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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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St. Louis-Area Campuses Brace After Decision on Teen’s Shooting

Chronicle of Higher Education

November 25, 2014

A number of St. Louis-area colleges will be closed on Tuesday in response to violent protests that erupted on Monday night following the announcement that no charges would be brought against a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, on August 9.

Winning Raises Without Contracts?

Inside Higher Ed

November 25, 2014

Most of the new adjunct faculty unions affiliated with Service Employee International Union’s national Adjunct Action campaign haven’t yet achieved contracts. Those who have negotiated collective bargaining agreements, however, say they have better pay and working conditions as a result. Take adjuncts at Tufts University, for instance, whose newly inked contract guarantees significant pay increases, longer-term contracts and the right to be interviewed for full-time positions.

US treasury collects $150m in student loan payments from social security benefits

Guardian, U.K.

November 25, 2014

While young people have earned most of the attention for the burden of student loans – the national plague of debt that now numbers $1tn – baby boomers are suffering too. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), 3% of those 65 and older carry student loan debt – which adds up to 706,000 older households that owe $18.2bn into their golden years. About 82% of the loans taken out by retirees were for their own education. Overall, about 3.75 million of students enrolled in college in 2011 are 35 or older.

How to Pick a College President

Huffington Post - Commentary

November 24, 2014

Frank H. Wu writes: I have never been persuaded that leaders in higher education should be selected from academics. Or, more precisely, I doubt that the customary responsibilities of a faculty member prepares her to preside over an institution of higher education. The skill sets needed for longevity heading a college do not overlap significantly with the talent and training of the typical scholar-teacher, especially in these times of unceasing change. The selection of professors and the expectations of them are not intended to foster development of diverse competencies.

Pay It Back: The Public and the Student Loan System

Huffington Post - Opinion Piece

November 24, 2014

Kathleen Weldon writes: Among the Americans struggling most in the current economy are recent college grads carrying significant educational debt. As millennials navigate lowered employment prospects with larger student loans than young people of earlier decades, the U.S. system for funding higher education has come under scrutiny.

Assessing Assessment

Inside Higher Ed - Presidential Opinion

November 24, 2014

Christopher B. Nelson, President, St. John's College, in Annapolis writes: By far the main goal of this whirlwind of assessment is trying to determine whether an institution effectively delivers knowledge to its students, as though teaching and learning were like a commodity exchange. This view of education very much downplays the role of students in their own education, placing far too much responsibility on teachers and institutions, and overburdening everyone with a never-ending proliferation of paperwork and bureaucracy.

Make Admissions at Elite Colleges ‘Access Aware’

Chronicle of Higher Education - Presidential Opinion

November 24, 2014

Raynard S. Kington, president, Grinnell College writes: Recent news coverage has highlighted the fact that many colleges with great wealth are not enrolling many needy students, while a number of relatively nonwealthy colleges are. In September, for example, The New York Times released an assessment of the success of 100 elite colleges and universities in admitting students from poor families. Grinnell College, where I am president, was noted for being among the few highly selective, relatively affluent institutions that accept a high number of students from low-income families.

Student Debt vs. Car Loans

Forbes - Commentary

November 24, 2014

Lucie Lapovsky writes: According to the Project on Student Debt, only 69% of the graduates from public and not-for-profit institutions in the class of 2013 had any student loans, and their average debt was $28,200. Surely $28,200 is not inconsequential, but you don’t need an MBA to recognize that the payoff from that debt is enormous: over their lifetime, college graduates will earn on average $800,000 more than those without a college degree according to the Federal Reserve Board.

Comparing College Costs the Easy Way

New York Times - Commentary

November 24, 2014

Columnist Ron Lieber writes: And so it goes with higher education, its trillion-dollar student debt tally and a tiny little outfit called College Abacus. It has a web tool that allows people applying for college to enter financial and other personal data. Then it spits out three estimates of the price they might actually pay once colleges offer them scholarships. 

The Students Who Get the Most Out of College Wake Up and Go to Class


November 24, 2014

Bad news for college students who like to sleep in: your early-bird peers are getting a better education than you are.
College freshmen who are self-described morning people spend more time studying than their peers. They spend less time relaxing and socializing. And they said their classes were more demanding and rigorous.
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