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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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New Directions for Higher Education: Q&A with Richard Ekman on Challenges, Misconceptions Facing Independent Colleges

New England Journal of Higher Education

August 18, 2014

Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), offers insights on independent college and university institutional sustainability, misconceptions associated with private higher education, and the role private institutions play in enriching the lives of postsecondary students.

Professor Obama Grades U.S. Colleges, Finds It Tests Him

Bloomberg News

August 15, 2014

Grading U.S. colleges is harder than it seems.  The Education Department, charged by President Barack Obama to create a system rating more than 5,000 campuses on graduation rates, student debt and other outcomes, is finding that calibrating the metrics is complicated. The agency has delayed unveiling a draft until the fall, months later than planned.

Supporting the Sex Assault Bill

Inside Higher Ed

August 15, 2014

Several higher education groups in Washington have responded to the bipartisan campus sexual assault legislation introduced earlier this month by Senator Claire McCaskill by pushing back against the legislation. While acknowledging that colleges have a moral and legal obligation to root out sexual violence on their campus, some Washington higher education advocates said that the bill is mostly too heavy-handed. Some individual colleges and university systems, though, are opting for a different approach: they're either embracing the legislation outright or cautiously deferring judgment on it.

Why It’s So Hard to Tell What Low-Income Students Pay at Elite Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education

August 15, 2014

A while back, we were curious about how affordable various elite colleges were for low-income students. With the limitation of federal government data, we looked for colleges that appeared to be similar in most ways—the size and academic profile of their student bodies, the size of their endowments, etc.—yet that left low-income students with vastly different prices. One such pair: Pomona and Swarthmore Colleges.

The Benefits of Multi-State Sharing

Inside Higher Ed

August 15, 2014

Reports released Thursday by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education make the case that producing better data may not be easy, but is possible. The reports outline the results of WICHE's Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange, in which four members of the Western collaborative -- Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington -- agreed to share educational and workforce data as a pilot project to see whether they could improve their understanding of the paths their citizens follow after leaving high school. The answer, simplistically, was yes.

College Is Worth It, But Only If We Make the Most of It

The Gallup Blog

August 15, 2014

There have been plenty of headlines in the news about rising college costs and the implications of Americans borrowing more than $1 trillion in student loans to pay for it. The debate has primarily focused on the financial and economic consequences of these loans -- such as worries about default rates, what it means for the housing market if a generation of college graduates delays buying homes, and the en vogue question: “Is college worth it?” 

Casey Urges Federal Action on Mounting Student Loans

Intelligencer (Doylestown, PA)

August 15, 2014

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) joined Lydia Moore-Hill, a college graduate with $36,000 in student debt, for a press conference Thursday on the mounting student debt faced by college graduates across the nation. Casey urged passage of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Bank on Students Emergency Loan Financing Act,” which would raise taxes on Americans earning more than $1 million annually and use that money to refinance student loans at lower interest rates.”

The Future of College?

The Atlantic

August 15, 2014

A brash tech entrepreneur thinks he can reinvent higher education by stripping it down to its essence, eliminating lectures and tenure along with football games, ivy-covered buildings, and research libraries. What if he's right?

White House Announces Second Summit on College Access

Chronicle of Higher Education

August 14, 2014

Seven months after the White House hosted a well-publicized summit on expanding college access, it announced on Wednesday plans for a second gathering, to be held December 4. According to a White House statement, the aim of the second summit will be to “build on the work” of the first one, “while launching initiatives in new areas.”

Amid Rising College Costs, a Defense of the Liberal Arts


August 14, 2014

Wesleyan University President Michael Roth argues that a liberal arts education is more important than ever. He makes that case in his new book, Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters. He tells NPR's Eric Westervelt that the debate over the value of higher education is hardly a new one.
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