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Shared Governance, Not Shared Power

Inside Higher Ed

September 29, 2016

Survey of presidents and trustees shows they value relationships with faculty members and want to improve them, but within some limits.

Student Loan Default Rate Dips, But ‘Considerable Work Remains,’ Education Secretary Says

Washington Post

September 29, 2016

The share of people not making payments on their federal student loans within three years of them coming due has fallen, the Department of Education reported Wednesday.

Hillary Clinton’s College Plan Appeals to the Left, but Educators Have Doubts

New York Times

September 29, 2016

But while the liberal wing of the party has cheered the idea as a much-needed antidote to soaring tuition and student loan debt, many in education have questioned how such a plan would actually work. More government influence in the sector could lead to unintended consequences, they fear, and some details of the Democratic presidential nominee’s proposal remain murky.

College Completion Failures Must Be Tackled in Tandem with Costs, Report Says

Hechinger Report

September 29, 2016

A new report by the think-tank Education Trust, issued Thursday, excoriates the federal government and state governments for failing to create a college-finance system that focuses both on cost and on completion.

Remedial Education

Center for American Progress

September 28, 2016

Across the country, millions of students enroll in college every year only to learn that they need to take classes that will not count toward their degrees because they cover material that they should have learned in high school. According to the authors’ analysis for this report, these remedial courses cost students and their families serious money—about $1.3 billion across the 50 states and the District of Columbia every year.

Claims of US Student Loan Crisis Are ‘Fictional Narrative’

Times Higher Education

September 28, 2016

The creation of a single federal income-contingent loans system would work better than offering interest rate relief to borrowers under the current system, according to Beth Akers, co-author of Game of Loans: the Rhetoric and Reality of Student Debt, to be published next month by Princeton University Press.

SAT Scores Fall Modestly in a Year of Transition for College Admission Test

Washington Post

September 28, 2016

SAT scores fell modestly this year for the last high school class to take the old version of the college admission test.

Do Donations Tied to Scholarships Increase Tuition?

Huffington Post - Opinion

September 28, 2016

Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, president of Dan Ehrenkrantz Consulting, writes: Higher education is a vital building block of our economy. There are numerous state and federal initiatives that help make college more accessible. But the existing initiatives are clearly not enough. Instead of wasting taxpayer time and money by pointing fingers at college endowments, members of Congress should look for ways that government itself can do more to make a college education affordable for all qualified students.

Making College Affordable: Eight Essential Reads

MySanAntonio.com

September 28, 2016

Scholars writing for The Conversation have been looking at the presidential candidates’ higher education proposals for the past many months. Here is how they explain and unpack many of the complexities of the issue.

Where the College Scorecard Has Gained Traction So Far — and Where It Hasn’t

Chronicle of Higher Education

September 28, 2016

Many experts assert that the Scorecard’s mere existence — and the department’s decision to release the data within it for outside use — is a significant step forward for accountability in higher education. This month, the department updated the tool with a new year of data, which signals, they say, that the department is committed to keeping the Scorecard relevant even after President Obama leaves office.
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