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Busting the Myths about Private Colleges

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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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The Real March Madness: Slashing Student Aid

Huffington Post - Opinion Piece

March 25, 2015

Ethan Senack writes: Last week Republicans in Congress released a budget proposal that includes about $150 billion in cuts to student financial aid. In contrast, looking back, government funding to make higher education accessible has always risen above partisan politics.

Using the Power of the Liberal Arts to Address the Problems of Our Time

Huffington Post - Opinion Piece

March 24, 2015

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. writes: Although politicians often disparage the liberal arts out of ignorance, I'm very much heartened to see that many high school students understand the value, both for individuals and for society, that the liberal arts provide. The high school students I'm thinking about are those who entered the liberal arts essay contest sponsored by the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA).

Alexander’s Higher Ed Act Agenda

Inside Higher Ed

March 24, 2015

The leading Republican in the Senate who is working on a rewrite of the Higher Education Act is weighing new ways to hold colleges accountable for their students’ success and is considering a federal database to keep track of student outcomes. Senator Lamar Alexander on Monday released three policy papers outlining ideas on making colleges share in the financial risk of the federal loans they provide students, overhauling accreditation and changing how the federal government collects data from colleges.

Laws to Prevent Abuse of GI Bill Benefits Weren't Enforced, Records Show

Los Angeles Times

March 24, 2015

Helicopter flight training companies were able to collect tens of millions of dollars a year through a loophole in the latest GI Bill in part because officials didn't enforce laws aimed at preventing abuse of veteran education benefits, according to interviews, court records and state and federal documents.

Maine Plans to Offer Interest-Free Loans to Draw More Science and Technology Students

Portland Press Herald (ME)

March 24, 2015

Maine officials are working on a plan to offer interest-free loans to students who study science or technology at a Maine college and go on to work in a related job in the state.  The Finance Authority of Maine loans would be offered to any college student who studies in a STEM field – science, technology, engineering or mathematics, officials said Monday.

Police Find No Evidence of Rape at University of Virginia Fraternity

New York Times

March 24, 2015

After a review of records and roughly 70 interviews the police here said Monday that they had found “no substantive basis” to support a Rolling Stone magazine article depicting a horrific gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house and that a four-month review had identified serious discrepancies in the account by a woman identified as Jackie, who refused to cooperate with their investigation.

Supreme Court: BSU Can Detain Transcripts

The Star Press (Muncie, IN)

March 24, 2015

The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that Ball State University does not have to turn over the official college transcript of a student who left the school with an unpaid tuition balance exceeding $9,000.  The University of Indianapolis and Butler, Indiana Wesleyan and Taylor universities became “friends of the court” who joined Ball State in pressing its position.

Sweet Briar College and the Homogenization of U.S. Higher Education

Huffington Post - Commentary

March 24, 2015

Houston attorney and writer Mark Yzaguirre writes: American higher education shouldn't become a homogenized system of schools that provide largely the same academic and cultural experience for students. One of the glories of America's higher education system has been its heterogeneity, in terms of everything from big state universities, religious institutions, STEM or arts-oriented colleges and a general variety of institutions that reflect the diversity of this country. If colleges like Sweet Briar College fail, that diminishes the opportunities for all students and that is not a good thing for American education and culture.

The Next Assault on the Ivory Tower: Unbundling the College Degree

Forbes - Commentary

March 23, 2015

Ryan Craig writes: Today,the college degree—a bundle of 40 three-credit courses and various student benefits—remains locked for the most part. But, just as platforms like Kayak and Expedia empowered consumers to think differently about air travel, new technologies and competency-based delivery models are allowing students to decide what benefits they want from their education.

College Costs Belie Conventional Wisdom

Portland Press Herald (ME)

March 23, 2015

Private colleges, despite their higher average tuition price, can be more affordable than public universities for students from lower-income families because of their generous financial aid policies. In Maine, the average student debt for private college graduates is far lower than for graduates of public universities. 
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