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Online learning funding system cited as key barrier as lawmakers respond

08/17/2012

Cabinet Report - August 17, 2012: On the same day a blue ribbon panel on education technology cited California’s strict school funding mechanism as a key barrier, lawmakers moved legislation aimed at adding flexibility to encourage online learning.... Read more >


Dan Walters: Legislature hesitates on scandals

08/17/2012

The Sacramento Bee - August 17, 2012: Given its record on other issues – such as the deficit-ridden budget – it's not surprising that the Legislature doesn't handle scandal very well. It almost always ignores internal scandal, including its membe... Read more >


Bill to limit gifts to California lawmakers dies a quiet death

08/17/2012

The Sacramento Bee - August 17, 2012: Legislation to restrict free tickets and other gifts to lawmakers died quietly Thursday without a public vote in an election year. The measure targeted freebies ranging from golf outings to spa treatments given... Read more >


The Case for the Private Sector in School Reform

08/17/2012

The Atlantic - August 16, 2012: Given the costly chasm between the educational performance of U.S. students and those in other countries—and the shameful gap between white students and their black and Latino counterparts here at home—you'd think ... Read more >


Riding the MOOC Wave

08/17/2012

Inside Higher Ed - August 17, 2012: As mayor of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Scott Hines is in charge of a town of about 17,000 people in the Coachella Valley. As the chief operating officer of World Education University, a new company that says it “will... Read more >


Number of University of California workers earning $1 million quadruples in five years

08/17/2012

The Sacramento Bee - August 14, 2012: Amid budget cuts and rising tuition, 22 University of California employees earned more than $1 million last year, up from six earning that much in 2007. Seventeen of the million-dollar earners were medical doctor... Read more >


Private institutions are diversified and innovative

08/17/2012

The Miami Herald - August 15, 2012: U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin recently released a flawed and misleading report on America’s private sector colleges and universities. It appears he and some of his staff don’t fully understand the sector’s innovative ... Read more >


Discussing 'The College Advantage'

08/17/2012

Inside Higher Ed - August 16, 2012: Anthony P. Carnevale and Jamie Merisotis don't buy all the handwringing suggesting that college credentials aren't a ticket to a better life anymore. As documented in "The College Advantage," a new report that Ca... Read more >


Cost Of College Degree In U.S. Soars 12 Fold: Chart Of The Day

08/17/2012

Bloomberg - August 15, 2012: The cost of obtaining a university education in the U.S. has soared 12 fold over the past three decades, a sign the educational system is in need of reform, according to lawmakers in both parties. The CHART OF THE DAY sho... Read more >


For-Profit Schools

08/17/2012

The New York Times - August 14, 2012: Your Aug. 4 editorial “Closer Scrutiny of For-Profit Schools” maligns a critical component of postsecondary education in the United States, private sector colleges and universities. Contrary to your intimatio... Read more >


Economic downturn spotlights college advantage

08/14/2012

The Hill - August 13, 2012: The Great Recession that began in December 2007 hit America hard and exposed many of the shortcomings of our nation’s workforce. Now, a new study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, co-f... Read more >


In defense of private sector colleges

08/14/2012

The Modesto Bee - August 13, 2012: I am writing to respond to your editorial, "For-profit college risk clear in report," (Aug. 5), which praises a biased report by Sen. Tom Harkin vilifying private sector colleges and universities. Projections sugges... Read more >


Net Price vs. Out-of-Pocket

08/14/2012

Inside Higher Ed - August 14, 2012: Prospective students wanting to know how much a given college will cost them might end up putting their family income and grades into a net price calculator, meant to provide a personalized idea of about how much t... Read more >


What Paul Ryan's Nomination Could Mean for Higher Education

08/14/2012

U.S. News & World Report - August 13, 2012: Recently, Mitt Romney announced that Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin representative, will be his running mate. As Ryan could potentially become the next vice president of the U.S., The Chronicle of Higher Educa... Read more >


