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States Fear New Era of Deficits

The Hill

August 18, 2016

Local officials are raising alarms across the country about a potential economic slowdown that could blow holes in state budgets still struggling to get above water less than a decade after the worst recession in generations.  Preliminary budget data from the end of the 2016 fiscal year shows tax revenue grew by just over 2 percent last year, well below historic norms — and below the growth rate of state spending and obligations.

Avoiding Bias

Inside Higher Ed

August 18, 2016

Last week, a player for the University of Florida’s football team was cleared of responsibility for an alleged sexual assault against a female student. The woman he was accused of assaulting was not present; she boycotted the proceedings to protest the person the university chose to decide the case.  The university appointed a former assistant state attorney and donor to Florida Football Boosters to decide whether the leading wide receiver should be punished for sexual misconduct. The university said that the person had been vetted for impartiality and that the student’s complaint was addressed following Title IX regulations. The university may be correct, but student conduct experts and victims’ advocates argue there’s a difference between providing a fair hearing and just meeting the letter of the law.

The Problem with Public Colleges Going Tuition-Free

The Atlantic

August 18, 2016

It seems self-evident that eliminating tuition at public colleges for most families, as first Bernie Sanders and now Hillary Clinton has proposed, would increase access to higher education for low-income and minority students. But without the proper safeguards, such a program might still, paradoxically, narrow access. That’s because tuition-free public college could compound the increasing stratification of post-secondary education into a two-tier system that slots most low-income and minority students into the least selective institutions with the fewest resources and reserves admission to elite campuses mostly for kids from the upper middle-class and beyond.

The Feds Want to Give You Money to Learn to Code. Here's Why That's a Problem


August 18, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education has announced a small experiment to allow up to 1,500 students to use as much as $17 million in federal student loans and grants to pay for academic programs at eight traditional colleges developed and taught by noncolleges (such as coding schools) under a limited trial. But there are a few problems with the administration's approach, some higher education experts said, from reliance on for-profit education providers to the design of the experiment itself, that raise questions about the wisdom of expanding the experiment beyond short-term coding schools.

E-Counseling 2.0: Can a New Wave of Virtual Guidance Help?

Hechinger Report

August 18, 2016

Last December, when Amal Abdi found out she’d gotten into Yale early with a full scholarship, the first thing she did was call her parents, who had fled war-torn Somalia in the 1990s to start a new life in Columbus, Ohio. The next thing she did was text Chloe Collins, a young woman in Minnesota whom she’d never met—but who had been her guidance counselor, confidante and occasional nudge, throughout the college application process.

Student Loans and the Coming Financial Crisis

Forbes - Commentary

August 18, 2016

Richard Vedder, director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and professor at Ohio University, writes:  I think there is a very good probability that at some time in the next decade America will face a very significant financial strain – call it a crisis. It could come in many forms, ranging from a financial institution/stock market/currency crash that manifests itself all at once, or perhaps in a longer term economic ennui characterized by low economic growth and ultimately likely high inflation. While an economic calamity is brewing, it is in the final analysis a moral tragedy, brought about by selfishness and a lack of courage and backbone. The adults of today are hurting their own children and grandchildren with their profligate spending and futile search for short term palliatives to long term cancers that are weakening our great nation.

NAICU Offices Closed August 16 & 17 Due to Power Outage

News from NAICU

August 17, 2016

A street-level transformer fire and resulting power outage have closed NAICU's offices in Washington, DC on August 16 and 17, 2016. Email and telephone services are also effected by the power outage. NAICU staff working at home can be reached via cell phone.

Experiment with New Education Providers also Tests New Ways to Measure Quality

Chronicle of Higher Education

August 17, 2016

Four coding boot camps, three companies offering other alternative-education offerings, and the global conglomerate General Electric were chosen on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a new experiment that will allow eight colleges to offer Pell Grants and federal student loans to as many as 1,500 students in programs where unaccredited providers supply a majority of the education.

Students, and a College President, Discuss Housing Ad Seeking People of Color Only

Washington Post

August 17, 2016

Debate arose last week after students from the Claremont colleges in Southern California posted an advertisement for a roommate, seeking applicants who were “POC only,” using a common abbreviation for people of color.  Below are statements from two of the students involved and from the president of Pitzer College.

New Portland College Hopes to Transform Higher Education, Starting In St. Johns

The Oregonian

August 17, 2016

Michelle Jones quit her job as a full-time associate professor at Northeast Portland's Concordia University in 2015 on a leap of faith.  For years, Jones had discussed with friends and colleagues her dream of starting a college from scratch – an alternative school that she believed would put students, and their interests, first. The Wayfinding Academy in St. Johns in North Portland is a private nonprofit school that can award associate's degrees to students and is starting its first class in August 2016.

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