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Campaign 2012: Final Remarks

01/15/2013

FOX&HOUNDS.  JANUARY 15, 2013. THE TARGET RACES Prior to the November 6, 2012 General Election, theCalifornia Target Book, which I publish, identified ten congressional districts, four state senate districts and six assembly districts as targets... Read more >


Keeping Track of Campus Visitors

01/15/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JANUARY 14, 2013.  It’s well known in admissions circles that campus tours are strongly tied to where students decide to apply and enroll. With that in mind, some colleges work hard to make their tours distinc... Read more >


California Will Announce Big Online Push

01/15/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JANUARY 15, 2013.  California officials will today announce a program in which San Jose State University and Udacity, a provider of massive open online courses, to create online courses in remedial algebra, college-level algebra,... Read more >


Calif. Attorney General Investigates Bridgepoint Education Inc.

01/14/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JANUARY 14, 2013.  The parent company of Ashford University said in a corporate filing on Monday that it had received an investigative subpoena from the office of Attorney General Kamala D. Harris of California, ... Read more >


Double trouble: House GOP eyes default, shutdown

01/14/2013

POLITICO.  JANUARY 13, 2013.  House Republicans are seriously entertaining dramatic steps, including default or shutting down the government, to force President Barack Obama to finally cut spending by the end of March. The idea of allowing the coun... Read more >


California baby bust under way

01/14/2013

CONTRA COSTA TIMES.  JANUARY 14, 2013.  California is losing its children. After decades of simultaneously worrying about and cashing in on its ever-growing population, the Golden State now awaits a new challenge: too few children and, eventually, ... Read more >


EdWatch 2013: Accountability, accreditation test community colleges

01/14/2013

EDSOURCE.  JANUARY 14, 2013.  California community colleges did something counterintuitive last year, and that may put them in a strong position to rebound in 2013 with help from Proposition 30 and increased state revenues. Even as the 112-college ... Read more >


More money, more accountability for community colleges

01/11/2013

EDSOURCE. JAN 11, 2013. Gov. Brown’s spending plan for community colleges reflects the new focus in the state’s 112-campus community college system on increasing graduation and transfer rates through a combination of technology, smoother pathw... Read more >


The Pupil Cliff

01/11/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. JAN 11, 2013. The United States has hit peak high-school graduate, at least for now. It has certainly passed peak non-Hispanic white high-school graduate. After about two decades of steady growth in the number of graduates, the coun... Read more >


Priced Out

01/11/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. JAN 11, 2013. Economic and demographic shifts are undermining the ability of all but the most prominent colleges and universities to profit off high tuition prices, according to a survey released Thursday by Moody’s Investors Ser... Read more >


Declines in Tuition Revenue Leave Many Colleges Financially Squeezed

01/11/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. JAN 10, 2013. A new survey of nearly 300 colleges and universities by Moody’s Investors Service shows that about one-third expect their net tuition revenue will either decline outright this year or increase at a r... Read more >


Jerry Brown: California's deficit is gone

01/10/2013

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.  JAN 10, 2013. For the first time in five years, California is not facing a deficit as Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers work to put together a spending plan for the next fiscal year. Brown released his budget Thursday morni... Read more >


Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan offers more money for California's colleges and universities

01/10/2013

SILICON VALLEY MERCURY NEWS. JAN 10, 2013. Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan announced Thursday morning gives California's colleges and universities good news for the first time in years. The CSU and UC systems would each receive an additional $125 mill... Read more >


New Look for Lumina

01/10/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. JAN 10, 2013. The big goal for the Lumina Foundation hasn’t changed, but the powerful foundation has come up with a new set of strategies to boost America's proportion of college graduates to 60 percent by 2025. The foundation... Read more >


Recession Hurt Young Graduates, but Not as Much as Less-Educated Peers

01/10/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. JAN 10, 2013. The recession took a toll on recent college graduates, whose employment rates and earnings dropped from roughly 2003 to 2011. But they still fared quite a bit better than their peers with less educatio... Read more >


