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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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Record Student-Loan Debt Prompts Treasury Push to Stem Defaults


July 24, 2014

The U.S. Treasury, which finances more than 90 percent of new student loans, is exploring ways to make repayment more affordable as defaults by almost 7 million Americans and other strapped borrowers restrain economic growth.

Why the University of Phoenix’s Favorite Congressman Killed the GI College Aid Bill

The Daily Beast

July 24, 2014

Legislation designed to prevent for-profit colleges from gaming the federal aid system and exploiting veterans died within 15 minutes of being introduced earlier this month.  U.S. Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, quashed the bill by ruling it nongermane to the topic of financial aid being discussed at his July 10 hearing.

House Approves 2 Bills Toward Renewal of Higher Education Act

Chronicle of Higher Education

July 24, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two higher-education bills on Wednesday, sending them to an uncertain fate in the Senate. Among other things, the bills would create a demonstration project for competency-based education (HR 3136) and streamline the information the federal government provides to prospective students (HR 4983).

Some Strings Attached

Inside Higher Education

July 24, 2014

What would your institution do for $50,000? For grant recipients of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation meeting in Washington, D.C., this week, $50,000 is worth a multiyear commitment that includes mandatory attendance at cohort meetings and conferences, participation in research projects, and a fair share of homework.

Soaring Student Debt Sparks Response from Catholic Colleges

Catholic World Report

July 24, 2014

With a national student loan debt of slightly more than $1 trillion, American colleges may have to start re-thinking the way they do business.  Recent graduates of Catholic colleges are among those feeling the weight of student loan debt. CNA spoke with three of the nation's top Catholic colleges to see how they are dealing with the student debt crisis.

NSA Targets College Students to Fill Cyber Professionals Shortage

USA Today College

July 24, 2014

In response to a shortage of cyber professionals in the U.S., the National Security Agency is reaching out to a younger crowd: college students. Beginning in 2012, the NSA started its National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program at select universities across the nation to attract students to the field.

Should They Stay or Go?

Inside Higher Education

July 24, 2014

Once again American colleges with study abroad programs in Israel have had to make the call: evacuate or stay the course. The U.S. Department of State updated its longstanding travel warning for Israel on Monday, recommending that U.S. citizens “consider” deferring non-essential travel in light of the armed conflict on the ground in Gaza and the risk of long-range rocket attacks.

Anti-Union Vote in Minn. Is Rare Setback in National Campaign for Adjunct Unions

Chronicle of Higher Education

July 24, 2014

The Service Employees International Union is accustomed to winning—persuading adjunct faculty members to unionize on campuses around the country. But this week, the SEIU suffered a rare setback when adjuncts at the University of Saint Thomas, in St. Paul, voted against forming a union.

Top 5 Reasons to Apply to a Private School

July 24, 2014

When applying to college, most students take into account three deciding factors: academics, finances and campus life. But what does it mean to attend a public school over one that is privately funded? Applying to a private school can be daunting for families, especially for those unclear on the true cost of college, but there are many benefits that override the high tuition costs.

Jon Endicott: Educated Valley Is Thriving Valley

Fresno Bee (CA) - Commentary

July 23, 2014

Jon Endicott writes: The problems of the Central Valley are right in front of us: people out of work, people struggling with low-wage jobs and people feeling helpless. The answer to many of these problems is also right in front of us: higher education.
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