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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 Future of College Is Not As Bleak As You Think - Opinion Piece

August 22, 2014

Judith Shulevitz writes: ew magazine editors—myself included—can resist a dash of apocalypse in a cover line, which is why I don't fault writer Graeme Wood for the question on the front of this month’s Atlantic: “Is College Doomed?” I'll answer that question anyway: no. The appetite for college is huge. A larger percentage of Americans are pursuing some sort of post-high-school degree than ever before—70 percent in 2009, compared to 45 percent in 1960—and that number keeps rising. Undergraduate education isn’t going away any time soon.

Aided by Donors, Colleges Continue Their Slow Recovery

Chronicle of Higher Education

August 22, 2014

Higher education continued to show signs of economic improvement in the 2013-14 academic year. As in the preceding few years, that recovery was sluggish, marked by a modest increase in tuition revenue. Colleges also welcomed reports of increased revenues from endowments and donations.

Athletes, assaults and inaction


August 22, 2014

Last year, the National College Health Assessment found that more than 10 percent of women said they had been the victim of some form of sexual assault on campus in the previous 12 months. Although it's unknown how many instances of campus sexual assault involve athletes, "Outside the Lines" research of media coverage found at least 30 Division I schools had such reports in the past five years. These cases, because of their publicity, are often the ones by which the system -- the university and law enforcement -- is judged for how such reports are handled.

Hat in Hand on Facebook

Inside Higher Education

August 22, 2014

Colleges are trying to pick up donations from recent graduates. That comes amid a decline in the rate of alumni participation -- which is the number of alumni donors divided by the number of alumni an institution has a means of contacting. Some experts have attributed that decline to the increased ease of tracking down graduates, while others have suggested longer life spans are also contributing. In any event, colleges are turning to social media to drum up donations from their youngest alums in the hopes that one donation will turn into a lifetime of giving.

Do the benefits of a college education outweigh the cost?

Washington Post - Opinion Piece

August 22, 2014

Just because the job doesn’t require a college degree doesn’t mean that a college degree isn’t a good investment. People with college degrees tend to keep their jobs during recessions and have a lower unemployment rate over time than those with just a high school degree. Most of the new post-recession jobs require a college degree. As the Pew Research Center found, the “big payoff” to a college degree isn’t so much in earnings but the ability to have and to keep a job.

Millennials Latest College Funding Strategy


August 21, 2014

While older parents might think it’s bad manners to ask for a specific gift, younger parents are absolutely okay with it, says Mary Morris, chair of the College Savings Foundation and Chair of Virginia529. “There’s a definite generational gap,” Morris says. “The whole point is it’s a great gift for any occasion, even a baby shower. You can let everybody else know this is a great strategy, this is a priority of mine.”

What's Next at Colleges: The Bass Bowl?

Bloomberg Businessweek

August 21, 2014

Bass fishing offers a glimpse of college sports without the supervision—or the insistence on amateurism—of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which scrutinizes revenue-producing football and basketball programs and monitors athletes who play without pay. Companies are eagerly reeling in talent to showcase their brands in front of fans of the fastest-growing school competition most people have never heard of. Some universities have even begun offering fishing scholarships and paying coaches.

As state legislator heads to Salem State U., he questions the future of private higher education

Boston Business Journal

August 21, 2014

As Massachusetts state Rep. John D. Keenan heads to Salem State University next week to become the public institution's new vice president of administration, a topic that is top of mind for him is what Keenan terms the "disruptive stage" that higher education is going through. The biggest issue, Keenan said, is that people can no longer afford the tuitions private colleges and universities are charging. Second, he added, technology and online classes are making it easy for people to get higher education much less expensively.

Now Defending the Liberal Arts on Twitter: a Couple of Cartoons

Chronicle of Higher Education

August 21, 2014

A man in Fort Worth recently offered his friends advice on Twitter: "Do not go to college for a major in liberal arts you will have no job!!" Soon after, a Twitter account he’d probably never heard of called his tweet a myth. "FACT: The unemployment rate of liberal arts majors is roughly the same as most other majors," said a follow-up tweet, which linked to a report with more information.  The intervention came from a Twitter account fronted by two cartoon characters who swoop in whenever the value of the liberal arts is besmirched on Twitter: "Libby," an auburn-haired student, and "Art," a bespectacled, tweed-wearing counselor. 

Men Punished in Sexual Misconduct Cases on Colleges Campuses Are Fighting Back

Washington Post

August 21, 2014

Men punished for sexual misconduct in the wave of cases sweeping college campuses are fighting back against what they call unfair student disciplinary systems and publicity that threatens to shatter their reputations.  The current and former college students describe themselves as victims of false accusations amid a national campaign — led by the White House — to stamp out sexual violence on campuses. 

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