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Private College Tuition Increases 4.5 Percent for 2010-11; Institutional Student Aid Up 6.8 Percent

Private College Tuition Increases 4.5 Percent for 2010-11; Institut...

June 29, 2010

Published tuition and fees at private, nonprofit colleges and universities is increasing an average of 4.5 percent for the 2010-11 academic year, while private colleges are increasing institutional student aid by an average of 6.8 percent, according to the final results of a membership survey conducted by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Published tuition and fees at private, nonprofit colleges and universities is increasing an average of 4.5 percent for the 2010-11 academic year, while private colleges are increasing institutional student aid by an average of 6.8 percent, according to the final results of a membership survey conducted by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

June 29, 2010

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NAICU, Council of Independent Colleges Launch College Access, Success Initiative

NAICU, Council of Independent Colleges Launch College Access, Succe...

February 13, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2010                                                                                                                                 CONTACTS: 
NAICU - Roland King, roland@naicu.edu, 202-739-0475 (office), 202-380-8172 (cell)
CIC - Laura Wilcox, lwilcox@cic.nche.edu, 202-466-7230 (office)

NAICU and Council of Independent Colleges
Launch Major College Access, Success Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 12 - The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) have announced a new effort, Building Blocks to 2020, that will highlight and support the efforts of private colleges and universities to raise college enrollment and graduation rates. The project was unveiled to the NAICU membership during its annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Building Blocks to 2020 has two primary objectives. First, it gathers and communicates information on the considerable efforts in place or being planned by private colleges and universities to expand college-going, to increase graduation rates in areas of national need, and to enroll and support at-risk students, giving them the tools and skills they need to succeed in college. Second, the project disseminates successful practices so that private institutions can redouble their efforts to further increase college access and success.

"Our institutions want to be on record as endorsing and contributing to President Obama's 2020 goals," said NAICU president David L. Warren. "If you want to move the needle on college retention and completion, the wholehearted participation of America's private colleges and universities is essential."

Across all colleges and universities, only 24 percent of first-generation students succeed in earning a bachelor's degree, compared with 68 percent of students with parents holding a bachelor's degree. At private colleges, the completion rate for first-generation students is 61 percent.

"President Obama's intent to increase the college-going and college graduation rate is a worthy goal," said CIC president Richard Ekman. "Statistics already document the success of independent colleges and universities in retention and graduation. Our institutions will now build on that existing record as partners in reaching the President's goal."

A number of specific activities are already in place and others planned as Building Blocks to 2020 gets underway:

  • Survey of Effective Access/Success Programs Already in Place: An extensive array of programs for college access and success are already in place at private colleges nationally. However, there is no easy and comprehensive way to share information on these programs. Since late 2009, NAICU has been conducting an ongoing survey to identify innovative and successful efforts as a resource to other institutions.
  • Expanding Proven Programs: CIC has already secured more than $5 million in grants from the Walmart Foundation for 50 institutions to expand exemplary success programs for first-generation college students. For its part, NAICU will continue to advocate for a federally-funded competition open to all colleges, under the administration's proposed student loan reform bill, to expand successful initiatives.
  • Marking Progress: All private colleges will be encouraged to participate in the national effort by identifying goals appropriate to their missions. Institutions' progress toward those goals will then be periodically summarized in milepost reports that will look at success in producing more college graduates; increasing graduation or retention rates; increasing success with at-risk students, and/or increasing graduates in areas of national need.
  • Sharing Access/Success Programs: The milepost reports, as well as examples of particularly noteworthy existing initiatives, will be shared via a Building Blocks to 2020 Web site and through use of social media, such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. Included will be interactive tools allowing mentors from institutions with established programs to guide others in developing their own success programs.

The on-line survey gathering access/success activities from participating colleges will remain open indefinitely. Examples and reports will be posted at www.naicu.edu/2020.


About the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)

NAICU is the premier advocacy association for the nation's private colleges and universities, with a membership of more than 1,000 private colleges and related associations. Member institutions include major research universities, church-related colleges, historically black colleges, traditional liberal arts and science institutions, women's colleges, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions. Nationally, over three million students attend private colleges and universities. For more information, visit www.naicu.edu.

About the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities (CIC)

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of more than 600 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that work together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain high-quality education, and enhance private higher education's contributions to society. To fulfill this mission, CIC provides its members with skills, tools, and knowledge that address aspects of leadership, financial management and performance, academic quality, and institutional visibility. For more information, visit www.cic.edu.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2010                                                                                                                                 CONTACTS: 
NAICU - Roland King, roland@naicu.edu, 202-739-0475 (office), 202-380-8172 (cell)
CIC - Laura Wilcox, lwilcox@cic.nche.edu, 202-466-7230 (office)

NAICU and Council of Independent Colleges
Launch Major College Access, Success Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 12 - The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) have announced a new effort, Building Blocks to 2020, that will highlight and support the efforts of private colleges and universities to raise college enrollment and graduation rates. The project was unveiled to the NAICU membership during its annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Building Blocks to 2020 has two primary objectives. First, it gathers and communicates information on the considerable efforts in place or being planned by private colleges and universities to expand college-going, to increase graduation rates in areas of national need, and to enroll and support at-risk students, giving them the tools and skills they need to succeed in college. Second, the project disseminates successful practices so that private institutions can redouble their efforts to further increase college access and success.

