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Romney Pledges to Simplify Federal Student Aid and Revive Bank-Based Lending

05/23/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - May 23, 2012 - by Kelly Field [Updated (5/23/2012, 4:23 p.m.) with reaction from the Obama campaign.] Mitt Romney, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, outlined his higher-education platform on Wednesday,... Read more >


Study Shows Promise and Challenges of ‘Hybrid’ Courses

05/23/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - May 22, 2012 - by Katie Mangan Students learn just as much in a course that’s taught partly online as they would in a traditional classroom, but such courses won’t reach their potential until they are both eas... Read more >


Federal Consumer Loan Watchdog Investigates For-Profit Colleges

05/23/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - May 22, 2012 - by Goldie Blumenstyk The new federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is investigating ITT Educational Services about the for-profit-college company's student-loan practices, ITT disclosed on Tu... Read more >


Common Sense on Completion

05/23/2012

Inside Higher Ed - May 23, 2012 - by Paul Fain One way to boost graduation rates is to issue degrees to students who’ve already earned them, which often doesn’t happen with associate degrees. Roughly half of students who earn a bachelor’s ... Read more >


Student-Aid Group Releases Recommendations for Improving Award Letters

05/23/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - May 22, 2012 - by Beckie Supiano Choosing a college is a big financial decision. And in recent months the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and even President Obama have sought to ensure that students and their... Read more >


College Crackup and the Online Future

05/22/2012

Bloomberg - May 21, 2012 - by Mark C. Taylor In the coming decade, emerging technologies will thoroughly transform higher education. Although distance learning and computer-assisted education have been around since the 1960s, financial pressures are ... Read more >


Five proposals to solve $1 trillion college loan crisis

05/21/2012

USA Today - May 21, 2012 - by Sandra Block and Christine Dugas Tuck graduated from the University of Arizona in 1996 with a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and $44,000 in student loans. She had every intention of keeping up with her loan... Read more >


Most student loans unaffected by upcoming increase in rates

05/21/2012

USA Today - April 30, 2012 - by Sandra Block You know an issue has reached critical mass when it's the topic of late-night comedian Jimmy Fallon's "Slow Jam the News" segment, and none other than President Obama shows up to help. The subject of the s... Read more >


The Truth About College Aid: It's Corporate Welfare

05/21/2012

The Atlantic - May 21, 2012 - by Andrew G. Biggs President Obama is holding thinly-veiled campaign events at college campuses around the country touting his plan to retain low interest rates on federal student loans. Amidst the debate over whether a ... Read more >


Pell Grants plug pulled for thousands of students

05/21/2012

Silicon Valley Mercury News - May 20, 2012 - by Matt Krupnick A mother of four who was laid off in 2008, Danielle Torno had planned on turning her life around next year with the help of a Cal State East Bay business degree. Instead, the 36-year-old S... Read more >


U.S. May Require College Language Programs to Get Special Accreditation

05/21/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2012 - by Karin Fischer University-run English-language programs fear that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security may require them to apply for separate specialized accreditation or lose their ability to... Read more >


Santa Monica Part II?

05/21/2012

Inside Higher Ed - May 21, 2012 - by Paul Fain The fight over two-tiered pricing at California’s community colleges isn’t over. Leaders at Santa Monica College in March unveiled a controversial plan to create a self-supporting private founda... Read more >


GAO Finds Rampant Waste in $18B Federal Job-training Program

05/21/2012

New American - May 19, 2012 - by Brian Koenig A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, commissioned by Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.), is bringing to question whether taxpayers should finance an $18-billion annual "investment" in federal programs th... Read more >


Rep. Ryan touts GOP student loan plan, hits Obama's 'short-sighted' approach

05/21/2012

The Hill - May 19, 2012 - by Alicia M. Cohn Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the Budget Committee, defended House Republicans' approach to student loan rates in message for new graduates. In an op-ed published Saturday by the Wisconsin State... Read more >


