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

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What Would Thomas Jefferson Say? The Mind and Heart of the New Liberal Arts

Hechinger Report - Presidential Opinion

October 23, 2014

Ralph Kuncl, President, University of Redlands writes: If I could somehow recruit Thomas Jefferson to our current faculty, I believe he would teach not only the classic liberal arts of mathematics, astronomy, music, grammar, logic, and rhetoric but also the 20th century “liberating” domains of philosophy, history, literature, languages, natural and physical sciences, and psychology. And yet, I believe he, too, would extol the “new liberal arts” of our time like data science, digital graphic design, animation art, photographic and video production, geodesign, epidemiology, or public policy.Read More


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Obama on Affirmative Action in Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed

October 23, 2014

In an interview in The New Yorker, President Obama expressed support for affirmative action in higher education, and questioned how precisely a Supreme Court deadline for phasing out the consideration of race should be viewed. The article looks broadly at President Obama's influence on the federal court system, and touches on affirmative action toward the end of the piece.Read More


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NC Election Law Eliminates Early Voting Sites on Triangle College Campuses

Raleigh, NC, News Observer

October 23, 2014

Some of the largest college campuses in North Carolina will not host early voting sites for the fall election. The state’s new election law is the reason. The law shortens the early voting period by a week while offering the same number of hours. It also says sites must provide both parking and curbside voting. It’s mostly the last requirement that has eliminated early voting at sites on campuses that were used in previous elections.Read More


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Harvard Is Better at Admitting Low-Income Students Than the University of Wisconsin

Vox

September 18, 2014

The underrepresentation of low-income students should be particularly troubling at public universities for two reasons. First, while the admissions process is still competitive, many public universities accept a higher proportion of their applicants than the most elite private colleges. Yale accepted 6 percent of its applicants last year; Wisconsin accepted more than half.

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Time to Stop the Sob Stories About Student Loan Debt

Forbes - Commentary

September 18, 2014

Jeffrey Dorfman writes: The New York Times informed its readers last week that there are now two million people over 60 years old that still have student loan debt, with an average loan balance of $21,000. To put this report in context, those two million seniors represent only three percent of all people in that age bracket and the average balance of $21,000 is only 78 percent of the size of the average car loan ($27,000). Assumedly many more than three percent of Americans over the age of 60 have car loans, yet nobody thinks that is a crisis.

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Why the Government Won't Let Colleges Reduce Tuition

American.com

September 17, 2014

Most people think that college tuition is too high, and many presidents of private colleges agree with that sentiment and would like to cut their tuition. However, they cannot legally do so, at least not in a way that would be beneficial for them — which would be for a large group of private colleges to jointly reduce tuition.

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