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But as Cooper Union officials, faculty members, students, and alumni fight over whether a tuition model honors the college’s mission and the egalitarian vision of its founder, another question has popped up: Does free tuition really increase educational opportunities for students who struggle to afford college?
Full-time faculty members at Ohio public institutions are objecting to proposed legislation with big implications for their right to organize unions. Tucked deep into a 3,090-page budget bill pending before the state’s House Finance Committee is language that would reclassify professors who participate in virtually anything other than teaching and research as supervisors or managers, and therefore exempt from collective bargaining. So serving on a committee, for example, turns a professor into a manager.
Studies find that students feel under more pressure than ever to succeed and increasingly see cutting corners as nothing serious. And they are being aided by cheating-friendly technology.
The Affordability Academy is a formal response to a simple fact: More prospective students and parents are asking tough questions about the value of the colleges they visit, the return they can expect from their educational investment. In recent years, some institutions have sought to "cross train" their admissions and financial-aid staffs, so that each learns more about the other’s domain. If admissions counselors can’t help families see a financial path that makes sense, even the niftiest recruitment strategies may be for naught.
The federal government's gainful-employment standards for vocational programs at colleges kick into effect in three months, assuming two lawsuits filed by the for-profit sector don't block the new rules. This is the Obama administration's second attempt to regulate based on graduates' labor-market returns. A federal judge largely halted the 2010 version of the so-called gainful-employment regulations.
The hiring picture keeps getting better for college graduates. According to a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers are planning to hire 9.6% more graduates for their U.S. operations than they did from the class of 2014. That’s a one percent hike from the 8.6% gain a year ago and a significant jump from 2013, when employers said they would boost hiring by just 2.1% over the previous year.
Given that the value of college is frequently challenged on multiple fronts these days, interest in how the public regards higher education runs pretty high among its champions. The latest public-opinion poll from Gallup and the Lumina Foundation, released here on Thursday, provides some new data points.
John Ebersole, President, Excelsior College writes: All of higher education is being asked to place greater emphasis on controlling expenses and slowing tuition increases. Recognizing that such action is not always within institutional control (i.e., regulatory compliance costs), viable financial models need to pay equal attention to both cost control and revenue generation. New programs, markets and delivery methods need to be considered, tested, and sought on a regular basis.
The faculty of Northwest Nazarene University has voted no confidence in President David Alexander. The vote comes amid widespread faculty (and student and alumni) anger over the decision to end the employment of Thomas Jay Oord, a theologian who has a tenured position at the university.
Some of California’s most recognizable college campuses are sunny, lush places all year round, brimming with palm trees, green grass and dozens of fountains. But that image may be a thing of the past, as campuses across the state are adopting water action plans that include converting landscaping to drought-friendly plants.
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