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How One University Worked to Get Ahead of the Curve on Title IX

Chronicle of Higher Education
September 28, 2016

Mr. Bowman said he and his team used the "Dear Colleague" letter as motivation to go beyond the department’s standards for compliance and better help students who had experienced some type of trauma to finish their degrees. That involved novel steps like hiring a case manager to help sexual-assault victims.

Fee-Free Applications

Inside Higher Ed
September 28, 2016

City U of New York, Bowdoin and Trinity of Connecticut all move this month to drop the charges for low-income applicants.

Colorado Christian University Names Donald Sweeting as New President

The Denver Post
September 28, 2016

Colorado Christian University named Donald Sweeting, a long-time trustee of the school, as the next president of the 6,000-student institution based in Lakewood, CO.  Sweeting, an ordained minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, takes over at CCU after serving six years as president of the Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla. Prior to that, he served 12 years as senior pastor at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Greenwood Village and taught as an adjunct faculty member at Denver Seminary.

Someone May Have Hacked Dozens of University Websites for a Gambling SEO Scheme

The Verge.com
September 28, 2016

People will do crazy things to get to the top of the "real money slots" search rankings.  Last week, researchers at eTraffic uncovered a scheme that sent a certain site rocketing up the organic search rankings. When eTraffic investigated, 76 different university and foundation web pages — including Stanford, New York University, and Carnegie Mellon University — had suddenly begun linking to the site, each randomly inserting linked keywords into otherwise unrelated text. 

Bringing Business Expertise to College Campuses

Fox Business News
September 28, 2016

Recruiting prospective athletes for sports is a big part of the college admissions process; top football programs can spend millions recruiting players. But what if universities could recruit for specific academic subjects? That’s what John Williams, the president of Muhlenberg College is trying to do.

Stanford Will Pay You to Attend Its Business School — But Only If You Agree to Work in the Midwest

Business Insider.com
September 28, 2016

A new fellowship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, one of the top ranked business schools, covers tuition and fees for MBA students. But the program comes with a catch: Students must be willing to take a job in the Midwest.  Students often select Stanford because they know they'll get a great education and make contacts in Silicon Valley, where many of them presumably want to work after graduation.

Resurrected Sweet Briar College Upgraded Three Levels by S&P

Bloomberg.com
September 28, 2016

After experiencing a drastic drop in enrollment and complete management turnover, Sweet Briar College received some encouragement on Tuesday when S&P Global Inc. boosted the credit rating of the 115-year-old women’s school three levels.

A 29 Percent Tuition Cut Caps Renaissance at La Salle

Philly.com
September 28, 2016

Colleen M. Hanycz is moving with urgency and substance to reposition La Salle University in a competitive higher-education market, after a year of layoffs and a deficit. Since she arrived as president 15 months ago, La Salle has announced plans to build a new dormitory, remake the center of campus, overhaul the library, and cut 19 academic programs that attract few students.  But that's not all. On Tuesday, Hanycz announced that La Salle would become the second college in the region to "reset" its tuition, cutting the $40,400 price by 29 percent for the fall of 2017. The new price - $28,800.

U.S. Parents Are Saving More Money for Children’s College

Wall Street Journal
September 28, 2016

More American parents are saving for college and they are saving more money, according to a survey by the country’s largest private student-loan lender.

Small Agency, Big Impact

Inside Higher Ed
September 28, 2016

As second longtime target collapses and enforcement actions pile up, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau becomes key regulator of student loan industry and for-profit higher ed.

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