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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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Foreign Grad-School Applications Rise, Driven by Indian Candidates

Wall Street Journal

June 30, 2015

International applications to U.S. graduate schools rose 2% this year, driven by double-digit growth from Indian candidates and interest in science and engineering programs but tempered by declining demand from Chinese prospects.

Harvard’s Huge Gift Made Your Job Harder

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece

June 30, 2015

Kristine Maloney writes: Here’s the thing donors and fundraisers—we all want media coverage of gifts to our institution. We really do. Some of my favorite media projects have been gift-related, but there are others I count among my most frustrating and disappointing projects precisely because of unrealistic expectations of significant, national coverage. We, as communicators, hold responsibility for managing those expectations, but we ask for receptivity to the realities of our industry.

3 Ways Colleges Are Working to Improve Online Learning

U.S. News & World Report

June 29, 2015

Without having to physically walk into a classroom, an adviser’s office or a study session, experts say students who are struggling to keep up or stay interested in online course work are sometimes more difficult to recognize and easier to ignore. As a result, some programs are using innovative methods to foster an online educational experience that is more supportive, engaging, and responsive to student demands.

The Next Great American Scientists Will Not Graduate From Harvard

Time - Presidential Opinion

June 29, 2015

Harold R. Wilde, President Emeritus, North Central College writes: In a recent 20-year span, according to former Princeton President Shirley Tilghman, of the 70 Americans who received their undergraduate education in this country and won Nobel Prizes in chemistry, physics, and medicine, 16—more than one in five—attended liberal arts colleges.

The Supreme Court Ruling and Christian Colleges

Inside Higher Ed

June 29, 2015

Friday's Supreme Court decision that states must authorize and recognize gay and lesbian marriages could create major legal challenges for religious colleges -- primarily evangelical Christian colleges that bar same-sex relationships among students and faculty members. Or the decision may not create much of a legal challenge at all. Or it may create challenges, but not soon. Legal experts are divided. But the question of whether same-sex marriage as a national right changes the legal status of Christian colleges is no longer just theoretical.

Higher Education Reform Should Start with For-profit Schools

Al Jazeera America - Opinion

June 29, 2015

Alexis Goldstein & Luke Herrine write: As the presidential campaign season heats up, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are talking about debt-free or tuition-free college. Using student debt as an issue to damage Republicans and to energize young voters is a smart strategy. But to make the case for why higher education should be free in the United States, 2016 candidates need look no further than the current crisis in the for-profit college industry. The government’s deep conflicts of interest as both the regulator meant to protect students and the banker profiting off student debt has led to an unmitigated disaster — one that, so far, has stuck students with the bill.

Why Is It So Hard to Kill a College?

Chronicle of Higher Education

June 29, 2015

As Sweet Briar College’s projected demise and unexpected revival illustrate, small colleges are a resilient bunch. There are about 1,600 private, nonprofit four-year colleges in the United States, but only a handful close each year. In 2012, the most recent year for which data are available from the National Center for Education Statistics, just two of those institutions shut down.

How to Cut Student Drinking

Wall Street Journal

June 29, 2015

Multiple studies have found that giving students personalized feedback about their drinking habits via the Web or by text can lead them to cut back. The technique mimics in-person interventions, which have been shown in studies to reduce drinking as much as 13%, but because the communication is delivered electronically, it can reach more students at lower cost.

Match Made on Facebook: More College Freshmen Choose Their Own Roommates

NBC News

June 29, 2015

College-bound students across the country are putting themselves out there. They're not looking for love; they're picking who they're going to room with during their freshman year in an increasingly popular process known as roommate self-selection. While the majority of schools still assign roommates, either randomly or based on answers to questionnaires, many are empowering incoming freshmen to find their own through Facebook, apps, and housing software.

Sweet Briar’s Second Chance

Wall Street Journal - Editorial

June 29, 2015

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board writes: There will be more Sweet Briars. The liberal arts market is saturated with some 600 schools, and institutions lacking famous names or large endowments are vulnerable—unless they tame costs and increase the value of the degree. The loyalty of its graduates is admirable, but Sweet Briar won’t survive if it returns to business as usual. In that case Virginia courts and policy makers are unlikely to entertain more legal howling. Meantime, similar colleges can heed the message to change or die.
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