Enrollment Growth Projected to (Continue to) Slow Through 2021

01/10/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. JAN 10, 2013.  Postsecondary enrollments will grow by 15 percent between 2010 and 2021, far less than the 46 percent increase that occurred between 1996 and 2010, the U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statis... Read more >


Law-School Council Sues Calif. in Fight Over Test Time for Disabled Students

01/10/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. JAN 9, 2013. The Law School Admission Council has sued the state of California in an effort to block a new law that bars the group from notifying law schools when disabled test-takers receive extra time to complet... Read more >


Coursera Announces Details for Selling Certificates and Verifying Identities

01/10/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. JAN 9, 2013. How is a major provider of free online courses going to tell whether you are who you say you are? By how you type. The company, Coursera, plans to announce on Wednesday the start of a pilot project to c... Read more >


Consumer Debt Rises on Cars and Education

01/10/2013

THE NEW YORK TIMES. JAN 8, 2013. American consumers borrowed more in November to buy cars and attend school, but they stayed cautious about using their credit cards. The Federal Reserve said Tuesday that consumers increased their borrowing in Nove... Read more >


Paying for Proof

01/10/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. JAN 9, 2013. Coursera will offer a fee-based pathway with identity verification for students who want to earn a more meaningful certificate of completion, the company said today in an announcement that also sheds light on an emergin... Read more >


Governor Brown Released Spending Plan for Fiscal Year

01/10/2013

Today Governor Brown released his spending plan for the 2013-14 fiscal year.  The Governor is required to release his budget in January, which starts the process of adopting a budget before the new fiscal year begins on July 1, 2013.  The budget no... Read more >


Analysis of New Cal Grant Eligibility Rules

01/09/2013

Below you will find the Legislative Analyst's Office Report on the New Cal Grant Eligibility Rules. LAO Report on Cal Grants... Read more >


Beyond Student Recruitment: 5 Countries American Universities Should Watch in 2013

01/08/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. JAN 8, 2013. International-student recruitment will undoubtedly remain a priority in 2013 for American colleges and universities. China, of course, will continue to be a major focus of those efforts, in addition to ... Read more >


What Technological Change Portends for California’s Job Structure

01/08/2013

FOX&HOUNDS. JAN 8, 2013. How is the internet/mobile technology changing the job structure in California? What jobs are being eliminated? What jobs are being created? Are more jobs being created than destroyed? These questions are at the heart of ... Read more >


California Republicans Want 7-Year Tuition Freeze

01/08/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. JAN 8, 2013. In a major victory for California public higher education, voters in November approved a plan by Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, to raise some taxes for seven years. Brown and others campaigned for the tax increase by... Read more >


eCornell Offers a MOOC That Steers Students to a Paid Follow-Up

01/08/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. JAN 8, 2013. Cornell University’s online spinoff is moving into MOOCs, with a free marketing course in its hospitality program starting on Tuesday. But the program will be designed to steer students toward a follo... Read more >


2012 MEMBERSHIPS LAPSE FEBRUARY 8, 2013 - RENEW NOW!

01/04/2013

Happy New Year from CAPPS! Just wanted to remind everyone that annual membership fees are due at the beginning of each year, so please do click on the membership link and renew with us now. In order to continue receiving members only updates, be ab... Read more >


2012 MEMBERSHIPS LAPSE FEBRUARY 8

01/04/2013

Happy New Year from CAPPS! Just wanted to remind everyone that annual membership fees are due at the beginning of each year, so please do click on the membership link and renew with us now. In order to continue receiving members only updates, be ab... Read more >


2013 Cal Facts

01/03/2013

LEGISLATIVE ANALYST'S OFFICE.  JAN 2, 2013.  With a state as big, as populous, and as complex as California, it would be impossible to quickly summarize how its economy or state budget works. The purpose of Cal Facts is more modest. By providing va... Read more >


