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Creating the Right Climate Survey

Inside Higher Ed

July 29, 2016

When the White House urged colleges to conduct these surveys in 2014, there were few choices. Now there are many, but no consensus on which works best.

How openly political should college presidents be?

Iowa City, Iowa, Press-Citizen

July 29, 2016

David Maxwell said he was trying to start a dialogue about how America’s higher education system collectively can “regain our public voice” in a campaign cycle that has worsened the trend away from civil discourse into wild exaggeration, personal attack and a willful disregard for facts.

Damming Student Debt: One Liberal-Arts College’s Approach

Chronicle of Higher Education - Presidential Interview

July 29, 2016

Sheila C. Bair is familiar with the hardships that debt can bring. For five years, including during the subprime-mortgage crisis, she served as chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. A year ago she became president of Washington College, a 234-year-old private nonprofit institution in Maryland, and she has turned more of her attention to student-loan debt. How can students, especially those from poorer families, get a good liberal-arts education and not pay too high a price for it? She shares her strategies here.

Trump, Loans and the Liberal Arts

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece

July 29, 2016

Lynn Pasquerella writes: While higher education issues were pretty much absent from the Republican convention speeches, an earlier proposal by Donald Trump, developed by Sam Clovis, his educational policy adviser, to restrict eligibility for student loans in order to make it more difficult for those at “nonelite colleges” to major in the liberal arts previously caught my attention. Indeed, I am convinced that, if enacted, it would risk exacerbating what Thomas Jefferson termed an “unnatural aristocracy,” where only the wealthy gain the benefits of the kind of broad and engaged liberal education that Clovis himself insists is the absolute foundation for success in life.

Clinton, in Convention Speech, Includes Higher Ed Plan

Inside Higher Ed

July 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, included her college affordability plan in her speech Thursday night accepting the nomination.

Here’s what American universities can learn from Germany

Washington Post - Column

July 28, 2016

Joseph Parilla & Martha Ross write: We should look to places such as Germany to inspire new ways to align government, business and educational institutions to prepare young people for economic success.

Politics of Free

Inside Higher Ed

July 28, 2016

Advocates of free community college initiatives want to remain nonpartisan, and sometimes that means altering the rhetoric.

Is the Student Loan Crisis Fact or Fiction?


July 28, 2016

There's a new book out about the student loan crisis, or what author Sandy Baum suggests is a "bogus crisis." Baum, a financial aid expert and senior fellow at the Urban Institute, claims it's been manufactured by the media in search of a spicy story and fueled by politicians pushing "debt free college" proposals.

Debt Collectors’ Abuses Prompt Consumer Agency to Propose New Rules

New York Times, DealBook Blog

July 28, 2016

For the first time in nearly 40 years, federal regulators are preparing to significantly strengthen the rules that govern debt collection in an effort to clamp down on collectors who hound consumers for debts they may not even owe.

Free College Is Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose

Forbes - Opinion

July 28, 2016

Contributor Ryan Craig writes: Over the past decade, the combination of state disinvestment in higher education and the failure of colleges and universities to adopt more cost efficient delivery models and credentials has created a culture of debt: 42M Americans owing $1.3T in student loan debt.
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