"Our institutions want to be on record as endorsing and contributing to President Obama's 2020 goals," said NAICU president David L. Warren. "If you want to move the needle on college retention and completion, the wholehearted participation of America's private colleges and universities is essential."

Across all colleges and universities, only 24 percent of first-generation students succeed in earning a bachelor's degree, compared with 68 percent of students with parents holding a bachelor's degree. At private colleges, the completion rate for first-generation students is 61 percent.

"President Obama's intent to increase the college-going and college graduation rate is a worthy goal," said CIC president Richard Ekman. "Statistics already document the success of independent colleges and universities in retention and graduation. Our institutions will now build on that existing record as partners in reaching the President's goal."

A number of specific activities are already in place and others planned as Building Blocks to 2020 gets underway:

  • Survey of Effective Access/Success Programs Already in Place: An extensive array of programs for college access and success are already in place at private colleges nationally. However, there is no easy and comprehensive way to share information on these programs. Since late 2009, NAICU has been conducting an ongoing survey to identify innovative and successful efforts as a resource to other institutions.
  • Expanding Proven Programs: CIC has already secured more than $5 million in grants from the Walmart Foundation for 50 institutions to expand exemplary success programs for first-generation college students. For its part, NAICU will continue to advocate for a federally-funded competition open to all colleges, under the administration's proposed student loan reform bill, to expand successful initiatives.
  • Marking Progress: All private colleges will be encouraged to participate in the national effort by identifying goals appropriate to their missions. Institutions' progress toward those goals will then be periodically summarized in milepost reports that will look at success in producing more college graduates; increasing graduation or retention rates; increasing success with at-risk students, and/or increasing graduates in areas of national need.
  • Sharing Access/Success Programs: The milepost reports, as well as examples of particularly noteworthy existing initiatives, will be shared via a Building Blocks to 2020 Web site and through use of social media, such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. Included will be interactive tools allowing mentors from institutions with established programs to guide others in developing their own success programs.

The on-line survey gathering access/success activities from participating colleges will remain open indefinitely. Examples and reports will be posted at www.naicu.edu/2020.


About the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)

NAICU is the premier advocacy association for the nation's private colleges and universities, with a membership of more than 1,000 private colleges and related associations. Member institutions include major research universities, church-related colleges, historically black colleges, traditional liberal arts and science institutions, women's colleges, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions. Nationally, over three million students attend private colleges and universities. For more information, visit www.naicu.edu.

About the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities (CIC)

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of more than 600 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that work together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain high-quality education, and enhance private higher education's contributions to society. To fulfill this mission, CIC provides its members with skills, tools, and knowledge that address aspects of leadership, financial management and performance, academic quality, and institutional visibility. For more information, visit www.cic.edu.

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February 13, 2010

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Sister Kathleen Ross Selected to Receive 2010 Paley Award for Service to Independent Higher Education

Sister Kathleen Ross Selected to Receive 2010 Paley Award for Servi...

February 02, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Sister Kathleen Ross, founding president of Heritage University, has been selected by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) to receive the 2010 Henry Paley Memorial Award.  She will receive the award from NAICU President David L. Warren on Tuesday, Feb.2, at the NAICU annual meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.
 
Since 1985, the Paley Award has recognized an individual who, throughout his or her career, has unfailingly served the students and faculty of independent higher education.  The recipient of this award has set an example for all who would seek to advance educational opportunity in the United States.  The Paley Award is named for Henry Paley, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of New York from 1975 until 1984.
 
Heritage University was created in 1981, by two Yakama women who persuaded Ross to join them as founding president. Since then, Heritage has grown and succeeded in its mission "to provide quality, accessible higher education to multicultural populations which have been educationally isolated." Located on the Yakama reservation, the university's home town of Toppenish is abundant in those who traditionally would find it difficult or impossible to earn a college degree - immigrants, Native Americans, first generation college students and students from low-income families.
 
“Within the realm of independent higher education, Sister Kathleen stands as a true pioneer,” said NAICU President David L. Warren.  “The association is privileged to award her the 24th annual Henry Paley Award in recognition of her exemplary service to underserved students, and her leadership in inspiring others to reach out to the forgotten,”
 
Last March, Ross announced that she would begin the transition to new leadership for Heritage. Upon retiring from the Heritage presidency at the end of the academic year, she will head a new national institute based at the university, and dedicated to improving the success of first-generation college students.
 
NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education.  With nearly 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States.  NAICU members enroll nine out of every 10 students attending private institutions.  They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.  
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Sister Kathleen Ross, founding president of Heritage University, has been selected by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) to receive the 2010 Henry Paley Memorial Award.  She will receive the award from NAICU President David L. Warren on Tuesday, Feb.2, at the NAICU annual meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.
 