How Much Social Networking

08/14/2012

Inside Higher Ed - August 14, 2012: Social networking tools are everywhere, and a new study documents which ones are being used (and how prominently they are displayed) on the websites of highly ranked colleges and universities. Facebook is by far th... Read more >


Rejected for Being In-State

08/14/2012

Inside Higher Ed - August 13, 2012: In state after state, one of the ways public colleges and universities are balancing their budgets is by aiming to admit more students from out of state (who are charged much higher tuition rates). In theory, this ... Read more >


Ryan's Higher Ed Record

08/14/2012

Inside Higher Ed - August 13, 2012: With the selection of Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday morning, presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney made federal spending -- including on higher education -- a major flash point of the comi... Read more >


Paul Ryan on education policy: vouchers, for-profit colleges, local control

08/14/2012

The Washington Post - August 11, 2012: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)talks a lot about scaling back the reach of the federal government, but back in 2001, he voted in favor of No Child Left Behind, the signature education program of the George W. Bush admin... Read more >


Why More Teachers Are Getting Advanced Degrees From Online Schools

08/10/2012

State Impact - August 10, 2012 A decade ago, the University of Phoenix awarded 72 online education degrees. In ten years, that number skyrocketed to 5,976. Western Governors University didn’t award any education degrees in 2001. Last year, the onli... Read more >


Saturday's letters: For-profit schools meeting public's needs

08/10/2012

Tampa Bay Times - August 11, 2012 This editorial praises a biased report by Sen. Tom Harkin vilifying private sector colleges and universities. Projections suggest our country needs an additional 20 million workers with postsecondary education skills... Read more >


Student Debt Is Growing but Is Not a National Crisis, Speakers Say

08/10/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - August 9, 2012 Warnings of an impending student-loan-debt bubble are sensationalized and overblown, said panelists at a national higher education conference here on Thursday, and those false alarms are distracting ... Read more >


One state, two systems

08/10/2012

The Economist - August 11, 2012 CALIFORNIA’S public universities were once the envy of the world. Under the state’s pioneering “master plan” for higher education, signed into law in 1960, the top 12.5% of graduating high-school students in th... Read more >


Colleges Try to Give Career Advice by Virtual Inkblot Test

08/10/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - August 9, 2012 A new company is updating the idea of using an inkblot test to help college students choose a career. Researchers at the company, Woofound Inc., have built an application for students that uses their... Read more >


Discounts at For-Profits?

08/10/2012

Inside Higher Ed - August 10, 2012 A new scholarship from Strayer University will trim about 30 percent off the cost of a degree for qualifying students. And other for-profits have also increased institutional grant aid, suggesting that the indu... Read more >


EDMC loses $1.19 billion in 4Q after impairment charges

08/09/2012

Pittsburgh Business Times – August 9, 2012 Education Management Corp. reported a loss of $1.19 billion, $9.51 a share, in its quarter as the company registered $1.25 billion in charges including a $1.12 billion impairment charge related to The Art ... Read more >


The Connection Between Quality and Completion - Head Count

08/09/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education ~ August 8, 2012 ~ Eric Hoover College completion is a complicated puzzle. Many factors—such as the preparedness of students who enroll—may help explain why a particular college has a high or low completion rate.... Read more >


College Debt Hits Well-Off - Upper-Middle-Income Households See Biggest Jumps in Student Loan Burden

08/09/2012

Wall Street Journal ~ August 9, 2012 ~ Ruth Simon and Rob Barry Rising college costs and a sagging economy are taking the biggest toll on a surprising group: upper-middle-income families. According to a Wall Street Journal analysis of recently releas... Read more >


Iowa View: Nontraditional students need opportunities, too.

