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Oklahoma Wesleyan Quits Christian College Group

Inside Higher Ed
September 2, 2015

Oklahoma Wesleyan University has become the second Christian college to quit the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities because two of that group's members have changed their policies to allow for the hiring of gay faculty members who are married or who are celibate.  The Christian college group has said that it is consulting with all of its members about what to do. That process is scheduled to conclude on Sept. 21.

Away from Politics, Kerry Healey Raising Babson’s Profile

Boston Globe
September 2, 2015

As another presidential campaign heats up, Kerry Healey finds herself in an unusual position: spectator.  During Mitt Romney’s 2012 run, Healey, who was his lieutenant governor, traveled with the Republican nominee and played campaign surrogate, popping up on TV to defend him. This go-around, Healey has officially retired from politics as she begins her third year in academia as president of Babson College.

Dissatisfaction Guaranteed — That’s How the Liberal Arts Work

The Hechinger Report – Presidential Opinion
September 2, 2015

Bennington College President Mariko Silver writes:  Dissatisfaction is as important to a liberal arts education as satisfaction — probably more so. At my liberal arts institution, when students confront injustice — perceived or very real, local or farther afield — I have the opportunity to engage them in a conversation about what they, as students, can do to help address the concerns and shift “the system."

This Innovative Idea Is Helping Low-Income Families Save for College

Marketwatch.com
September 2, 2015

When he was a first-grader, Emily Gardner’s 8-year-old son Elijah Peters told her he wasn’t interested in college. He dreamed of becoming a handyman like his father instead. She signed him up for a college savings plan anyway.  Now she’s glad she did. Elijah might not have had the option but for Wabash County Promise, one of a growing number of initiatives across the country aimed at broadening access to college savings plans. By simplifying enrollment, axing sign-up fees, and providing seed deposits and matching grants, so-called children’s savings accounts eliminate many of the barriers low- and moderate-income families face when seeking to fund their children’s education.

Stop Saying “College Isn’t for Everyone”

Hechinger Report - Commentary
September 2, 2015

Andre Perry, the former founding dean of urban education at Davenport University (MI), writes:  Let’s admit that the “college isn’t for everyone” cliché is really a euphemism for those people aren’t smart enough for college. At historically black fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi’s Grand Chapter Meeting, or Conclave, in New Orleans last month, the phrase again reared its ugly head, when audience members repeatedly embedded it in questions to a panel in black male achievement hosted by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African American Students. 

The Misuse of Research to Support Deregulation and Privatization of Teacher Education

Washington Post - Column
September 2, 2015

Kenneth Zeichner, a professor of teacher education at the University of Washington, Seattle, and professor emeritus in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Hilary G. Conklin, a program leader and associate professor of secondary social studies at DePaul University write:  The selective and biased use of findings from studies, the consultation of limited and select research, and the repeated assertion that new, entrepreneurial programs are superior and that university teacher education is broken —assertions spread by mostly uncritical media coverage—have set us on a course to destroy the university-based teacher education system that has dominated the preparation of teachers in the United States since the 1960s.

Cooper Union to Resolve Suit Over Decision to Charge Tuition

Wall Street Journal
September 2, 2015

The long-running drama at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art could be coming to an end.  On Tuesday, its board of trustees and New York’s attorney general said they had come to an agreement that would resolve the lawsuit filed against the school last year over its decision to begin charging tuition. As part of the agreement, the tuition would remain but the board would install an independent monitor and form a committee to explore ways for the school to return to its previous free model.  Cooper Union’s undergraduates now pay some $20,000 a year in tuition.

Calls for ‘Skin in the Game’ in Higher Education Ignore an Existing, Effective Program

The Hill - Commentary
September 2, 2015

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators President and CEO Justin Draeger writes:  Legislative proposals that work at cross-purposes are nothing new, but watching the latest Higher Education Act reauthorization discussions might cause a serious case of whiplash among even seasoned political spectators. On one hand, Congress has ramped up its rhetoric in support of risk-sharing or “skin in the game,” to financially incentivize and/or penalize colleges based on whether students graduate and successfully repay their loans. On the other hand, Congress is on the cusp of eliminating the federal Perkins Loan Program, the only financial risk-sharing student aid program in existence -- and a successful one at that.

Augustana University: More Than a Name Change

Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD)
September 2, 2015

A Sioux Falls higher education institution has big growth plans as residents welcome Augustana University to the community.
Augustana officials announced plans Tuesday to expand student offerings and add facilities, including a 125,000-square-foot student activities center, as they bid farewell to Augustana College and adopted the new name.  But a name change and a growing campus haven’t altered the school’s spirit.

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.

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