Short Countdown Begins for State Budget

05/21/2012

Fox & Hounds - May 18, 2012 - by John Wildermuth While there are plenty of huge numbers flying around in the California’s latest budget debate, the most important figure is a lot smaller: 29. That’s how many days legislators have to stop maki... Read more >


'Purple' Super PAC launched to support California independents

05/21/2012

The Sacramento Bee - May 19, 2012 A new Super PAC has started airing television ads in support of independent candidates running in California's June 5 primary. icPurple announced today that it is backing four candidates running for office with "no p... Read more >


LAO: Deficit likely higher than Jerry Brown's estimate

05/21/2012

The Sacramento Bee - May 18, 2012 California's budget deficit is likely worse than Gov. Jerry Brown's estimate of $15.7 billion, the state's top fiscal analyst indicated Friday. Brown proposed a $91.4 billion general fund budget Monday that slashes h... Read more >


‘I envisioned a job where layoffs weren’t an everyday worry’

05/21/2012

Rockford Register Star - May 18, 2012 Rockford Career College graduate Nicole Strang talks about her studies, goals and line of work: I might not be a computer geek, but I definitely know my way around a desktop. I recently graduated from Rockford Ca... Read more >


Report: Veterans Go to College But Face Challenges

05/21/2012

U.S. News and World Report - May 18, 2012 - by Joanne Jacobs Uncle Sam wants veterans to sign up for college! And colleges and universities are vying to create "veteran friendly" programs, classes, and centers to attract the ex-G.I.'s—and the billi... Read more >


Lawsuit against Pa. for-profit school to proceed

05/18/2012

YorkDispatch.com, May 16, 2012 by Kevin Begos A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit can proceed against a large for-profit education company accused of using improper sales tactics to lure unqualified students and the billions of dollars in financ... Read more >


11 Public Universities with the Worst Graduation Rates

05/17/2012

The Fiscal Times, May 17, 2012 by Blaire Briody If you’re graduating from college this year, count yourself lucky. Just 56 percent of college students complete four-year degrees within six years, according to a 2011 Harvard Graduate School of Educ... Read more >


Quest for College Accountability Produces Demand for Yet More Student Data

05/17/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 17, 2012 by Paul Basken Despite growing pressure from policy makers and prospective students for colleges to prove their value, the institutions have often insisted that their unique missions make simple measur... Read more >


Despite Concern, Banks Give Student Loans the Old College Try

05/17/2012

The Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2012 by Mattias Rieker Even as the growth of student debt stirs debate on everything from whether the government should move to ease borrowers' burden to the ability to discharge obligations through bankruptcy, some b... Read more >


Student Loans: Is There Really A Crisis?

05/17/2012

TIME, May 17, 2012 by Andrew J. Rotherham Student debt is completely out of control, right? The more than $1 trillion in outstanding college loans is front-page news and is pretty much the only educational issue the presidential candidates are talkin... Read more >


APSCU President & CEO Testifies At House Hearing

05/17/2012

APSCU, May 16, 2012 Former Congressman Steve Gunderson, the president and chief executive officer of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) today testified before the U.S. House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic ... Read more >


Court Rejects New Labor Rules That Eased Unionization at Private Colleges

05/17/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 16, 2012 A federal judge has struck down new National Labor Relations Board rules that made it easier for private-college employees to form collective-bargaining units. Judge James E. Boasberg, of the U.S. Di... Read more >


About 600,000 L.A. Community College Students to Get Microsoft Live@EDU

05/17/2012

PC World, May 14, 2012 by Juan Carlos-Perez The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) will provide email and collaboration applications to about 600,000 students via Microsoft's Live@EDU cloud suite, a project for which it also considered Go... Read more >


Oikos' nursing program put on state probation

05/15/2012

San Francisco Chronicle, May 15, 2012 by Demian Bulwa A small vocational nursing program in Oakland that lost six students in a campus massacre last month is now facing a separate challenge, with state officials placing the program on a form of proba... Read more >


