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Mix and Match

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.Read More


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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.Read More


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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.Read More


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Restore the Pell Grant’s clout

The Hill - Commentary

January 14, 2015

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) writes: As a nation that values education, we should give every willing student the opportunity to succeed. Since 1972, the need-based federal Pell Grant has done just that. At the beginning of the program, the grant covered the entire cost of college. Unfortunately, as tuition costs soar and state and community college budgets are slashed, the federal government is shirking its responsibility to help students succeed. The Pell Grant now covers just a third of the cost of a public four-year school. That means today’s student is left fighting to make ends meet now while being saddled with debt for the future.

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More States Tie Money to Colleges’ Performance, but That May Not Work

Chronicle of Higher Education

January 14, 2015

A report being released on Wednesday throws more cold water on a trend that’s been sweeping the nation for the past several years, most recently with the White House proposal that seeks to make two years of community college free for everyone. It’s called performance-based funding, and it boils down to rewarding or penalizing colleges based in part on the numbers of students they graduate or retain from year to year.

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6 Years in and 6 to Go, Only Modest Progress on Obama’s College-Completion Goal

Chronicle of Higher Education

January 20, 2015

Six years ago, in his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama set a bold, if daunting, goal: to lead the world in college completion by 2020. Today, as Mr. Obama prepares to deliver his next-to-last State of the Union address to Congress, the nation has moved up only slightly, into a tie for 11th place, and the president’s ambitious goal looks unachievable.

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Free Community College Stories Roundup - January 16, 2015

Multiple Sources

January 16, 2015

Here is a collection of articles, alphabetized by source, on President Obama's proposal to provide free community college.

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