08/09/2012

The Des Moines Register | DesMoinesRegister.com ~ August 8, 2012 – Kate Runge There is something to be said for the timing of the editorial “For-Profit Colleges Need More Scrutiny,” published in The Des Moines Register on Saturday, which was ac... Read more >


Another View: Senate committee report biased against for-profit colleges

08/09/2012

The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram ~ August 9, 2012 ~ John R. McKernan It is unfortunate your editorial on for-profit colleges gave an incomplete and unbalanced description of the report of Sen. Tom Harkin and the Democratic staff of t... Read more >


With NASCAR technical school visit, Romney enters for-profit college fray

08/09/2012

Nation / World News - The News Tribune ~ August 9, 2012 ~ Franco Ordonez WASHINGTON — The debate over for-profit colleges that has had members of Congress arguing for months may now be seeping into the presidential race. Republican presidential can... Read more >


Raising the Pell Grant’s Profile

08/09/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education ~ August 8, 2012 ~ Beckie Supiano The Pell Grant has a public-relations problem. Even students who receive the federal need-based grant may be in the dark about why they got it or what it means. Sara Goldrick-Rab, an... Read more >


University of Phoenix among 154 Calif. schools to lose Cal Grants

08/09/2012

Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal ~ Tuesday, August 7, 2012 ~ Lisa Sibley The California Student Aid Commission recently said about 154 schools are expected to be eliminated from participating in the student aid Cal Grant Program for the 201... Read more >


By the Numbers

08/09/2012

Inside Higher Ed - August 8, 2012 - Paul Fain The top two higher education data mavens at the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics have moved on, and their departures come amid a looming reorganization that will p... Read more >


Employers post most jobs in 4 years

08/07/2012

Los Angeles Daily News - August 7, 2012 U.S. employers posted the most job openings in four years in June, a positive sign that hiring may pick up. The Labor Department said Tuesday job openings rose to a seasonally adjusted 3.8 million in June, up f... Read more >


Police for-profit school abuses, but be fair

08/06/2012

The Hill - August 6, 2012 Higher education costs are rising at roughly two-and-a-half times the rate of inflation without producing dramatically improved outcomes. This is unsustainable, and for America to compete over the next 20 years, this dynami... Read more >


Five Graduate Degrees That Don't Pay Off

08/06/2012

Fox Business - June 27, 2012 In today's tough job market, many recent college graduates are enrolling in graduate programs to enhance their credentials and gain an edge with hiring managers. In some cases, the tactic may lead to lucrative job opportu... Read more >


House Bill Bans Visas to Enroll at Unaccredited Colleges

08/06/2012

Inside Higher Ed - August 6, 2012 The U.S. House of Representative last week passed legislation that would bar anyone outside the U.S. from receiving a student visa to enroll at an unaccredited institution. The measure provides an exemption if the ... Read more >


Losing Ground

08/03/2012

Comstock's Magazine - August 3, 2012 On a sweltering day in mid-June, more than 100 newly minted teachers assembled for graduation at The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. The event, held for the UC Davis School of Education,... Read more >


California reaches deep into special funds to pay for schools, prisons, social services

08/03/2012

The Sacramento Bee - August 3, 2012 California drivers pay fees for smog checks, vehicle registrations and new tires, all supposedly for programs that benefit roadway use. Consumers pay fees to recycle beverage containers, televisions and computers. ... Read more >


Why One Accreditor Deserves Some Credit. Really.

08/03/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 30, 2012 It's hard to be in the accreditation business these days. The original regional accreditors were founded a long time ago, in a different world. The first associations, set up on the East Coast in the ... Read more >


Nursing Schools Face Faculty Shortage

08/03/2012

Alabama Public Radio - August 3, 2012 There have been lots of goodbye parties this year at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. So far, 11 professors have retired. That's one-fourth of the faculty, and Dean Dorrie Fontaine is in no mood t... Read more >


They Just Don’t Get It

08/03/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - August 2, 2012 Sen. Tom Harkin has issued his final report on for-profit higher education, a book-length indictment of one-tenth of American higher education, the for-profit sector. Obviously I have not had an opp... Read more >


