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California Law on Sexual Consent Pleases Many but Leaves Some Doubters

New York Times

September 30, 2014

While advocates are nodding approval, experts — and many college administrators — say they have no idea if the "Yes Means Yes" law will work any better than the other ways. In fact, they say, at a time when politicians from President Obama on down are drawing attention to campus sexual assaults, responses are hampered by a lack of hard data about what works, leaving colleges to rely on instinct and anecdote.Read More


Far Out of the Red

Inside Higher Ed

September 30, 2014

Investment returns from a group of select, well-endowed public and private colleges suggest the 2014 budget year was a good year for college endowment funds. Many endowment managers will see double-digit investment returns for the second year in a row, just two years after market returns shrank slightly and six years after the economic crisis torpedoed some funds.Read More


For Bill on Disabled Access to Online Teaching Materials, the Devil’s in the Details

Chronicle of Higher Education

September 30, 2014

While the bill, known as the Teach Act, has bipartisan support in Congress, several higher-education organizations have raised concerns about what they consider the legislation’s broad language, inflexibility, and misplaced oversight. For example, the American Council on Education objects to the bill in part because it grants authority to create guidelines to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, which the council says lacks higher-education expertise.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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