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Private Colleges Focus on Affordability


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NAICU Daily News Update - October 18, 2012

Friend or foe? Sector awaits the sharp end in US poll
Times Higher Education, U.K., October 18, 2012

Americans go to the polls on 6 November to choose between the incumbent Democrat, Barack Obama, and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. But rising tuition fees and potential cuts to federal research budgets mean the election's outcome will have an impact on higher education, even if these are not typically seen as central issues for the general public. Student funding is one of the biggest areas of contention.

Rising College Costs Pose Test for Obama on Education Policies
New York Times, October 18, 2012

In campaign stops across college campuses, and again in the debate on Tuesday, President Obama has promoted his efforts to make college more affordable. But while many education experts laud his efforts, analysts of varying political stripes have also questioned how much impact some of the president's policies will have, noting that the prices charged by colleges, and student borrowing, continue to climb.

8 Ideas to Improve Higher Education - Essays
Time Magazine, October 18, 2012

Time asked 8 experts what they would change about how Americans get a college degree. Here's what they came up with.

College Is Dead. Long Live College.
Time Magazine, October 18, 2012

In the late 1990s, Cisco CEO John Chambers predicted that "education over the Internet is going to be so big, it is going to make e-mail usage look like a rounding error." There was just one problem: online classes were not, generally speaking, very good. Now, several forces have aligned to revive the hope that the Internet (or rather, humans using the Internet) may finally disrupt higher education -- not by simply replacing the distribution method but by reinventing the actual product.

Higher Ed on the Ballot
Inside Higher Ed, October 18, 2012

Higher education is hardly dominating the political airwaves this election season, but a number of ballot initiatives across the country could significantly impact colleges and universities.

Student-Loan Borrowers Average $26,500 in Debt
New York Times, October 18, 2012

The average student-loan debt of borrowers in the college class of 2011 rose to about $26,500, a 5 percent increase from about $25,350 the previous year, according to a report by the Institute for College Access and Success. Although federal data show that graduates of for-profit colleges are far more likely to borrow, and borrow more, than those who attend other types of colleges, the report's findings focus only on public and nonprofit colleges, because only nine for-profit colleges (less than 2 percent) reported the necessary figures.

Obama, Romney Gloss Over Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt In Debate
Huffington Post, October 17, 2012

It was the opening question in Tuesday night's long-awaited presidential debate sequel: A 20-year-old college student wanted to know how he would fare in the job market after graduation. The question has an added urgency in today's economy, now that student borrowers are graduating with an average of more than $25,000 in debt -- a 20 percent increase from five years before. Yet there was hardly any discussion of the nation's burgeoning student loan debt Tuesday night.

How Jeremy the College Kid Got on the Stage With Obama and Romney
ABC News - Blog, October 17, 2012

Jeremy Epstein's sister picked up the phone and was asked by a research company if she was a registered voter. She said no, but her older brother was. She handed him the phone. That's how Epstein, an exercise-science major at Adelphi University, found his five minutes of fame. After confirming he was an undecided voter, the polling company told him he could attend the presidential debate on Tuesday and ask both candidates one question.

Flagging support for Obama puts more of youth vote in play
News and Observer, Raleigh, N.C., October 17, 2012

In North Carolina four years ago, President Obama won the votes of 74 percent of voters 29 and younger. Analysts with the Pew Research Center determined Obama would have lost the state without the surge in turnout and lopsided support of young voters. This election, college Democrats are working on campuses statewide, but the Obama posters and stickers that plastered UNC-Chapel Hill four years ago are absent this time. The Romney campaign and conservative groups are paying more attention to young voters, working to get them to go for the GOP ticket.

Committee on Wilson Colleges future considers letting men attend an option for enrollment goals
Chambersburg, Pa., Public Opinion, October 18, 2012

Making Wilson College a co-educational institutionwas one of several main topics discussed during an open campus meeting today about the future of the college. Earlier this year the board of trustees entrusted President Barbara Mistick with preparing a long-term sustainability plan for the future of Wilson College. A Commission on Shaping the Future of Wilson College was formed last spring to address challenges. The goal is to increase enrollment to as many as 1,500 students by the year 2020.

Youngest Voters Favor Obama but Are Uneasy With Politics, Poll Finds
Chronicle of Higher Education, October 17, 2012

On the eve of the next presidential election, young Americans are showing far less enthusiasm for voting--and much greater skepticism about the political process--than they did four years ago, according to a new poll from Harvard University's Institute of Politics.

Tracing the Evolution of Romney's Position on Pell Grants
Chronicle of Higher Education, October 17, 2012

In the second presidential debate, on Tuesday at Hofstra University, in New York, the Republican candidate Mitt Romney's statements in favor of increasing Pell Grants surprised some reporters. The New York Times's Richard Pérez-Peña called Mr. Romney's assertion that he wanted "to make sure we keep our Pell Grant program growing" a "new position for him."