Colleges battle Cal Grant ineligibility

08/03/2012

San Francisco Chronicle - August 2, 2012 Academy of Art University, which this week lost eligibility for Cal Grants, says it is appealing its ejection from the program but if it loses the appeal, will provide new and continuing students with scholars... Read more >


Federal Review of U. of Phoenix’s Student-Aid Practices Identifies No Problems

08/02/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - August 1, 2012 The U.S. Department of Education identified no problems in its recent review of the University of Phoenix’s verification policies and procedures for administering federal student aid, the universit... Read more >


Education Tax Cut's Future Uncertain

08/02/2012

Inside Higher Ed - August 2, 2012 The American Council on Education has asked Congress to renew expiring education tax credits past the end of 2012 after some provisions were excluded from a bipartisan bill extending tax credits that expired this y... Read more >


Schwarzenegger and USC Team Up for Think Tank

08/02/2012

Inside Higher Ed - August 2, 2012 Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor and former California governor, is working with the University of Southern California to create a think tank that will seek bipartisan policies on environmental protection, the econom... Read more >


Study Examines Six-Figure Student Debtors

08/02/2012

Inside Higher Ed - August 2, 2012 Only about 0.2 percent of undergraduates finish college with more than $100,000 in student debt, even though that group has received considerable media and public attention, from the Occupy movement to The New Yor... Read more >


Who Gets the Credit?

08/02/2012

Inside Higher Ed - August 2, 2012 The granting of college credit for knowledge gained outside the traditional academic setting – prior learning assessment – appears poised to take off in higher education. With a lift from the “completion agen... Read more >


A Summer Without Pell

08/02/2012

Inside Higher Ed - August 2, 2012 By the standards of most federal financial aid programs, the year-round Pell Grant had a short and uneventful life. The three-year experiment -- which let students receive two of the need-based grants in one year to ... Read more >


You’re Destroying the Whole Tower, Stop Blaming It on the Basement

08/02/2012

Cato@Liberty - July 31, 2012 Yesterday Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released his magnum opus on for-profit colleges, the culmination of two years of excoriating, browbeating, shami... Read more >


Carrington College promotes Holland to executive director

08/01/2012

Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal - July 31, 2012 Carrington College California said Tuesday it has promoted Frederick Holland to executive director of its San Jose campus. Carrington College California provides graduate students with prepar... Read more >


The importance of post-secondary certificates

08/01/2012

POLITICO - July 31, 2012 As the debate rages about the value of college, another education option is finally getting well-deserved attention. Post-secondary certificates are putting significantly more Americans on an affordable pathway to gainful emp... Read more >


Democrat's negative view of private sector

08/01/2012

OneNewsNow - August 1, 2012 The president of an association of for-profit colleges and universities says a report from a U.S. senator's office blasts private sector schools and displays the Obama administration's animosity for private sector busines... Read more >


Education Department Asks Court to Reinstate Some Reporting Requirements of Gainful Employment Rule

08/01/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 31, 2012 The Department of Education has asked a federal court to modify part of a decision issued on June 30 that vacated key provisions of the department's "gainful employment" regulations. In a motion fil... Read more >


Calif. Knocks Most For-Profits Out of Student Aid Program

08/01/2012

Inside Higher Ed - August 1, 2012 Most for-profits operating in California have been deemed ineligible to participate in Cal Grants, the state's generous need-based financial aid program. The California Student Aid Commission on Tuesday released a l... Read more >


For-profit school officials strike back at critical report

07/31/2012

Stars and Stripes - July 31, 2012 As the negative press surrounding for-profit universities and underserved student veterans mounts, officials from those schools are pushing back to defend their business model as a valuable and unfairly maligned opti... Read more >


Dan Walters: Jerry Brown may be the issue in California's tax initiative duel

07/31/2012

The Sacramento Bee - July 31, 2012 Gov. Jerry Brown released an Internet ad the other day, asking voters to embrace his multibillion-dollar tax increase. But the word "tax" is nowhere to be found. The closest Brown or other speakers in the tightly... Read more >