Governor's Budget May Revision 2012-2013

05/15/2012

May 15, 2012 Read the full California budget revision document:  Governor's Budget May Revision 2012-2013 ... Read more >


Slowly, as Student Debt Rises, Colleges Confront Costs

05/15/2012

The New York Times, May 14, 2012 by Andrew Martin In a wood-paneled office lined with books, sports memorabilia and framed posters (including John Belushi in “Animal House”), E. Gordon Gee, the president of Ohio State University, keeps a framed q... Read more >


Critique of Key Figure in Series on Student Loans

05/15/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2012 "Degrees of Debt," a series of articles in The New York Times this week, explores the impact of rising student debt with compelling stories of individual borrowers and their families. The series has generated considerab... Read more >


A college both left and right should be angry about

05/15/2012

The American, May 14, 2012 By Andrew P. Kelly Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration have spent the past three years going after for-profit colleges in an effort to combat fraud and misuse of federal student aid monies. Some policymakers ... Read more >


Opposing view: Private colleges play a central role

05/14/2012

USA Today, May 13, 2012 by Steve Gunderson Private-sector colleges and universities have grown dramatically in recent years. Today, they serve more than 3 million postsecondary students — almost 13% of the total college enrollment. But this growth ... Read more >


Reforming the State's Transfer Process: A Progress Report on Senate Bill 1440

05/11/2012

Legislative Analyst's Office, May 11, 2012 The Legislative Analyst's Office has just issued the following report: Reforming the State's Transfer Process: A Progress Report on Senate Bill 1440 The Legislature has long recognized the importance of faci... Read more >


Ranking Reveals World's Top Countries for Higher Education

05/11/2012

MarketWatch, May 10, 2012 New research into national education systems gives the first ranking of countries which are the 'best' at providing higher education. The Universitas 21 Ranking was announced today (11 May 2012) at an event at Lund Universit... Read more >


U C a Better Idea?

05/11/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 11, 2012 By Kevin Kiley If something is broken, people tend to want to fix it. But when the something in question is surrounded by other complex and potentially deficient systems, as seems to be the case for the University ... Read more >


Doubling of Stafford Interest Rates May Cost Only $6 More a Month

05/11/2012

The New York Times, May 10, 2012 By Tanya Caldwell The Senate may have failed to act on a bill that would have prevented the doubling of interest rates for some student loans, but the inaction may not matter much. According to two experts on financia... Read more >


Obama’s College Promises

05/10/2012

National Review Online, May 10, 2012 By Katrina Trinko The Obama campaign has a message for young-adult voters: When it comes to higher education, the president will dole out taxpayer dollars and “free stuff” at the rate Joe Biden makes gaffes. W... Read more >


Californians' Enrollment in State Universities Drops

05/10/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2012 The percentage of new California high school graduates who enroll in the University of California and California State University Systems has dropped from 22 percent in 2007 to less than 18 percent in 2010, according to... Read more >


Taxpayers On Hook For $850 Billion In Student Loans

05/10/2012

Investors Business Daily, May 9, 2012 By David Hogberg With a possible higher-education bubble looming, taxpayers are on the hook for about $850 billion in student loan debt. Exactly how much of that the federal government would have to bail out if t... Read more >


Much Ado About Double or Nothing

05/10/2012

The New York Times, May 9, 2012 By Mark Kantrowitz and Lynn O’Shaughnessy THE interest rate on the popular Stafford federal student loan program is set to double in July, after the Senate could not reach agreement on Tuesday on a way to keep the r... Read more >


CFPB's First For-Profit Salvo

05/10/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2012 By Paul Fain The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is investigating Corinthian Colleges Inc., the company said last week, with a broad inquiry that may revolve around Corinthian’s institutional student loan pr... Read more >


