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Busting the Myths about Private Colleges

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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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The High Cost of Not Investing in U.S. Colleges

Baltimore Sun - Commentary

November 19, 2015

Dave Marcotte, director of the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research at American University, writes: Quietly, a relentless retrenchment of state support for higher education has hamstrung the open admission and less-selective public colleges and universities that educate the vast majority of students. At the least-selective, four-year public colleges, the real per-student revenue from state appropriations has fallen from about $8,500 to $6,000 since 1988.

Some of America's Worst For-Profit Colleges Are Raking It In


November 19, 2015

In recent years, for-profit colleges like FastTrain have faced increased scrutiny for their business models, which often involve aggressive or misleading recruitment, excessively high tuition, poor academics, low graduation rates, high loan-default rates, and deceptive or fraudulent reporting. But as the New York Times reported in October, even campuses flagged for noncompliance by the Department of Education or facing Justice Department investigations manage to exploit loopholes and reap millions in federal student aid.

Free Tuition Doesn’t Solve the Biggest Problem with College in America

Quartz - Opinion

November 18, 2015

Columnist Allison Schrager writes: In an age of growing economic inequality, expanding and improving education is the most growth friendly way to ease widening income disparities. But merely sending more people to college isn’t working. Recent research shows the income gains from enrolling in college education is riskier than ever. While on average, college pays off, you take a chance that the debt and years of forgone earnings won’t increase your income after all.

When Choosing a College, How Should Students Gauge the Payoff?

Chronicle of Higher Education

November 18, 2015

Whatever prospective students gain from looking at earnings, they’ll gain by considering them in context. After all, lots of variables unaccounted for in college-level earnings data will play into what you're paid: your major, whether you graduate, the broader economic conditions around you, the sort of work you do, where you live, your sex and race, your job performance, and more. But most high schoolers aren’t in a position to understand all of that on their own.

Taking Transfer National

Inside Higher Ed

November 18, 2015

Edvance Foundation calls for a national college transfer partnership to improve graduation rates and access to four-year institutions.

How the Crisis of the Humanities Is Like the Greek Economy

Chronicle of Higher Education - Commentary

November 18, 2015

Steven Conn writes: On campus, just as in the rest of the world, there is no such thing as a "free market" (except maybe in the parlor-room games of some economists). All markets are structured in some way. Those structures are shaped by political processes of one kind or another, and that structuring, in turn, creates winners and losers. In the current market conditions, humanities departments have been structured for failure, and like those Greek pensioners being lectured by Angela Merkel, we’ve been told it’s our fault.

Mixed Opinions as Colleges Wrestle with 'Campus Carry'

San Antonio, Texas, WOAI News Radio

November 18, 2015

Texas colleges and universities are now putting together policies on how they will handle the new 'Campus Carry' law that goes into effect in August, and most private schools, which have that right, have decided to opt out of campus carry, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Government to Expand Program to Forgive Student Loan Debt

New York Times

November 17, 2015

The Department of Education announced Tuesday that it would expand its program to forgive federal student loan debt to thousands more students who attended programs of Corinthian Colleges, once one of the nation’s largest for-profit education companies.

Obama Calls Out Liberal “Dogmatism” on College Campuses


November 17, 2015

President Obama wants college students at Missouri and elsewhere to organize and protest when it's important, but he's also worried about something else: students being too quick to shut down the other side and not listen.

Democrat Seeks Review of Federal Oversight of Colleges

Inside Higher Ed

November 17, 2015

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri on Monday sent a letter asking the Government Accountability Office to review how the Education Department green-lights colleges to participate in federal student aid programs as well as how effectively department regulators uncover problems with colleges.
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