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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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The Government Can't Agree With Itself on Policing Student Loan Companies


August 25, 2016

The CFPB has effectively become borrowers' main advocate in their battle against the Department of Education unit responsible for student loans and the department's contractors. It created a form for borrowers to use when communicating with loan servicers. It is actively soliciting complaints from borrowers. The bureau even created a Twitter hashtag (#ApplicationAbyss) to drum up publicity about its concerns.

Stanford’s New Hard Liquor Ban Actually Isn’t Unusual

Huffington Post

August 25, 2016

In January 2015, Dartmouth College unveiled a policy banning hard liquor on campus as part of a plan to address binge-drinking, hazing and sexual assault. A month later, Purdue University’s fraternities banned hard liquor on chapter properties or at member events. Fraternities at the University of Kansas and University of Missouri followed suit later that spring. And none of these schools were original when they came up with hard liquor bans: Colby College in Maine adopted one in 2010. There are similar policies in place at many of Colby’s peer institutions ― Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Swarthmore, Williams and Colgate University.

New Department of Education Rules Threaten Colleges

Daily Caller - Commentary

August 25, 2016

Julian Adorney, a 2016 Thorpe Fellow with the Foundation for Economic Education, writes:  The Obama administration’s Department of Education recently proposed new rules to enable more students to sue universities that defrauded them. While the government should punish blatantly deceptive institutions, these proposed rules promise to penalize many high-quality colleges.

Unions in the Ivory Tower

New York Times - Editorial

August 25, 2016

The Editorial Board writes: In a corrective action more than a decade in the making, the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Tuesday that graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities have the right to unionize.

The Plight of the Overworked Nonprofit Employee

The Atlantic

August 25, 2016

There’s no doubt that nonprofits today face serious financial difficulties and constraints, but do they have no choice but to demand long, unpaid hours of their employees? Putting questions of fairness aside, is their treatment of their workers limiting their effectiveness?

University of Texas Students Find the Absurd in a New Gun Law

New York Times

August 25, 2016

On the first day of classes at the University of Texas in this city that revels in its own oddball creativity, students protested a law allowing concealed handguns on state college campuses by carrying something they thought was just as ridiculous and out of place: Thousands of sex toys.

The Sky Isn't Falling

Inside Higher Ed

August 25, 2016

Critics of this week's NLRB decision in favor of graduate student unions at private institutions say it could turn graduate education upside down. But that hasn't happened on a campus with one of country's oldest public-sector graduate employee unions.

How Things Would Change If He Were U.S. Education Secretary — Part 1

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog

August 24, 2016

When a new president takes the oath of office early next year, it is most likely that he or she will appoint a new secretary of education (though the current man with the job, John King Jr., could be reappointed). We can only speculate on who each presidential candidate could pick, but for now, let’s pursue another thought experiment. Author C.M. Rubin has asked six people prominent in the world of education what they would do if they had the job, and this is the first of six posts in which we will hear from them all answering that question.

Roundup: NLRB Grad Student Unions Ruling - August 24, 2016

Multiple Sources

August 24, 2016

A collection of articles on the NLRB ruling allowing graduate students to unionize.

More Students Take ACT Exam, and Growing Portion Aren’t College Ready

Wall Street Journal

August 24, 2016

More high-school graduates are taking the ACT college-entrance exam, as states push students to consider their options for higher education. But the test results show a growing portion aren’t actually ready for college.
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