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The Voice of America's Private Nonprofit Colleges and Universities
August 20, 2014
Nearly a dozen Senate Democrats on Tuesday asked the Obama administration to provide more information to families about higher education tax credits to reach the goal of making college more accessible and affordable.
ContextFlordia.com - Opinion Piece
August 20, 2014
Ed Moore writes: Lest the public be confused with the rhetoric about higher education costs, it’s wise to take a closer look at some costs and why they are going up. The news media attention about student loans also deserves a closer look. Some sensational stories are about exceptional cases, not the experience of most students.
Inside Higher Education
August 20, 2014
More students than ever are taking the ACT, says the ACT’s annual score report, released today. A record 1.84 million high school students who graduated in 2014 took the college readiness test – suggesting that more young people have college in their sights. But for many test-takers, succeeding in postsecondary education might be an empty hope. Average scores remain stagnant. Only 39 percent of test-takers met three or more of the ACT’s college readiness benchmarks in English, math, reading and science – a percentage that’s unchanged from last year. And striking racial gaps persist. As in previous years, African Americans and Latinos scored much lower, on average, than their Asian-American and white peers.
New York Times
July 29, 2014
Net tuition and fees at private four-year colleges have risen 22 percent since 1992, the College Board says, and the increase has been 60 percent at public four-year colleges. Community-college tuition has declined, because aid grants have outpaced published tuition. These numbers are obviously quite different from the government’s index showing a 107 percent increase.
Motley Fool - Opinion Piece
July 27, 2014
Matthew Frankel writes: According to a study by Georgetown University, the average college graduate can expect to earn $2.3 million over their lifetime, and this jumps to $2.7 million with a master's degree. With just a high school diploma, lifetime earning expectancy plummets to just $1.3 million. All of a sudden, being $30,000 in debt doesn't seem like such a bad deal.
Slate - Opinion Piece
July 24, 2014
Osita Nwanevu writes: the halls of academia really are hallowed, and there’s a kind of mysticism at work in the way people like Deresiewicz perennially describe what college is supposed to do: take in our ordinary people and spoiled brats and transfigure them into worldly gadflies, or at least interesting selves. To their credit, our best colleges, both public and private, actually do this in great numbers. But less radical conversions—from, say, being an entitled, solipsistic econ major to being an entitled, solipsistic political science major—are far more common.
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