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Higher Ed Groups Respond to Harkin’s Draft Proposal

Inside Higher Education

September 2, 2014

Dozens of higher education interest groups submitted comments last week on Senator Tom Harkin’s draft proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The American Council on Education submitted a consensus letter, signed by 20 other higher education groups, that laid out provisions that garnered widespread support as well as concern.Read More


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Will College Ratings Hurt Minority Students? Here's Why Researchers Are Wary

Chronicle of Higher Education

September 2, 2014

More than 34 million Americans—over 10 percent of the nation’s population—live in communities where public colleges are either scarce or nonexistent. Compared to communities with more learning options, education deserts are more likely to have growing Hispanic populations, lower educational-attainment rates, and a larger share of the work force employed in manufacturing. Many have only one public institution, typically a community college.Read More


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College Presidents Must Lead on Sexual Assault

Huffington Post - Presidential Opinion

September 2, 2014

Patricia McGuire, President, Trinity Washington University writes: College presidents, usually a verbose bunch, have been remarkably silent in the media on the topic of campus sexual assault and remedies for this plague. Why the silence? Nobody wants to be on the wrong side of this issue; every single president I know agrees that sexual assault is appalling and we must do all in our power to stop it. But with the intense media glare on horrific cases and thunderous righteous pounding on universities by legislators and regulators, we are also concerned that any appearance of disagreement on tactics will be construed as coddling criminals.Read More


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How the Government Exaggerates the Cost of College

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.

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Student Loans Can Be Worth Every Penny

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.

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The Ivy League Is Not the Problem

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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