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Free college sounds great, but skeptics ask what's the cost?

Minnesota Public Radio
January 28, 2015

While zero tuition at two-year schools sounds enticing, some ask if it's really the best way to help more low-income students finish college and fill the state's workforce. They also note that money isn't the only barrier low-income students face pursuing a degree.

Bid to Hold Teacher Colleges Accountable Stirs a Debate Over Race

Chronicle of Higher Education
January 28, 2015

As Congress debates whether to scale back testing at the nation’s elementary and secondary schools, a quieter fight is playing out behind the scenes over efforts to extend test-based accountability to the country’s teacher colleges. At issue in both debates is the question of whether holding teachers and schools accountable for student learning helps, or hinders, efforts to close racial gaps in student achievement.

Botching Sexual-Assault Complaints Is Costly, Study Finds

Chronicle of Higher Education
January 28, 2015

According to a report released on Tuesday by United Educators, an insurance and risk-management firm, the company and 104 of its member institutions spent more than $17-million from 2011 to 2013 defending against and resolving students’ claims, including lawsuits and federal complaints, in cases of alleged sexual assault.

Deep-Pocket Donors

Inside Higher Ed
January 28, 2015

Charitable donations to colleges reached an all-time high of nearly $38 billion last year, according to an annual survey released today by the Council for Aid to Education. Donors increased the amount they gave colleges in 2014 by 10.8 percent, up from $33.8 billion in 2013, which was the previous historic high.

Obama Relents on Proposal to End ‘529’ College Savings Plans

New York Times
January 28, 2015

President Obama, facing angry reprisals from parents and from lawmakers of both parties, will drop his proposal to effectively end the popular college savings accounts known as 529s, but will keep an expanded tuition tax credit at the center of his college access plan, White House officials said Tuesday.

Private and Community Colleges Prepare as Competition Heats Up

Iowa Public Radio
January 27, 2015

The new emphasis on funding Iowa’s three state universities according to the number of students who are state residents is dramatically increasing competition. The 26 private and 15 community colleges in the state are preparing.

Kentucky Teacher Preparation Feedback reports released

Middlesboro, Ky., Daily News
January 27, 2015

New data from the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) on teacher preparation and retention for 28 Kentucky public and independent colleges and universities has been released. The data provide an initial snapshot at an aggregate level regarding the time to employment upon completion of a teacher preparation program and the retention rates of those programs.

How Student Debt Harms the Economy

Wall Street Journal - Opinion Piece
January 27, 2015

Mitchell E. Daniels writes: To the growing catalog of damage caused by the decades-long run-up in the cost of higher education, we may have to add another casualty. On top of the harm high tuition and other charges are inflicting on young people, and the way their struggles are holding back today’s economy, we must add the worry that tomorrow’s economy will suffer, too.

Student influx could make R.I. boom

Providence, R.I., Journal - Presidential Opinion
January 27, 2015

Donald J. Farish, President, Roger Williams University writes: Rhode Island has an incredible asset that other states can only envy — and we aren’t taking advantage of it. Properly exploited, this asset has the potential to stimulate our economy through the addition of hundreds — potentially thousands — of well-paying jobs every year, but it’s not even on the radar screen of those who are charged with economic development. What is this hidden treasure? It is our disproportionately large number of college students relative to the state’s total population.

Science and Engineering Degrees Inch Up, but Progress for Women Is Mixed

Chronicle of Higher Education
January 27, 2015

The past decade has seen a slight uptick in the share of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the so-called STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Women lost ground to men at the bachelor’s level, while gaining at the doctoral level.

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