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Busting the Myths about Private Colleges

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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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Discount Much?

Inside Higher Ed

November 25, 2015

The average discount rate offered by colleges to first-year students has risen significantly in recent years. In 2014 it was 48 percent -- the highest level ever, according to a survey of 411 private colleges by the National Association of College and University Business Officers -- up one-fifth from 2007’s average of 39 percent.

How Much Can Campus-Crime Reports Tell Us About Sexual Assault?

Chronicle of Higher Education

November 25, 2015

The statistic was shocking: Nine out of 10 colleges reported no rapes on their campuses in 2014. That finding, released on Monday by the American Association of University Women, seemed to contradict recent surveys of female undergraduates, as well as an oft-cited — and controversial — statistic that one in five women are sexually assaulted during their time in college. Advocates and researchers agreed something was amiss.

Why more teenagers and college students need to work while in school

Washington Post - Column

November 25, 2015

Jeffrey J. Selingo writes: Though plenty of students completed internships while in college — a critical marker on any résumé — many of them never had other part-time jobs, working the register at McDonald’s or folding clothes at the Gap like previous generations did.

How One College Became Ground Zero for Grad-Student Unionization

Chronicle of Higher Education

November 25, 2015

The review of the New School case comes as graduate students at several other private universities like Yale, Harvard, and Columbia are seeking to unionize, fueled by hope that the Brown ruling will fall, and by the example of New York University, which in 2013 became the only private college to voluntarily recognize a graduate-student union.

Another Department Departure

Inside Higher Ed

November 25, 2015

Jamienne S. Studley, who with Under Secretary Ted Mitchell engineered the Obama administration's surprisingly ambitious second-term higher education agenda, will leave her job this month, the department said Tuesday.

The Missing Low-Income Students

Inside Higher Ed

November 25, 2015

Since 2008, student aid from federal and institutional sources has increased. Political and foundation leaders have also focused on the importance of a postsecondary education, and the need to increase college attainment. But in the years since 2008, the proportion of low-income recent high school graduates who enroll in college has seen a significant drop, according to a new analysis from the American Council on Education.

Free course teaches the basics of how to get the most out of college

Seattle, Wash., Times

November 24, 2015

The course, “U101: Understanding College and College Life,” is free through the online learning platform Coursera, which has a worldwide reach. It describes how colleges and universities operate, describes what faculty are looking for in college-level academic work, lists effective study strategies and suggests ways to select a major, among other topics.

A dozen unconventional ways to improve college admissions

Washington Post - Opinion Piece

November 24, 2015

Brennan Barnard writes: As we do I ask my fellow college counselors and admission deans to share their innovative ideas and the following are just a few. Some are realistic, some are idealistic and some are just plain old fun. A number of contributors wished to remain anonymous, which is understandable given the controversy surrounding the Coalition Application.

Senior Official Will Leave Education Dept.

Chronicle of Higher Education

November 24, 2015

Jamienne Studley, deputy under secretary and acting assistant secretary of the Office of Postsecondary Education, will leave on December 18 to “go back home to be with her family in the Bay Area,” said an email from Ted Mitchell, the department’s under secretary.

Survey Reveals Link Between Alumni Engagement, College Fundraising

University Business

November 24, 2015

Research from Corporate Insight offers important new evidence as to why colleges and universities across the United States continue to lag in fundraising. A recent study conducted by the firm's Alumni Monitor, a third-party research service, polled more than 1,100 alumni of U.S. higher education institutions looking at the correlation between fundraising efforts at schools and alumni sentiments.
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