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How Colleges Are Turning Their Racist Pasts into Teaching Opportunities

Chronicle of Higher Education

April 29, 2016

In deciding to keep John C. Calhoun’s name on a residential college, Yale University’s president, Peter Salovey, says he hopes to turn the story of the 19th-century statesman who defended slavery into a teaching moment.

'Ban the Box' Goes to College

The Atlantic

April 29, 2016

The long-running “Ban the Box” campaign is now gaining ground at colleges and universities. The movement aims to protect job, and now student, applicants from being asked about their criminal histories and was recently bolstered by President Obama, who is taking executive action to ban the practice at federal agencies.

What’s a Degree Worth? Depends on What You Study — And Where

Washington Post - Opinion

April 29, 2016

Mark Schneider, vice president and institute fellow at the American Institutes for Research, writes: While education pays, it pays a lot more for some graduates than for others — and not all will reach or even come near the million dollar mark.

Delayed Promise in Kentucky

Inside Higher Ed

April 29, 2016

A planned scholarship to provide students in Kentucky with free tuition for the first two years is put on ice for a year by the state's governor.

Small Colleges, Losing Market Share, Struggle to Keep Doors Open

New York Times

April 29, 2016

In the last few years, small liberal arts colleges have been under financial siege, forced to re-examine their missions and justify their existence. Even several established and respected ones — Bard College, Yeshiva University, Mills College and Morehouse College, among others — have received negative financial ratings.

The Good News Behind America's Bad Test Scores

Christian Science Monitor

April 28, 2016

he findings released Wednesday by the National Assessment of Educational Progress show that fewer high school seniors were ready for college than in 2013. But some education experts say the numbers don't tell the whole story.

It’s Almost Impossible for Students to Sue a For-Profit College. Here’s Why.

Washington Post

April 28, 2016

There are all sorts of financial aid, housing and medical forms that most college students can expect to fill out before starting classes, but for the most part only those attending for-profit schools are confronted with a piece of paper that seeks to curb their rights. Enrollment contracts have become a popular way for career schools to protect their financial interest by tucking in clauses that bar students from filing class-action lawsuits or otherwise taking their grievances to the courts.

The Most Career-Minded Generation

The Atlantic

April 28, 2016

Post-college job considerations have always been part of the equation. But with the rapidly rising tuition costs, the national student-debt crisis, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs encouraging some students to drop out altogether and enter the job market, this question has taken on new urgency.

Why GMU’s Renaming Work Has Only Just Begun - Commentary

Inside Higher Ed

April 28, 2016

Robert Williams, an assistant professor of marketing at Susquehanna University (PA), writes:  George Mason University’s law school recently underwent a name change. But due to an unfortunate acronym, it was quickly slated for yet another change. Though the renaming has already gotten plenty of attention -- both good and bad -- what’s more important for a renaming is what happens during the lead up to the decision, and in cases like this, the first few years after the renaming.

Colleges Use Questionable Tactics to Attract Students

Forbes – Commentary

April 28, 2016

Forbes Contributor Ryan Craig writes:  While the university from which National Lampoon emerged has never had to resort to such crude commercial means to attract students, lesser institutions have. We’ve become inured to stories about Division I universities recruiting athletes with sex, alcohol and drugs (Colorado, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Tennessee). Meanwhile, smaller schools have utilized less Lampoon-ish, but apparently effective means to attract students. 
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