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Half of Tennessee Promise Students Likely Won’t Need State Money

Nashville, Tenn., Public Radio
October 30, 2014

About half of the students attending community college under Tennessee Promise next fall will get their tuition paid by the federal government, according to state estimates. Those students could have already gone to school tuition-free, even without Tennessee Promise. Low-income college students are eligible for the Pell grant from the U.S. Department of Education each year. At $5,550, it more than covers the cost of community college in Tennessee.

An iPad in Every Home

Inside Higher Ed
October 30, 2014

Lynn University’s tablet initiative is spreading online -- that is, its distance education programs will from next fall be delivered through tablets and at notably low prices. The go-ahead for the revamped program highlights the breakneck pace at which Lynn has hurled itself into a tablet-centric future. 

Occidental College Rifts Mar Progress on Handling of Sex Cases, Report Says

Los Angeles Times
October 30, 2014

Occidental College, under federal investigation for its handling of sexual assault complaints, has taken "sincere and significant" steps to improve its practices but is riven by bitter campus divisions that jeopardize future progress, according to an outside audit released Tuesday.

Students Nationwide Carry Mattresses to Protest Campus Rape

Chronicle of Higher Education
October 30, 2014

Students on college campuses across the country are dragging their mattresses out of their beds as part of a “national day of action” expressing solidarity with survivors of rape.  Article includes a roundup of images from the protests collected from Twitter.

Grand Canyon Rethinks For-Profit Status

Inside Higher Ed
October 30, 2014

Executives at for-profit Grand Canyon University want to turn the company into a nonprofit, they said Wednesday, because of the "stigma" of being a for-profit. The move, if it happens, would be the first of its kind involving a publicly traded college company. While several for-profit colleges have become nonprofits, none of them were publicly traded like Phoenix-based Grand Canyon Education Inc.

Columbia's President Explains His Response to Campus Rape

New Republic - Presidential Opinion
October 30, 2014

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger and Special Advisor on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Suzanne B. Goldberg write:  Universities have long enjoyed the privilege of educating successive generations of young people. This comes, of course, with the responsibility to uphold essential values and to address society’s problems through our institutional leadership and our scholarship. Our constructed communities are drawn from and reflect society at large, so it is inevitable that the issues of the day are our issues as well.

Colleges Find Micro Grants Keep Some Students from Dropping Out

Wall Street Journal
October 30, 2014

When a group of Northeast Ohio colleges teamed up to help more local residents get their degree, they found that many students were in danger of not graduating because they were short just a few hundred dollars for class fees, books and even repairs to cars they relied on to get to campus. 

In the Final ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule, a Key Measure Vanishes

Chronicle of Higher Education
October 30, 2014

The Education Department will release on Thursday the final version of its "gainful employment" rule—the subject of years of intense debate, revision, and litigation. When it does so, it will add one last twist to the rule’s winding plot: One of two metrics for judging career programs has disappeared altogether.

Pressure on the Presidents

Inside Higher Ed
October 30, 2014

Twenty-eight percent of public four-year college and university presidents say they feel pressure from their governors to conduct their presidencies in ways that differ from their judgment about what's best for their institutions. That is among the findings of the latest snap poll of presidents -- conducted by Gallup and Inside Higher Ed -- on breaking issues. 

Study: It’s Student Debt, Not the Economy, That Forces Millennials to Move In With Their Parents

Slate
October 29, 2014

According to a new study by a pair of Federal Reserve Board economists, student loans may be a big reason so many young adults are moving in with Mom and Dad. But the bad economy? Not so much.

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