Conditionally Yours

01/03/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. JAN 3, 2013. American colleges seeking to increase their international student enrollments are offering more flexible admission policies than ever before. An increasing number of institutions offer conditional admission programs fo... Read more >


SUMMARY OF TAX PROVISIONS IN The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

01/03/2013

Summary of Tax Provisions in The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE Download the PDF By Tom E. Netting, Public Policy Advisor, Akerman Senterfitt LLP   ... Read more >


$10,000 Bachelor's Degree Is Proposed in California Legislation

01/03/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. JAN 3, 2013. A California state legislator is the latest elected official to push for public colleges to offer bachelor's degrees at bargain-basement prices. Assemblyman Dan Logue, a Republican, has introduced a bi... Read more >


AB 2296 (aka Block Bill)

01/03/2013

AB 2296 amends the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009. To see the full text, click here:  AB 2296... Read more >


Herdt: Restoring a lost path to college

01/03/2013

VENTURA COUNTY STAR. JAN 2, 2013. At 38, Das Williams is still a young man. A relative newlywed, the new chairman of the Assembly Higher Education Committee remains at that stage in life in which, when his work schedule and the tide tables align, ... Read more >


Bill aids veterans' queries about college

01/03/2013

USA TODAY. JAN 1, 2013. On Sunday, the House of Representatives passed a bill (HR 4057) that will provide student veterans using their Post-9/11 GI Bill with much-needed information about the colleges and institutions to which they apply. The bill is... Read more >


LEHMAN: Obama’s student-loan repayment racket

01/03/2013

THE WASHINGTON TIMES. DEC 12, 2012.  As a newly minted physician, I recently amassed more than $240,000 in loans to pay for medical school. Paying off those loans is hard. As borrowers are discovering, the U.S. Department of Education’s illogical... Read more >


STRF Rate Change As Of January 1, 2013

01/02/2013

As posted on the BPPE General Listserv on Friday, December 28, 2012 To subscribe, please visit https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/bppe/subscribe.php Dear School Administrators: The Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate has changed from t... Read more >


Top Post-9/11 GI Bill payment to rise 6.2%

12/28/2012

Army Times ~ December 27, 2012 ~ Rick Maze The maximum Post-9/11 GI Bill payment for tuition and fees at private and foreign schools will increase to $19,198.31 for the 2013-14 academic year, the Veterans Affairs Department has announced. The new ca... Read more >


More private colleges holding line on tuition

12/28/2012

The Washington Post ~ December 27, 2012 ~ Nick Anderson Savvy families shopping for college know that tuition typically rises faster than inflation. So Lauren Seely and her parents in Northwest Washington were startled to learn this year that an upp... Read more >


Calculating a College Degree's True Value

12/21/2012

Bloomberg Businessweek - December 20, 2012 How much is a college diploma actually worth? The perennial question asked by every former English, philosophy, and art history major now has an answer in some states. For University of Virginia students, i... Read more >


One in Three U.S. Adults Have Career Goals for 2013

12/21/2012

Ipsos - December 20, 2012 According to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Strayer University, over nine in ten (93%) U.S. adults have some type of goal that they would like to achieve in 2013. Over half of adults (54%) have health-related goals... Read more >


DOD agreement calls for tighter regulations on marketing to veterans, greater flexibility for transferring credits

12/21/2012

Al.com - December 20, 2012 A new Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding is designed to make it easier for veterans and students serving in the military to use real-life experiences towards degree credits while protecting them from over-ag... Read more >


Private Colleges Stall in Australia

12/21/2012

Inside Higher Ed - December 21, 2012 Private higher education has hit the wall in Australia, with its once-meteoric growth stalling. Student numbers increased just 0.3 per cent this year and fell 1.8 per cent in equivalent full-time terms, according... Read more >


Promise and Pitfalls in Online Ed

12/21/2012

Inside Higher Ed - December 21, 2012 It seemed almost too easy. Catharine Stimpson and Ann Kirschner start from such fundamentally different perspective in their views about technology-enabled education that staging a symposium at which the two of t... Read more >


Harkin to Remain Chair of Senate Education Committee

12/21/2012

Inside Higher Ed - December 20, 2012 Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, will remain chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in the next Congress, Harkin announced Wednesday. "I intend to move forward with bills ... Read more >


Struggling City College of San Francisco Plans Layoffs and Pay Cuts

12/20/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - December 20, 2012 The college, which is fighting to retain its accreditation, needs to enroll roughly 3,000 students for the spring semester or risk losing $6.5-million in state support. Beginning in January, th... Read more >


Senate OKs bill aimed at protecting GI benefits

12/20/2012

Army Times - December 20, 2012 A landmark veterans bill aimed at protecting valuable GI Bill benefits from being wasted passed the Senate late Wednesday and is on its way to final passage in the House. The compromise bill prevents schools that recei... Read more >


Call Kurtis: My School Won’t Count Thousands Of Dollars In Classes

12/20/2012

CBS Sacramento - December 19, 2012 After spending thousands of dollars to go back to school and earn his degree, Bryan Potter said University of Phoenix woudn’t count his credits. Five credits short of his degree in business administration, Pott... Read more >


More Gifts to Iowa State’s Harkin Institute Come Under Scrutiny

12/19/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - December 18, 2012 Records obtained by the Associated Press showed that a South Korean businessman and his metals company have given $500,000 to an Iowa State University institute named for U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin. Mr... Read more >


Bill Introduced for IRS to Collect Student Loan Payments

12/19/2012

Inside Higher Ed - December 19, 2012 Representative Tom Petri, a Wisconsin Republican, introduced a bill in Congress on Monday that would restructure federal student loans, making all repayment income-based and withholding payments directly from ... Read more >


Regulating U.S. Colleges for Student Debts Seen Winning Support

12/19/2012

Bloomberg - December 18, 2012   Marco Rubio, the son of a bartender and the first in his family to go to college, just finished repaying more than $125,000 in student-loan debt from the University of Florida and theUniversity of Miami law school.... Read more >


Public Push to Save Ashford

12/19/2012

Inside Higher Ed - December 19, 2012 The new brass at Ashford University hail from public universities. And the two recently hired leaders of the for-profit institution think it has some advantages over traditional higher education, even as the univ... Read more >


Accreditor Lifts Restrictions on 10 Campuses of Career Education Corp.

12/19/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - December 18, 2012 The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges has vacated an order it issued in June threatening the accreditation of 10 campuses operated by the Career Education Corporation, the com... Read more >


College Enrollment Fell by 1.8 Percent This Fall, Report Says

12/19/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - December 18, 2012 College enrollment in the fall-2012 term dropped by 1.8 percent from a year earlier, according to areport released on Tuesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Four-year, fo... Read more >


Accreditation Actions Increased During Financial Downturn

12/19/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - December 18, 2012 The number of sanctions from national accrediting agencies increased by nearly 50 percent from 2008 to 2011, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. Nearly 80 colleges were s... Read more >


Consumer Protection Bureau to Examine Private Lenders

12/19/2012

Inside Higher Ed - December 18, 2012 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Monday released the procedures the agency will use to scrutinize lenders of private student loans, as well as the servicers for federally guaranteed loans, to ensure ... Read more >


'Cliff' event would likely put state in recession

12/18/2012

Orange County Register - December 17, 2012 Battered by budget deficits and a deep recession, analysts predict California can look forward to a new year of fiscal stability and economic recovery. Unless, that is, we tumble over the "fiscal cliff." Th... Read more >


