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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 Economist

March 28, 2015

In most European countries the state pays 80-100% of the costs of tuition. The main advantages of this model are equity and cost control. Where it works well—in northern Europe—graduate education levels are uniformly high. Where it works badly—in southern Europe—they are uniformly low. American uses mixed funding, with individuals paying most of the costs of tuition and the government helping out with loans and grants. In some countries with similar models, such as Japan and South Korea, individuals and families pick up the tab. These systems tend to be better funded and more expensive than the European ones (see chart 4) because people fork out readily, and costs are harder to control.

A Flagging Model

The Economist

March 28, 2015

Higher education has two sets of customers: students and the government. Students want all sorts of things from it—to make friends, sharpen their minds and get away from home. But most of all they want it to improve their economic prospects. Governments want three things from higher education: research, human capital and equity.

Many Teach Grants Turn Into Loans; Report Asks Department to Find Out Why

Chronicle of Higher Education

March 27, 2015

A third of the more than 112,000 students who have received federal Teach Grants have had their grants changed to loans, according to a report released on Thursday by the Government Accountability Office. Teach Grants, which provide prospective teachers with up to $4,000 a year, are converted to loans when recipients fail to meet the program’s service requirement: teaching for four years in a high-need subject in a low-income school.

Obama Administration College Ratings Won't Enhance Higher Education

New Orleans, La., Times-Picayune - Presidential Opinion

March 27, 2015

Norman C. Francis, president, Xavier University and Walter M. Kimbrough, president, Dillard University write: The importance of diversity is one of the reasons we are concerned about the Obama administration's plans to develop a system to rate our country's almost 3,000 four-year and almost 2,000 two-year colleges and universities. The plan is to divide nearly 5,000 unique institutions serving millions of students with differing needs and aspirations into just three categories, which undoubtedly will be labeled the best, the worst and all those in-between.

Colleges Depend on Greek Life. That’s Why It’s so Hard to Control.


March 27, 2015

Many college leaders seem sincerely appalled by the excesses of their students and determined to do something about it. But in many ways, college presidents' hands are tied. And this is what makes Greek life, even when it gets bad, so difficult to tame: colleges are just as dependent on fraternities as fraternities are on them.

Why Colleges Don’t do More to Rein in Frats

Chronicle of Higher Education

March 27, 2015

It’s getting hard to keep up with the number of shocking incidents attributed to fraternities. But the latest spate of bad behavior has raised bigger questions about Greek organizations’ place on campuses: Why don’t colleges, or the national associations the fraternities represent, hold frats more accountable? Can they, or should they, do more? How?

Little Progress on Incentive Comp

Inside Higher Ed

March 27, 2015

The U.S. Education Department's Federal Student Aid office has done too little to carry out regulatory changes adopted five years ago to crack down on colleges' use of incentive compensation to reward employees, the department's inspector general said in a highly critical audit this week.

Financial Aid Award Letters: Eschew Obfuscation

Huffington Post - Opinion Piece

March 26, 2015

W. Kent Barnds writes: Although I have 23 years of experience in admissions and financial aid, even I have a difficult time interpreting aid award letters. I cannot imagine the difficulty prospective students and families have in trying to decipher financial letters from a variety of institutions, all using different formats and terms.

The Threat to the Future of Small Liberal Arts Colleges

Forbes - Opinion Piece

March 26, 2015

William G. Tierney writes: About a third of the nation’s approximately 4,500 private nonprofit and for-profit institutions have student bodies of 1,500 students or fewer. Of these, roughly half, or 750, are experiencing financial pressures because of bond indebtedness, according to a recently released report by Moody’s Investors Services. In the past decade, about 60 small nonprofit colleges and universities—Antioch, Cascade, Dana, and Bethany among them—have closed their doors because of debt pressures. They should be viewed as canaries in the small-college coal mine.

Cuts in financial aid for public institution students may be deeper than expected

Lawrence, Kan., Journal-World

March 26, 2015

Students enrolled at independent private colleges and universities in Kansas next year may be entitled to as much as 84 percent of all the need-based grants that are funded by the state, according to the Kansas Board of Regents. If so, that would mean only $2.4 million would be available to students attending public four-year institutions such as Kansas University, while $13.3 million would be reserved for students at private schools such as Baker University in Baldwin City who make up only 17 percent of all the enrollment at four-year institutions in Kansas.
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