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Minimum Wage Hike

Inside Higher Ed
July 2, 2015

More and more colleges and universities are hiking their minimum wage above what’s required by their states and the federal government. The increases -- often motivated by concerns about equitable pay for all employees, changes in local ordinances or pressure from advocates for low-wage worker -- can cost millions. Yet many colleges that are raising pay say they have an obligation to do so.

New Players Could Be in Line to Receive Federal Student Aid

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 2, 2015

Students may soon be able to use Pell Grants to attend coding boot camps and enroll in MOOCs and other nontraditional programs under an experiment that the Education Department is considering conducting.

U.S. universities need philanthropies to stay the envy of the world

Seattle, Wash., Times - Presidential Opinion
July 2, 2015

Ronald R. Thomas, President, University of Puget Sound writes: Every dollar raised from alumni, corporations, foundations and friends is a dollar we don’t have to charge students and families in tuition. Something we call “philanthropy” has been central to the success of American higher education since the beginning. It has made private universities like the Ivy League, as well as many in the Northwest, the envy of the world — especially in times when federal and state governments reduce their commitment to supporting college education for those who need it most.

Georgian Court's New President Represents Firsts for Catholic University

NJ.com
July 2, 2015

Georgian Court University has named Joseph Marbach its new president, the first man and the first person not in religious orders to hold the post in the Catholic school's 107-year history.

New Hood College President Starts Her Tenure

The Frederick News Post (MD)
July 2, 2015

A blond, petite woman with a string of pearls around her neck, Andrea Chapdelaine is perhaps the opposite of her presidential predecessor at Hood College, Ron Volpe, a tall, silver-haired and ubiquitous community figure at the college. It’s a comparison that many will inevitably make. Volpe is credited with rescuing Hood from financial ruin with his decision in the 2002-2003 school year to allow men to live on the campus.  Chapdelaine, who took the reins of the school Wednesday, admitted she’s nervous. But she said she’s glad she’s inheriting Volpe’s legacy, rather than the myriad issues the college faced back in the early 2000s.

Centenary College President Stepping Down

NJ.com
July 2, 2015

Centenary College's president will step down next summer after leading the small private school for more than seven years.  Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, 63, announced Tuesday she will end her tenure as leader of the Hackettstown college on June 30, 2016.

Syracuse University Is Offering an Early Retirement Plan to Cut Staff

Syracuse.com (NY)
July 2, 2015

Syracuse University is offering staff members an employee buyout plan in an effort to trim staff costs.  Staff whose age plus years of service equals 65 or more will be eligible for the buyout, according to a memo sent out by Andrew Gordon, senior vice president of and chief human relations officer for the university.  The buyout is a one-time payment equal to half of the staff member's salary. Staff who take the deal also will receive extra money for medical, dental and vision care. Faculty are not eligible.

Inside U of C's Startup Factory

Crain’s Chicago Business
July 2, 2015

The 3-D printers and laser-cutting machine have been installed, and entrepreneurs arrive this week to a newly renovated co-working space inside a century-old building in Hyde Park.  The "fab lab" for fabricating prototypes is part of the second phase of the Chicago Innovation Exchange, an ambitious project launched last fall by the University of Chicago to spur innovation from students, professors on its campus and others living in the neighborhood.

For-Profit in Tulsa Goes Nonprofit

Inside Higher Ed
July 2, 2015

Community Care College, a small institution located in Tulsa, Okla., that offers certificates and associate degrees in health care and business education, shifted to nonprofit from for-profit status on Wednesday, the Tulsa World reported.The college is now called Community HigherEd.  

Lower-income Students to Top Colleges: A Little Help Here!

Hechinger Report - Presidential Opinion
July 2, 2015

Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel Porterfield writes:  Sadly, 50 years later, the value of the Pell Grants has eroded greatly, and lower income students are dramatically underrepresented at America’s finest institutions — from Ivies to state flagship institutions to top private colleges — where the graduation rates are highest and the financial aid packages strongest. It’s not that the college-ready talent isn’t out there. America’s leading colleges and universities can do much more to create that future, and society should expect no less from us.

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