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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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How Far Can the Student Loan Refinance Bill Go?

U.S. News & World Report

August 26, 2014

Generation Progress, the youth engagement arm of the Center for American Progress, on Tuesday published state fact sheets showing how student loan borrowers would be affected across the country, should Senator Warren's student loan bill become law.

Beloit Mindset List Reminds Us How College Freshmen View the World

Huffington Post

August 26, 2014

Every year, Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of how the incoming freshmen class views the world. The list for the Class of 2018, includes: Most students entering college for the first time this fall were born in 1996. For these students, Tupac Shakur, Carl Sagan and Tiny Tim have always been dead.

How Professors in St. Louis Are Teaching the Lessons of Ferguson’s Unrest

Chronicle of Higher Education

August 26, 2014

As college students return to classrooms in St. Louis this week, many will find that lesson plans have been hastily revised to include sensitive issues of race and policing that were ignited by the fatal shooting on August 9 of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in the suburb of Ferguson, Mo.

Students Want Obama and Oprah to Pay Their College Tuition

U.S. News & World Report

August 26, 2014

President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and the Kardashian family – you have 24 hours to pay struggling students' college tuition.  Seeing how the power of social media caused the ALS #IceBucketChallenge to spread like wildfire, college students last week began asking politicians, celebrities and big businesses to pay their college tuition, using the hashtag #PayMyTuitionChallenge on Twitter. But what started out as a facetious way to spotlight a genuine concern of millions of Americans actually caught the attention of a few organizations that are providing opportunities for students to win scholarships.

What Wellesley Learned When It Stopped Giving Out so Many A's


August 26, 2014

A C grade really once was average, or at least typical: In the 1960s, it was the most commonly awarded grade in college courses.  Not anymore. By 2007, 83 percent of all grades at a sample of 200 four-year colleges and universities were A's and B's. And research from a former Duke University professor found that A's have been the most commonly awarded grade at four-year colleges since the 1990s.  But new research suggests it's possible to reverse the grade inflation trend. 

Aggressive Pragmatism

Inside Higher Ed

August 26, 2014

Bill Haslam wasn’t sold on the idea of two years of tuition-free community college when he first heard it. That was back in 2008, when the Republican, now governor of Tennessee, was Knoxville’s mayor. Mike Ragsdale, who was then mayor of the surrounding Knox County, made the pitch to Haslam. Ragsdale was among a group of local leaders who were trying to create a private scholarship to cover the tuition costs for high school graduates who wanted to attend community and technical college. 

Harvard, Yale, and Princeton Could Afford to Make Tuition Free


August 26, 2014

Washington Monthly has ranked elite colleges based on their affordability for middle-class students, and Harvard, Stanford and Dartmouth come out looking good. All of them cost, on average, less than $10,000 per year for students from families making less than $75,000.  But other Ivy League colleges could afford to do even more, the magazine points out. 

Affirmative-Action Policy Is Found to Reduce Achievement Gaps

Chronicle of Higher Education

August 26, 2014

Affirmative-action policies can help motivate underrepresented minority students before they apply to college and, as a result, can help narrow achievement gaps across demographic groups, concludes a report released on Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The Diversity Issue in Tech Firms Starts Before the Recruiting Process

Washington Post - Commentary

August 26, 2014

Columnist Katherine Rampell writes: Tech companies are finally spilling some of their most sought-after secrets. No, not related to their R&D. I’m referring instead to some other tightly guarded information they once declared “trade secrets”: data about the number of women and minorities on their payrolls. After years of trying to deflect attention from the issue, Google blogged in May about the diversity, or lack thereof, of its staff, acknowledging that just 17 percent of its tech employees are female and 5 percent are black or Hispanic.

Competing College Rankings Take Different Views of What Matters

PBS NewsHour

August 25, 2014

Monday, as PBS NewsHour Weekend Anchor Hari Sreenivasan starts a week-long series examining innovation in higher education called Rethinking College, Washington Monthly is out with its own college rankings. The magazine’s rankings includes a list of “Best-Bang-for-the-Buck” colleges. Many of the familiar names in elite higher education don’t make the cut.
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