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New AAF Poll and Video Examines the Nation’s Views on Higher Education

American Action Forum

April 23, 2014

The American Action Forum released a unique new national survey examining the public’s views on higher education, including tuition costs, the role of Federal aid, higher education responsibility, and alternative education programs. AAF released an accompanying video featuring Public Opinion Strategies pollster Glen Bolger and AAF President Doug Holtz-Eakin explaining key findings and policies.Read More


Colleges Ask Court for Deference on Unpaid Internships

Chronicle of Higher Education

April 23, 2014

Six major higher-education groups are urging a federal appellate court to defer to colleges to determine the value of unpaid internships, which some critics say exploit students while providing employers with free labor. Colleges are uniquely qualified to decide whether students benefit from real-world experiences where they can apply their knowledge and get a foothold in a tough job market, the groups argue in a brief filed this month.Read More


Colleges Seek New Paths to Diversity After Court Ruling

New York Times

April 23, 2014

Leaders in higher education, upset by Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision upholding Michigan’s ban on race-based preferences in college admissions, said the ruling would nudge them further along the path of finding alternative means to promote diversity in their student bodies.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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