Jerry Brown tells unions to brace for California state worker pay cuts

05/10/2012

The Sacramento Bee, May 9, 2012 State workers' compensation is back on the budget chopping block. Brown administration officials met with the state employee union leaders last week, according to sources familiar with the meetings, to warn them that... Read more >


Behind Obama’s Definition of Wealth and Paying Off Student Loans

05/08/2012

ABC News. April 25, 2012. By Jonathan Karl President Obama told students at the University of North Carolina Tuesday that he knows what it is like to struggle with student loan debt because he and his wife didn’t pay off their student loans until e... Read more >


Sallie Mae's New Fixed-Rate Student Loan Option Should Freak Congress Out

05/08/2012

Business Insider, May 8, 2012, By Mandi Woodruff In another sign the private loan industry is looking to tidy its tarnished reputation, the nation's largest private education lender, Sallie Mae, has introduced its first ever fixed-rate student loan. ... Read more >


President Yudof defends UC's accessibility to poor

05/08/2012

The Fresno Bee. May 8, 2012. By Heather Somerville Speaking before an audience of Fresno business and education leaders, University of California President Mark Yudof made the case that the state's most prestigious public university system is still ... Read more >


Senate Republicans Block Vote on Bill to Freeze Interest Rate on Student Loans

05/08/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 8, 2012. By Kelly Field Republicans in the U.S. Senate blocked a bill on Tuesday that would temporarily freeze the interest rate on subsidized student loans, saying the measure would prolong the nation's econo... Read more >


State Student-Aid Grants Should Focus on Completion, Not Just Merit, Report Says

05/08/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 8, 2012. By Eric Kelderman States will have to use student-aid grants more efficiently to get the most value from that spending and increase the number of college graduates, recommends a new report being relea... Read more >


Sallie Mae Will Offer Fixed-Rate Private Student Loans

05/08/2012

The New York Times. May 7, 2012.  By Ann Carrns Sallie Mae introduced fixed-rate, private loans today for students and families who need extra money for college. Although it is the largest student lender, Sallie Mae is a bit late to the fixed-rate ... Read more >


Kyl: Reid student loan bill a job-killer by imposing permanent taxes

05/08/2012

The Hill.  May 7, 2012.  By Pete Kasperowicz. Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said Monday that a Democratic bill to extend low interest rates on federally subsidized student loans for another year would be a permanent job-killer, because it ... Read more >


Quarterly profit up 53% for Grand Canyon University's parent

05/08/2012

AZCentral.com, May 7, 2012, by Jahna Berry Buoyed a strong wave of new students, the parent of Grand Canyon University reported a 53 percent bump in quarterly profits and projected that the Phoenix-based education company could pull in more revenue t... Read more >


The Ph.D. Now Comes With Food Stamps

05/08/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 6, 2012 By Stacey Patton "I am not a welfare queen," says Melissa Bruninga-Matteau. That's how she feels compelled to start a conversation about how she, a white woman with a Ph.D. in medieval history and an adj... Read more >


Counterpoint: For-Profits and Philanthropy

05/08/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 8, 2012 By Steve Gunderson In his recent op-ed, “For-Profits’ War on Philanthropy,” Johann Neem misses the point. Unfortunately, his deep philosophical opposition to for-profit colleges and universities gets in the wa... Read more >


Online Classes. Low Prices. Every Day

05/08/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 8, 2012 When something sounds too good to be true, you check it out. So Jeana Murphy and Henry Jordan did some sleuthing when their employer, Walmart, offered to pick up part of the tab for degrees from an online university that... Read more >


Report Faults Student Loan Collection Agencies

05/08/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 8, 2012 The Education Department is increasingly relying on collection agencies to obtain funds from those who have defaulted on student loans, but the department is failing to monitor complaints about these agencies, says a new... Read more >


Accreditor Excuses Faulty Job-Placement Reports at Career Education Corp.

