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A well-known sociologist is boycotting a scholarly meeting at Brigham Young University based on the institution’s policy regarding students who enroll as Mormons but change their beliefs while on campus. Mark Juergensmeyer, a professor of sociology and director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, wrote chose not participate in the conference in an act of conscience over BYU’s policy of expelling any Mormon student who leaves the faith or converts to another religion.
Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., president of Valparaiso University, is one of eight presidents and chancellors to sign the Indiana Campus Compact Presidential Commitment, pledging to educate students and graduates who give back to their communities and advance the public good.
For many years, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has promulgated rules that govern the eligibility and conduct of athletes at its member institutions. NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from receiving pay for the use of their names, images and likenesses (NILs). Are the NCAA’s rules subject to the antitrust laws, and, if so, are the rules prohibiting athletes from receiving pay for their NILs a violation of the antitrust laws?
President Obama has given his 17-year-old daughter Malia some college admissions advice. Like many other fathers, he told her “not to stress too much” about getting into a specific college. Umm, why would Malia, a senior at private Sidwell Friends School who is applying to attend college next fall, stress? Which college wouldn’t take the president’s daughter?
In the past few months, government agencies have undertaken a disparate series of moves that should help prospective students make better -- and less costly -- college choices, while also helping indebted graduates manage their loans. Here's a look at what's happening, and how can students take advantage of the changing landscape.
Stephen Burd, senior policy analyst at the New America Foundation, writes: As Congress begins work on renewing the Higher Education Act, the law that governs federal student aid programs, key lawmakers have called for eliminating the SEOG program as part of a broader effort to simplify the government’s financial aid system.
The New York Times Editorial board writes: These plans can allow borrowers with low income or high debt — or both — to pay less each month, or even nothing, until their finances improve without being penalized or going into default. But many borrowers never even hear about these payment plans, thanks to poor customer service by the companies that are paid more than $600 million a year by the government to manage these accounts, process monthly payments and enroll distressed borrowers in alternative repayment plans.
Several for-profit colleges have recently restructured as nonprofit entities. But a new report argues that some of them now act like "covert for-profits" and that their backers profit in ways that are not standard at traditional universities.
The serious injury to Devon Gales is a relatively rare occurrence, but it put an exclamation point on a larger issue. Despite the physical and emotional beatings that can come with such pairings, small and less wealthy colleges continue to play universities with big-time football programs because of the financial payouts and exposure that typically come with the thrashing. For cash-strapped historically black colleges and universities, that can be even more true.
Kevin Carey, director of the education policy program at New America Foundation, writes: Two weeks ago, the Department of Education released a trove of new data suggesting that the system is failing and that, at some colleges, the saddling of students with loans they can’t afford to pay down is far more dire than anyone knew. The loan crisis hits hardest at colleges enrolling large numbers of students from low-income backgrounds. These undergraduates have to borrow for college, then often have difficulty finding well-paying jobs after graduation — if they graduate at all.
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