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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 So Few Women College Presidents?

Forbes - Commentary

April 14, 2014

Women are significantly underrepresented among higher education presidents. Today, only 26% of the college presidents in the U.S. are women while more than 57% of the students in colleges and universities are women. Women have been in the majority among undergraduate students since 1980 and among graduate students since 1988. Women made up 10% of the college presidents in 1980 and 23% in 2006. They have increased their share of presidencies by 1 percentage point every two years.

Higher Education Must Be More Accessible and Affordable

Yakima, Wash., Herald - Presidential Opinion

April 14, 2014

John Bassett, President, Heritage University writes: Along with my fellow presidents from the Independent Colleges of Washington (ICW), and our public colleagues, I applaud the legislature’s support for the higher education goals proposed by the Student Achievement Council. In its 2013 Roadmap Report, the WSAC set two statewide goals to be achieved by 2023: 1) All adults in Washington, ages 25-44, will have a high school diploma or equivalent; and 2) At least 70 percent of Washington adults, ages 25-44, will have a postsecondary credential.

Liberal Arts: The Perfect Education for the Business World

Academe Blog - Opinion Piece

April 14, 2014

Andrew Benett, global CEO of Havas Worldwide, in his recent posting on, proposes a counterargument to the notion that students must choose a career-directed educational path, for example in the STEM fields, as a “safe bet” for a future high-paying job. “…to those students who are drawn to the liberal arts — who want to study the dead poets, expand their minds with a classical core curriculum, and major in a subject that doesn’t culminate in a professional certification: Do it.”

States Crack Down on For-Profit Colleges, Student Loan Industry

Pew, Stateline

April 14, 2014

Thirty-two states are now working together under the leadership of Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway to investigate potential abuses in the for-profit college industry, which saw enrollment more than triple between 1998 and 2008, according to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.

Small U.S. Colleges Battle Death Spiral as Enrollment Drops


April 14, 2014

The number of private four-year colleges that have closed or were acquired doubled from about five a year before 2008 to about 10 in the four years through 2011, according to a study last year by researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, citing federal data. Plus, among all colleges, 37 merged in the three years through 2013, more than triple the number from 2006 to 2009, according to Higher Education Publications Inc., a Reston, Virginia-based directory publisher.

Legal Scholarship in the Lean Years

Washington Post - Opinion Piece

April 14, 2014

In the last five years, legal education has witnessed a dramatic reduction in demand. Applications are down, forcing many schools to shrink class size and discount tuition to attract students through “merit” scholarships (and more recently, in rare cases, across-the-board tuition cuts). With income down, schools must cut expenses, the largest chunk of which are faculty salaries. Many schools have encouraged senior faculty to retire, and faculty hiring across the board has been sharply curtailed.

Sen. Warren Proposes Allowing Student-Loan Borrowers to Refinance Debt

Chronicle of Higher Education

April 14, 2014

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced on Saturday that she will introduce legislation that would allow existing student-loan borrowers to refinance their debt at interest rates offered to new borrowers in the federal student-loan program.

The New Academic Celebrity

Chronicle of Higher Education - Opinion Piece

April 14, 2014

A TED talk (the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design) is one of the routes to academic stardom that didn’t exist a decade ago. (The 30th-anniversary celebration aside, curators only began posting fame-making free online videos in 2006.) Although TED plays an inordinate role in setting the tone for how ideas are conveyed—not only because of the reach of its videos but also through spinoffs like regional "TEDx" events and the TED Radio Hour, one of the few places nonpolicy intellectuals get substantial on-air time—it’s just one of a number of platforms that are changing the ecology of academic celebrity.

Listening to the Wrong People

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece

April 14, 2014

How can a dean or provost keep her job in the context of leadership transition at the very top? How is it that academic leaders who have a strong base of support get terminated suddenly and without explanation when a new president arrives?

The College Faculty Crisis

New York Times - Editorial

April 13, 2014

The public colleges and universities that educate more than 70 percent of this country’s students were burdened by rising costs and dwindling state revenues long before the recession. They reacted by raising tuition, slashing course offerings and, sometimes, by cutting enrollment. They also cut labor costs by replacing full-time professors who retired with part-time instructors, who typically have no health or pension benefits and are often abysmally paid, earning in the vicinity of $3,000 per course.
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