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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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Warrior Consciousness

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece

May 24, 2016

Laurence Musgrove writes: I have to tell them over and over again that questions are valued. And I have to demonstrate that they can trust me that asking questions will not make them vulnerable to ridicule and further shaming. Questions drive the kind of learning college wants from us. And admitting that we don’t know something is the only way to target what we need to learn.

Schools Using 4+1 Programs to Lure Students

Worcester Business Journal Online (MA)

May 24, 2016

This summer, a flood of new graduates will enter the job market. Among this sea of young job seekers with bachelor's degrees will be Worcester alumni with the added benefit of a master's degree. Through accelerated five-year degree initiatives – or 4+1 programs – students are entering the job market with an edge honed by additional education and skills, but the schools also benefit from a unique selling point when making their pitch to cost-conscious parents and potential students.

Everyone’s Waiting for Trump’s Higher-Education Platform. In the Meantime, Here Are Some Clues.

Chronicle of Higher Education

May 24, 2016

What might a Donald J. Trump presidency mean for higher education? Now that the Republican field has narrowed to a single candidate, it’s inevitable that higher-ed policy watchers are wondering. But it’s not an easy question to answer.

At the End of a Watershed Year, Can Student Activists Sustain Momentum?

Chronicle of Higher Education

May 24, 2016

By putting their demands in writing and asking for written responses, this year’s wave of activists may have done next year’s protesters a favor. Shaun R. Harper, executive director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, says there is now "a record of some of the assurances that have been made to student activists and students of color."

Making Exclusive Clubs More Inclusive

Inside Higher Ed

May 24, 2016

Colleges are asking if there's still a place on campus for student groups with limits on who may join.

Wait-List Limbo Is Ending for College-Bound Students

Washington Post

May 23, 2016

Top colleges often offer thousands of applicants a place on their wait lists but wind up admitting relatively few — or even none — of them. May is a month of reckoning for colleges and students alike. Admitted students have a deadline of May 1 to choose where they want to enroll and place a deposit to secure a seat. Meanwhile, colleges are sifting through their wait lists for qualified candidates to fill any late holes in their classes. Many wait-list offers are made in late April and the first weeks of May. But the cycle can’t last forever. Eventually, decisions must be made.

The Value of College

New York Times - Letter to the Editor

May 23, 2016

Neil Weissman writes: While not forgetting the real importance of careers, can’t we for a moment simply embrace the observation that “in politics and in life ignorance is not a virtue”? And the vital though noneconomic rewards of higher education that the observation implies?

Overtime Rule Will Increase Tuition

Knoxville, Tenn., News Sentinel - Opinion

May 23, 2016

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) writes: Tennesseans have heard a lot of talk from the Obama administration about making college affordable and keeping costs down. So it's hard to see how President Barack Obama can justify the final overtime rule out of his Labor Department last week that could raise annual tuition at one Tennessee college by nearly $850 per student.

Chilean Artist Steals and Destroys $500 Million Worth of Student Debt Papers

Washington Post

May 23, 2016

Late last week, Chilean police arrived at Santiago’s Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral and removed a white bin of gray ash — allegedly all that remained of $500 million worth of student debt notes.

Liberal Educators Looking Inward

Inside Higher Ed

May 23, 2016

Scholars consider how to revive the liberal arts and consider the importance of math and science, impact of hyperspecialization, economic inequality, public attitudes, admissions strategies and more.
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