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'Pick on Somebody Your Own Size'

Inside Higher Ed

October 7, 2015

The serious injury to Devon Gales is a relatively rare occurrence, but it put an exclamation point on a larger issue. Despite the physical and emotional beatings that can come with such pairings, small and less wealthy colleges continue to play universities with big-time football programs because of the financial payouts and exposure that typically come with the thrashing. For cash-strapped historically black colleges and universities, that can be even more true.Read More


Research Raises Questions about Colleges that Shift from For-profit to Nonprofit

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 7, 2015

Several for-profit colleges have recently restructured as nonprofit entities. But a new report argues that some of them now act like "covert for-profits" and that their backers profit in ways that are not standard at traditional universities.Read More


Why Student Debtors Go Unrescued

New York Times - Editorial

October 7, 2015

The New York Times Editorial board writes: These plans can allow borrowers with low income or high debt — or both — to pay less each month, or even nothing, until their finances improve without being penalized or going into default. But many borrowers never even hear about these payment plans, thanks to poor customer service by the companies that are paid more than $600 million a year by the government to manage these accounts, process monthly payments and enroll distressed borrowers in alternative repayment plans.Read More


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Wider-Ranging Rankings

Inside Higher Ed

April 29, 2015

The world may or may not need another college rankings system; on that question, commentators and pundits are divided. The creators of a new entry acknowledge the limitations of the genre, but argue that their version -- imperfect as it may be -- improves on the competition by analyzing thousands of colleges of all types (instead of hundreds of mostly selective ones) and assessing them based on how much the institutions themselves contribute to the economic success of their graduates.

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The Problem with President Obama’s College Ratings

Austin, Texas, Statesman - Presidential Opinion

April 22, 2015

Larry L. Earvin, President, Hutson-Tillotson University; Haywood L. Strickland, President Wiley College; Dwight Fennell, President, Texas College; & Lester Newman, President, Jarvis Christian College write: We are concerned that the potential our institutions offer could be undermined by a rating system that the U.S. Department of Education wants to impose on the nation’s colleges and universities: scores based on graduation rates, loan repayment, salaries and career outcomes. Such a system is likely to hurt, not help, our institutions and diminish higher education access for the students who flourish at colleges like ours. Low-income students, students who are the first in their families to attend college and students who need to make up for an inadequate high school education may not perform at the same level as their counterparts from higher-income families, depressing the ratings of colleges like ours whose core mission is to serve just such students. Misleading ratings could even discourage these students from considering HBCUs.

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What Stands to be Lost in Sales Tax Bill

Burlington, N.C., Times-News - Column

April 21, 2015

Leo Lambert, President, Elon University writes: What higher education doesn’t need: Another tax on students and their families. In its continuing efforts to overhaul the way North Carolina funds state government, the Senate has again set its sights on the state’s nonprofit community, with a specific target on hospitals and private colleges and universities. Senate Bill 700 would limit the sales tax exemption for larger nonprofits, requiring those organizations to pay sales tax on most of the goods and services they purchase.

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