CAPPS - Avocacy and Communication Professional Development

California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools

News

More Accountable Accreditation

06/07/2012

Inside Higher Ed - June 7, 2012 - by Doug Lederman Two years ago, Molly Corbett Broad told a group of accreditors and campus administrators that as pressure mounted on colleges to keep prices down and productivity up, higher education leaders had bet... Read more >


Regulations Holding Back Students from Education

06/06/2012

Fox Business - June 6, 2012 APSCU CEO Steve Gunderson on the government tightening federal funding and adding stricter regulation for veterans, minority and older students at for-profit colleges.  Watch the video. ... Read more >


Administration’s Higher Education Act Rules Get Failing Grade from D.C. Circuit

06/06/2012

Judicial Review & Remedies - June 5, 2012 - by Leland E. Beck The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a lengthy opinion today vacated or remanded significant parts of the Department of Education (DOE)’s signa... Read more >


Paying for Performance

06/06/2012

Inside Higher Ed - June 6, 2012 - by Steve Kolowich As more college students have found themselves adrift and in debt following graduation, colleges have found themselves under increasing pressure to prove their value to stingy legislators and cost-c... Read more >


Our View: Big changes in state's higher ed

06/06/2012

Merced Sun-Star - June 5, 2012 The largest community college system in the nation, 112 colleges serving 2.6 million students, is searching for a new system chancellor. Jack Scott announced his retirement in March. The largest state university system... Read more >


Schools cooperating with new order, VA says

06/06/2012

NavyTimes - June 5, 2012 - by Cid Standifer The Veterans Affairs Department has sent letters to dozens of schools explaining how it plans to administer President Obama’s recent executive order asking colleges to adhere to “principles of excellen... Read more >


Study examines vocational certificates' big rewards

06/06/2012

USA Today - June 6, 2012 - by Mary Beth Marklein Good news for new high school graduates who don't think college-level algebra or freshman English is their thing. A study released Wednesday finds that certificates awarded through short-term vocationa... Read more >


Certificates Rise to 22% of Postsecondary Credentials Awarded, Report Says

06/06/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - June 6, 2012 - by Jennifer González Certificates are the fastest growing form of postsecondary credentials in the nation, surpassing associate and master's degrees as the second most common award in higher educat... Read more >


McConnell continues to criticize Obama on student loans

06/06/2012

The Hill - June 5, 2012 - by Daniel Strauss Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) continued to accuse President Obama of failing to work with Republicans on extending student loan interest rates. McConnell's criticism came the same day that ... Read more >


White House skeptical of GOP student loan proposals

06/06/2012

The Washington Post - June 5, 2012 - by David Nakamura and Rosalind S. Helderman The Obama administration on Tuesday brushed off Republican proposals to pay for the $6 billion extension of the reduced-rate student-loan program, which expires July 1. ... Read more >


Education Secretary Targets Colleges With Low Graduation Rates

06/06/2012

The New York Times - June 5, 2012 - By Tanya Caldwell and Jacques Steinberg The Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said on Tuesday morning that the Obama administration has not done nearly enough to address the steep dropout rate among college studen... