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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 'Best and Brightest' Aren’t Always Obvious

Chronicle of Higher Education - Commentary

July 23, 2014

Angel B. Pérez writes: At a time when the White House is paying a lot more attention to the work of higher education and challenging selective colleges in America to solve the problem of "undermatching," almost no one is dealing with what really impedes access. Are colleges going to change current metrics used to define "success" in an effort to create more opportunity? Are external agencies (including the federal government) going to rate colleges favorably when they admit more students whose numbers don’t measure their true potential? Until we see a fundamental shift in how we define institutional success, we will continue excluding millions of deserving young people from higher education.

Ed Tech Promoters Need to Understand How Most of Us Learn

Hechinger Report - Commentary

July 23, 2014

This is no surprise: we all rely on our own experiences in forming our ideas of how learning works. But the experiences of ed tech creators and promoters are notably influential—and notably unusual. Most people are not autodidacts. In order to learn effectively, they need guidance provided by teachers. They need support provided by peers. And they need structure provided by institutions. Amid all the effusions about how ed tech will “change the way we learn,” however, these needs rarely merit a mention.

Clash Over Campus Cards

The Hill

July 23, 2014

The financial industry is clashing with the Obama administration over forthcoming regulations that are intended to protect college students from excessive bank fees.  Still in its early stages, the proposal would extend the Education Department’s regulatory authority to deposit accounts opened under arrangements between universities and financial firms that adopt “campus cards,” critics say.

Ubiquitous Consultant’s Latest Service? Outsourcing Rape Investigations—to Himself

Chronicle of Higher Education

July 23, 2014

The recent explosion of publicity surrounding cases of sexual assault on college campuses has not been kind to many people in the world of higher education. It has been kind to Brett A. Sokolow.  The influential higher-education consultant has long made a living by advising colleges on risk in an era of risky behavior. 

Experimenting With Aid

Inside Higher Education

July 23, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education will give its blessing -- and grant federal aid eligibility -- to colleges' experimentation with competency-based education and prior learning assessment. On Tuesday the department announced a new round of its “experimental sites” initiative, which waives certain rules for federal aid programs so institutions can test new approaches without losing their aid eligibility.

Legislation to Close Loophole in GI Bill College Aid Dies in Minutes

Fresno Bee (CA)

July 23, 2014

Legislation designed to prevent for-profit colleges from gaming the federal aid system and exploiting veterans died within 15 minutes of being introduced this month. U.S. Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, quashed the bill by ruling it non-germane to the topic of financial aid being discussed at his July 10 hearing.

Affordable Options

Inside Higher Ed

July 23, 2014

Intensive advising programs can result in significant savings for low-income students going to college, according to a new research paper, but many high schools lack the sort of resources the paper discusses.

Unexpected Ways Millennials Are Impacting Higher Education

Huffington Post - Blog

July 22, 2014

Millennials are making their mark on higher education. This plugged-in generation learns differently, and education institutions are starting to take note. Yet the education industry, with its emphasis on "focus work" over the more collaborative techniques Millennials prefer, might not be adapting quickly enough. Generation Z students, born with smartphones in their hands, are right around the corner, making it essential for higher education to adapt more quickly.

Historically Black Colleges Face Uncertain Future

Associated Press

July 22, 2014

Facing often steep declines in enrollment, Historically Black Colleges and Universities are struggling to survive. In the last 20 years, five HBCU’s have shut down and about a dozen have dealt with accreditation issues.

What ‘Ivory Tower’ Gets Wrong

Chronicle of Higher Education - Commentary

July 22, 2014

The documentary film Ivory Tower takes on national debates about higher education and renders them as compelling dramas, stories, and scenes. Andrew Rossi, the film’s talented director, previously used similar techniques to raise probing questions about the future of print journalism in an age of digitalization in his film Page One. Now Rossi asks whether “college is worth the cost,” and uses that question to tap into disturbing and pervasive concerns about whether higher education has lost its way.
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