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Private Colleges Focus on Affordability

New campus affordability measures are helping to keep students' and families' out-of-pocket costs as low as possible. Tuition cuts and freezes, three-year degree programs, and more. Complete list

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Saving for College: Why Degrees Cost Too Much

Forbes - Commentary

September 28, 2014

John Wasik writes: As in all other avenues of public life, there’s been a huge movement to shift costs to consumers and investors. We first saw that developing in pensions, where secure, defined-benefit pensions began to erode as employers shifted employees into risky 401(k)-type plans. Then we saw it in healthcare, where employers covered less and less. That meant higher deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses. In the college arena, state and federal government began to back away from funding higher education. That translated into steep increases in tuition and other fees while colleges continued their bricks-and-mortar building to wow parents and alumni.

Private College Grads: Unemployed and in Debt

Washington Post - Commentary

September 28, 2014

For-profit colleges can’t get no respect, at least not from employers. Which suggests that maybe they should be getting less generous taxpayer subsidies, too. For-profit schools — ranging from monolithic online chains like the University of Phoenix to smaller, fly-by-night operations that advertise on the subway — enroll about 12 percent of college students nationally. Yet they account for nearly four times that share of student-loan defaults, according to newly released federal data.

Say No to ‘Checklist’ Accountability

Inside Higher Ed - Commentary

September 26, 2014

Belle S. Wheelan and Mark A. Elgart write: Calls for scorecards and rating systems of higher education institutions that have been floating around Washington, if used for purposes beyond providing comparable consumer information, would make the federal government an arbiter of quality and judge of institutional performance. This change would undermine the comprehensive, careful scrutiny currently provided by regional accrediting agencies and focus on cursory reviews.

What the Research Says About Preventing Sexual Assault


September 26, 2014

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed studies of programs meant to reduce the rate of sexual violence, particularly on college campuses. They found only two programs with rigorous evidence to back them up, both intended for an audience of middle school students

Four Ways Higher Education Can Change the K-12 Equation

Huffington Post - Presidential Opinion

September 26, 2014

Dr. Rebecca L. Sherrick, President, Aurora University writes: Today's biggest education problem is not that we suffer from a lack of standards, or that we can't meet the ones we have. Rather, it's that the standards we aim for are not necessarily the right ones. In other words, we have built a system designed to drive results against measures and ideals that are becoming less and less relevant -- not just to students, but to teachers, school districts, future employers and local communities themselves.

An Insufficient Census

Inside Higher Ed

September 26, 2014

The federal government’s long-awaited data on the students enrolled in distance education courses nationwide provide a dubious baseline, a new study suggests, as confusing instructions, inflexible design and a lack of coordination have led colleges and universities to under- or overreport thousands of students. The study, conducted by the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technology and the higher education consultant Phil Hill, raises serious questions about the integrity of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

U.S. College Enrollment Drops for 2nd Year in a Row, Census Bureau Reports

Chronicle of Higher Education

September 26, 2014

College enrollment dropped by 463,000 students from 2012 to 2013, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released on Wednesday. It is the second year in a row that college enrollment dropped nationally. According to the statistics, a 10-percent enrollment drop at two-year colleges fueled the overall decline. Enrollment at four-year colleges grew by 1 percent.

Higher Ed Inflation Doubles

Inside Higher Ed

September 26, 2014

The inflation rate calculated specifically for higher education institutions was 3 percent for the fiscal year that ended for most colleges this summer. That's nearly double inflation rate of the previous year, according to a new report by the Commonfund Institute. The Higher Education Price Index includes salaries, fringe benefits, "miscellaneous services," utilities, supplies and materials.

As Default Rates Drop, So Does Confidence in How the Education Dept. Counts Them

Chronicle of Higher Education

September 25, 2014

The official federal student-loan default rate fell a percentage point this year, with the largest dip occurring in the for-profit sector, data released on Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education show. But the talk among advocates, reporters, and policy wonks on Wednesday was less about the drop than about the Education Department’s last-minute tweak of its own numbers. That "adjustment," which spared some colleges whose high rates would have cost them their ability to award federal aid, has reanimated the debate over default rates, long derided as a poor measure of institutional quality.

The Geography of College Opportunity

National Journal

September 25, 2014

Most undergraduates go to college in their home state, and most head to public institutions. As demographics change and college costs rise, going away to college might become even more unusual. More than one-third of undergraduates lived with their parents during the 2011-12 school year—the highest share in 20 years, according to federal data.
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