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Survival at Stake

Chronicle of Higher Education

March 2, 2015

The recession may be over, but with middle-class incomes remaining stagnant and politicians talking endlessly about the needs of the work force, liberal-arts colleges find themselves operating in a marketplace much different from that of 10 years ago. Their small size, their comparatively high cost, and sometimes even their traditional pitches about the lifelong value of a liberal-arts education work against them now, making their situation even more precarious than that of many larger institutions. Read More


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Education Department Terminates Contracts with Debt Collectors Accused of Wrongdoing

Huffington Post

March 2, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education, under fire for its lackluster oversight of student loan contractors, said Friday it will terminate its relationship with five debt collectors after accusing them of misleading distressed borrowers at "unacceptably high rates."  The surprise announcement follows years of complaints about allegedly illegal debt-collection practices by Education Department contractors, the department's seeming lack of interest in ensuring that borrowers are treated fairly, and the relative opacity of the entire operation.
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Universities Fight Malloy's Plan to Cut Scholarship Program

Hartford Courant

March 2, 2015

Presidents and administrators at 16 private colleges in Connecticut are lobbying against the elimination of state scholarships for their students as proposed under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's state budget.  Malloy wants to cut $12.2 million in scholarships over the next two fiscal years for the neediest Connecticut residents who attend the schools, including Trinity, Wesleyan, Fairfield, Quinnipiac, Albertus Magnus, University of Saint Joseph and Connecticut College.Read More


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Restore the Pell Grant’s clout

The Hill - Commentary

January 14, 2015

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) writes: As a nation that values education, we should give every willing student the opportunity to succeed. Since 1972, the need-based federal Pell Grant has done just that. At the beginning of the program, the grant covered the entire cost of college. Unfortunately, as tuition costs soar and state and community college budgets are slashed, the federal government is shirking its responsibility to help students succeed. The Pell Grant now covers just a third of the cost of a public four-year school. That means today’s student is left fighting to make ends meet now while being saddled with debt for the future.

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More States Tie Money to Colleges’ Performance, but That May Not Work

Chronicle of Higher Education

January 14, 2015

A report being released on Wednesday throws more cold water on a trend that’s been sweeping the nation for the past several years, most recently with the White House proposal that seeks to make two years of community college free for everyone. It’s called performance-based funding, and it boils down to rewarding or penalizing colleges based in part on the numbers of students they graduate or retain from year to year.

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6 Years in and 6 to Go, Only Modest Progress on Obama’s College-Completion Goal

Chronicle of Higher Education

January 20, 2015

Six years ago, in his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama set a bold, if daunting, goal: to lead the world in college completion by 2020. Today, as Mr. Obama prepares to deliver his next-to-last State of the Union address to Congress, the nation has moved up only slightly, into a tie for 11th place, and the president’s ambitious goal looks unachievable.

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Free Community College Stories Roundup - January 16, 2015

Multiple Sources

January 16, 2015

Here is a collection of articles, alphabetized by source, on President Obama's proposal to provide free community college.

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