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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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Why Can't College Athletes Unionize?

Los Angeles Times - Editorial

August 26, 2015

The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board writes: Faced with that rat's nest of legal and jurisdictional issues, the NLRB threw the Northwestern players' labor rights under the team bus. Though the board warned of instability, the opposite seems more likely to us — with players bargaining collectively at one school, players elsewhere could be emboldened to seek similar protections.

Responding to Free

Inside Higher Ed

August 26, 2015

Although official numbers won't be available until after the 14th day of enrollment, Tennessee Promise has 22,534 college freshmen as of the last August deadline to remain in the program, said Mike Krause, executive director of Tennessee Promise, the signature program of Governor Bill Haslam, a Republican. Those numbers are well above the 13,000 students projected for the program a year ago, he said

3 Education Experts on Ways to Improve College Pricing and Payment


August 26, 2015

Laura Shin interviews Anya Kamenetz, Anthony Carnevale and Lauren Asher on the issues surround tuition.

Is College Even Still Worth It?

Forbes - Opinion

August 26, 2015

Journalist Laura Shin writes: Full-time employed recent college graduates ages 25 to 32 earn about $17,500 (63%) more than their diploma-holding peers annually; in 1965, the gap was just $7,449 (or 24 percent). Among the Millennial generation (born after 1980), high school graduates were almost four times as likely to be in poverty as their college-educated peers — up from 2.3 times as likely in 1979.

How the College Pricing and Student Loan Systems Hurt Students

Forbes - Opinion

August 26, 2015

Journalist Laura Shin writes: The downside of this smoke-and-mirrors way of pricing college is that it gives schools little incentive to keep costs low, which is surprising given that both public and private universities have seen revenue decline since 2000. At public universities, state and federal funding has dropped around 20% since 2000, while private universities saw their donations, investments and endowment revenue plunge during the recession.

Private Equity Fees Paid by Universities Deserve Examination

New York Times, DealBook - Blog

August 25, 2015

University of San Diego Law Professor Victor Fleischer writes: High fees are probably worth it at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton and other elite endowments that can access the top quartile of private equity and venture capital funds. At that level, the industry standard two-and-twenty arrangement (2 percent of assets under management and 20 percent of profits in fees) is a relative bargain. For smaller endowments, however, I question the wisdom of paying high fees to get a performance that mostly tracks the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index.

Why Uncle Sam Picks Up the Student-Loan Tab for Millions

National Journal

August 25, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education is sticking to the rosier news in a brief report released this week that shows the number of U.S. student-loan holders enrolled in income-based repayment plans has jumped by more than 50 percent since last year. According to the government, 3.9 million borrowers have signed up for income-based repayment plans as of this June.

Should College Endowments Be Taxed?

Forbes - Opinion

August 25, 2015

The Urban Institute Resident Fellow Howard Gleckman writes: Why not just make the endowments taxable and use some of the huge revenue windfall to boost tuition assistance and other supports for those students who really need it?

Tuition Discount Rates Rise Again, Signaling Potential Challenges for Private Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education

August 25, 2015

Tuition-discount rates at private, nonprofit colleges have once again hit an all-time high, and appear to be holding down net tuition revenue, according to preliminary estimates from the National Association of College and University Business Officers’ annual survey.

The Real Reasons Behind the U.S. Teacher Shortage

Washington Post, Answer Sheet - Blog

August 25, 2015

Washington Post Columnist Valerie Strauss writes: If we are to turn this trend around, we need to act now to not only stop the attacks on teachers and tenure, but to stop evaluation systems designed to fire teachers based on metrics that no one understands. And we cannot forget that pay and working conditions matter. It should also come as no surprise that in states that pay teachers relatively well like New York State, the shortage does not yet exist.
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