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Busting the Myths about Private Colleges


NAICU debunks the major myths surrounding private nonprofit colleges and universities. Visit 9myths.org to get the facts!

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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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2 College Presidents, on Higher Education

New York Times - Presidential Opinion

July 31, 2015

Drew Gilpin Faust, President, Harvard University and Alison Byerly, President, Lafayette College write: A liberal arts education is one that embraces — indeed requires — broad learning across the fields of natural and social sciences and humanities.

3 Things to Know About Higher Education in Prisons

Chronicle of Higher Education

July 31, 2015

Cries for more research are common throughout higher education, but there’s a real case to be made that correctional education merits further study. That said, some well-regarded work has already been done on the subject.

What Happened After One College Tried to Make Greek Life Go Coed

Chronicle of Higher Education

July 31, 2015

Nearly three years ago, Trinity College announced a major change as part of a plan to improve campus social life: Its seven single-gender fraternities and sororities would have to become coeducational. By the fall of 2016 the groups would need to have virtually equal shares of male and female members. One year shy of that deadline, however, not a single student has crossed the gender divide in those seven organizations.

Pell Grants for Prisoners? A Limited Program Sparks Hope for Broader Change

Chronicle of Higher Education

July 31, 2015

The Obama administration is poised to announce on Friday that it will offer Pell Grants to some prisoners, the first adult inmates to be eligible for the grants since Congress barred prisoners from receiving them more than 20 years ago.

Private colleges serve more students with financial need

Mason City, Iowa, Summit

July 30, 2015

Parents who are worried their family finances won't cover college costs are more likely to find significant financial aid at Iowa's private, non-profit colleges and universities.

Why nearly all colleges have an armed police force

Vox

July 30, 2015

In the 1960s local police were increasingly called to campuses to deal with student protests. Those encounters often turned violent. College presidents began to lobby state legislatures for the right to create their own police departments, where officers would have a constant presence and become part of the campus community rather than being seen as "some kind of invading army" when something went wrong.

Is This The Beginning Of The End For The SAT And ACT?

NPR

July 30, 2015

Critics of the SAT and ACT have long argued that these tests are nothing more than sorting tools that help institutions deal with large numbers of applicants. That's why George Washington University's decision to make the SAT and ACT optional is important. With 25,000 students, it is now one of the largest, most influential institutions in the country to declare itself "test-optional."

The Simple Strategy To Stop Rising Tuition Costs

Forbes - Opinion Piece

July 30, 2015

Robert Farrington writes: There is a simple way to control the rise in tuition – alignment of incentives for both borrowers and schools. The best way to do this is through a tuition cap and student loan borrowing limit.

Do college rankings mean anything? That depends on your perception of No. 1

Washington Post - Commentary

July 30, 2015

The concept of quality in American higher education remains an ambiguous and ill-defined term. It’s mostly a matter of perception. We tend to judge quality not by any standardized test or any other measure of a student’s success after four years of college, but instead by three historical standards that really have nothing to do with quality.

3 Themes From a Senate Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault

Chronicle of Higher Education

July 30, 2015

A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday played host to a wide-ranging discussion of campus sexual assault, and one question factored prominently into the two-hour-plus session: What can the federal government do better when it comes to colleges and sexual assault?
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