Most Calif. for-profit colleges lose state grants

07/31/2012

The Sacramento Bee - July 31, 2012 California's move to tighten eligibility requirements for its Cal Grant program will eliminate or reduce awards to 14,500 students, most of them enrolled in for-profit colleges such as the University of Phoenix,the... Read more >


Misleading the public about University of Phoenix

07/31/2012

The Hill - July 30, 2012 By Mark Brenner, Apollo Group, Inc Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, released a report on for-profit colleges and universities, including Univer... Read more >


Private-sector colleges fill a need

07/31/2012

USA Today - July 30, 2012 By Steve Gunderson Let's start at the beginning. There are good and bad schools in every sector of higher education. We should all be working together to create postsecondary education that provides real access, real educati... Read more >


Better Gauges of College Readiness May Be Key to Improving Graduation Rates

07/31/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 31, 2012 College placement tests are receiving new scrutiny these days as community colleges come under increasing pressure to graduate more students. Placement tests are used to determine how well-prepared s... Read more >


Backing Off on State Authorization

07/31/2012

Inside Higher Ed - July 31, 2012 In a reversal of one of the most sweeping and controversial portions of its program integrity rules, the Education Department said Friday that it will no longer enforce a requirement that distance education programs o... Read more >


End of the Beginning

07/31/2012

Inside Higher Ed - July 31, 2012 Sen. Tom Harkin’s two-year investigation of for-profit higher education has ended, and was capped with a four-tome final report that many -- at least critics of the industry -- see as definitive. The for-profit p... Read more >


Sen. Tom Harkin to Release GAO Report on For-Profit College Amidst Looming Questions From His Last One.

07/31/2012

Red State - July 30, 2012 Sen. Tom Harkin will be releasing a report today on For-Profit Education but here’s a spoiler: He’s not a fan. His previous investigation into For-Profit schools resulted in error-ridden reports & accusations of witn... Read more >


APSCU Responds To Release of Report by Senator Harkin

07/30/2012

APSCU - July 29, 2012 Latest Attack On Career Schools Has No More Credibility Than Previous Ones Washington, D.C. – Former Congressman Steve Gunderson, the president and chief executive officer of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Uni... Read more >


Results Are In: Harkin releases critical report on for-profits

07/30/2012

Inside Higher Ed - July 30, 2012 A U.S. Senate committee released an unflattering report on the for-profit college sector on Sunday, concluding a two-year investigation led by Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat. While the report is ambitious in scop... Read more >


Report finds for-profit colleges serve shareholders over students

07/30/2012

The Washington Post - July 29, 2012 A Senate committee that successfully pressed for tighter regulation of the for-profit higher-education sector published a report Sunday that said the business had put shareholders before students. As of 2009, the ... Read more >


Adding up the math

07/27/2012

POLITICO - July 27, 2012 Over on the home page, POLITICO's Jennifer Epstein does the math and finds that President Obama's oft-stated college education targets don't add up: Early in his presidency, Barack Obama promised the United States would lead ... Read more >


2011 Annual Report

07/26/2012

The 2011 Annual Report is available for completion online. Annual Reports must be submitted beginning July 26, 2012 and no later than September 1, 2012. California Education Code (CEC) section 94934 requires an Annual Report from all approved insti... Read more >


Obama's Higher Ed Posturing

07/26/2012

Wall Street Journal - July 26, 2012  Concerns about intellectual consistency have rarely hobbled Democrats in pursuit of ideological imperatives like universal access to health-care—or higher education. The latest example: A new report by the Con... Read more >


Hidden Funds, Unaccounted Funds and Tax Increases—Oh My!

