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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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NAICU Daily News Update - October 22, 2012

Why Most Colleges Don't Want to Host a Presidential Debate
The Daily Beast, October 22, 2012

Most of those that wind up with the honor are hardly household names. On Monday, President Obama and Mitt Romney will face off for the third and final time at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. Initially, dozens of schools express interest, says Mike McCurry, co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates. But many are scared away by the cost and commitment required.

University has cut student debt by $21,000 for each student with new effort
Hechinger Report, October 22, 2012

In an effort to reduce student loan default rates, some colleges and universities are launching programs to improve student-loan literacy and, in a few cases, offer other kinds of financial assistance to students so they don't get too deep into debt. Syracuse University, for instance, identifies students who are over-borrowing from private lenders and helps them stop by giving them direct grants for future semesters averaging $5,000 to $7,000 per year.

Performing Under Pressure
Inside Higher Ed, October 22, 2012

State lawmakers increasingly want to tie public funding of higher education to colleges' performance. But measuring sticks that reflect the differences between institutions and who they serve are hard to find. HCM Strategists and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are trying to fill that gap with a series of new research papers and issue briefs. The campaign, dubbed "Context for Success," attempts to give policymakers and colleges tools to better judge what works in higher education.

Little-Known Florida School Hopes For Presidential Debate Bump
NPR - All Things Considered, October 21, 2012

In the year since Lynn University snagged the debate, its 2,000 students have watched a quiet campus turn into a hotbed of activity. The university has even integrated the event into its curriculum, adding 80 new debate-related courses. Students in the education department also developed an online civics course for grade-schoolers. Transforming a small campus into a political main stage comes with a cost. Lynn has spent $5 million getting ready for the event.

Tools That Help Compute Real Price Of Schools Get Mixed Grades So Far
Wall Street Journal, October 20, 2012

Net-price calculators were intended to bring clarity to often-murky college costs by helping families compute the real price of a year at school. The calculators have drawn mixed reactions from families, who say the resulting figures can be misleading. But the tools are getting high marks from college administrators and higher-education consulting firms, who are using families' financial and academic data to tailor marketing pitches to cost-conscious prospective applicants.

Teaching the ABCs of College Costs
Wall Street Journal, October 20, 2012

University of Michigan students upset by the cost of a college degree have a new outlet for their frustration: a one-credit course that delves into the university's own finances. Similar courses appear at schools such as Haverford College and Cornell University. The classes illustrate a slow trend toward more financial disclosure in the world of higher education, where even elite institutions have come under fire for skyrocketing prices and students' mounting debt.

Facing Backlash, Minnesota Decides to Allow Free Online Courses After All
Chronicle of Higher Education, October 20, 2012

Princeton and Stanford can rest easy now that Minnesota higher-education officials have backed away from threats to track down dozens of universities like them for offering free online courses in their state without permission. On Friday, just hours after an administrator in the Minnesota Office of Higher Education said the state planned to demand registration and fees from universities that were offering the noncredit classes through the online course provider Coursera, the director of his office struck a more conciliatory tone.

New leader sees opportunities for Felician College
The Reocrd, Bergen County, N.J., October 20, 2012

Felician College is planning to get a bit bigger as the school's first lay leader settles into the job. President Anne Prisco succeeds Sister Theresa Mary Martin, a Felician nun who led the school for 28 years, shepherding it from a all-female college in Lodi known for its nursing and teaching programs to a coeducational school with two campuses, graduate programs and an intercollegiate sports program.