Colleges' Concerted Campaign for Ignorance

12/18/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - December 17, 2012 Four years ago, Congress passed one of the worst laws in the modern history of higher education. Under the title "Database of Student Information Prohibited," the omnibus 2008 Higher Education Op... Read more >


With a Supermajority, California Democrats Begin to Make Plans

12/18/2012

The New York Times - December 16, 2012 The Democratic Party has controlled the California Legislature for a nearly unbroken stretch of 42 years. Yet control goes only so far: it takes two-thirds of the Legislature to enact a host of important leg... Read more >


Low-Cost Option for Working Adults

12/18/2012

Inside Higher Ed - December 17, 2012 By forgoing federal financial aid and awarding credits to students based on the skills and knowledge they prove they have mastered rather than the amount of time they spend in courses, UniversityNow is trying to ... Read more >


Californian’s $609,000 Check Shows True Retirement Cost

12/14/2012

Bloomberg - December 13, 2012 When psychiatrist Gertrudis Agcaoili retired last year from a state mental hospital in Napa, California, she took with her a $608,821 check for unused leave banked in a career that spanned three decades. She wasn’t al... Read more >


2013 LEGISLATIVE POLICY CONFERENCE

12/12/2012

APRIL 8-9, 2013 HILTON SACRAMENTO ARDEN WEST Download the CAPPS 2013 LPC Program Booklet. The following conference slide presentations are available for download in the CAPPS Members Section. Federal Update: Congressional and Regulatory Expectatio... Read more >


College Tuition, Priced Like a Cellphone Plan

12/12/2012

Smart Money - December 10, 2012 While $199 might cover just a single credit (or much less) at a typical college, the same fee buys a month of unlimited classes at New Charter University, one of two online schools by startup firm UniversityNow. The pr... Read more >


California lost more people to other states than it gained in 2011

12/10/2012

The Sacramento Bee - December 10, 2012 About 100,000 more Californians moved to another state in 2011 than California gained from other states, a new Census Bureau report reveals. However, more than a quarter-million persons relocated into Californ... Read more >


Living Cheap Enough?

12/10/2012

Inside Higher Ed - December 10, 2012 With national student debt now surpassing credit card debt and possibly reducing graduate school enrollment, discussions about debt have moved out of institutional financial aid offices and into the larger discour... Read more >


Who Will Hold Colleges Accountable?

12/10/2012

The New York Times - December 9, 2012 LAST month The Chronicle of Higher Education published a damninginvestigation of college athletes across the nation who were maintaining their eligibility by taking cheap, easy online courses from an obscure jun... Read more >


Police Kill Grad Student at Cal State San Bernardino

12/10/2012

Inside Higher Ed - December 10, 2012 Campus police officers shot and killed a 38-year-old male graduate student at California State University at San Bernardino, The Press-Enterprise reported. Authorities said that the officers responded to a distu... Read more >


Logo Revolt

12/10/2012

Inside Higher Ed - December 10, 2012 One student posted a comment at The Daily Californian, the student newspaper at the University of California at Berkeley, comparing the new logo for the University of California System to the loading icon on You... Read more >


Defense Dept.'s New Agreement on Tuition Aid Waters Down Controversial Rules

12/10/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - December 7, 2012 Under pressure from higher-education groups, the Department of Defense has issued a watered-down version of final requirements that colleges must meet if they want to enroll active-duty members of ... Read more >


State considers shorter service for under-prepared teachers

12/07/2012

The Bay Citizen - December 7, 2012 Under proposals the state's teacher credentialing agency is set to consider today, school districts would need to show on a case-by-case basis that no fully credentialed teachers are available before they resort to... Read more >


California eighth-grade students score fifth from bottom in national vocabulary tests

12/07/2012

Silicon Valley Mercury News - December 6, 2012 California ranks fifth-lowest in the nation in students' vocabulary -- a critical part of reading, according to results of national standardized tests released Thursday. Overall, California fourth-grader... Read more >


