universities—a champion of liberal education—stepped into the fray with a report, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, that examines the payoff of a liberal-arts degree over the course of a career.

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College Enrollment Among Low-income Students Still Trails Richer Groups

Pew Research Center

January 16, 2014

Higher education long has been seen as one of the best ways out of poverty, but connecting low-income students — even the high-achieving ones who presumably are best prepared for college-level work — with colleges and universities remains a challenge. President Obama is expected to meet today with more than 100 college presidents at the White House to discuss ways of enrolling more low-income minority students and helping ensure more of them graduate.

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