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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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Fraternity Justice

Inside Higher Ed

July 30, 2015

Congressional Republicans on Wednesday introduced legislation designed to strengthen the due process rights of students accused of sexual assault and to prevent campus investigations from taking place unless a victim also reports the allegations to law enforcement. The bill would make it tougher to kick a fraternity or sorority off campus without a proper hearing, and bar colleges from forcing Greek organizations to become coeducational.

Should college police officers be armed and challenging people off campus?

Washington Post

July 29, 2015

The high-profile shooting of a man during a traffic stop by a University of Cincinnati officer this month raised a question: Just what is the role of campus security? Most universities now allow their campus officers to carry guns, according to Department of Justice statistics, and most campus security officers patrol areas both strictly within campus limits and those nearby.

FTC investigating online college University of Phoenix

Associated Press

July 29, 2015

The University of Phoenix, which runs an online college popular among military veterans, is under federal investigation for possible deceptive or unfair business practices, its parent company the Apollo Education Group told shareholders Wednesday.

Obama’s Plan to Restore Pell Grants for Prisoners Gets Mixed Reviews

Wall Street Journal

July 29, 2015

The Obama administration can’t lift the ban without the approval of Congress, but it plans to use an arcane provision of the Higher Education Act that allows it to temporarily waive rules as part of an experiment to study their effectiveness. Under the plan, a limited number of colleges would deliver courses at prisons, potentially helping thousands of prisoners, while providing data on recidivism.

Do students get a fair hearing? An effort to change how colleges handle sexual assaults.

Washington Post

July 29, 2015

As heated debate continues over how to handle allegations of sexual assault on college campuses, another bill is about to be thrown into the mix – this one most notable for its efforts to ensure students are able to get a fair hearing on campus, and give law enforcement a more prominent role in such cases.

Campus Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection

New York Times

July 29, 2015

Nationally, the suicide rate among 15- to 24-year-olds has increased modestly but steadily since 2007: from 9.6 deaths per 100,000 to 11.1, in 2013 (the latest year available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). But a survey of college counseling centers has found that more than half their clients have severe psychological problems, an increase of 13 percent in just two years. Anxiety and depression, in that order, are now the most common mental health diagnoses among college students, according to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State.

How to combat sexual assault in college? The Senate wants to know.

Washington Post

July 29, 2015

What should be done about sexual assault in college? And what, if anything, should Congress do? The Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions takes up those questions Wednesday morning in a hearing that suggests sexual assault will become part of the debate in revising the nation’s higher education law.

U.S. Colleges: The American Dream For International Students

Forbes

July 29, 2015

The world still sees America as the land of opportunity – for higher ed. This is why in 2014, there were some 1 million foreign students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities, another peak in a string of all-time highs going back to 2000. China and India export the most students, followed by South Korea and Saudi Arabia.

The new era of the $400 college textbook, which is part of the unsustainable higher education bubble

American Enterprise Institute

July 29, 2015

A new milestone must have been established recently – we’re now officially in a new era of the $400 new college textbook and the $300 used college textbook.

Paper on Campus Sexual Assault Called Into Question

Inside Higher Ed

July 29, 2015

An influential and frequently cited study on the prevalence of repeat sexual assault offenders is riddled with inconsistencies and possible errors, a new analysis of the paper asserts. The study in question is David Lisak's 2002 paper “Repeat Rape and Multiple Offending Among Undetected Rapists,” which argued that 90 percent of campus rapes are committed by serial offenders.
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