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Don’t Make College Free — Increase Need-Based Aid

Learning Lab - Presidential Opinion

February 5, 2016

Catharine Hill, President, Vassar College writes: Reducing tuition at the well-endowed schools would primarily benefit students from the top 20 percent of the income distribution, students and their families who can already pay much or all of the tuition. To help lower- and middle-income students and their families, it makes more sense to focus on expanding need-based financial aid, rather than lowering tuition levels.

Obama Ridiculed for Sluggish Moves on College Accreditation

Huffington Post

February 5, 2016

The Education Department wields tremendous power over accreditors: Schools can receive federal student aid funds only if they’re accredited by organizations approved by the Education Department. The department can revoke its approval if accreditors aren’t up to snuff. But with less than a year left in office, it’s unlikely the Obama administration will achieve anything meaningful in reforming the accreditation system.

Obama’s Controversial Higher-Ed Legacy

The Atlantic

February 5, 2016

Recently, a great deal of debate has centered on whether the nation’s first black president has failed its historically black colleges and universities. The debate isn’t new; for years there’s been whispered angst over the president’s paternalism and seeming aloofness when it came to black institutions—and perhaps black issues in general.

In Defense of Small Things

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion

February 5, 2016

Christopher Schaberg, associate professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, writes: When I think back on my own liberal arts education, I realize that many small things contributed to my overall experience. Those things weren’t necessarily planned in advance nor did they show up on my transcript. But they were absolutely meaningful for me.

College Is the New Cable Bundle - Do Students Deserve a Netflix?

Washington Post - Column

February 5, 2016

Washington Post Innovations Editor Matt McFarland writes: College has a lot in common with your cable TV package, according to Michael Horn, a principal consultant at innovation agency Entangled Solutions. As schools plow money into new dorms, administrative costs and sports stadiums, some students find themselves paying for “channels” they have no use for. Horn is co-chairing a new group to make “cutting the cord” a viable option for students who find college painfully expensive and poorly suited to their needs.

US Congressman Proposes Plan to Make College More Affordable

University of Wisconsin, Badger Herald

February 4, 2016

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind has proposed the “College Affordability Action Plan,” to combat student loan debt. The package includes provisions that allow refinancing of student loans, redirecting federal funds to the Federal Pell Grant program and a permanent extension for the Federal Perkins Loan.

What the Education Department's Information-Security Breakdowns Really Mean

Chronicle of Higher Education

February 4, 2016

In hearings this week and last fall, members of Congress warned that the U.S. Department of Education, with its databases containing sensitive information on millions of students and parents, is a prime target of hackers. The lawmakers accused top department officials of failing to secure the agency’s vulnerable information systems.The hearings featured highly technical testimony from government investigators and department officials, along with plenty of finger-pointing and outrage from lawmakers. Yet amid all the anger and acronyms, observers may have been left wondering: Should I be worried?

After Racist Episodes, Blunt Discussions on Campus

New York Times

February 4, 2016

The new frontier in the university’s eternal struggle with race starts here, with blunt conversations that seek to bridge a stark campus divide. Yet what was evident in this pregnant moment during a new diversity session that the university is requiring of all new students was this: People just don’t want to discuss it.

In New Sorting of Colleges, Dartmouth Falls Out of an Exclusive Group

Washington Post

February 4, 2016

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth’s elite standing in higher education is secure.  But this week it fell out of a college club many want to enter: A group of roughly 100 research-focused schools that insiders call “R1.”  So what is R1 and why does it matter? This label — denoting schools with “highest research activity” — is part of a crucial sorting exercise that occurs once every five years, called the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Gates Foundation Adds Its Voice to Calls for Closer Scrutiny of Colleges

Hechinger Report

February 4, 2016

A powerful foundation has joined the chorus calling for more accurate information to measure what Americans are getting for the hundreds of billions of dollars per year they invest in higher education. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is pushing for clear and comprehensive information to be made easily available to consumers, taxpayers and policymakers about such things as how many students graduate, whether they get jobs, and access to universities and colleges by ethnic and racial minorities.
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