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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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When a 43 Percent Graduation Rate Means Success

National Journal

April 16, 2014

Historically black colleges and universities—or HBCUs—typically have lower-than-average graduation rates, which is not surprising given the large numbers of low-income, often academically underprepared students they serve. But demographics aren't destiny. Within the educational sector, there's significant variation in how many entering freshmen go on to earn degrees.

Stand Up and Be Counted

Inside Higher Ed

April 16, 2014

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is cracking down on institutions that provide distance education to students in the state. But the commission has a problem: It doesn’t know who those distance education providers are. The commission last month fired off letters addressed to presidents and provosts of institutions that offer fully online programs (seen at the bottom of this article), asking them to self-report if they enroll students in Maryland.

Wyatt: We all have stake in higher education

Columbia, S.C., The State - Opinion Piece

April 16, 2014

An education, not a credential, but an education — that exquisite combination of actionable knowledge and practical skills, creative insights and fine appreciations, personal awareness and global responsibility — is, and will be, at the heart of individual and national success.

Revised SAT Won’t Include Obscure Vocabulary Words

New York Times

April 16, 2014

The College Board on Wednesday will release many details of its revised SAT, including sample questions and explanations of the research, goals and specifications behind them.

College Sports' Antitrust Vulnerability

Inside Higher Ed

April 16, 2014

The NCAA has lost its share of antitrust lawsuits in federal courts, notably the 1984 decision striking down the association's authority of the televising of college football and the 1998 ruling invalidating NCAA-imposed limits on the salaries of assistant coaches. But as a general rule, cases that have sought to take down the NCAA's alleged restraints on athletes themselves have run smack dab into the long-held assertion that college athletes are amateur students, not professional workers.

Vanderbilt Professor Touts Alternate Way to Finance College

Tennessean

April 15, 2014

The Republican-supported Investing in Student Success Act, put forth last week by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis., would clarify what ISAs could look like by outlining parameters, including capping the length of a student-investor agreement at 30 years. Miguel Palacios, who said he consulted with Petri’s staff about the legislation, said he believes ISAs are good policy because they “reduce risk for the student and transfer it to the investor,” who can diversify that risk by signing many ISAs.

They’re Colleges, Not the Minor Leagues

Chronicle of Higher Education - Opinion Piece

April 15, 2014

No one thinks you have to go to college to act in Hollywood or become a musician, but with rare exceptions, that is the deal for Americans in the entertainment worlds of basketball and football. This effective monopoly is not ironclad: The NBA, for example, includes many players from abroad, and occasionally an American will go play in Europe after high school and then come back into the league. But getting around the college-professional linkage is far from typical.

Paying for College: Experts Gather in Search of New Models

Chronicle of Higher Education

April 15, 2014

The Lumina Foundation has made college attainment its primary focus. One major impediment to its "big goal" of increasing "the proportion of Americans with high-quality college degrees, certificates, or other credentials to 60 percent by 2025" is the cost of college.

Shift in Scrutiny of Loan Servicers

Inside Higher Ed

April 15, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education is planning to change how it evaluates the companies that manage the loan payments of the more than 26 million borrowers of federal direct student loans. Department officials are “in the final stages of developing revised performance metrics” for the companies and other entities that service federal loans on behalf of the government.

Student Loan Repayment Plans Could Cost Borrowers More

U.S. News & World Report

April 15, 2014

Income-driven repayment provides a reprieve for struggling borrowers trying to pay back their student loan debt. But some policy experts say the federal program offering such plans is not as effective as it could be, and can actually end up costing student borrowers more in the long run.
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