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The Washington Post

Some of America’s Poorest College Kids Are in Financial Aid Limbo, Thanks to Disruptions at the IRS

Some of America’s Poorest College Kids Are in Financial Aid Limbo, ...

January 09, 2019

Ongoing disruptions at the Internal Revenue Service are hindering college students from receiving federal student loans and grants, university administrators say, though federal officials deny it is related to the partial government shutdown.
Ongoing disruptions at the Internal Revenue Service are hindering college students from receiving federal student loans and grants, university administrators say, though federal officials deny it is related to the partial government shutdown.

January 09, 2019

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The New York Times Magazine

Fed Up With Liberal Academia, Conservatives Call for Their Own Safe Space

Fed Up With Liberal Academia, Conservatives Call for Their Own Safe...

January 09, 2019

In their universe, conservative speech and scholarship is uniquely endangered; they even claim that research universities “are, almost uniformly, a publicly subsidized, wholly owned subsidiary of the political left.” As is often the case with panics over campus liberalism, the case for the conservative university largely rests on a series of omissions. In reality, professors and students alike are often hounded by outside groups, right-wing pundits, or university administrators for expressing left-wing perspectives on issues ranging from Palestinian independence to sexism and racism.
In their universe, conservative speech and scholarship is uniquely endangered; they even claim that research universities “are, almost uniformly, a publicly subsidized, wholly owned subsidiary of the political left.” As is often the case with panics over campus liberalism, the case for the conservative university largely rests on a series of omissions. In reality, professors and students alike are often hounded by outside groups, right-wing pundits, or university administrators for expressing left-wing perspectives on issues ranging from Palestinian independence to sexism and racism.

January 09, 2019

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Inside Higher Ed

Borrowing Increases Most Among Wealthy Students

Borrowing Increases Most Among Wealthy Students

January 09, 2019

A newly released analysis of federal data found that student debt levels increased most among affluent students in the four years before 2016. One reason, according to the report from the Manhattan Institute, is that wealthy students tend to choose pricey colleges. And these students and their families "are usually better placed to take advantage of the arbitrage opportunity offered by federal student loans -- i.e., borrowing at subsidized interest rates and investing any cash that this frees up in a higher-return investment, such as retirement savings."
A newly released analysis of federal data found that student debt levels increased most among affluent students in the four years before 2016. One reason, according to the report from the Manhattan Institute, is that wealthy students tend to choose pricey colleges. And these students and their families "are usually better placed to take advantage of the arbitrage opportunity offered by federal student loans -- i.e., borrowing at subsidized interest rates and investing any cash that this frees up in a higher-return investment, such as retirement savings."

January 09, 2019

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

Professors Worry About the Cost of Textbooks, but Free Alternatives Pose Their Own Problems

Professors Worry About the Cost of Textbooks, but Free Alternatives...

January 09, 2019

These opinions, found in "Freeing the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2018," a survey of more than 4,000 faculty members and department chairs released Wednesday, paint a complex picture of a fast-changing landscape, one in which instructors and students have more options about course materials than ever before, yet the best path forward remains unclear.
These opinions, found in "Freeing the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2018," a survey of more than 4,000 faculty members and department chairs released Wednesday, paint a complex picture of a fast-changing landscape, one in which instructors and students have more options about course materials than ever before, yet the best path forward remains unclear.

January 09, 2019

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

Coding Boot Camps Enter the Ivy League

Coding Boot Camps Enter the Ivy League

January 09, 2019

Just as MOOCs have found a way to keep their post-hype relevance — see these offerings from Coursera and edX, for example — boot camps continue to make inroads. To be sure, this young sector has seen a flood of closures and mergers in the past few years, and the number of graduates annually, an estimated 20,000 in 2018, probably doesn't justify all the media attention paid to them.
Just as MOOCs have found a way to keep their post-hype relevance — see these offerings from Coursera and edX, for example — boot camps continue to make inroads. To be sure, this young sector has seen a flood of closures and mergers in the past few years, and the number of graduates annually, an estimated 20,000 in 2018, probably doesn't justify all the media attention paid to them.

January 09, 2019

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