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Los Angeles Times - Op/Ed
August 3, 2015
John R. Brooks & Jonathan D. Glater write: The most-discussed problem with federal student loans is that some people borrow more than they ultimately can repay. The Obama administration is trying to fix that. Another problem, paradoxically, is that students cannot borrow enough.
Chronicle of Higher Education
August 3, 2015
Throughout their history, fraternities have taken many forms. They began as early-American literary societies, evolved into clubby training grounds for corporate leaders, and entered the 21st century hung over from the legacy of Animal House. They have always reflected the best and worst behaviors of college life, turning out student-government presidents and binge-drinkers alike. But today people are asking whether fraternities have fallen out of step with the times.
Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch - Commentary
August 2, 2015
Jim Weiker writes: Mark Fleming has a radical theory: Millennials aren’t buying homes because they don’t want to. Fleming’s idea defies the conventional explanation about why young people aren’t buying homes: They can’t afford to. That theory has led President Barack Obama, the National Association of Realtors and others to call for reducing down payments required for homes.
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.
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.
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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