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Busting the Myths about Private Colleges


NAICU debunks the major myths surrounding private nonprofit colleges and universities. Visit 9myths.org to get the facts!

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NAICU Testifies Before Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance

NAICU Washington Update

September 12, 2014

NAICU briefed the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance on both the support and concerns the Association and its members have with the possibility of a federal rating metric.Read More


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Why America Still Needs Historically Black Colleges

The Atlantic - Interview

September 12, 2014

Beverly Tatum has spent much of her career answering questions about racism, even as she works to change it. After 12 years as the president of Spelman, the historically black women's college in Atlanta, she will be retiring at the end of this year. The Atlantic spoke to her recently about race, higher education, and her hopes for the future.Read More


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College Rankings and Good Judgment

St. John's College, Annapolis - Presidential Opinion

September 12, 2014

Christopher B. Nelson, President, St. John's College in Annapolis writes: Now is the time of year when various media outlets traditionally release college rankings. St. John’s College has long opposed the very notion of a single-scale college ranking. We believe that the intrinsic diversity and individual character of our nation’s colleges and universities cannot, and therefore should not, be reduced to a single scale. Doing so gives prospective students and their parents the false impression that some set of “objective” criteria can help them make a judgment that is irreducibly “subjective,” because its essence lies in a proper fit between the character of the institution and the character of the student.Read More


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Ursinus Remembers President Bobby Fong

Ursinus College

September 8, 2014

Dr. Bobby Fong, President of Ursinus College since July 1, 2011, passed away Sept. 8 due to natural causes. For the past three years, Bobby has been a thoughtful leader of our Ursinus community. He cared deeply for our students and was honored to have led an institution that encouraged them to live purposefully. This was always the greatest source of pride for Bobby, and he spoke eloquently of how Ursinus embraced the process of learning.

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Is a Degree Still Worth It? Yes, Researchers Say, and the Payoff Is Getting Better

Chronicle of Higher Education

September 5, 2014

Researchers, Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz, found that despite some “alarming trends,” a bachelor’s degree for a 2013 graduate was worth $272,693, on average, and when adjusted for inflation, the value of a degree has hovered around $300,000 for more than a decade.

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Colleges see gay students as a new market

Hechinger Report

September 4, 2014

Universities are, in fact, welcoming the growing number of arriving students who feel comfortable being out as gay or transgender. But to them, it’s not just a response to a fast-moving social movement. It’s a business decision.

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