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Private Colleges Focus on Affordability


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Colleges often reluctant to expel for sexual violence — with U-Va. a prime example

Washington Post

December 16, 2014

As growing numbers of students report sexual violence, those who seek justice through internal channels at colleges are learning that even when allegations are upheld, school officials are often reluctant to impose their harshest punishment on the attackers: expulsion. Federal data on college discipline obtained by The Washington Post suggest that students found responsible for sexual assault are as likely to be ordered to have counseling or given a reprimand as they are to be kicked out.

As N.C.A.A. Issues Pile Up, a Call for a Commission

New York Times

December 16, 2014

After hearings on Capitol Hill this year to examine the N.C.A.A. and college sports, some lawmakers believe they have found the next step for the federal government’s role: a presidential commission. A group of legislators and proponents of reform pushed the idea Tuesday in a closed-door meeting with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Washington.

Private colleges focus on innovation, mission to compete in new world of higher ed

Terre Haute, Ind., Tribune Star - Opinion Piece

December 16, 2014

Richard L. Ludwick writes: Responding to parent and student concerns about the cost and value of a college education. A liberal-arts education has always equipped students with the skills that employers say they seek: strong communication (written and verbal); critical thinking and problem solving; creativity; ability to work independently and in a team; ethical decision-making; and life-long learning. Private colleges are now making that connection more intentional and overt for parents and students by integrating career exploration and development into the academic program from the very start.

Sex Assaults Heighten Anxiety as Students Apply to U.S. Colleges

Bloomberg

December 16, 2014

As the January deadline for many colleges approaches, the once-forbidden topic of sexual assault is coming up on college tours and junior nights and in conversations with parents. College guidebooks are adding information about crime alongside SAT scores and grade-point averages. Members of Congress are calling for the inclusion of such data in higher education rankings.

Is technology actually making higher education less efficient?

Hechinger Report

December 16, 2014

Universities and colleges are marketing themselves to tech-savvy teenagers while promising higher productivity and financial savings. They will pour $10.4 billion into education technology this year, according to the Center for Digital Education, from computers to in-class gadgets such as digital projectors and wireless “clickers” that let students answer questions electronically. But professors say they don’t have enough help to use this technology effectively, haven’t seen results from it, and fear that the cost savings administrators keep insisting that technology will bring could mean their own careers are on the line.

Protecting Whom?

Inside Higher Ed

December 16, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking to help block the release of records about how the University of Montana punished a student accused of sexual assault, citing student privacy laws -- at a time when the Obama administration is pressuring colleges to become more transparent about the issue.

Colleges Are Cutting Back on Credit-Card Deals, Report Says

Chronicle of Higher Education

December 16, 2014

Colleges have continued to embark on fewer agreements with credit-card companies, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s annual report on the agreements, released on Monday. They have instead opted to participate in the marketing of products that are subject to less scrutiny, like debit cards and prepaid cards, the report states.

What’s a Trove of Insights Into College Applicants Worth? $850-Million

Chronicle of Higher Education

December 16, 2014

Wherever problems lurk, there’s a slew of possible solutions for sale. So the ever-daunting challenge of enrolling the right mix of students was bound to spawn a big business, one that helps colleges fill their beds and polish their reputations. Over the last few decades, dozens of companies peddling enrollment-management advice and services have built a multibillion-dollar industry, which is now attracting players from other sectors.

What Are MOOCs Good For?

MIT, Technology Review - Opinion Piece

December 15, 2014

Justin Pope writes: For some people, especially adults in search of continuing education, even dropping out of a MOOC may well be a kind of victory—over an old model of credit-hours and semester-long courses that makes no sense for them. If they want to see whether they’d be interested in a topic, or just want snippets of material, why should they pay for, and sit through, an entire 12-week syllabus? For all the hype, MOOCs are really just content—the latest iteration of the textbook. And just like a book on a library shelf, they can be useful to a curious passerby thumbing through a few pages—or they can be the centerpiece to a well-taught course.

The college trap that keeps people poor

Washington Post

December 15, 2014

Nine out of 10 children who grow up at the bottom of the income ladder but then graduate from college move up to a higher economic bracket as adults, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. Less than half of kids without a degree make the same leap. That creates a paradox: Being poor is a big impediment to getting the education that lifts you out of poverty.
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