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Private Colleges Focus on Affordability


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Colleges Are Already Screwing Up New Campus Safety Law That Includes Domestic Violence

Huffington Post

October 19, 2014

Colleges have to count more types of incidents as hate crimes and disclose the number of dating violence, domestic violence and stalking reports they receive each year, under final safety law regulations unveiled Friday by the U.S. Department of Education. However, the department had already asked schools to list those new categories in the annual crime reports released this year. At least 23 institutions failed to include them.

How AP US History Classes Became the New Culture War Battleground

Vox

October 19, 2014

Advanced Placement US History has, at least briefly, dethroned the Common Core as the most controversial issue in education. The Republican National Committee condemned a new framework for the class, as did an editorial in National Review. A conservative commentator said it will lead kids to want to join ISIS. In Colorado, a school board proposed reviewing the district's AP history curriculum to ensure that it promoted patriotism, not "civil disorder."

As Ebola Fears Touch Campuses, Officials Respond with an ‘Excess of Caution’

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 17, 2014

Colleges across the country faced Ebola scares this week that sent at least one graduate student to the hospital, several employees into quarantine, and untold numbers of students into an unnecessary panic.  On the one hand, they want to take extra precautions when there is even a remote chance Ebola might find its way onto their campuses. On the other hand, they’re trying to avoid what a University of Wisconsin epidemiologist called "hysterical reactions that are not based on science."

85 Colleges Are Now Under Federal Investigation for Sexual Assault Cases

Huffington Post

October 17, 2014

Eighty-five higher education institutions are now under investigation due to concerns with how the schools handle sexual violence on campus, the U.S. Department of Education told The Huffington Post on Wednesday.  Of the current investigations, 55 began in 2014 and nine were added in the past two months. The Education Department began publicly disclosing its Office for Civil Rights investigations of colleges for sexual violence in May, when the overall total was 55.

Health and Education

Forbes - Commentary

October 17, 2014

Forbes Contributor John C. Goodman writes:   What does our health care system have in common with our system of higher education? A lot more than you might think. In both systems a third-party payer pays a good portion of the bill, leaving consumers and producers with perverse incentives to take advantage of it. The financing of both systems is dysfunctional. There is much waste and inefficiency. And low-income families are the least well served.

A New Kind of Rating System

Inside Higher Ed - Presidential Opinion

October 17, 2014

Paul J. LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University writes: Many of my fellow college presidents remain worried about the Obama Administration’s proposed (and still being developed) rating system for higher education. While Education Department officials have been responsive and thoughtful about our concerns, many among us fundamentally do not trust government to get this right. Or anyone, for that matter. After all, we already have lots of rating systems and they mostly seem flawed.

Why Colleges Don’t Want to Be Judged by Their Graduation Rates

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 17, 2014

This fall, President Obama will release a college-rating system that is likely to include graduation rates as a key measure of institutional success. That worries colleges, which have long complained that the official government figures leave out many successful graduates. The federal rate counts only first-time, full-time students who graduate within a certain time frame. Look at the Education Department’s first Beginning Postsecondary Students longitudinal study, begun in 2003, and you’ll see several categories of students that the federal rate overlooks.

Let's Fix It: How We Pay for College Is Broken

LinkedIn - Commentary

October 17, 2014

Jeff Selingo writes: Fewer people are actually going to college today compared to just a few years ago. Enrollment has dropped by nearly a million students since 2011. Only 4 out of every 10 young Americans were enrolled in college in last fall. The big problem, of course, is the rising price of college. In 2012, the average college-tuition bill ate up more than 40 percent of median earnings in the United States. In 2001, it accounted for less than a quarter of a family's paycheck.

Tuition Freeze: N.J. Assembly Passes 7 Bills on Higher Education

New Jersey Advance Media

October 17, 2014

A New Jersey bill that would force all 4-year colleges (including private non-profit schools) in New Jersey to guarantee tuition for 9 semesters has moved one step closer to becoming law. The state Assembly today voted 48-21 to pass the bill, which was one of seven bills the lower house passed today that are intended to rein in college costs.

Jobs for Humanities, Arts Grads

Inside Higher Ed

October 17, 2014

Two reports on outcomes for humanities majors could serve to reinforce two disparate beliefs about the field: one where they are seen as a viable path to a successful career, and another where they are seen as a track to a low income and few job prospects. On average, humanities majors do earn less than graduates in many other disciplines, according to the report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. But that doesn't mean they are starving artists or underemployed baristas.
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