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Busting the Myths about Private Colleges


NAICU debunks the major myths surrounding private nonprofit colleges and universities. Visit 9myths.org to get the facts!

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U.S. Colleges’ Bounty of Foreign Students Thins

Wall Street Journal

May 25, 2016

U.S. colleges have lured a wave of foreign students in recent years to boost tuition revenue and offset state budget cuts. The influx of students paying two to three times what locals do has brought controversy, with some Americans complaining that slots for U.S. students are becoming harder to get, while some of the international students, particularly from Muslim countries, can face a hostile reception.Read More


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Is ‘Grit’ Overrated in Explaining Student Success? Harvard Researchers Have a New Theory.

Washington Post - Opinion

May 25, 2016

Jeffrey J. Selingo, professor of practice at Arizona State University, writes: But how well does grit, or 10,000 hours, really explain the ultimate success of people who achieve preeminence in their fields? Not as much as we tend to think, according to two Harvard University researchers working on a new project aimed at understanding the development of individual excellence.Read More


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A Longtime Force in Higher Education Reflects on the Changing Landscape

Chronicle of Higher Education

May 25, 2016

David A. Longanecker, set to retire as president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, talks about the “radical” changes he’s seen in higher education over his career – and his plans to drive a truck when he “grows up.”Read More


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Veterans Deserve Universities' Loyalty

USA Today - Presidential Opinon

April 21, 2016

University of Southern California President C.L. Max Nikias and Professor David Petraeus write: Our nation owes an enormous debt to these new veterans. Indeed, they have earned recognition as America’s “New Greatest Generation.” And our universities need to support them to the fullest extent possible, including through the Yellow Ribbon Program, which removes financial barriers that often stand in the way.

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Why Women's Colleges Are Still Needed

University Business - Presidential Opinion

April 22, 2016

Jo Allen, president of Meredith College, writes: The role of women’s colleges—far beyond their origins in offering access to college degrees—is to help women flourish. Some women’s colleges have focused on women’s leadership; some on career preparation in STEM and other areas where women have been under-represented and dissatisfied; and still others on health care, education and areas where women excel.

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Proposed Federal Overtime Rules Will Negatively Impact Nonprofits

Scranton, Penn., Times-Tribune - Presidential Opinion

April 18, 2016

Thomas J. Botzman, president of Misericordia University, writes: For higher education, the challenges — while daunting — are not as overwhelming. Teachers and college faculty are exempt employees, so their salaries would not change. However, many of our colleagues, such as coaches, post-doctoral fellows, student affairs professionals and admissions recruiters would be impacted by the rule. A coach, for example, would likely be constrained from longer trips to play a game as we seek to limit hourly travel expenses. Opportunities for professional development would also diminish as cost containment becomes the directive.

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