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California Lutheran Gets $4.6 Million Grant for STEM

Ventura County Star (CA)
September 29, 2016

California Lutheran University has received a $4.6 million grant to expand its STEM — or science, technology, engineering and math — programs.  The university will use the money primarily to encourage Latino and low-income students to persist in STEM programs. More than a quarter of CLU's STEM students are Latino. However, among freshmen who start in STEM, Latino students are less likely than their peers to earn degrees in the field.

Sheila Bair’s One Weird Trick to Make Her College Less White

September 29, 2016

When former Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. chair Sheila Bair took over Washington College last year, she immediately started making changes. One of her goals was to find innovative ways to reduce her students’ debt burden. But she also tackled a related and not insignificant problem: the overwhelming whiteness of her campus.Three of every four students on the school's small rural campus in Maryland are white. It's not an unusual statistic at the nation's top schools, where black students in particular rarely make up more than 8 percent of undergraduates, Education Department data show.

Grinnell Student Employees Approve Union Contract

Des Moines Register (IA)
September 29, 2016

The Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers announced Monday that it had reached a tentative agreement with Grinnell College administrators after nearly four months of bargaining over an initial contract for students working in the college’s food services. Members approved the tentative agreement Tuesday night by a vote of 33 to 1.

College Completion Failures Must Be Tackled in Tandem with Costs, Report Says

Hechinger Report
September 29, 2016

A new report by the think-tank Education Trust, issued Thursday, excoriates the federal government and state governments for failing to create a college-finance system that focuses both on cost and on completion.

Hillary Clinton’s College Plan Appeals to the Left, but Educators Have Doubts

New York Times
September 29, 2016

But while the liberal wing of the party has cheered the idea as a much-needed antidote to soaring tuition and student loan debt, many in education have questioned how such a plan would actually work. More government influence in the sector could lead to unintended consequences, they fear, and some details of the Democratic presidential nominee’s proposal remain murky.

Student Loan Default Rate Dips, But ‘Considerable Work Remains,’ Education Secretary Says

Washington Post
September 29, 2016

The share of people not making payments on their federal student loans within three years of them coming due has fallen, the Department of Education reported Wednesday.

Shared Governance, Not Shared Power

Inside Higher Ed
September 29, 2016

Survey of presidents and trustees shows they value relationships with faculty members and want to improve them, but within some limits.

Nazareth College to Offer Mentored Career Planning

Daily Messenger (Canandaigua, NY)
September 29, 2016

Nazareth College recently announced the opening of the Center for Life's Work.  The mentored career planning will begin in a student's first semester when they are paired with a career coach and will continue beyond graduation day. The Center for Life's Work cornerstone is the Bridge Plan — a personal roadmap for post-college life. The Bridge Plan integrates studies in a student's major, the uncommon core curriculum and experiential learning.

Claims of US Student Loan Crisis Are ‘Fictional Narrative’

Times Higher Education
September 28, 2016

The creation of a single federal income-contingent loans system would work better than offering interest rate relief to borrowers under the current system, according to Beth Akers, co-author of Game of Loans: the Rhetoric and Reality of Student Debt, to be published next month by Princeton University Press.

Remedial Education

Center for American Progress
September 28, 2016

Across the country, millions of students enroll in college every year only to learn that they need to take classes that will not count toward their degrees because they cover material that they should have learned in high school. According to the authors’ analysis for this report, these remedial courses cost students and their families serious money—about $1.3 billion across the 50 states and the District of Columbia every year.

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