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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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Beyond STEM and Startups — How to Build an Economy for Real People

Vox - Commentary

October 27, 2014

Michael Lind writes: The typical Millennials will be neither tech geeks nor startup entrepreneurs. They will be Americans with high school educations or less working in service sector occupations at jobs that pay relatively low wages and provide few or no benefits. If they even have jobs. After all, no generation has suffered more from the Great Recession and its lingering aftermath than this one.

Why One Professor Thinks Academics Should Write ‘BuzzFeed-Style Scholarship’

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 27, 2014

Mark Marino wants to shake up academic publishing. To declare his intentions, the associate professor of writing at the University of Southern California chose a format both fitting and provocative: a BuzzFeed listicle. Posted on Thursday, Mr. Marino’s piece, “10 Reasons Professors Should Start Writing BuzzFeed Articles,” serves as a “manifesto” for BuzzAdemia, a new journal he’s creating to encourage “BuzzFeed-style scholarship.”

How Not to Defend the Liberal Arts

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece

October 27, 2014

Paul Jay writes; it's depressing to see such a thoroughly discredited argument being made in late 2014. The idea put forward by one the conference's major speakers, John Agresto, that the liberal arts are “dying” because of critical theory and the politicization of faculty, is not only overblown. It recycles an old and faulty argument that should have been set aside years ago.

UNC-Chapel Hill Should Lose Accreditation

Chronicle of Higher Education - Presidential Opinion

October 27, 2014

Brian Rosenberg, President, Macalester College writes: Most of us work very hard to conform to the standards imposed by our regional accrediting agencies and the federal government. If falsified grades and transcripts for more than 3,000 students over more than a decade are viewed as anything other than an egregious violation of those standards, my response to the whole accreditation process is simple: Why bother?

Candidates Court ‘Basement Grads’ Who Struggle With Student Debt

Wall Street Journal

October 26, 2014

Soccer moms and Nascar dads have had their moments in the political spotlight. Now it’s the basement grads’ turn. Politicians, particularly Democrats, are courting these millennials who came of age during the recession, entered college at a time of soaring tuition and find themselves burdened with record student debt and soft job prospects. All too often their paths include a post-college stint living in their parents’ basements.

The NCAA’s K Street Dash Continues

October 26, 2014

After spending record amounts on lobbying earlier this year, the troubled National Collegiate Athletic Association is now going the whole nine yards to round up support in Washington. During the second quarter, the association had hired new hands to lobby on its behalf for the first time since 1998.

Casinos Put Up Hands for Sites Near Colleges

Wall Street Journal

October 26, 2014

Casino gambling may soon be added to the list of campus vices in New York, drawing anticipation from college students and concern from legislators and school officials. Nearly all of the 16 proposals currently being considered as New York state casino sites are within a 25-mile radius of a college or university. Three of the more-elaborate plans are located minutes from large schools.

Campus Counseling Centers Face a Question: Where Are All the Men?

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 24, 2014

Male college students are far less likely to use campus mental-health services than female students are. In fact, campus counseling centers treat almost two women for every man, according to a recent study.

Why Elite Universities Should Admit More Community College Grads

Washington Post - Presidential Opinion

October 24, 2014

C.L. Max Nikias, President, University of Southern California writes: A 2006 study — the last to comprehensively examine this topic — found that fewer than one of every 1,000 students at the nation’s most selective private institutions is a community college transfer. But at USC last year, on a campus of 18,000 undergraduates, we accepted 824 highly qualified community college transfers. USC has had this policy in place for decades to attract qualified students, particularly those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. The results have been compelling, and we have increased our efforts as a result — admitting 13 percent more community college graduates in 2013 than we did in 2007.

Duty While Students Are Abroad

Inside Higher Ed

October 24, 2014

A group of influential education organizations has stepped in to support a private prep school in its appeal against a former student, saying the case could have far-reaching negative effects on study abroad trips.
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