05/07/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 7, 2012 The Career Education Corporation, which owns more than 90 for-profit colleges worldwide, announced on Monday that its accreditor had removed a "show cause" order, which had required the company to prove ... Read more >


Battleground Poll: Obama, Romney in dead heat

05/07/2012

POLITICO, May 7, 2012 A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll finds a dead heat in the presidential race six months before the election. Mitt Romney edged out President Barack Obama 48 percent to 47 percent among likely voters, ... Read more >


Dan Walters: Upcoming tax battle could be a nasty feud

05/07/2012

The Sacramento Bee, May 7, 2012 Let's get ready to rumble. In this corner is California Gov. Jerry Brown. In that corner is Molly Munger, a very wealthy civil rights attorney. Brown and his union allies want voters to raise their own sales taxes, plu... Read more >


California community colleges look to save money by banning repeat classes

05/07/2012

The Sacramento Bee, May 7, 2012 Mweluke Kyumba was the most dapper student at American River Collegeon Friday afternoon, donning a black vest and tie over his satin blue shirt while other students welcomed the sunny weather with shorts and tees. It w... Read more >


Berkeley Fires Administrator Who Gave Raises to Lover

05/07/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 7, 2012 The University of California at Berkeley on Friday fired Diane Leite, formerly an assistant vice chancellor, who was demoted previously but not fired when word surfaced that she had helped triple the pay of her lover, al... Read more >


Obama and Romney Draw Battle Lines over Education

05/07/2012

The Fiscal Times, May 7, 2012 On the surface at least, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney see eye to eye on a number of key education issues: Both politicians place great store in standardized testing to evaluate teacher performanc... Read more >


White House pressures GOP on student loan bill

05/07/2012

Associated Press, May 7, 2012 The White House pressed Republicans Monday to back Democratic legislation preventing interest rates on federal student loans from doubling in July as the two parties remained deadlocked over how to pay for the move. "As ... Read more >


New College, New Model

05/07/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 7, 2012 Not much is truly unique in higher education. The industry is too big, and most experiments have been tried before. But the new Ameritas College sure sounds different. Ameritas, launched last week, blends for-profit... Read more >


Student-aid offers often harbor devil in details

05/07/2012

San Francisco Chronicle, May 6, 2012 When Susan Romano first read her son Zach's financial aid letter from Drexel University, a private college in Philadelphia, her eyes immediately jumped to the line highlighted in yellow: "$13,442 expected payment"... Read more >


U. of California System Will Centralize HR in Riverside

05/04/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 4, 2012 University of California administrators announced Thursday that the system will centralize payroll and human resources for its 10 campuses and five medical centers at a new site in Riverside. The new center is part of a ... Read more >


UC-San Diego Drops Transfer Guarantee, Rankling 2-Year Colleges

05/04/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 4, 2012 Leaders of San Diego and Imperial County community colleges have publicly rebuked the University of California at San Diego for its plan to drop a longstanding transfer policy that guarantees admission to local co... Read more >


The Campus Tsunami

05/04/2012

The New York Times, May 3, 2012 Online education is not new. The University of Phoenix started its online degree program in 1989. Four million college students took at least one online class during the fall of 2007. But, over the past few months, som... Read more >


Trillion-Dollar Misunderstanding: The Seven Sins of Federal Student Loans

05/03/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 3, 2012 Charles Miller, chair of the Spellings Commission, reminded me the other day that that panel in its report referred to the federal financial aid system as “dysfunctional.” I think I (as a member o... Read more >


The New Politics of Student Debt

05/03/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 3, 2012 These days, Robert Applebaum is feeling vindicated. In January 2009, Applebaum, then a 35-year-old lawyer with more than $80,000 in student debt, created a petition calling for student loan forgiveness to stimulate the e... Read more >


Harvard and MIT Put $60-Million Into New Platform for Free Online Courses

05/03/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 2, 2012 The group of elite universities offering free online courses just got bigger. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology today announced a partnership that will host online courses ... Read more >


