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Grad Student Health Insurance On the Line

Inside Higher Ed
June 29, 2016

Universities grapple with providing subsidized health insurance to graduate students while complying with the Affordable Care Act. Seventeen U.S. senators urge the government to give institutions clarification.

Brexit's Enrollment Effects

Inside Higher Ed
June 29, 2016

Following the Brexit vote, many anticipate a drop in the number of E.U. students at U.K. universities. Could American institutions attract some of them?

Dowling College to Lose Accreditation Aug. 31, Agency Says

June 29, 2016

Dowling College will lose its accreditation on Aug. 31 and must implement a plan for students to complete their degrees at other institutions, according to a report Tuesday from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  The independent agency, which measures the quality of more than 500 colleges and universities, decided at its meeting Thursday to withdraw Dowling’s accreditation based upon two years of closely monitoring the private liberal arts school’s financial future and ability to serve its students.

California Gender-Identity Bill Threatens Catholic Colleges

National Catholic Register
June 29, 2016

Catholic and other Christian educational institutions in California face the loss of existing protections that allow them to carry out their educational mission in line with their religious principles, due to a new bill working its way through the California Legislature.

Asian Americans and the Future of Affirmative Action

The Atlantic
June 29, 2016

In his new book, Earning Admission: Real Strategies for Getting Into Highly Selective Colleges, the strategist Greg Kaplan urges Asians not to identify as such on their applications. Such tips are increasingly common in the college-advising world; it’s not unusual for consultants, according to The Boston Globe, to urge students to “deemphasize the Asianness” in their resumes or avoid writing application essays about their immigrant parents “coming from Vietnam with $2 in a rickety boat and swimming away from sharks.”  It’s sad that this is what elite-college admissions have come to: a soul-deadening process that encourages students to distort their identities solely for the sake of getting in.

Community College Students Are Filling the Rolls at Four-Year Institutions

Washington Post
June 29, 2016

Public colleges and universities are drawing a large percentage of their students from community colleges, where nearly two-thirds of students transfer to a four-year institution, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.  The nonprofit group found that two in five students who obtained an associate degree in the 2009-2010 academic year went on to complete a bachelor’s within six years. 

Why America's Business Majors Are in Desperate Need of a Liberal-Arts Education

The Atlantic
June 29, 2016

Students are clamoring for degrees that will help them secure jobs in a shifting economy, but to succeed in the long term, they’ll require an education that allows them to grow, adapt, and contribute as citizens—and to build successful careers. And it’s why many schools are shaking up their curricula to ensure that undergraduate business majors receive something they may not even know they need—a rigorous liberal-arts education.

Sharing College Governance: Process, Philosophy & Trust

Huffington Post - Opinion
June 29, 2016

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell, director of Edvance Foundation and a former college president, writes: For a president attempting to lead a strategic vision, it’s seldom possible to move forward without controversy when the University’s priorities that the president establishes contradict other views.

How to Fill the Skills Gap for New College Grads Who Don’t Have Work Experience

Washington Post - Opinion
June 29, 2016

Contributor Jeffrey J. Selingo writes: It’s a classic Catch-22 for new college graduates looking for a job: employers want experience for “entry-level jobs,” but no one wants to be the first employer to give that experience.

Is Higher Education Suffering a Crisis of Budget, Buildings or Failure to Adapt?

Huffington Post - Presidential Opinion
June 28, 2016

Jayson Boyers, president of Cleary University (MI), writes: As long as colleges continue to look toward the same sources of funding, and conduct business as usual, any state budgetary shortfalls are going to result in a cascade of failures in their colleges and universities. Private schools will not fare much better as the price of delivering an education continues to climb in order to meet the rising cost of underutilized buildings and rapidly transforming technology. At the same time colleges and universities focus on aggressive discounting to attract a declining traditional aged population resulting in less revenue to meet obligations while deferring critical investment.

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