Since 1985, the Paley Award has recognized an individual who, throughout his or her career, has unfailingly served the students and faculty of independent higher education.  The recipient of this award has set an example for all who would seek to advance educational opportunity in the United States.  The Paley Award is named for Henry Paley, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of New York from 1975 until 1984.
 
Heritage University was created in 1981, by two Yakama women who persuaded Ross to join them as founding president. Since then, Heritage has grown and succeeded in its mission "to provide quality, accessible higher education to multicultural populations which have been educationally isolated." Located on the Yakama reservation, the university's home town of Toppenish is abundant in those who traditionally would find it difficult or impossible to earn a college degree - immigrants, Native Americans, first generation college students and students from low-income families.
 
“Within the realm of independent higher education, Sister Kathleen stands as a true pioneer,” said NAICU President David L. Warren.  “The association is privileged to award her the 24th annual Henry Paley Award in recognition of her exemplary service to underserved students, and her leadership in inspiring others to reach out to the forgotten,”
 
Last March, Ross announced that she would begin the transition to new leadership for Heritage. Upon retiring from the Heritage presidency at the end of the academic year, she will head a new national institute based at the university, and dedicated to improving the success of first-generation college students.
 
NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education.  With nearly 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States.  NAICU members enroll nine out of every 10 students attending private institutions.  They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.  
 

February 02, 2010

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U-CAN College Information Web Site Updated With Fall 2009 Data

U-CAN College Information Web Site Updated With Fall 2009 Data

January 06, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 6, 2010

CONTACT: Tony Pals, tony@naicu.edu
office: 202-739-0474 cell: 202-288-9333


U-CAN College Information Web Site Updated With Fall 2009 Data

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U-CAN, a consumer information Web site for students considering private, nonprofit colleges and universities, has unveiled newly updated data for hundreds of institutions. The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) developed and maintains U-CAN (University & College Accountability Network).

The updated Web site includes the most recent information available in areas important to prospective students and their families, including admissions, enrollment, cost of attendance, student aid, faculty, and more.

This is the third update to U-CAN since the Web site launched in September 2007. In addition to the new data, U-CAN offers 147 searchable fields and 25 "clickable" buttons that link to additional information found on individual campus Web sites.

"Many families are overwhelmed by the college search process, and don't believe they are getting the information and guidance necessary to make an informed choice," said NAICU President David L. Warren. "U-CAN helps prospective students and their families make sense of the facts they need to find the best college fit."

Since 2007, the number of private colleges and universities signed up to participate has grown from 600 to 808 institutions. The site has had over one million visitors, and reached 2 million page views this week.

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll 90 percent of all students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 6, 2010

CONTACT: Tony Pals, tony@naicu.edu
office: 202-739-0474 cell: 202-288-9333


U-CAN College Information Web Site Updated With Fall 2009 Data

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U-CAN, a consumer information Web site for students considering private, nonprofit colleges and universities, has unveiled newly updated data for hundreds of institutions. The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) developed and maintains U-CAN (University & College Accountability Network).

The updated Web site includes the most recent information available in areas important to prospective students and their families, including admissions, enrollment, cost of attendance, student aid, faculty, and more.

This is the third update to U-CAN since the Web site launched in September 2007. In addition to the new data, U-CAN offers 147 searchable fields and 25 "clickable" buttons that link to additional information found on individual campus Web sites.

"Many families are overwhelmed by the college search process, and don't believe they are getting the information and guidance necessary to make an informed choice," said NAICU President David L. Warren. "U-CAN helps prospective students and their families make sense of the facts they need to find the best college fit."

Since 2007, the number of private colleges and universities signed up to participate has grown from 600 to 808 institutions. The site has had over one million visitors, and reached 2 million page views this week.

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll 90 percent of all students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.

 

January 06, 2010

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Sallie Mae Fights for Student-Loan Role in a Campaign That's All About Jobs

Sallie Mae Fights for Student-Loan Role in a Campaign That's All Ab...

November 22, 2009

Sallie Mae lobbied Congress and put forward its own proposal for overhauling the federal student-loan system. After the House vote didn't go their way, the student-loan giant began drumming up grass-roots opposition to the legislation in the towns where its largest facilities are located. If bank-based lending ends, Sallie Mae employees told their neighbors and friends, the company would face a major downsizing. The question is whether the argument, and the 186,092 signatures gathered nationwide in the just-ended petition campaign, will be enough to change the outcome when the Senate takes up the measure,

Sallie Mae lobbied Congress and put forward its own proposal for overhauling the federal student-loan system. After the House vote didn't go their way, the student-loan giant began drumming up grass-roots opposition to the legislation in the towns where its largest facilities are located. If bank-based lending ends, Sallie Mae employees told their neighbors and friends, the company would face a major downsizing. The question is whether the argument, and the 186,092 signatures gathered nationwide in the just-ended petition campaign, will be enough to change the outcome when the Senate takes up the measure,

November 22, 2009

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