07/26/2012

Fox & Hounds - July 26, 2012 Like Dorothy wandering through the forest in the Land of Oz, taxpayers in California are chanting a warning of disbelief this week: Hidden Funds, Unaccounted Funds and Tax Increases—Oh My! Following the revelations ... Read more >


New Warnings on Colleges' Finances From 2 Big Credit-Rating Agencies

07/26/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 26, 2012 The two major credit-rating agencies issued reports this week on the continuing financial challenges for colleges, particularly those that are not market leaders or not managed with close attention to... Read more >


Colleges Expand Services for Veterans, but Lag in Educating Faculty on Veterans' Needs

07/26/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 25, 2012 In the three years since the Post-9/11 GI Bill took effect, colleges have nearly doubled their enrollment of student veterans, beefed up programs and services for them, and intensified marketing to re... Read more >


When Academic Advising and Financial Aid Collide

07/26/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 25, 2012 In a guest post today, Allene Begley Curtoexplains the consequences well-intended academic advising can have on students’ financial-aid eligibility, and what aid offices can do to help avoid those ... Read more >


Art School’s Program Combines Computer Science and Art

07/26/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 25, 2012 A new course at the California Institute of the Arts is seeking to teach computer programming through assignments in which students will create music and visual art. The program will be the first... Read more >


Graduate First, Transfer Later

07/26/2012

Inside Higher Ed - July 26, 2012 Western Governors University is a favorite of the college completion crowd, with a competency-based approach that offers an attractive path to a degree for adult students. But now WGU is nudging its students toward gr... Read more >


No Shortcut

07/26/2012

Inside Higher Ed - July 26, 2012 For a case study of what can go wrong in international student admissions and enrollment, look no further than North Dakota’s Dickinson State University. An audit released earlier this year found that the universi... Read more >


California still ranked No. 9 among the world's economies

07/25/2012

The Sacramento Bee - July 25, 2012 As it slowly recovers from its worst recession since the Great Depression, where does California's economy fit into the global marketplace? A massive new economic forecast from the Los Angeles County Economic De... Read more >


Democrats Warn of Harm to Education From Across-the-Board Budget Cuts

07/25/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 25, 2012 Education Secretary Arne Duncan joined Senate Democrats on Wednesday in warning of dire effects on American schools and colleges if Congress cannot reach agreement on a way to avoid automatic across-t... Read more >


State duns cities for millions of dollars

07/25/2012

San Francisco Chronicle - July 24, 2012 California cities are in a high-stakes fight with officials in Sacramento over money that the state says the cities owe as part of the winding down of redevelopment agencies. County officials, under the state'... Read more >


California parks scandal: Honor system used to keep track of $37 billion in public funds

07/25/2012

Silicon Valley Mercury News - July 25, 2012 With state leaders scrambling to find out how state parks officials kept tens of millions of dollars hidden for more than a decade, California's top finance officials Tuesday acknowledged what could be a fa... Read more >


Market punishes DeVry, other for-profit colleges

07/25/2012

Chicago Sun Times - July 24, 2012 These are challenging times for Downers Grove-based DeVry Inc. and other for-profit colleges, who watched their shares sink Tuesday a day after DeVry said its fiscal fourth-quarter profit will be well below analysts ... Read more >


Consumer Advocates Urge Congress to Make the Private Student-Loan Market More Borrower-Friendly

07/25/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 24, 2012 Borrowers of private student-loans need better, more-flexible options for repaying their debt, consumer advocates and an official with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau told a U.S. Senate panel... Read more >


The Online Student

07/25/2012

Inside Higher Ed - July 25, 2012 The average student pursuing a postsecondary credential completely online is a white, 33-year-old woman with a full-time job and a household income around $65,000 per year, according to a new survey sponsored by two... Read more >


U.S. Senators Plan Bill to Tighten Student Visa System

07/25/2012

Inside Higher Ed - July 25, 2012 Spurred in part by a critical audit of the American system of monitoring student visas, a group of U.S. senators said Tuesday that they would introduce legislation aimed at tightening controls on institutions... Read more >