New DOD Memorandum on Tuition Assistance

12/07/2012

Inside Higher Ed - December 7, 2012 In April, the Department of Defense said it would issue a revised version of the memorandum of understanding that colleges and universities must sign to participate in military tuition assistance programs in orde... Read more >


Digital Badging for Veterans

12/07/2012

Inside Higher Ed - December 7, 2012 It can be difficult for veterans to explain the skills and training they received in the military to potential employers. A new website attempts to bridge that gap by giving veterans digital “badges” that recog... Read more >


Judge Backs Finding That Accreditor Misled U.S. on For-Profit College

12/07/2012

Inside Higher Ed - December 7, 2012 A federal district judge on Thursday upheld a bankruptcy court's ruling last summer that an accrediting agency had made false representations to the U.S. Education Department that helped lead to the demise of Dec... Read more >


University of Phoenix builds relationships with community colleges

12/06/2012

The Colorado Independent - December 5, 2012 The University of Phoenix plans to roll out more than 100 new partnerships with community colleges in the coming year – a strategy that, if successful, will provide a much-needed financial and reputationa... Read more >


LAO says adult education needs comprehensive restructuring

12/06/2012

SI&A Cabinet Report - December 6, 2012 The Legislature’s effort in 2009 to give cash-strapped schools flexibility in the use of billions of dollars in categorical money has helped diminish the status of adult education programs operated by K-12... Read more >


Starting Date Is Set for Obama's 'Pay as You Earn' Student-Loan Plan

12/06/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Eduction - December 6, 2012 Eligible borrowers of federal student loans will able to enroll in President Obama's "Pay as You Earn" program starting on December 21, the Department of Education is expected to officially announc... Read more >


Veterans Affairs Dept. Trademarks ‘GI Bill’

12/06/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - December 6, 2012 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said this week that it had registered “GI Bill” as a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, following a request this past spring from a... Read more >


UCLA Anderson Forecast says Prop 30 will be slight drag on state economy

12/05/2012

Silicon Valley Mercury News - December 5, 2012 Proposition 30, the tax-raising measure voters approved by a comfortable margin in last month's election, will slow economic growth in California but won't derail the fledgling recovery, a study released... Read more >


More Cracks in the Credit Hour

12/05/2012

Inside Higher Ed - December 5, 2012 The foundation that created the credit hour in 1906 now wants to rethink it, with a shift that might help competency-based higher education. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching on Tuesday annou... Read more >


It's Me Against My Students

12/05/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - December 4, 2012 Question: I can't stop this feeling anymore: I hate my students. Now what? Answer: Maybe you just have a bad class this semester. Or do these feelings infiltrate every corner of your life? Do you... Read more >


Providers of Free MOOC's Now Charge Employers for Access to Student Data

12/05/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - December 4, 2012 Providers of free online courses are officially in the headhunting business, bringing in revenue by selling to employers information about high-performing students who might be a good fit for open ... Read more >


Rethinking Grants and Loans

12/05/2012

Inside Higher Ed - December 5, 2012 A report released today calls for an overhaul of the federal financial aid system, including ending subsidized loans, enrolling students in income-based repayment, and directing the savings from the changes to th... Read more >


The "skills gap": As bad as (almost) everyone thinks

12/05/2012

CNN - December 5, 2012 It is becoming a common complaint among CEOs and other top corporate executives: They can't find enough skilled workers. One economist recently told Fortune he has job openings in the hot area of data analytics that have gone... Read more >


Scrambling to Understand Veterans

12/05/2012

Inside Higher Ed - December 4, 2012 Most colleges are failing to track the performance of their students who are veterans or active-duty members of the military, according to the results of a new survey, and most do not understand what can trip them ... Read more >


House Bill Would Make Major Changes in Student-Loan Debt Collection

12/05/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - December 5, 2012 A bill that Rep. Thomas E. Petri plans to introduce as soon as this week would essentially eliminate the Education Department’s need to hire private agencies to collect student-loan debt, by repl... Read more >


