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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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Senior Official Will Leave Education Dept.

Chronicle of Higher Education

November 24, 2015

Jamienne Studley, deputy under secretary and acting assistant secretary of the Office of Postsecondary Education, will leave on December 18 to “go back home to be with her family in the Bay Area,” said an email from Ted Mitchell, the department’s under secretary.

Survey Reveals Link Between Alumni Engagement, College Fundraising

University Business

November 24, 2015

Research from Corporate Insight offers important new evidence as to why colleges and universities across the United States continue to lag in fundraising. A recent study conducted by the firm's Alumni Monitor, a third-party research service, polled more than 1,100 alumni of U.S. higher education institutions looking at the correlation between fundraising efforts at schools and alumni sentiments.

Torn Over Tactics: Activists Refine Their Demands as Protests Over Racism Spread

Chronicle of Higher Education

November 24, 2015

Experts on race relations and social movements say it’s hardly surprising that minority students who agree on the need for a more welcoming, inclusive campus environment might disagree about the best way to get there. In some cases, those divisions have brought about a more-nuanced approach toward protesting, where some students of color have toned down their demonstrations and revisited their demands.

US Falls Behind Other Nations in the Global Knowledge Economy, Says 46-country Report

Hechinger Report

November 24, 2015

The United States continues to fall behind internationally in producing a college-educated workforce as other nations send more of their citizens to university. And in the very early years, many countries are now sending a much higher percentage of their kids to preschool than the United States.

Princeton Students Form Group in Opposition to Recent Protests

November 24, 2015

The student-led protests and sit-in last week at Princeton University led to a signed agreement between university officials and protesters, and ultimately action from the board of trustees.  It also drew a crowd of on-campus opponents.  On Sunday, students calling themselves Princeton Open Campus Coalition drafted a letter to University President Christopher Eisgruber, arguing against the protests and demands made by the Black Justice League (BJL), which occupied the president's office for two days last week.

Why So Many New Graduates of Elite Colleges Flock to the Same Kinds of Jobs

Chronicle of Higher Education

November 24, 2015

New graduates of elite colleges are concentrated in just a few career paths, in consulting, finance, and tech. Why is that? Amy J. Binder, a professor of sociology at the University of California at San Diego, wanted to find out, so she and her collaborators studied how students at Harvard and Stanford Universities are channeled into those fields — what the researchers call "career funneling."

Promise Provides Enrollment Boost

Inside Higher Ed

November 24, 2015

In Tennessee, officials now have a clearer picture of the impact of the country's first statewide, free two-year college program. For more than a year state officials, with money and rhetoric, have been encouraging high school seniors to help increase Tennessee's population of adults with a college degree or certificate. And as of last week, new enrollment data show 16,291 of them have enrolled in the state's community, technical and private colleges this fall because of the new Tennessee Promise program.

The Missing Black Students at Elite American Universities

The Atlantic

November 23, 2015

Over the past 20 years, black enrollment in colleges and universities has skyrocketed. It’s a huge success story, one that’s due to the hard work of black families, college admissions officers, and education advocates. But at top-tier universities in the United States, it’s a different story. There, the share of students who are black has actually dropped since 1994.

Why Can't More College Students Finish What We Ask Them to Begin?

Huffington Post - Opinion Piece

November 23, 2015

Philip L. Yeagle, former interim chancellor at Rutgers University Newark, writes: Many students need disruptive advising to succeed. If they come from secondary schools less well prepared than some of their peers, they may have a higher failure rate in their classes. Student advising that is intrusive enough to uncover problems before they become impossible to manage can be crucial to student success. Often staffing of student advising does not keep up with increases in enrollment or with the numbers of students coming from the weaker secondary schools, because of lack of operating funds.

Arne Duncan Pinpoints Where Schools Fail

Wall Street Journal - Interview

November 23, 2015

Arne Duncan, in discussing the successes and setbacks of his tenure, asked CEOs for help to improve education from top to bottom, and discussed other challenges in an interview with Wall Street Journal Deputy Editor in Chief Matt Murray.
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