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What Happens on Campus Stays on Campus?

Inside Higher Ed
February 27, 2015

In 2012 and 2013, the last two years of available federal data, 521 Wesleyan students were referred to campus officials for disciplinary action involving drug use on campus. Only four students were arrested.

Beware of Colleges' 'Bait-and-Switch' Aid Offers - Commentary

Reuters
February 27, 2015

Families receiving college financial aid offers this spring should beware: what they see this year may not be what they get next year.  Some colleges make their most generous offers to high school seniors as a lure to attend, a practice known as "front-loading." But those returning for their sophomore and subsequent years at university may get thousands of dollars less in grants and scholarships than they did as freshmen. Often, the free money is replaced by student loans.

The Lowdown on Higher Education

The Weekly Standard
February 27, 2015

The problems of American higher education are widely known. Tuition is too high, student debt has become crippling, students are woefully underprepared for the workforce, political activism is put ahead of real learning, students spend little time in class and even less time studying, and traditional liberal arts education has been replaced by trendy classes on race, class, and gender.  For liberals, the answers to the economic issues, at least, are obvious. For conservatives, things are more complicated. 

Job Market Perks Up for Recent College Graduates

Wall Street Journal
February 27, 2015

The job market for fresh college graduates is improving—as is the method for measuring the success of graduates. Just more than half of the nearly 67,000 members of the class of 2014 who responded to a survey had landed full-time jobs within six months of donning their caps and gowns. The figure isn’t exactly comparable to last year’s overall result, which didn’t break out part- and full-time employment. However, individual schools say the numbers reflect an uptick.

Financial Aid for Undocumented Students Is Losing Its Stigma

New York Times
February 27, 2015

For years, it was information shared only in whispers. Undocumented students, bright and educated, wanted to go to college, and a precious few universities were willing, very quietly, to help them pay for it. But as ferocious battles rage in Congress, statehouses and courtrooms over the legal status of undocumented immigrants, an evolution has been underway at some colleges and universities. They are taking it upon themselves to more freely, sometimes openly, make college more affordable for these students, for whom all federal and most state forms of financial aid remain off limits.

NCLB Goes to College By Way of “Outcome Based Funding”

Living In Dialogue - Opinion Piece
February 27, 2015

Anthony Cody writes: The key goals of this “reform” project are to cut costs and deliver efficiently that which serves the direct needs of employers. In any consideration of such demands, we need to remember that the GDP of our nation has never been higher, and our society as a whole is wealthier than ever. Sadly, however, the amount of funding directed to education is being diminished, as the wealthiest have become less and less willing to pay their share of taxes.

The Ever-Growing World of College Rankings

Chronicle of Higher Education
February 27, 2015

Another day, another college ranking. Or so it seems. Last year at least three new rankings emerged from national publications or major companies, joining a long line of magazines that have entered the rankings game since U.S. News & World Report started publishing its list annually, in 1985.

Chapman University Settles Lawsuit with Wealthy O.C. Donors

Los Angeles Times
February 27, 2015

A Corona del Mar couple who accused Chapman University officials of manipulating them into a $12-million donation will drop their lawsuit against the college, according to a joint announcement.  Instead of suing to recoup their gift, James and Catherine Emmi have agreed to a "restructuring of previously donated funds" to create a scholarship program for science, technology, engineering and math students, according to the statement distributed by Chapman.

From Competition to Compassion, a University President Leads the Way

The Washington Post/Religious News Service
February 27, 2015

Since she was installed as president of Spalding University, Tori Murden McClure has encouraged students and faculty to feed the hungry and repair houses for the needy, helping the Louisville, Ky., school clock in 1.6 million service hours in one year.
So when she learned of religion scholar Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion, the Protestant president pushed to have her Catholic university designated the world’s first “compassionate university.”

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, Ex-Notre Dame President, Dies at 97

The Washington Post
February 27, 2015

The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, a transformative figure in Catholic higher education who led the University of Notre Dame for 35 years and wielded influence with U.S. presidents on civil rights and other charged issues of his era, died Feb. 26 on the university campus. He was 97.  A Notre Dame spokesman confirmed the death and said the cause was not immediately known.

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