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NAICU Daily News Update - October 23, 2012

Obama, Ryan focus on college voters
Associated Press, October 23, 2012

College campuses have become more than a backdrop for the presidential campaign in Ohio as both sides are vying to sway young voters to their side. President Barack Obama was continuing his campus tour of Ohio on Wednesday with an evening rally scheduled at Ohio University in southeastern Ohio. It will be the fifth Ohio college the Democratic president has visited in less than a month. Not to be outdone, GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has made the rounds to the state's universities.

The Liberal Arts, Economic Value, and Leisure - Opinion Piece
Inside Higher Ed, October 23, 2012

We continue to argue that the liberal arts should be defended for their economic value. Such defenses of the liberal arts may turn out to be their true downfall, because they leave us with no language to make clear what the liberal arts are worth. In fact, it means that we must evaluate the liberal arts by a criterion -- their profitability -- that not only is irrelevant to them but corrupts them, orienting them toward goals that are instrumental in nature and preventing them from serving their true humanistic and civic purposes.

Holding All Universities Accountable For Student Outcomes - Opinion Piece
Huffington Post, October 22, 2012

David Van Zandt, President,The New School, writes: If for-profit colleges, which aggressively market career outcomes, have been so resistant to accountability, I expect an even noisier response from my peers at non-profit liberal arts and fine arts colleges, where demand for accountability represents an affront to core values. This is an outdated bias -- in the post-recession economy, a liberal arts or design education should align directly to demonstrable outcomes.

Five Reasons College Enrollments Might Be Dropping - Opinion Piece
Bloomberg View, October 22, 2012

Possibly most important, concern appears to be rising about the rate of return on college investments. One estimate is that as many as 53 percent of recent college graduates are either unemployed or have relatively low-paying, low-skilled jobs. To me, the long-term challenge is one of simple math. Two- fifths of adult Americans have associate degrees or more, yet less than that fraction of actual jobs are in the technical, professional or managerial fields that historically have been the vocational home for new college graduates. Moreover, the proportion of graduates is growing faster than the number of high-paying jobs.

Is The Endowment Investment Model Broken?
U.S. News and World Report - Money Blog, October 22, 2012

For years advisers, brokerage houses, banks, and investing magazines have touted the traditional investment model of a simple mix of stocks and bonds, or mutual funds. Proponents of a simple investing model may have reason to rejoice according to recent data compiled by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Weve Never Heard of You, Either
Chronicle of Higher Education, October 22, 2012

As hordes of reporters and politicians descended on Lynn University for Monday night's debate, it seemed likely that at least a few of them quipped about the small private institution's relative obscurity. But the university, in Boca Raton, Fla., was ready with a feisty retort: "We've never heard of you, either." That was the message emblazoned on hundreds of official debate T-shirts that the university distributed to students over the past several days.

An Underused Lifeline
Inside Higher Ed, October 23, 2012

Amid rising concern about student debt, fewer borrowers are taking advantage of the Education Department's income-based repayment option - which lets them pay 15 percent of their monthly income toward federal student loans - than could benefit from it. Student debtors and their advocates say the repayment programs remain something of a well-kept secret, little-known among recent graduates and struggling borrowers. Even for those in the know, enrolling can be complicated and confusing.

Among Obama Advisers, Scholars Roles Shift With Policy Landscape
Chronicle of Higher Education, October 22, 2012

Over the past four years, many of the scholars to whom Mr. Obama has turned for advice have moved in and out of government. A change in advisers can signify a policy shift, an internal controversy, or an adviser's personal choice to return to teaching. Some universities, like Harvard, require professors to return to campus within two years or risk losing tenure. In other cases, the change can be more complicated.

Romney Aides Include Veterans of Campus Fights With Liberals
Chronicle of Higher Education, October 22, 2012

To an extent that is rare today in America, Michael B. Reiss, president of Washington College on Maryland's Easstern Shore, is a creature of both politics and academe. A look at the other academics advising the Republican presidential candidate's campaign suggests, however, that straddling the academic and political realms can be treacherous, especially for those whose conservative views cause them to stand out on liberal-leaning college campuses.

Lynns oldest student wins seat at debate
Fox News - Blog, October 22, 2012

Three years ago, Jack Slotnick became Lynn's oldest freshman. Now, at 86 -- 87 in four weeks -- he's the school's oldest graduate student. And on Monday morning, he held a ticket to Monday night's presidential debate. No less than university president Kevin Ross gave up his own ticket for Slotnick.

Todays Unpresidential Presidents - Opinion Piece
Chronicle of Higher Education, October 22, 2012

Current university presidents are often caught between the competing calls of their boards and of government for change, and of faculty to maintain the status quo and their academic prerogatives. The support of all is needed to govern, but presidents are incapable of wholly satisfying everyone. As a consequence, today's university presidents are not thought of as potential leaders for the country, but rather as apologists or appeasers for an intransigent, increasingly costly, and dated system of higher education.