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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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For the Humanities, Some Good News Is Mixed With the Bad

Chronicle of Higher Education

April 13, 2015

In an otherwise grim picture of the field of humanities, there are still a few bright spots: Financial support for academic research in the humanities, which is typically dwarfed by spending to support other fields, has increased in recent years, and there are signs of rising interest in the humanities at the high-school and community-college levels.

Public Colleges' Revenue Shift

Inside Higher Ed

April 13, 2015

Tuition dollars in 2014 made up 47.1 percent of public higher education revenues, down slightly from last year's level of 47.7 percent, an all-time high, according to the State Higher Education Finance report for fiscal 2014 released today by the State Higher Education Executive Officers association.

Faculty Pay Not the Cause of Soaring College Tuition

Wilkes-Barre, Penn., Times Leader

April 13, 2015

Convinced soaring college tuition payments just line the pockets of overpaid professors? A new report offers a rigorous rebuttal, citing federal data on higher education salaries — including at local institutions — as proof that full-time faculty pay is not the poison. If anything, the report suggests, having ample and well-treated full-time staff is the antidote.

Chemistry Departments Try to Attract More Students by Retooling the Major

Wall Street Journal

April 12, 2015

In what some faculty call the most radical shift in half a century, schools including Emory University in Atlanta and Davidson College in North Carolina are ditching their traditional chemistry programs in favor of interdisciplinary foundational courses and an array of electives that might woo students with broader interests.

Beyond Prestige and Comfort: The Right Way to Choose a College

Washington Post - Presidential Opinion

April 12, 2015

Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth: This time of year, students have all the facts they need and are trying to discern the soft stuff — the personalities of each school. Sure, they know that there are real differences in the course of study at various places.

To Keep Free of Federal Reins, Wyoming Catholic College Rejects Student Aid

New York Times

April 11, 2015

An insurrection is brewing here at Wyoming Catholic College, a tiny redoubt of cowboy-style Catholicism where students learn about horseback riding and Thomas Aquinas, and take grueling mountain hikes conducted entirely in Latin. Citing concerns about federal rules on birth control and same-sex marriage, the school decided this winter to join a handful of other religious colleges in refusing to participate in the federal student-aid programs that help about two-thirds of students afford college.

New Research Shows Free Online Courses Didn't Grow as Expected

NPR

April 11, 2015

Today, much of the hype has subsided (though best-selling authors and newspaper columnists are still making the case that "the end of college" is nigh). And new research on 1.7 million MOOC participants offers a more nuanced view of just what these courses are and could become.

In Campus Rape Tribunals, Some Men See Injustice

Wall Street Journal

April 10, 2015

Some Harvard professors criticized the settlement, calling the procedures a violation of civil rights and due process that unfairly favored accusers. Among their concerns: One interpretation of the standard is that if both students are drunk, only the male student can be found culpable. Harvard Law says it has adopted procedures to address many of those concerns.

Taxpayers Should Stop Subsidizing “Country Club” Colleges

Time - Opinion Piece

April 10, 2015

Stephen Burd writes: Higher education researchers, the news media, and even the White House have been putting colleges on notice that they must do a better job serving low-income students. It’s encouraging to see that this pressure has been pushing some of the biggest laggards to make progress in this area. Those colleges that continue to hold out, however, deserve additional scrutiny. At a time of growing inequality, we can no longer afford to subsidize colleges that cater to the rich at the expense of the poor.

The Homeless of Higher Ed: Students with greatest need can be hard to identify in college

Jacksonville, Fl., Times-Union

April 10, 2015

Students who meet the Florida's definition of homelessness also qualify for college tuition and fee exemptions under state and federal guidelines. The state law, passed in 2012, defines homeless college students as those who lack “fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence” as well as students who stay in shelters or in places not designed to be inhabited by people.
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