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Congress Keeps Government Open

NAICU Washington Update

September 19, 2014

As Congress adjourns to go home for the midterm election cycle, it passed a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown. The continuing resolution funds programs at FY 2014 levels, and runs from September 30, the last day of FY 2014, until December 11, the last day the House is scheduled to be in session.Read More


NCAA, MTV, BET Join Obama Campaign Against Sexual Assault

The Hill

September 19, 2014

The White House has enlisted the NCAA, MTV and Electronic Arts, the producer of popular video games like The Sims and the Madden NFL franchise, to promote its new public awareness campaign against campus sexual assault. President Obama and Vice President Biden will unveil the "It's On Us" program during an event Friday at the White House. The campaign, according to administration officials, is designed to "create new social norms" by encouraging men to do their part in stopping sexual assaults.Read More


Wage Data Done Right

Inside Higher Education

September 19, 2014

Measuring the job-market returns of college credentials is complex work, according to researchers who gathered this week for a meeting on higher education data. That makes it challenging, or even risky, for policy makers to use those metrics to hold colleges accountable.Read More


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


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

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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