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D.C. College Freshmen: A Portrait

Washington Post
October 22, 2014

George Washington University has a huge recruiting pipeline to China: Preliminary counts show 113 of its freshmen this year come from the world’s most populous country.  That’s seven times more than the 16 Chinese in Georgetown University’s class of 2018.  Catholic University, meanwhile, is wired into Saudi Arabia. It has a projected 10 Saudi freshmen, more than the four counted at the University of the District of Columbia and two each at GWU and Georgetown. 

Free Online AP Courses Debut on edX Web Site

Washington Post
October 22, 2014

Rice University launched a free Advanced Placement biology course Monday on a Web site overseen by two other elite schools, a potentially significant milestone for a movement that aims to bring college-level courses to high school students.  The site, edX, was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 2012 as a nonprofit platform for those universities and selected others to offer massive open online courses, or MOOCs, to the world.

Student Loans and Political Ads

Inside Higher Ed
October 21, 2014

As Democrats look to keep control of the U.S. Senate and hold on to House seats, they are continuing to raise student loans as an issue in this fall's election. After several Democrats last month pushed student loan refinancing on the campaign trail, some Democratic candidates in both House and Senate races are now trying to put their Republican opponents on the defensive on higher education issues.

End the Student Loan Tax

The Hill - Commentary
October 21, 2014

Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) and Justin Draeger write: There is a growing and warranted concern over student loan debt in this country. On a daily basis we are reminded about record levels of student debt, stories of struggling borrowers, and general anxiety among Americans about the cost of college. Add to this a little known fact that students and parents are actually being taxed on their federal student loans. It has to stop.

Public-College Leaders Rail Against Education Dept.’s ‘Regulatory Culture’

Chronicle of Higher Education
October 21, 2014

After laying out some details of the department’s major policy proposals, Ted Mitchell, under secretary of education, invited the audience to tell him how the federal government was impeding new and more-effective approaches in higher education. He got an earful from the attendees, mostly college presidents from members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, which is holding its annual meeting this week.

The Value of Research Funding

Inside Higher Ed
October 21, 2014

To many people at research universities, it may seem self-evident that federal research and development support actually results in scientific breakthroughs. A new paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that the assumption is correct.

Grassley: 'Know Before You Owe' for College Degree

Des Moines, Iowa, Register - Commentary
October 21, 2014

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley writes: Higher education is widely viewed as a key factor in the 21st century for career achievement and lifetime earning potential. Before heading off to career training or college, students need to better understand how much they will owe and how long it will take to repay.

Is Mark Cuban Right About Capping College Loans At 10K Per Student Per Year?

Forbes - Commentary
October 21, 2014

James Marshall Crotty writes: Recently, Mark Cuban opined about student debt at Inc.’s GrowCo Conference. Against the backdrop of rising student loan default, he made a compelling case that, in the interest of economic growth, the federal government should set a per-student ceiling on the amount of student loan money it gives out every year.

Map: The Most Expensive College Dorms in Every State

Vox
October 21, 2014

Some of the most expensive American college dorm rooms are at the University of California-Berkeley, where room and board costs students more than $15,000 per year. It's the most expensive room and board in California, according to a map from eCollegeFinder, a website that connects students with online colleges:

Student Defeats President to Win Books for a Year

Inside Higher Ed
October 21, 2014

Scott Dalrymple, the new president of Columbia College in Missouri, decided to mark his inaugural with a challenge to students. They would compete in Madden NFL, the popular sports video game, and if the winning student defeated Dalrymple, he would pay for the students' textbooks for a year. 

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