New Scholarship Helps Student-Veterans Who Say For-Profit Colleges Victimized Them

11/30/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - November 30, 2012 A nonprofit foundation has established a scholarship program with an unusually narrow purpose: helping student-veterans who say they were defrauded or misled by for-profit colleges. The Veterans... Read more >


A $10,000 Platform

11/30/2012

Inside Higher Ed - November 30, 2012 When Florida Governor Rick Scott announced earlier this week the creation of two four-year, $10,000 bachelor’s degree programs in Florida, he could have easily been mistaken for another Republican governor nam... Read more >


Congressman Examines Private Student Lending

11/30/2012

Inside Higher Ed - November 30, 2012 Representative George Miller, a California Democrat and the senior member of his party on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, has requested information from private student lenders about how they in... Read more >


Can President Obama and Mitch McConnell overcome bad blood?

11/29/2012

Politico - November 29, 2012 Shortly before Thanksgiving, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a blunt message in a private phone call to President Barack Obama: You won only four out of 120 Kentucky counties and lost many senators’ hom... Read more >


U.S. for-profit colleges spend big on marketing while slashing other costs

11/29/2012

Chicago Tribune - November 28, 2012 Google's biggest advertiser is neither a bank nor a retailer. It's the for-profit University of Phoenix, which has recently been spending nearly $400,000 a day on ads, according to search analytics firm SpyFu, more... Read more >


Wielding 'Power Users'

11/29/2012

Inside Higher Ed - November 29, 2012 Nils De Jonghe is a busy student these days. Since the spring he has registered for 32 courses, the equivalent of a typical bachelor’s degree, and he aims to have completed nearly all of them by the end of next ... Read more >


The (Needless?) Frenzy

11/29/2012

Inside Higher Ed - November 27, 2012 More applications. More stress. Less certainty. For colleges and for college applicants, the admissions process has become more complicated, and that's reflected in much of the data in the "2012 State of College A... Read more >


New Chairs for House Committees

11/29/2012

Inside Higher Ed - November 29, 2012 Republicans in the House of Representatives nominated congressmen for leadership positions Wednesday, including several for key posts related in some way to higher education. Representative Lamar Smith of Texas ... Read more >


Private Colleges Urge Changes to U.S. Test of Institutions' Finances

11/29/2012

Inside Higher Ed - November 29, 2012 A task force convened by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities released a final report Wednesday that recommends changes to the Department of Education's annual financial responsibili... Read more >


Federal Student Lending Swells

11/28/2012

Wall Street Journal - November 28, 2012 The federal lending program designed to make college education available to everyone is creating a pile of debt so large it is fanning worries that it has become too easy to borrow too much. U.S. student... Read more >


Lessons From America’s First Fiscal Cliff

11/28/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - November 28, 2012 America faced its first fiscal cliff in 1893. The date should be familiar. It was the start of the Panic of 1893, and it led to the biggest shift ever in the composition of the U.S. Congress. Cont... Read more >


How Republicans could shut the Senate down, if they wanted to

11/28/2012

The Washington Post - November 27, 2012 Could Republicans shut the Senate down if they wanted to? All of the sudden, that’s not such an idle question. Nice place you got there. Shame if anyone… went nuclear. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) As we’ve... Read more >


Americans Are Proud of U.S. Colleges but Not of Their Direction

11/27/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - November 27, 2012 Amid recession-era challenges in higher education and concerns about the nation's competitiveness, Americans are simultaneously proud of colleges in the United States and critical of the direction... Read more >


The Democratic Party’s Problem with White Folks

11/27/2012

Fox & Hounds - November 26, 2012 Demographics cuts both ways.  While numerous commentators have skewered Republicans for alienating Latino and other minority voters in 2012, and the GOP is paying a huge price for it, there is another important d... Read more >