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Hill Staffer Student Loan Perk Comes With Caveats

Roll Call
April 20, 2015

Have student loans and want a $10,000 raise? The Student Loan Repayment Program, offered through both the House and Senate, can shoulder the student loan burden for up to $10,000 per staff member per year.

Wellesley College President to Step Down

Boston Globe
April 20, 2015

The president of Wellesley College, H. Kim Bottomly, announced Friday that she will step down in July 2016 after nine years as head of the school.  Bottomly’s letter to the college gave no reason for her departure. Bottomly is the first scientist to lead the women’s liberal arts college, which has about 2,500 students.

From the Mills to the Marble Halls

Daily Journal (Rockingham, NC)
April 20, 2015

It’s not every year that two college presidents from Richmond County who share the first name Jerry and have keys to the city of Rockingham retire — but that’s what is happening this year, and not entirely by coincidence.  Dr. Jerry McGee, the longest-serving president of Wingate University, will retire in June after 23 years of service. Dr. Jerry Wallace, the fourth president of Campbell University, will retire in June after 12 years as president.

At Hendrix, 11th President Sets His Course

Arkansas Online (Conway, AR)
April 20, 2015

Alumni from as far back as the Class of 1937 arrived by foot, wheelchair and walker at an outdoor ceremony under large shade trees Saturday to inaugurate Hendrix College's 11th president, William "Bill" Tsutsui.

Daemen to Partner with Tennessee University to Train Veterinarians

Buffalo News
April 20, 2015

Daemen College officials announced Monday morning that the college will partner with Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., on a program to provide interested undergraduate students a head start on their doctor of veterinary medicine studies.  The collaboration will trim a year off of the traditional academic path toward becoming a veterinarian – four years of undergraduate studies, followed by four years in a veterinary medicine program.

Now Everyone’s an Entrepreneur

Chronicle of Higher Education
April 20, 2015

Credit a culture in which tech billionaires have become as well known as sports figures, the relatively cheap costs of technology, and the stagnation of traditional career paths: Thousands of students are gravitating toward build-it-yourself careers. Colleges are responding to this interest, and fueling it, by offering more undergraduate courses, programs, and extracurricular activities that promise to cultivate an entrepreneurial mind-set and develop skills needed in this start-up world.

Nelson says rural Arkansas towns must achieve "critical mass" for survival

Magnolia, Ark., Reporter
April 20, 2015

Magnolia and other rural communities in the state need to make sure they achieve a “critical mass” for long-term survival, one of the state’s top observers told the Rotary Club of Magnolia on Thursday. Rex Nelson, president of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities, also said that Arkansas needs to increase the percentage of residents with college degrees.

Inside Look at Ratings Plan

Inside Higher Ed
April 20, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education has set aside more than $4 million to develop the Obama administration’s college ratings system, newly released federal documents show. The department has hired a nonprofit research company to analyze data about colleges, test different ratings models and build a website for the ratings. It has so far paid at least $1.8 million for the firm, Research Triangle Institute, to get started on that work.

The Five Things You Might Not Know About Student Loan Debt

National Journal
April 20, 2015

Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York just released some new research based on Equifax credit report data on repayment rates of student loans. Here are a few things they found.

Fixing a Parent Loan Program Hurt Black Students

Hechinger Report
April 20, 2015

The number of black students enrolled at four-year universities and colleges across the United States declined in 2012-13, a year after the federal government tightened credit standards for issuing loans to parents. The declines for blacks were greater than for students of other races and ethnicities, according to a quantitative analysis conducted for the U.S. Department of Education’s research arm and published April 14.

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