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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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Crisis Sells: Spinning Data Into Hot Headlines

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece

October 13, 2015

Keith R. Martel writes: Headlines matter. In our current context bent on scrutinizing higher education, as we look ahead to report cards, and as we struggle to make a case for the import of this sector of society that has been educating citizens in America for nearly four centuries, let’s at least lead with more accurate headlines -- even if crisis sells.

Federal Perkins Loan Program Expiration Hurts Colleges that Serve Low-Income Students

Moody’s Investors Service

October 13, 2015

On September 30, Congress did not extend the Federal Perkins Loan Program allowing it to expire on October 1. While Perkins loans comprised a relatively small share of federal student aid, it was the last remaining federally subsidized loan for graduate students and provided aid to high-need undergraduate students. Discontinuation of the program is credit negative, particularly for small colleges and standalone graduate schools that serve high-need students and have modest financial reserves to extend institutional financial aid, according to Moody's Investors Service.

Viewpoint: Why ‘Need-blind’ Is the Wrong Goal for College Admissions

Washington Post Grade Point - Presidential Opinion

October 13, 2015

Adam F. Falk, president of Williams College, writes: “Need-blindness,” taken literally, is actually a narrow and misleading construct. There’s a passiveness to the term that implies, quite wrongly, that we can address the issue of college accessibility simply by turning a blind eye to students’ financial circumstances. Rather, what’s needed is for colleges to act affirmatively to bring socioeconomic diversity to our campuses. Just as being “color-blind” won’t eliminate racism in our society, being narrowly “need-blind” isn’t nearly enough to ensure college access and affordability.

Working for Free College

Inside Higher Ed

October 13, 2015

But as politicians call on students to chip in for their education by working, some observers pointed out that the majority of students already are. “There are political advantages to saying we’re not going to provide aid to students who aren’t putting in the effort for their education,” said Mark Huelsman, a policy analyst at Demos, a think tank that has been promoting debt-free college. “No one ever lost an election by criticizing the work ethic of today’s youth.”

Survey: Millennials Seriously Can't Wait to Wipe Out Debt

USA Today

October 13, 2015

Millennials are not down with being in debt, and getting rid of it is one of their top financial priorities, according to the latest USA TODAY/Bank of America Better Money Habits poll.  Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said that having no debt is a top priority right now, ranking slightly above having minimal financial stress, spending less than they earn and having emergency savings.

Uniting to Regulate For-profits

Inside Higher Ed

October 13, 2015

Last year, after receiving support from Democratic Senators Dick Durbin of Illinois and Tom Harkin of Iowa (who has since retired) and several state attorneys general, the Department of Education announced the creation of an interagency task force that would formalize a partnership between federal agencies to oversee for-profit colleges. The senators, along with Representative Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, had already proposed legislation for a new federal oversight committee of for-profit colleges.

For the First Time Ever, More American Women than Men Are College Graduates


October 13, 2015

For the first time in history, American women are more likely to have bachelor's degrees than American men. The shift, which happened in 2014 and which the Census Bureau pointed out last week, was a generation in the making. Women have earned the majority of bachelor's degrees granted every year since 1981. As older, less-educated women have died, more educated women have made up a greater share of the population.

Why For-Profit Colleges Become Nonprofits

The Atlantic

October 13, 2015

In a report out this week, Robert Shireman argues that a growing number of for-profit colleges are converting to nonprofit status even though they’re effectively continuing to operate as for-profits—a trend on which news outlets have been reporting for some time.

Arming Our Campuses Is Not the Answer

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion

October 13, 2015

Jeffrey Ian Ross, professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Baltimore and editor of "Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America," writes: We have yet to come up with a solution, political or otherwise, to stop these murderers from doing us harm. In the wake of another shooting, some observers are quick to point to flaws in the mental-health system, while others say we need a dialogue about a culture that embraces violence. A number of stalwart citizens continue to advocate for better gun control. And others, reminiscent of the Wild West, talk about arming everyone to the teeth: if everyone is armed, then no bad person will dare to start shooting. Or so they say.

Congress Axes a Lifeline for Small Colleges

Bloomberg Business

October 12, 2015

The Perkins Loan program, the U.S. government’s oldest student aid program, expired two weeks ago, leaving small schools that depend on tuition without a lifeline. Expect “greater pressure on university financial aid budgets and enrollment volatility” at those institutions, said the report, published on Thursday by Moody's, the credit rating agency.
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