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About a third of first-time, first-year undergraduates will enroll in at least one other college over the next six years, and nearly four out of 10 will do so without transferring any credits if trends seen in a new study by the National Center for Education Statistics hold true.
Most faculty members aren’t trained counselors, but they may find themselves on the front lines of the campus sexual assault problem anyway. Based on course content, a personal connection, or a feeling that they have nowhere else to turn, students sometimes disclose their experiences with assault or harassment to trusted professors who want to help but aren’t sure how. Other faculty members who don't have students confiding in them may still want to do more to curb sexual violence on their campuses. And others have been outspoken about the issue and faced pushback from fellow faculty members or administrators.
More students than ever are taking the ACT, says the ACT’s annual score report, released today. A record 1.84 million high school students who graduated in 2014 took the college readiness test – suggesting that more young people have college in their sights. But for many test-takers, succeeding in postsecondary education might be an empty hope. Average scores remain stagnant. Only 39 percent of test-takers met three or more of the ACT’s college readiness benchmarks in English, math, reading and science – a percentage that’s unchanged from last year. And striking racial gaps persist. As in previous years, African Americans and Latinos scored much lower, on average, than their Asian-American and white peers.
In an effort to lure students and remain competitive, several private colleges in the Grand Rapids-area are continuing the practice of offering bigger discounts on tuition. Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Hope College and Davenport University have increased their tuition discount rate – the college’s aid dollars as a percentage of tuition and fees – in recent years, financial documents show. Aquinas College’s rate has dropped slightly.
As civil rights conflicts go, the plight of transgender and "gender fluid" students being rejected from single-sex colleges is typically down on the list - if it makes the list at all. But of the nation's 119 single-sex colleges for men or women, Mills College in Oakland is apparently the only campus that explicitly lets applicants choose a gender and be considered for enrollment - if that choice is female.
A celebration was planned Tuesday for the once and future king of college football. As Notre Dame embarked on its 127th season, it unveiled new uniforms provided by the relatively young outfitter Under Armour as part of what was billed as the most valuable apparel deal in college sports history. But at the last minute, Notre Dame and Under Armour pulled Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick and Kevin Plank, the Under Armour founder, from the festivities. Instead, the university remained partly in damage-control mode carrying over from Friday afternoon, when it was revealed that four football players — all probable starters — were suspected of being among several students who had cheated in class.
More than half of Direct Loans, the most common type of federal student loan, aren't being repaid on time or as expected, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Education. Nearly half of the loans in repayment are in plans scheduled to take longer than 10 years. The number of loans in distress is rising. The increase in troubled loans comes as the average amount of student debt has significantly outpaced wage growth.
Ed Moore writes: Lest the public be confused with the rhetoric about higher education costs, it’s wise to take a closer look at some costs and why they are going up. The news media attention about student loans also deserves a closer look. Some sensational stories are about exceptional cases, not the experience of most students.
Nearly a dozen Senate Democrats on Tuesday asked the Obama administration to provide more information to families about higher education tax credits to reach the goal of making college more accessible and affordable.
College prices and student debt levels rose again this past year, fueling debate about the value of a degree, which many who enrolled did not achieve. For the second year in a row, enrollment was down slightly. It dropped 1.5 percent in the fall of 2013, to 19.9 million undergraduate and graduate students, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
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