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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Cost of College: DeVos Is Discarding College Policies That New Evidence Shows Are Effective
posted: Jul 21st   source: nytimes.com  
The Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has announced plans to dismantle a set of Obama-era policies devised to protect students and taxpayers from predatory for-profit colleges - despite evidence showing that 'gainful employment' regulations work. If students borrow lots of money and can’t get well-paying jobs, the Dept. of Education has been deeming that college as “failing.”
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  General College News
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Americans love higher education, just not their universities
posted: Jul 21st   source: washingtonpost.com  
Distrust in higher education institutions among those on the political right has risen consistently since 2010 - from 32% to 58%. Is it the efforts of the right-wing media anger machine? Is it the 30% rise in tuition at public colleges since 2008? Is it state cutbacks - less aid to public colleges, who have responded by increasing out-of-state and international students (who pay higher tuition)?
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  General College News
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The Culling of Higher Ed Begins
posted: Jul 21st   source: insidehighered.com  
It comes as no surprise that the financial stress higher education is experiencing in general might lead to school closures. So far, most of the closed schools are the for-profit ones, which have also come under increased scrutiny due to suspect financial aid practices by some of them. In fact, since 2009, the number of private non-profit and public institutions have held steady while the for-profit sector has...
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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GOP Budget Would Mean Billions of Cuts in Higher Education
posted: Jul 21st   source: insidehighered.com  
Student aid advocates didn’t find much to like in a House education appropriations bill released last week. Lawmakers removed billions from the Pell Grant surplus while taking no significant steps to improve college access. But educators could find consolation that the committee didn’t follow through on the drastic cuts to many aid programs proposed in the Trump Administration budget.
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  Member College News
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University of Evansville Announces New Test-Optional Admission Policy
posted: Jul 21st   source: evansville.edu  
The University of Evansville (IN) will become a “test optional” school. Applications open August 1; new applicants can opt out of submitting standardized test scores from the SAT and ACT for admission consideration. “Performance on standardized tests is, at best, a weak indicator of potential success at the college level,” said Tom Kazee, UE president.
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  General College News
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Small private schools are struggling, but Merrimack has found its footing
posted: Jul 19th   source: bostonglobe.com  
Merrimack College has been able to boost its enrollment over the last few years by shifting its emphasis from traditional liberal arts to engineering, business and health sciences
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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One University President's Candid Take On The Future Of Higher Ed
posted: Jul 19th   source: npr.org  
Former Congressman Mitch Daniels is now president of Purdue University, which recently purchased the for-profit Kaplan University. In an NPR interview, he stresses the need not just for colleges to educate the "traditional" college population, but also to be more cognizant of the needs of college students who are working and older adults; these groups comprise an increasing percentage of the student...
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Private Student Loans: The Rise And Fall (And Rise Again?)
posted: Jul 19th   source: npr.org  
Private loans for higher education are typically taken out when there is an unmet financial need after personal contributions, federal loans and college-provided aid are maximized. The Great Recession and the increase in federal loan maximums have decreased private loans, but governmental policy changes under consideration may cause more students to resort to private loans.
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  Student Loan News
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As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away
posted: Jul 18th   source: nytimes.com  
Tens of thousands of people who took out private loans to pay for college but have not been able to keep up payments may get their debts wiped away because critical paperwork is missing. The troubled loans, totaling at least $5 billion, are at the center of a protracted legal dispute between the student borrowers and creditors who have aggressively pursued them in court.
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  College Savings News
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What You Need to Know About Saving for College
posted: Jul 17th   source: nytimes.com  
Saving for college is easier if you start early. Here’s one rule of thumb: Multiply your child’s age by $2,000 to get a rough estimate of how much you should have saved at that point. Accumulate at least $36,000 (per child) by the time the child starts college. Use 529 plans - state-sponsored, tax-free investment funds that you can use for tuition, books, room and board.
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  Member College News
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Harrisburg University to quadruple size of Philly location
posted: Jul 17th   source: pennlive.com  
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology has announced a new location in Philadelphia - next door to Philadelphia Community College - that will quadruple the size of its branch campus. The university will offer bachelor of science degrees at the new 38,000-square-foot location. Traditionally, students enrolled in Philadelphia were required to transfer to Harrisburg to finish their degree.
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  Member College News
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Mount Mercy ranked best college in Iowa
posted: Jul 17th   source: kcrg.com  
Mount Mercy University was ranked best school in Iowa by MONEY magazine's 2017 Best Colleges For Your Money list. Mount Mercy ranked number 87 in the country among 711 schools, 50 spots higher than last year. Rankings are based on 27 factors themed around educational quality, affordability, and alumni success.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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More Ohio high school seniors filed for federal student aid to attend college
posted: Jul 17th   source: cleveland.com  
The national FAFSA completion rate for the high school class of 2017 rose to 61% - more than 2.1 million applications - up from the 56% logged by the class of 2016. 49 states and Washington, DC, saw an increase in the number of FAFSAs filed. Students whose family completes a FAFSA are 632% more likely to attend college than those who don't.
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  College Admissions News
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High School Grades: Higher and Higher
posted: Jul 17th   source: insidehighered.com  
Where is grade inflation the highest? At high schools where students are more likely to be wealthier and white. Does this create more inequity and uncertainty in admissions? The study also shows that many schools - especially those educating wealthier students - are no longer calculating or releasing class ranks, making it more difficult to compare students in an era of grade inflation.
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  Member College News
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Making a Scientist
posted: Jul 17th   source: onu.edu  
There is a certain science to becoming a scientist. It doesn-t happen overnight, and it certainly isn-t easy. But for those with a passion for discovery, it is worth every painstaking effort. Fortunately for three of Ohio Northern University-s molecular biology majors, a new on-campus summer research program has taught them just that.
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  General College News
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3 big ways today’s college students are different from just a decade ago
posted: Jul 17th   source: ecampusnews.com  
20 million students attend American colleges. Of these students: 20% are at least 30 years old; 40% attend 2-year community colleges; 37% attend part-time. Only 60% of students who start a 4-year college graduate within 6 years. Families borrow over $380 million per year for remedial coursework; the dropout risk for 4-year-degree-seeking students who need remediation is 74% worse than non-remedial students.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Not who you think: The truth about today’s college students
posted: Jul 17th   source: washingtonpost.com  
The image of college students as mostly "Animal House" party animals or as spoiled "campus protesters" is not supported by demographic data. A large percentage of 4-year college students are over the age of 25, have served in the military, are working on a second career, or are raising children.
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  College Admissions News
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How Universal College Admission Tests Help Low-Income Students
posted: Jul 16th   source: nytimes.com  
A child born into a high-income family is 6 times as likely to earn a college degree as one who is poor. The SAT and ACT could be administered universally and free of charge. This would reduce barriers to applying to college; identify talented, disadvantaged children; and, increase the likelihood that they will attend a college that matches their skills.
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  General College News
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Ending the Curse of Remedial Math
posted: Jul 16th   source: nytimes.com  
Nationwide, only 35% of those who start community college receive any credential within 6 years. At urban community colleges, the 6-year graduation rate is 16%. The biggest academic stumbling blocks are remedial math and English. More than two-thirds of community college students must take at least one such class; only 15% of remedial students earn a 2-year degree in 2 years.
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  Campus Finances
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Yes, student debt is delaying homeownership
posted: Jul 15th   source: money.cnn.com  
It has long been suspected that the average first-time homebuyer is older than in prior generations. Recent data shows this to be the case. A recent analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of NY suggests that student debt accounts for 35% of the difference compared to a similar group from 10 years ago. The rest of the difference is largely due to lower wages and to increased housing prices.
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