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Lower-Cost Student Loans? Not Really.

St. Louis, Mo., Post-Dispatch - Op/Ed
May 22, 2015

Mitchell D. Weiss writes: When the Treasury Department sold a fresh batch of 10-year notes last week at a yield that turned out to be more than a third of a percentage point lower than it was at in the same period in 2014, the headlines touted the corresponding decline in student-loan rates as welcome savings for student borrowers. I suppose that’s true if one were to ignore the pace at which tuition prices have been increasing each year and the large number of students who fail to complete their studies because they can no longer afford enrollment.

Students at Private Colleges May Lose Financial Aid Under Proposed State Budget

Seattle, Wash., Times
May 22, 2015

Depending on which version of the state’s budget wins out in the coming weeks, it looks like Washington’s college students won’t see a tuition increase, and might even see a decrease, if they attend a public college or university.Not so for students at private institutions who rely on state financial aid to help pay their tuition bills. The Republican version of the budget, which would lower state public-school tuition, would also cut the maximum amount of money that students at private schools could receive in state financial aid.

Medaille College Names New President

Buffalo News
May 22, 2015

The Medaille College Board of Trustees tapped Bethany College provost Kenneth M. Macur, a certified public accountant and former management consultant, to become the college’s seventh president.  Macur will take the reins of the college June 1. He succeeds Richard T. Jurasek, who announced in October he will retire this summer after eight years.

2 Rivals in College-Application Industry Chart New Courses

The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 22, 2015

Just as applying to college is a rite of passage for millions of students each year, delivering all those applications to campuses is a big business. Now, as one admissions cycle gives way to another, the industry’s two most-prominent operators are poised to move in new directions.  The players: CollegeNet Inc., a technology company that builds application-processing systems for colleges, and the Common Application, a nonprofit organization that runs a standardized online admissions form used by 548 institutions worldwide. 

Making Computer Science More Inviting: A Look at What Works

New York Times, TheUpshot - Blog
May 22, 2015

Harvey Mudd increased its share of women studying computer science by doing things like including pictures of women in school brochures and hiring female students as campus tour guides. Carnegie Mellon started a formal mentorship program for women studying the subject, since they were often excluded from male students’ informal networks.

Sen. Alexander Proposes Colleges Share Student Loan Debt Responsibility

Memphis Business Journal
May 22, 2015

Senate education committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) held a hearing proposing universities and colleges share the risk of student loans with taxpayers and students.  As part of the Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency Act, introduced by Alexander, the senator is proposing colleges and universities have a responsibility, or vested interest in, encouraging students to borrow wisely, graduate on time and be able to repay what they’ve been loaned.

Program Helps Students Navigate the Unfamiliar Terrain of College

Chronicle of Higher Education
May 22, 2015

The director of the High Potential Program insisted that Ms. Perez meet with her weekly after Ms. Perez responded angrily to racial remarks made by others on her dormitory floor, and talked about dropping out of the college. The program’s staff helped her get a job on campus, provided emotional support, assisted her in negotiations with the financial-aid office, and directed her toward classes where they thought she would succeed. By her sophomore year, Ms. Perez was thriving.

Unsealing Police Records

Inside Higher Ed
May 22, 2015

Sworn police departments at private colleges in Ohio are public entities and subject to state open-records laws, the state’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday, saying that a college being a “private institution does not preclude its police department from being a public office.”

Student Debt 101: Dearth of Data Fuels Common Misperceptions

Rock River Times, Rockford, Ill. - Opinion
May 21, 2015

University of Wisconsin-Madison's Nick Hillman writes: Tthere is a wide degree of variation in the average student loan experience. And it is difficult to sort out causal claims in student loan research given the data and methodological challenges we face as a field.

Robert Hendren, Former College of Idaho President, Dies at 89
May 21, 2015

Robert Lee Hendren, Jr., 89, died Tuesday, at his home. Hendren served as College of Idaho president from 1987 through 1999.

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