Study: State worker mentality makes Sacramento State a management challenge

07/25/2012

The Sacramento Bee - July 24, 2012 Employees at California State University, Sacramento, are difficult to manage because of a "state worker environment" fostered by the school's bureaucratic neighbors, according to an report commissioned by offi... Read more >


Sallie Mae, CFPB to Back Student-Loan Changes at Senate Hearing

07/25/2012

Bloomberg BusinessWeek - July 24, 2012 Borrowers struggling with private student-loan debt would benefit from more refinancing options, a U.S. consumer protection official will tell Congress today. Congress should focus more attention on expanding mo... Read more >


Education Dept Introduces College Cost ‘Window Stickers’

07/24/2012

ABC News - July 24, 2012 The Department of Education has released a new tool it says will help consumers understand the costs of higher education before making the choice of whether, and where, to enroll. Dubbed the “Shopping Sheet,” the Obama ad... Read more >


Higher Education Needs a Financing Overhaul

07/24/2012

Bloomberg - July 23, 2012 “This hat cost me $110K.” That was the message a 2012 graduate displayed on her mortarboard at her university commencement. The recent flare-up over huge student-loan balances, especially among jobless recent college gra... Read more >


DoJ probes Universal Technical's compensation practices

07/24/2012

Reuters - July 23, 2012 For-profit college Universal Technical Institute Inc (UTI.N) said it is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice after a former employee alleged the company had violated compensation laws. The company said a former... Read more >


One-Third of Colleges Are on Financially 'Unsustainable' Path, Bain Study Finds

07/24/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 23, 2012 An analysis of nearly 1,700 public and private nonprofit colleges being unveiled this week by Bain & Company finds that one-third of the institutions have been on an "unsustainable financial path"... Read more >


A Sobering Look at College Affordability

07/24/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 22, 2012 It’s no secret that many of the metrics used to gauge families’ ability and willingness to pay for higher education are headed in a direction that’s a little bit frightening for colleges. Brian ... Read more >


Two-Fifths of Parents Expect Children to Cover All or Most College Costs

07/24/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 23, 2012 If you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, then you surely don’t need a survey to know that many Americans are fretting about paying for college. But how prevalent is that an... Read more >


Berkeley Joins ‘EdX’ Effort to Offer Free Open Courses

07/24/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 24, 2012 Since the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University unveiled their plan to create a platform for free online courses called edX, more than 120 other colleges and universities aro... Read more >


Forks in the Road

07/24/2012

Inside Higher Ed - July 24, 2012 Large numbers of students at four-year institutions are transferring to community colleges, according to a new study from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Most of them don’t come back, but that ... Read more >


Financial Aid's Future

07/24/2012

Inside Higher Ed - July 24, 2012 The landscape for federal financial aid has been so turbulent in the past two years, as Congress has voted seemingly every few months to change the rules on Pell Grants and student loans, that many who care about he... Read more >


Education Department Unveils 'Shopping Sheet'

07/24/2012

Inside Higher Ed - July 24, 2012 The Education Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Monday released their standardized "shopping sheet," a financial aid award letter they'd like all colleges to adopt. While standardizing award... Read more >


The Regulatory Power to Destroy

07/20/2012

The Wall Street Journal - July 20, 2012 'The Dark Knight Rises" hits theaters this week, and no surprise some liberals are comparing the villain Bane to . . . care to take a guess? In this comic conception of the world, corporations always play the B... Read more >


Assessing Damage of Private Loans

07/20/2012

Inside Higher Ed - July 20, 2012 - by Libby A. Nelson In a sweeping study of the private student lending market released today, a new federal consumer protection agency compares private loans to subprime mortgages and urges Congress to consider let... Read more >


Dual enrollment gives struggling students a college try

07/19/2012

EdSource - July 19, 2012 - by Kathryn Baron California students who took courses in community college while still in high school were more likely than their classmates to graduate and attend a four-year college, even among students who are historic... Read more >