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White House Proposals on 529 College Plans Would Reduce Benefits

New York Times

January 23, 2015

President Obama is proposing a radical change to the 529 college savings plans held by millions of families, which would require those who use them to rethink their approach to college savings. As part of his plan to simplify the tax code and help the middle class, one of the 529 plan’s most attractive benefits would be eliminated: Money could no longer be withdrawn tax-free. (The new rules would apply only to new contributions.)

Allow universities to restructure themselves through bankruptcy

The Hill - Opinion Piece

January 23, 2015

Dennis Cariello writes: Institutions of higher education have a significant limitation on their ability to restructure debt. Practically speaking, they can’t declare bankruptcy. Despite the general nondiscrimination provision in the bankruptcy code, changes to the Higher Education Act in 1992 require that a college filing for bankruptcy immediately and irrevocably loses access to the federal loans and grants authorized under Title IV of the HEA. Considering that approximately 85 percent of students utilize Title IV programs to pay for tuition, this restriction makes filing for bankruptcy a nonstarter.

One Student's Fight To Reclaim Ip Revenues For Undergrads’ Startups

FastCompany.com

January 23, 2015

Caleb Carr, a student at University of Colorado-Denver, is trying to make sure that students are getting their fair share of the more than $22 billion in sales of products created and based on academic research. In the past year, Carr, along with a core team of about seven other students, has met with dozens of lawmakers in the hope that legislation will be proposed in early 2015 that would redefine how a student and a university can benefit financially from student ideas built with campus resources.

Push to Tax ‘529’ Plans Stokes Debate

Wall Street Journal

January 22, 2015

President Barack Obama ’s push to start taxing college-saving accounts, including the popular “529” accounts, would affect millions of Americans who are stashing money for their children’s education, stirring debate about how to structure federal student aid and how to define the middle class.

HBCUs Divided over Free Community College Plan

BlackVoiceNews.com

January 22, 2015

Black college educators and supporters are sharply split over whether President Obama’s proposal to offer a free two-year community college education to students making progress toward earning an associate or bachelor’s degree would hurt are harm Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Standardized Online Classes Would Lead Toward Increased Efficency [sic] in Higher Education

Forbes - Opinion Piece

January 22, 2015

Matthew LeBar writes: Colleges and universities are offering more and more online classes to their students. Textbook companies like Pearson PLC are beginning to standardize these classes by designing online courses and selling them to different universities. These courses, with less labor from professors, promise a more efficient delivery of content to the student and therefore represent a threat to professors, especially adjuncts.

2 Ex-UNC Athletes Sue School, NCAA Over Academic Failures

Associated Press

January 22, 2015

Two former University of North Carolina athletes have filed a lawsuit against the school and the NCAA, saying neither has done enough to ensure athletes receive a quality education. The lawsuit names former women's basketball player Rashanda McCants and former football player Devon Ramsay as plaintiffs but seeks class-action status.

Help Community College Students: Restore Year-Round Pell

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece

January 22, 2015

Jason Delisle and Ben Miller write: Many believe that, despite the elegant simplicity of a year-round Pell Grant, the original version somehow got it wrong thanks to bureaucratic incompetence, abuse, or an ill-conceived design, which caused its costs to explode. Those views are hampering calls to reinstate the policy. Worse yet, the purported flaws in the policy are more myth than reality. Our new paper, “Myths and Misunderstandings: The Undeserved Legacy of Year-Round Pell Grants” (Jan. 22), argues that year-round Pell Grants did not suffer from any design flaws and that many of these explanations are erroneous.

In an Evolving Career Landscape, How Should Colleges Prepare Students?

Chronicle of Higher Education

January 22, 2015

On Wednesday the Kettering Foundation, the National Issues Forums Institute, and Augsburg College gathered a group of leaders from higher education, business, government, and other fields to begin what the organizations hope will be a national conversation on the question of how colleges should adapt to a working world changed by technology, globalization, and the aftermath of the recession.

Free Community College Stories Roundup - January 22, 2015

Multiple Sources

January 22, 2015

Here is a collection of articles, alphabetized by source, on President Obama's proposal to provide free community college.
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