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Busting the Myths about Private Colleges

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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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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. 

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.

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.

Location, Location, Location: Are Top Universities Too Far Away From Low-Income High School Graduates?

Hechinger Report

March 2, 2015

Almost 80 percent of high school graduates go to college nowadays.  Almost half of them, mostly low-income students, start at a community college. And 80 percent of those say they hope to get a four-year bachelor’s degree. But in the end, less than a third of community college graduates transfer to a four-year college, and still fewer of them — only about 15 percent — succeed in getting that undergraduate degree. For some, the problem might be one of real estate.

Administrator Pay Up 2.4%

Inside Higher Ed

March 2, 2015

The median base salary for senior leaders at colleges and universities has gone up 2.4 percent in 2014-15, the same as the year before. Also for the second year in a row, the gains for administrators at public institutions have slightly outpaced those at private institutions (2.5 percent to 2.3 percent this year and last). 

Should Students Be Required to Work in College?

Wall Street Journal

March 2, 2015

Some would say a lot of demands are placed on college students. They’re expected to study hard, learn about life and be on their way to successful careers by the time they graduate. Many college students need to take out loans or find jobs to help pay their tuition.  Clearly, having a job in college is nothing new. Requiring it, however, is a different kind of proposition—one that raises issues educational and economic, practical and ethical.

4 Crazy Ideas From Stanford About the Future of College


March 2, 2015

In 2013, student groups at the design school at Stanford University started to tackle an interesting question: what will an undergraduate education at Stanford look like at the turn of the 22nd century?  They came up with four ideas, all of which look very different than the typical undergraduate experience today. 

How Student Debt Stunts Financial Growth

The Atlantic - Commentary

March 2, 2015

William Elliot writes: There was a time when conventional wisdom said that student debt is not a problem in and of itself—rather, “high” debt of $100,000 or more is the more pressing concern. A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York highlights just how out of touch that view is. A staggering percentage of Americans do not pay their student debt, no matter how big or small.

Just How High Can College Tuition Go?

Washington Post Grade Point Blog

March 2, 2015

Jeffrey J. Selingo writes: This is the time of year when private colleges are setting their tuition levels for next year, if they haven’t already. And at most colleges the question that emerges every year is what’s the breaking point? How high can we go with tuition until it’s just too much?  It appears whatever that line might be, some colleges have yet to reach it. 

Schrum: Teaching: Where the Present Meets the Future

Roanoke Times, VA – Presidential Opinion

March 2, 2015

Emory & Henry College President Jake B. Schrum writes:  Ask college graduates what they value most about their college experience and more often than not the answers will have something to do with inspirational professors. In fact, I have spent much of my long career in higher education asking this same question of college students and graduates. The question inevitably leads to delightful, fascinating conversations about student interactions with captivating, dedicated and selfless professors.

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