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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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How an Oversupply of Ph.D.s Could Threaten American Science

Hechinger Report

March 3, 2015

Despite all the seeming demand for experts in the sciences, cuts in research spending and belt-tightening at universities mean that only one in five PhDs in science, engineering and health end up with faculty teaching or research positions within five years of completing their degrees, according to the National Science Foundation. 

Why Colleges Want Your Personal Data

National Journal

March 3, 2015

Colleges have always collected reams of data about students. The admissions office knows where students come from, their high school grades, and their standardized test scores. The financial-aid office knows how students are paying for school and how much money their parents make. The registrar's office knows what courses students are taking and what grades they're earning. Now a growing number of institutions are analyzing all that data to address the problem of lagging graduation rates for low-income and nonwhite students by trying to identify those students most at risk of dropping out. 

Gillibrand, Katko Will Visit Syracuse University to Discuss Campus Sexual Assaults

Syracuse.com

March 3, 2015

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will lead a roundtable discussion at Syracuse University on Monday about sexual assaults on college campuses as she touts a bill to make schools more accountable to survivors.

Some Owners of Private Colleges Turn a Tidy Profit by Going Nonprofit

New York Times

March 3, 2015

After a recent government crackdown on the multibillion-dollar career-training industry, stricter limits on student aid and devastating publicity about students hobbled by debt and useless credentials, some for-profit schools simply shut down. But a few others have moved to drop out of the for-profit business altogether, in favor of a more traditional approach to running a higher education institution.  And the nonprofit sector, it turns out, can still be quite profitable.

America’s Student Loan Boycott: How 15 Students Took on the Government — And Just May Win

Salon

March 3, 2015

As you may have heard, 15 former students at the embattled for-profit Corinthian Colleges have gone on strike, refusing to make their student loan payments. The debtors and their allies want to raise awareness of the crushing burden of student loans, and the misguided way we finance higher education in America.  But less understood is that the debt strikers also have a very specific grievance, rooted in their college’s false promises and underhanded tactics. 

One College President: On Campus Rape, Leadership and a New Film

Washington Post Grade Point Blog - Presidential Opinion

March 3, 2015

Trinity Washington University President Patricia McGuire writes:  Rape is a horrific crime that shatters victims, leaving them grasping to gather the shards of dignity, security and inner peace they once had in that time before the crime.  Rape on a college campus may be no different, but the shock may be measurably worse because of the anticipation of a more enlightened life a student might expect to enjoy in the supposedly civilized groves of academe. No young person heads off to college expecting to find those groves inhabited by monsters.

How to Ensure and Improve Teacher Quality

New York Times - Commentary

March 3, 2015

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed major changes to teacher evaluations in New York. The changes emphasize student scores on standardized tests as a way to rate a teacher’s performance. It is a trend that is popping up across the country, raising concerns among teachers, administrators and public school parents, some of whom are refusing to let their children take the exams.  If this approach is not the way to go and yet American students are still academically behind their peers in other countries, how do we ensure and improve teacher quality such that student success is a given?  Read this New York Times debae on improving teacher quality.

Survival at Stake

Chronicle of Higher Education

March 2, 2015

The recession may be over, but with middle-class incomes remaining stagnant and politicians talking endlessly about the needs of the work force, liberal-arts colleges find themselves operating in a marketplace much different from that of 10 years ago. Their small size, their comparatively high cost, and sometimes even their traditional pitches about the lifelong value of a liberal-arts education work against them now, making their situation even more precarious than that of many larger institutions. 

Education Department Terminates Contracts with Debt Collectors Accused of Wrongdoing

Huffington Post

March 2, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education, under fire for its lackluster oversight of student loan contractors, said Friday it will terminate its relationship with five debt collectors after accusing them of misleading distressed borrowers at "unacceptably high rates."  The surprise announcement follows years of complaints about allegedly illegal debt-collection practices by Education Department contractors, the department's seeming lack of interest in ensuring that borrowers are treated fairly, and the relative opacity of the entire operation.

Universities Fight Malloy's Plan to Cut Scholarship Program

Hartford Courant

March 2, 2015

Presidents and administrators at 16 private colleges in Connecticut are lobbying against the elimination of state scholarships for their students as proposed under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's state budget.  Malloy wants to cut $12.2 million in scholarships over the next two fiscal years for the neediest Connecticut residents who attend the schools, including Trinity, Wesleyan, Fairfield, Quinnipiac, Albertus Magnus, University of Saint Joseph and Connecticut College.
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