California college leaders lobby for more funding

05/02/2012

SanLuisObispo.com, May 1, 2012 The leaders of California's three higher education systems warned Tuesday that more budget cuts will hurt the state's economic recovery. The heads of the University of California, California State University and Califo... Read more >


Looking to pivotal 2007 Stanford study for ed reform answers

05/02/2012

SIA Cabinet Report, May 2, 2012 Five years ago, an exhaustive study led by researchers from Stanford University took a hard look at how California governs and funds public education. That led to the creation of a gubernatorial blue-ribbon panel and a... Read more >


Holding transcripts hostage

05/02/2012

Los Angeles Times, May 2, 2012 Students traditionally have a soft spot for their alma maters. But as growing numbers of students run up debt in the high five and even six figures to pay for college, that may change. Especially when they discover t... Read more >


U. of California at Berkeley Receives $60-Million for New Computing Institute

05/02/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 1, 2012 The University of California at Berkeley has won a $60-million grant from the Simons Foundation to create a new center for theoretical computer science, the university announced today. The center, called... Read more >


Cal State May Let Foundations Add to Presidents' Pay

05/02/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 2, 2012 The California State University System board will consider a policy next week that would freeze the pay of campus presidents, but allow foundations associated with the campuses to pay for raises, The Los Angeles T... Read more >


Ratings agency raises concerns about California budget

05/02/2012

The Sacramento Bee, May 1, 2012 Ratings agency Standard & Poor's raised concerns today after California income tax revenues fell short in April and a judge ruled the state controller cannot withhold legislative pay based on budget quality. In i... Read more >


The New Class Warfare

05/02/2012

City Journal, Spring 2012 California’s superwealthy progressives seem intent on destroying middle-class jobs. Few states have offered the class warriors of Occupy Wall Street more enthusiastic support than California has. Before they overstayed the... Read more >


The Shrinking Law School

05/02/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2012 Frank Wu doesn’t mince words. “The critics of legal education are right,” said Wu, the chancellor and dean of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. “There are too many law schools and the... Read more >


Tempering the Rise of the Machines

05/02/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2012 The machines are rising. Soon they will be sophisticated enough to fill certain faculty roles at traditional universities. But to make this revolution work for students, academic leaders at those traditional institutions... Read more >


Colleges fight fraud with more coursework

05/02/2012

USA Today, May 1, 2012 Amid rising concern that fraud rings are making off with millions of dollars of federal financial aid, some of the colleges most at risk have come up with one deterrent that is notable for its simplicity: They're assigning more... Read more >


Staggered Oikos swims upstream toward survival

04/30/2012

Contra Costa Times, April 30, 2012 The room where the killing began shows no signs of violence. The bloodstains have been carpeted over, and plaster covers the bullet holes. But Oikos University students and employees know that the otherwise barren c... Read more >


Business Leaders Must Advocate for ‘Broad Access’ Colleges, Report Urges

04/30/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 30, 2012 As educators and policy makers strive to keep the United States competitive in the global tally of adults with postsecondary degrees, the Committee for Economic Development, a think tank, is urging bu... Read more >


Cal State Students Plan Hunger Strike

04/30/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 30, 2012 Thirteen students at six California State University campuses are planning a hunger strike, vowing to fast until the university system freezes tuition, cuts spending on administrators and agrees to various other measu... Read more >


More Conflict Over Interest Rate

04/30/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 30, 2012 The House of Representatives passed a bill Friday to keep the interest rate on federally subsidized student loans at 3.4 percent for another year, but President Obama threatened to veto the measure because it would co... Read more >


New Ethics Code for Agents

04/30/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 30, 2012 Four countries that are among the top destinations (besides the United States) for foreign students have issued a joint ethics code for agents used in recruitment efforts. The statement -- endorsed by education o... Read more >


