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Private Colleges Focus on Affordability


New campus affordability measures are helping to keep students' and families' out-of-pocket costs as low as possible. Tuition cuts and freezes, three-year degree programs, and more. Complete list



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New AAF Poll and Video Examines the Nation’s Views on Higher Education

American Action Forum

April 23, 2014

The American Action Forum released a unique new national survey examining the public’s views on higher education, including tuition costs, the role of Federal aid, higher education responsibility, and alternative education programs. AAF released an accompanying video featuring Public Opinion Strategies pollster Glen Bolger and AAF President Doug Holtz-Eakin explaining key findings and policies.

Colleges Ask Court for Deference on Unpaid Internships

Chronicle of Higher Education

April 23, 2014

Six major higher-education groups are urging a federal appellate court to defer to colleges to determine the value of unpaid internships, which some critics say exploit students while providing employers with free labor. Colleges are uniquely qualified to decide whether students benefit from real-world experiences where they can apply their knowledge and get a foothold in a tough job market, the groups argue in a brief filed this month.

Colleges Seek New Paths to Diversity After Court Ruling

New York Times

April 23, 2014

Leaders in higher education, upset by Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision upholding Michigan’s ban on race-based preferences in college admissions, said the ruling would nudge them further along the path of finding alternative means to promote diversity in their student bodies.

What’s Better for Your Résumé—Captain of the Debate Team or Playing College Sports?

Chronicle of Higher Education

April 23, 2014

Playing college sports could have a big payoff after graduation, as employers in one recent study appeared to value the leadership skills of athletes above many other students. The study, whose results are to be presented at a conference this week at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, asked employers to rate the value of experiences of more than a dozen types of students, including debate-team captain, resident assistant, and editor of the campus newspaper.

Job Market for College Grads Better But Still Weak

Associated Press

April 22, 2014

With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads—a bit. But finding work—especially a dream job—remains tough for those just graduating. Many are settling for jobs outside their fields of study or for less pay than they’d expected or hoped for.

US student debt isn’t as scary as everyone says

Quartz

April 22, 2014

On average, students who graduated with a BA and who had student debt owed $29,000. And averages, as everybody knows, mask wide variations. Moreover, that $29,400 debt is just the average among those that had debt. While nearly seven out of 10 bachelor’s graduates do, that figure doesn’t represent the financial position of more than 30% of those graduates. (If we’re considering the future of an entire generation, the fate of nearly a third of the group is worth considering.)

McCollum Seeks to Change How Feds Rate Financial Health of Colleges

Minnesota Public Radio

April 22, 2014

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat who represents Minnesota's 4th District, has proposed language that would require the U.S. Dept. of Education to change how it accounts for college pensions. Her efforts come after complaints by Bethel University and other schools that the federal formula that determines schools' health is deeply flawed.

InBloom Student Data Repository to Close

New York Times

April 22, 2014

In a setback for the nearly $8 billion prekindergarten through 12th-grade education technology software market, inBloom, a non-profit corporation offering to warehouse and manage student data for public school districts across the country, announced on Monday morning that it planned to shut its doors.

Affirmative Action Ban Upheld

Inside Higher Ed

April 22, 2014

On April 22, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the measure approved by Michigan voters in 2006 to bar public colleges and universities from considering race in admissions. The ruling leaves in place not only the Michigan measure, but also similar ones in California, Washington State and elsewhere that have made it more difficult for public colleges to recruit and admit black and Latino students.

Competencies Come to Campus

Inside Higher Ed

April 22, 2014

Lipscomb’s new competency-based degrees don’t fit the standard categories. But the religiously affiliated university, which enrolls about 4,300 students, is a rare example of how liberal arts colleges might give competency-based education a whirl. And experts say Lipscomb’s cutting-edge assessment center could be replicable at many institutions, perhaps as a franchised export.
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