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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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Pressure on the Presidents

Inside Higher Ed

October 30, 2014

Twenty-eight percent of public four-year college and university presidents say they feel pressure from their governors to conduct their presidencies in ways that differ from their judgment about what's best for their institutions. That is among the findings of the latest snap poll of presidents -- conducted by Gallup and Inside Higher Ed -- on breaking issues. 

In the Final ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule, a Key Measure Vanishes

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 30, 2014

The Education Department will release on Thursday the final version of its "gainful employment" rule—the subject of years of intense debate, revision, and litigation. When it does so, it will add one last twist to the rule’s winding plot: One of two metrics for judging career programs has disappeared altogether.

Colleges Find Micro Grants Keep Some Students from Dropping Out

Wall Street Journal

October 30, 2014

When a group of Northeast Ohio colleges teamed up to help more local residents get their degree, they found that many students were in danger of not graduating because they were short just a few hundred dollars for class fees, books and even repairs to cars they relied on to get to campus. 

Columbia's President Explains His Response to Campus Rape

New Republic - Presidential Opinion

October 30, 2014

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger and Special Advisor on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Suzanne B. Goldberg write:  Universities have long enjoyed the privilege of educating successive generations of young people. This comes, of course, with the responsibility to uphold essential values and to address society’s problems through our institutional leadership and our scholarship. Our constructed communities are drawn from and reflect society at large, so it is inevitable that the issues of the day are our issues as well.

Grand Canyon Rethinks For-Profit Status

Inside Higher Ed

October 30, 2014

Executives at for-profit Grand Canyon University want to turn the company into a nonprofit, they said Wednesday, because of the "stigma" of being a for-profit. The move, if it happens, would be the first of its kind involving a publicly traded college company. While several for-profit colleges have become nonprofits, none of them were publicly traded like Phoenix-based Grand Canyon Education Inc.

Students Nationwide Carry Mattresses to Protest Campus Rape

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 30, 2014

Students on college campuses across the country are dragging their mattresses out of their beds as part of a “national day of action” expressing solidarity with survivors of rape.  Article includes a roundup of images from the protests collected from Twitter.

Half of Tennessee Promise Students Likely Won’t Need State Money

Nashville, Tenn., Public Radio

October 30, 2014

About half of the students attending community college under Tennessee Promise next fall will get their tuition paid by the federal government, according to state estimates. Those students could have already gone to school tuition-free, even without Tennessee Promise. Low-income college students are eligible for the Pell grant from the U.S. Department of Education each year. At $5,550, it more than covers the cost of community college in Tennessee.

Developing Leaders, Not Followers

Huffington Post - Presidential Opinion

October 29, 2014

Sacred Heart University President John Petillo writes: For decades, colleges and universities throughout the United States have attempted to strike the right balance between "book smarts" - developing the intellect and character of students - and "street smarts" - giving students the skills they need to get and keep a job. But the recent news that 40 percent of all those unemployed in the country are millennials tells us that the balance still is far from adequate.

U.S. News Data: Online Programs Attract Fewer Minority Undergrads

U.S. News & World Report

October 29, 2014

Although online students come from different backgrounds, statistically they tend to fit a certain profile. They are often adults over 25 who balance school with work, family and other commitments. And like the majority of students pursuing higher education in the U.S., they are mostly white.

Study: It’s Student Debt, Not the Economy, That Forces Millennials to Move In With Their Parents


October 29, 2014

According to a new study by a pair of Federal Reserve Board economists, student loans may be a big reason so many young adults are moving in with Mom and Dad. But the bad economy? Not so much.
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