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Spelman Discontinues Cosby Professorship

Inside Higher Ed
July 27, 2015

Spelman College announced Friday that it is discontinuing an endowed professorship named for Bill Cosby and his wife.

How Unemployment Rates Shift Choices of Majors

Inside Higher Ed
July 27, 2015

Conventional wisdom holds that in bad economic times, students are more likely to make academic decisions that favor fields perceived to be paths to jobs, and jobs that pay well. Despite plenty of evidence that liberal arts graduates also have successful careers, undergraduates (and their parents) tend in tough times to encourage majors in business and engineering or other fields that seem to promise employment. A new paper backs up that conventional wisdom with precise data on how high unemployment rates shift students' majors.

Do We Know How to Judge Teaching?

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece
July 27, 2015

Stephen L. Chew writes: What do people think professors do to deserve teaching awards? The answer to this question is important. It defines the kind of teachers we strive to become. For institutions, the answer determines the kind of teaching that is rewarded with tenure and promotion.

Student loan debt is not hurting America's housing market

July 27, 2015

There is a slight (0.8%) decrease in probability for someone with student loans to own a home versus someone who has no loans at all. But the researchers weren’t able to find any evidence that someone with more student loans is statistically less likely to own a home than someone with a smaller burden

College cost within reach, worth expense

Scranton, Penn., Times-Tribune - Presidential Opinion
July 27, 2015

David L. Coppola, President, Keystone College writes: Too many people quickly buy into the myth that a great college education is simply beyond their means because there will be too much expense during college and too much debt afterward. Fortunately, the true picture concerning college affordability is much brighter than often painted.

The effects of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship on college enrollment, persistence, and completion

Brookings Institute
July 27, 2015

With place-based scholarships becoming more common and state appropriations to public colleges having declined over the past 15 years, understanding the potential for alternative approaches to help finance postsecondary education will only grow in importance.

Obama's Higher Ed Home Stretch

Inside Higher Ed
July 27, 2015

In a speech outlining the higher education priorities of the Obama administration as it enters its final 18 months in office, Duncan will say it is time to “go further” than discussions about rising levels of student loan debt. He will urge a shift toward focusing on degree completion and educational quality.

Welcome proposal to broaden Pell Grant reach

Middletown, N.Y., Times Herald-Record - Opinion Piece
July 26, 2015

Pauline Liu writes: In the interest of improving college-and-career-readiness, Congressman Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook) is among the sponsors of a bipartisan bill that would make Pell Grants available earlier to high school students who are attending early college high schools.

Retired professors at Centre College's Emeritus House embrace their role as 'dinosaurs'

Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader
July 26, 2015

"Dinosaurs" are alive and well at Centre College's "Jurassic Park." That's the tongue-in-cheek name given to Centre's Emeritus House, a 1908 house on Danville's North Maple Avenue, where the "dinosaurs," or retired professors and administrators, go to continue their scholarly pursuits and keep a connection with the student body.

UC San Diego wins legal battle in dispute with USC over Alzheimer's project

Los Angeles Times
July 26, 2015

UC San Diego won a major legal battle Friday against USC when a judge ruled that control of a landmark project on Alzheimer's disease belongs to the La Jolla school.

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