Credit Hour (Still) Rules

04/30/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 30, 2012 It’s an understatement of near-epic proportions to say that policy makers and politicians are smitten with Western Governors University’s brand of competency-based learning. After years of slow growth in the w... Read more >


Obama signs executive order to protect troops from for-profit college deceptive practices

04/27/2012

The Washington Post, April 27, 2012 Surrounded by thousands of uniformed members of the Army’s Third Infantry Division, President Obama Friday signed an executive ordercracking down on for-profit colleges that prey on service members and veterans t... Read more >


GOP ignores veto threat, passes student loan bill

04/27/2012

Fox News, April 27, 2012 Republicans ignored a veto threat and overcame a rebellion by party conservatives to push a bill through the House Friday keeping interest rates on millions of federal student loans from doubling this summer. Lawmakers voted ... Read more >


CA home to nation’s most run-down public schools serving military families

04/27/2012

SIA Cabinet Report, April 27, 2012 Seven of the nation’s 24 most dilapidated public schools serving military families are located in California, according to disclosures this week by state officials. The report is drawn from a survey of military-ba... Read more >


Northern Virginia CC Teams Up with U. of Phoenix

04/27/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2012 Northern Virginia Community College is the latest two-year institution to announce a partnership with the University of Phoenix, with the announcement yesterday of a transfer agreement. Students from the community col... Read more >


More Negotiated Rule Making Planned

04/27/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2012 The Education Department just finished two rounds of negotiated rule making on financial aid issues -- one on student loan regulations and one on the rules that govern financial aid for teacher preparation prog... Read more >


Sallie Mae celebrate 25 years; 'sobering pause' over downsizing

04/27/2012

The Times-Tribune, April 26, 2012 When Sallie Mae opened a facility 25 years ago in the old Faith Shoe factory in Wilkes-Barre, the company had fewer than 40 employees. Today, the student loan giant employs about 800 at its facility in Hanover Indust... Read more >


Student Loan Debate Becomes Election-Year Fight

04/27/2012

The New York Times, April 26, 2012 The subject of interest rates on subsidized college loans, once reserved for the deep weeds of Congressional committees, has touched off a blazing battle between Democrats and Republicans at a volume usually reser... Read more >


Obama targets diploma mills that market to vets

04/27/2012

The Washington Times, April 27, 2012 President Barack Obamais telling military service members and their families that schools seeking to take advantage of them only “care about the cash.” The president and first lady Michelle Obama are speaking ... Read more >


Community colleges consider rationing gym, arts classes

04/24/2012

California Watch, April 23, 2012 As constrained budgets and course cuts have made it harder for many students to get the classes they need, the California Community Colleges are taking further steps toward rationing course offerings and focusing reso... Read more >


Romney Sides With Obama on Lower Student-Loan Interest Rate

04/23/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 23, 2012 Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said he agreed with President Obama that Congress should prevent certain student-loan interest rates from doubling in July. At a press ... Read more >


Call to Action, Again

04/23/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2012 Community colleges have their work cut out for them. America’s social mobility and economic prosperity depend to a large degree on their success, and the colleges must do a much better job of meeting this challen... Read more >


Privatization Without Angst

04/23/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2012 "My own college behaves much more like a private college these days than a public." Stephen M. Curtis, president of the Community College of Philadelphia, told fellow community college leaders here Sunday that this... Read more >


Community Colleges Not Up to 21st-Century Mission, Their Own Report Says

04/23/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 21, 2012 Calling the American dream imperiled, the American Association of Community Colleges issued a report on Saturday intended to galvanize college leaders to transform their institutions for the 21st-ce... Read more >


Obama wooing young voters with student loan focus

04/23/2012

The Miami Herald, April 21, 2012 Eager to energize young voters, President Barack Obama is depicting Republicans as obstacles to an affordable college education as he previews an argument he will make on university campuses next week in states cru... Read more >