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No Love, But No Alternative

Inside Higher Ed

September 1, 2015

As recently as three years ago, it seemed unlikely that the existing system of accreditation would survive the next renewal of the Higher Education Act in anything remotely resembling its current form. From across the political spectrum (right and left) and from various segments of higher education itself (particularly community colleges in California and elite universities across the country), many asserted that the system of peer-reviewed quality control was irretrievably broken and in need of replacement. In some ways little has changed today.Read More


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Humanities Paradox

Inside Higher Ed

September 1, 2015

Humanities professors spend a lot of time debating trends in humanities enrollments. A new analysis published late Monday by the Humanities Indicators Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences may point to a key paradox for those trying to predict the future behavior of college students. The data show a decline in the proportion of high school students (as they take the SAT and as they prepare to graduate) who say they plan to major in the humanities. But something seems to be happening to those students when they actually enroll in college -- and interest in majoring in the humanities goes up. Read More


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Maryland Quadruplets Join Freshman Class at Same College

ABC News / Good Morning America

September 1, 2015

Getting to know your new classmates can be one of the hardest parts of starting life as a college student, but four freshmen at a Virginia college already have that problem solved.  The freshmen are quadruplets who each chose, on their own, to attend the same college, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.  The 17-year-old siblings - Jake, Hannah, Lexi and Rachel Jones - toured around 10 college campuses before they each individually chose Randolph-Macon.Read More


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Wider-Ranging Rankings

Inside Higher Ed

April 29, 2015

The world may or may not need another college rankings system; on that question, commentators and pundits are divided. The creators of a new entry acknowledge the limitations of the genre, but argue that their version -- imperfect as it may be -- improves on the competition by analyzing thousands of colleges of all types (instead of hundreds of mostly selective ones) and assessing them based on how much the institutions themselves contribute to the economic success of their graduates.

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The Problem with President Obama’s College Ratings

Austin, Texas, Statesman - Presidential Opinion

April 22, 2015

Larry L. Earvin, President, Hutson-Tillotson University; Haywood L. Strickland, President Wiley College; Dwight Fennell, President, Texas College; & Lester Newman, President, Jarvis Christian College write: We are concerned that the potential our institutions offer could be undermined by a rating system that the U.S. Department of Education wants to impose on the nation’s colleges and universities: scores based on graduation rates, loan repayment, salaries and career outcomes. Such a system is likely to hurt, not help, our institutions and diminish higher education access for the students who flourish at colleges like ours. Low-income students, students who are the first in their families to attend college and students who need to make up for an inadequate high school education may not perform at the same level as their counterparts from higher-income families, depressing the ratings of colleges like ours whose core mission is to serve just such students. Misleading ratings could even discourage these students from considering HBCUs.

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What Stands to be Lost in Sales Tax Bill

Burlington, N.C., Times-News - Column

April 21, 2015

Leo Lambert, President, Elon University writes: What higher education doesn’t need: Another tax on students and their families. In its continuing efforts to overhaul the way North Carolina funds state government, the Senate has again set its sights on the state’s nonprofit community, with a specific target on hospitals and private colleges and universities. Senate Bill 700 would limit the sales tax exemption for larger nonprofits, requiring those organizations to pay sales tax on most of the goods and services they purchase.

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