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Claire McCaskill to Quiz Colleges on How They Handle Sexual Assault Cases

April 17, 2014

Sen. Claire McCaskill sent an exhaustive survey to 350 colleges and universities this week in hopes of better understanding how schools report and investigate sexual assault and whether or not current federal oversight is effective. The congressional inquiry is unprecedented in terms of scope and specificity, she says — and also in line with her recent strategy for tackling sexual assault in the military.Read More


Why Americans’ Trillion-Dollar College Debt Burden Is Still Rising

Al Jazeera America

April 17, 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ran the numbers on what the student loan rate increases will mean for students, and found that, for loans issued in the 2014–15 school year, monthly payments would rise about $3 a month for every $5,000 in loan balance. That figure may sound trivial, but the average student taking out loans in 2012 carried $29,400 in debt after graduation.Read More


U.S. Graduate Schools Wonder if India Is Their New Engine of Enrollment Growth

Chronicle of Higher Education

April 17, 2014

International graduate-student trends appear to have hit a reset. For the second year in a row, applications to American graduate schools from India skyrocketed, while those from prospective Chinese students fell.Read More


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Over-Reaching on Undermatching - Commentary

Huffington Post

January 23, 2014

“Undermatching" is the latest buzzword to afflict higher education, a theory that "high achieving low income" students should choose only elite or "competitive" colleges and universities instead of the often-local institutions that serve low income students in large numbers. Undermatching was one of the motivating forces behind last week's White House Summit on College Opportunity. Trimity Washington University President Patricia McGuire says educating low income students is not a competition, but rather, a hard task that requires considerable devotion and a deep sense of mission commitment.

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How Liberal Arts Majors Fare Over the Long Haul

Chronicle of Higher Education

January 22, 2014

Skepticism over the value of a college degree, especially one in the liberal arts, is common these days. On Wednesday the Association of American Colleges and Universities—a champion of liberal education—stepped into the fray with a report, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, that examines the payoff of a liberal-arts degree over the course of a career.

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College Enrollment Among Low-income Students Still Trails Richer Groups

Pew Research Center

January 16, 2014

Higher education long has been seen as one of the best ways out of poverty, but connecting low-income students — even the high-achieving ones who presumably are best prepared for college-level work — with colleges and universities remains a challenge. President Obama is expected to meet today with more than 100 college presidents at the White House to discuss ways of enrolling more low-income minority students and helping ensure more of them graduate.

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