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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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Campus Counseling Centers Face a Question: Where Are All the Men?

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 24, 2014

Male college students are far less likely to use campus mental-health services than female students are. In fact, campus counseling centers treat almost two women for every man, according to a recent study.

Why Elite Universities Should Admit More Community College Grads

Washington Post - Presidential Opinion

October 24, 2014

C.L. Max Nikias, President, University of Southern California writes: A 2006 study — the last to comprehensively examine this topic — found that fewer than one of every 1,000 students at the nation’s most selective private institutions is a community college transfer. But at USC last year, on a campus of 18,000 undergraduates, we accepted 824 highly qualified community college transfers. USC has had this policy in place for decades to attract qualified students, particularly those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. The results have been compelling, and we have increased our efforts as a result — admitting 13 percent more community college graduates in 2013 than we did in 2007.

Duty While Students Are Abroad

Inside Higher Ed

October 24, 2014

A group of influential education organizations has stepped in to support a private prep school in its appeal against a former student, saying the case could have far-reaching negative effects on study abroad trips.

Affluent Students Borrowing More for College

CBS Moneywatch

October 24, 2014

It's well known that young Americans have had to take on massive amounts of student loans to pay for the soaring cost of college. More surprising is that borrowing over the last two decades has risen the fastest among affluent families. Half of 2012 college graduates who come from high-income families borrowed money for college, double the rate that did so in 1992, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

College Helps Students Dream of More Than a Salary

USA Today - Presidential Opinion

October 23, 2014

Drew Faust, President, Harvard University writes: From the earliest days of our country, we have seen education as the foundation for democracy and citizenship, for social mobility and national prosperity. Higher education opens minds and opens doors. Yet high school students and families are increasingly questioning its value. Is investing in a college or university education still worth it? The short answer is "yes."

Reducing Student Debt Requires a National Commitment

Baltimore Sun - Commentary

October 23, 2014

Jonathan Gibralter writes: Tonight, as families of high school students across the country sit down to eat dinner, talk will likely turn to college applications. For those in the midst of the process, the conversation will almost definitely touch on affordability. And for those still a year or two out from college, the conversation may turn to whether or not the entire undertaking is even worth it. These topics are directly related. As an industry, higher education cannot hope to put to rest questions about value until we accept — and address — the challenges we face on affordability.

Addressing the Student Debt Crisis: We Can Do More to Encourage Responsible Borrowing

Huffington Post - Commentary

October 23, 2014

Dr. Robert Mendenhall writes: We are all aware of the growing student loan crisis -- $1.2 trillion in student loans, alarming default rates and average debt amounts rising every year. While Washington is working to find ways to alleviate the burden of staggering student debt, and some institutions are experimenting with innovative ways -- like competency-based education -- to make college more affordable, we must also do more to encourage responsible borrowing.

Race That's Putting Va. Town on the Political Map

Christian Broadcasting Network

October 23, 2014

The 7,000 people who live in Ashland, Virginia, affectionately refer to their town's seven square miles as the "center of the universe." Now, with two local professors -- Dave Brat and Jack Trammell -- facing off in the race to replace former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, they're proclaiming Ashland "the political center of the universe."

How Colleges Let Sexual Predators Slip Away to Other Schools

Huffington Post

October 23, 2014

If a college student is disciplined by a school for sexual assault, the rapist can skip the punishment by transferring to a new university without anyone ever knowing. The offense won’t necessarily show up on a transcript. And administrators can simply note in a student’s file that he or she faced disciplinary action without recording actual details. What's more, schools that accept transfer students aren't required to circle back to a previous school to check records. Even if they do, full disclosure isn’t required, and the schools never have to inform the police.

What Would Thomas Jefferson Say? The Mind and Heart of the New Liberal Arts

Hechinger Report - Presidential Opinion

October 23, 2014

Ralph Kuncl, President, University of Redlands writes: If I could somehow recruit Thomas Jefferson to our current faculty, I believe he would teach not only the classic liberal arts of mathematics, astronomy, music, grammar, logic, and rhetoric but also the 20th century “liberating” domains of philosophy, history, literature, languages, natural and physical sciences, and psychology. And yet, I believe he, too, would extol the “new liberal arts” of our time like data science, digital graphic design, animation art, photographic and video production, geodesign, epidemiology, or public policy.
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