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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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Student debt relief scams are on the rise. Here’s how this government official plans to stop it.

Washington Post

June 2, 2015

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has had enough of the false claims and empty promises. After filing several lawsuits against student debt relief companies in the past year, she is now calling on the Education Department to step up to protect struggling borrowers.

For the Poor, the Graduation Gap Is Even Wider Than the Enrollment Gap

New York Times, TheUpshot - Blog

June 2, 2015

Susan Dynarski writes: Rich and poor students don’t merely enroll in college at different rates; they also complete it at different rates. The graduation gap is even wider than the enrollment gap.

Accreditors Back Joint Approach to Competency-Based Education

Inside Higher Ed

June 2, 2015

A group representing the seven regional accrediting agencies has developed a common framework for assessing and approving competency-based education programs proposed by their member institutions.

The Campus Crusaders

New York Times - Op/Ed

June 2, 2015

David Brooks writes: Today’s campus activists are not only going after actual acts of discrimination — which is admirable. They are also going after incorrect thought — impiety and blasphemy. They are going after people for simply failing to show sufficient deference to and respect for the etiquette they hold dear. They sometimes conflate ideas with actions and regard controversial ideas as forms of violence.

New Website for a New Test

Inside Higher Ed

June 2, 2015

The College Board and Khan Academy are today announcing a new partnership offering free online test preparation resources for students looking to take a new version of the SAT next spring. The free test preparation is being offered in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to give access to the resources to students who might need more support or access to the Internet or computers. The announcements are designed to help the College Board try to rebrand a test that some have criticized for not providing an accurate prediction of success in higher education.

Budget More to Ease Student Debt

Scranton, Penn., Times-Tribune - Opinion

June 2, 2015

Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania President Don Francis writes: Where there are gaps between funding and need, students and their families need additional help making ends meet. One way to do that in Pennsylvania is to address the needs in the state budget. For instance, just a 5 percent increase in PHEAA state grant funding would mean the difference of $17.2 million additional funds for students over the proposed level funding for the program this year. Additionally, if lawmakers supported Gov. Tom Wolf’s $10 million increase for the Ready to Succeed Scholarship Program, thousands more middle-income students who meet eligibility requirements would be able to receive scholarships to apply toward their tuition.

Not So Quick on Canceling Debt

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion

June 2, 2015

Michigan State University College of Education Dean Donald E. Heller writes: Students are going to continue to face increasing tuition costs and will continue to need student loans to help meet those costs. A call for forgiving all student loan debt would presumably also entail getting rid of, or strictly curtailing, future loans as well -- otherwise we’d find ourselves in exactly the same situation down the road. Eliminating student loans will not rein in increasing prices; tuition prices have continued to rise even as federal loan limits have not.

Why College Tuition Is Just as Bad as Bundled Cable Bills

Washington Post - Opinion

June 1, 2015

Contributor Jeffrey J. Selingo writes: College tuition pricing is just as maddening as the family cable bill (just a lot more expensive). Much like cable providers spread out their huge programming costs by forcing customers to buy network bundles even if they don’t watch the channels, the college tuition bill is bundled as well.

The True Costs of Skipping College Classes

Forbes

June 1, 2015

As college prices continue to soar, the College Board estimates that the average cost of attending a public four-year institution for out-of-state students hovers around $22,958, while the average cost of attending a private four-year institution is even higher at $31,231. Assuming that a typical student signs up for 15 hours of class per week and a typical academic year lasts 30 weeks, a student who skips a class at a public institution is essentially wasting $51.02. A student at a private institution, meanwhile, is throwing away $69.40.

Social Sciences Produce Leaders

Inside Higher Ed

June 1, 2015

A survey being released today suggests that leaders of a range of organizations internationally (including the United States) are most likely to have a degree in the social sciences, with 44 percent of leaders holding such a credential.
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