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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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Student Loans and Political Ads

Inside Higher Ed

October 21, 2014

As Democrats look to keep control of the U.S. Senate and hold on to House seats, they are continuing to raise student loans as an issue in this fall's election. After several Democrats last month pushed student loan refinancing on the campaign trail, some Democratic candidates in both House and Senate races are now trying to put their Republican opponents on the defensive on higher education issues.

To Save the Humanities, Change the Narrative

Chronicle of Higher Education - Commentary

October 20, 2014

Christopher Panza and Richard Schur write: The Chicken Little story is a fitting allegory for the current state of the humanities. Humanists encounter a constant stream of articles proclaiming a "crisis in the humanities." They are rooted in the alleged high unemployment rate and low pay of humanities graduates, the collapse of the number of humanities majors, and the shrinkage of the discipline’s total tenure-track positions and programs. Each article is a potential falling acorn that could be interpreted as evidence that the sky is falling. As a humanist, it’s hard to resist the urge to run into a cave for cover.

U.S. Student Loan Debt Is Not Killing Homeownership

Reuters - Column

October 20, 2014

Is surging student debt really preventing an entire generation from becoming first-time homebuyers? That's true, to an extent, but also mischaracterizes education debt as holding most people back, rather than helping them get ahead.

The Completion Conundrum

Chronicle of Higher Education - Opinion Piece

October 20, 2014

Rob Jenkins writes: In August my colleagues and I were told in a faculty meeting that if we didn’t make sure our students graduated then we weren’t serving them well. With all due respect, that’s nonsense. To be fair, that comment came from someone who has an unenviable task: leading our two-year college’s response to the state’s "Complete College Georgia" plan, which is aligned with the national College Completion Agenda. Further complicating matters is the fact that our state funding—never exactly a windfall to begin with—will now depend, in part, on how well our students "complete," which apparently means "graduate with a credential."

Final Changes to Clery Act

Inside Higher Ed

October 20, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education published the final rules to carry out changes to the Clery Act today, requiring colleges and universities to collect and disclose crime statistics about the number of reported crimes that were investigated and determined to be unfounded. Previously, those incidents were not required to be reported, so the rule requires the disclosure of statistics from the past three calendar years as well as those going forward.

Measuring Humanities Degrees Misses Much of Their Value

Chronicle of Higher Education, Data Points - Blog

October 20, 2014

Plenty of people know how much they paid for their college degree. Fewer can tell you what it’s actually worth. That disparity is something new research from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators project is hoping to fix. The project is focusing on wage data from the American Community Survey, but some say using earnings as a sole measure of success misses the value of a degree and how it serves society.

How to Sell a Liberal-Arts Education

Wall Street Journal - Interview

October 20, 2014

Brian Casey, president, DePauw University says: Trying to explain or even justify a liberal-arts education against all of the headwinds about getting your first job and return on investment and student debt is extremely tough. In many circles, liberal arts is thought of as being anathema to career pursuits, so you have to get over that, and you try to do it two ways. You say we will give your child the skills that will benefit them for life, as well as a deep array of services to help them get their first job, such as internships, recruiters and career centers. You have to hit the service side, as well as the pedagogy and the intellectual side.

Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live

New York Times, TheUpshot - Blog

October 20, 2014

When young college graduates decide where to move, they are not just looking at the usual suspects, like New York, Washington and San Francisco. Other cities are increasing their share of these valuable residents at an even higher rate and have reached a high overall percentage, led by Denver, San Diego, Nashville, Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore., according to a report published Monday by City Observatory, a new think tank.

Why Poor Kids Don’t Stay in College

Washington Post

October 20, 2014

Today, more people than ever are going to college, yet the nation’s overall college graduation rate has remained low. Only 59 percent of students who began as freshmen at a four-year college in the fall of 2006 received their diplomas within six years. Meanwhile, the high school completion rate reached a historic high: In 2012, four out of five students graduated high school within four years. College students who come from low-income backgrounds see the least chance of college success. They are less likely to begin college, less likely to finish.

Benchmark Survey Finds a Continued Rise in Giving to Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 20, 2014

Wall Street may have had a rough spell recently, but longer-term growth in the national economy and strong gains in the stock market drove fund-raising gains last year at universities and colleges across the country.  Many higher-education institutions reported sizable increases in donations in 2013 as part of The Chronicle of Philanthropy's Philanthropy 400, a report that tallies the giving to 400 of the largest nonprofit groups in the United States. Over all, gifts rose 10.8 percent in 2013 to those listed on the survey.
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