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Private Colleges Focus on Affordability

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College for the Masses

New York Times, TheUpshot - Blog

April 24, 2015

A question that has always hung over these findings is whether college itself deserves any credit for the patterns. You can imagine a scenario in which college graduates would thrive regardless of whether they went to college, because of their own skills and drives. By this same logic, helping more people become college graduates might not necessarily benefit them. But the new findings are the latest, and maybe strongest, reason to believe that college matters. Much as staying in high school is generally a better life strategy than dropping out, continuing on to college seems like the better plan for a great majority of students.

Low-Income Students at Elite Colleges Speak of Facing Pressures and Alienation

Chronicle of Higher Education

April 24, 2015

Sylvia Hurtado, director of the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles, painted a picture of what high-achieving, low-income students face in college today. Most are working three shifts, as researchers have put it: in college, at work, and at home, taking care of their families. They often conceal their socioeconomic status from other students. Good time management ends up being a make-or-break skill, given the pressures on those students.

Math Wars

Inside Higher Ed

April 24, 2015

For about as long as anyone can remember, most undergraduate natural science majors have been required to take at least two semesters of calculus. Lots of students -- especially those in the life sciences -- don’t end up using most of what they’ve learned later on in their studies or their careers, but the requirement has endured. Many math faculty members believe that the mind-stretching, theoretical nature of calculus should be experienced by any future scientist, regardless of its ultimate relevance. But lots of faculty members outside math don’t feel that way, and math departments across the country are facing requests from life science colleagues to change the standard curriculum for non-math majors.

Performances, Parties, and Parodies: When Do They Cross the Line?

The Atlantic

April 24, 2015

The use and misuse of humor and satire—from performances and parodies to party themes and publications—are prevalent across university campuses, the line between good-natured humor and racism is often hard to define. So too is the balance between racial tolerance and freedom of speech.

Sexual Assault Isn’t Just a College Problem — It’s a Problem for All Young Women


April 24, 2015

As many as 1 in 4 women could be sexually assaulted while in college, according to a new policy brief from University of Michigan researchers analyzing previous surveys. But sexual assault is no less of a danger for young women who did not go to college — and those women are more likely to experience other forms of dating and domestic violence than their college-attending peers.

The Rich Get Richer in Higher Ed: 40 Colleges Hold Two-Thirds of the Wealth, and Growing

Washington Post Grade Point Blog - Column

April 24, 2015

Jeffrey J. Selingo writes: Much of the recent discussion about income inequality in the U.S. has focused on the decline of the American middle class. What’s true in the overall economy seems to be the reality in higher education as well: The wealthiest colleges, both public and private, are pulling away from the rest of the herd financially. In doing so, Harvard, Stanford, Michigan, Ohio State — among a handful of others — are leaving behind hundreds of financially struggling colleges.

How Colleges Can Make Student Debt Feel ‘More Real’ to Borrowers Before They Graduate

Chronicle of Higher Education

April 24, 2015

In 2012 all campuses in the Indiana University system began sending students — new and returning, undergraduate and graduate — a letter projecting how much debt they were on track to graduate with and what their monthly payments would be. After that, the system saw year-over-year drop in borrowing. This month the State of Indiana enacted a law that will require all colleges whose students can receive its state financial aid to send a similar disclosure.

The Catch in Arizona State’s Low-Cost Freshman Year Online: No Aid

The Chronicle of Higher Education

April 24, 2015

When leaders of Arizona State University announced their unusual effort to let students complete their entire freshman year online at a sharply discounted rate, they took pains to distance the project from previous MOOCs, or massive open online courses.  Many observers see plenty of obstacles for Arizona State, chief among them that students using the approach will not be eligible for federal financial aid.

DeVry Earnings Fall 15%, Turnaround Plans Outlined

Wall Street Journal

April 24, 2015

DeVry Education Group Inc. said its earnings fell 15% during the quarter ended in March and the for-profit educator also unveiled plans for the next phase of its turnaround plan for its namesake DeVry University division.  DeVry said the plans include a focus on fewer markets and spending on its strongest local markets and programs.  A spokesman said 14 DeVry University locations will become online only under the revamp plan.

10 Things College Students Won’t Tell You

April 24, 2015

At one time, a college education was more an option than an expectation. But these days, 65% of high school graduates go on to college, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And over the last 50 years, enrollment in degree-granting institutions has soared from 5.2 million to roughly 21 million, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And enrollment is projected to top 23 million by 2021.
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