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College Cost Isn't Poor Students' Big Problem

Bloomberg View - Opinion Piece

July 30, 2014

In research published last year, a team of American and Canadian economists compared the connection between family income and college or university attendance in the two countries. The researchers found that coming from a poor family makes you much less likely to go on to higher education in the U.S. than in Canada, even after controlling for intelligence and other factors.Read More


Adjuncts Welcome Congress's New Interest in Their Working Conditions

Chronicle of Higher Education

July 30, 2014

Advocates for adjuncts who have long sought more data about their working conditions on campuses have gotten the attention of Congress. Legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is now pending before the Senate would require colleges to collect and report more information about their part-time instructors.Read More


Colleges Don't Like The Idea Of More Sexual Assault Laws

Huffington Post

July 30, 2014

College leaders complain, however, that they already face an obstacle course of regulations on handling campus sexual assault with several laws -- the Clery Act, Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act -- setting forth conflicting responsibilities. Anne Neal, president and co-founder of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, argues that the Obama administration is putting too much of the burden of ending sexual violence on colleges, noting that educational institutions "are ill-equipped" to adjudicate serious crimes.Read More


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Promise Unfulfilled?

Chronicle of Higher Education

May 1, 2014

In a recent surge of demands that colleges step up their response to rape, students have put their faith in the federal civil-rights law known as Title IX. Meant to prohibit sex discrimination, the law requires colleges to investigate and resolve reports of sexual misconduct—including assault—whether or not the police are involved.

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Myths & Facts: Student Debt Crisis

April 25, 2014

Fox News often promotes myths about student loan debt in the United States, misinforming about everything from the lack of protections borrowers receive, to the unsubtantiated claim that student loans drive up college costs, to the myth that struggling borrowers are taking a government handout. As the two-year anniversary of student debt surpassing $1 trillion takes place this week, here is a sample of the network's past student loan misinformation.

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More Data is Needed for Student Loan Debt Policy Change

ACA international - Press Release

April 24, 2014

The American Student Assistance organization finds that additional numbers on default rates and the larger population of borrowers who struggle with repayment would help address education debt in the U.S. More data is needed to reflect the level of American consumers negatively impacted by student loan repayment issues, according to a new report from American Student Assistance, a nonprofit organization focusing on responsible student loan borrowing and repayment.

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