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Busting the Myths about Private Colleges


NAICU debunks the major myths surrounding private nonprofit colleges and universities. Visit 9myths.org to get the facts!

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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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Higher Education Community Comments on Proposed New Rules on Overtime Pay

NAICU Washington Update

September 4, 2015

While supportive of an increase in the minimum salary thresholds and periodic updates to the federal labor standards, the higher education community expressed concern that the “proposed minimum salary threshold is simply too high,” in a 25-page comment letter to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Real Reason SAT Scores Are Falling

Vox

September 4, 2015

The results for last year's SAT test-takers are in, and they're not good: the lowest on record in the last decade.  That sounds bad — but it's not time to panic. There's a hidden factor here: Different students are taking the SAT than in the past. The pool of test takers is more likely to include poor and nonwhite students than before. Since SAT scores correlate strongly with race and family income, it's not a surprise that scores are now ticking down slightly. And that doesn't alter the fact that more students taking the test is, broadly speaking, good news.

Months After Riots in Baltimore, Some Colleges Feel Repercussions

Chronicle of Higher Education

September 4, 2015

Battling negative publicity about Baltimore is a perennial struggle for the city’s colleges. They walk a line: playing up the fun, quirky corners of the city while grappling with poverty, drug addiction, and crime as part of their programs and missions.
When national TV networks showed Baltimore burning, mobs looting stores, and police in riot gear as National Decision Day 2015 approached, those arguably representative images couldn’t have come at a worse time.  And enrollment has been impacted.

Call for Help

Inside Higher Ed

September 4, 2015

Demand for student-facing counseling, similar to employee-assistance services is growing.  Some colleges are turning to outsourced services, primarily for online or nontraditional, adult student populations.

GOP Chairman John Kline to Retire

The Hill

September 4, 2015

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of this Congress.  Kline's retirement after 12 years in the House comes as his committee is trying to advance a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law. Should he have stayed in Congress, the Minnesota Republican would have lost the Education Committee gavel at the end of 2016 due to the GOP's term limits for chairmanships.

Will Free College Lead to More Degrees?

Brookings Institution.com - Commentary

September 4, 2015

Adela Soliz, fellow, Governance Studies, Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings Institution, writes: Tuition-free policies will no doubt increase enrollment. Studies have found that reducing the cost of college through both need and merit-based aid programs increases the probability of enrollment from 3.6 to 4 percentage points per additional $1000 worth of aid.  However, if the goal of these programs is to increase degree-completion, which is the outcomes that most benefits students and society, then increasing enrollments by reducing the cost of college is only the first step.

September 17 is Constitution Day

Washington Update

September 4, 2015

How will your campus observe Constitution Day this year?

It’s Voter Registration Time in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi

NAICU Washington Update

September 4, 2015

Colleges in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi are required to distribute voter registration forms to their students this fall in advance of their November gubernatorial elections.

Save the Date for the 2016 NAICU Annual Meeting

NAICU Washington Update

September 4, 2015

NAICU's 2016 Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 31-February 3, 2016 in Washington, DC.  Circle the date on your calendar and register today on the NAICU website.

College Board Reports Lower SAT Scores, Most Test-Takers Missing College-Ready Benchmark

US News / Associated Press

September 3, 2015

Student performance on the SAT college entrance exam is lagging, continuing a mostly downward trend over the last five years.  The College Board says in a report that a record number of students took the exam and that the mean score in reading was 495, down from 497 the previous year. For math, it was 511, down from 513. Writing scores dropped three points, to 484 from 487. The top score in each category is 800.  The latest scores continue a decline since 2010, when the means were 500 in reading, 515 in math, and 491 in writing.
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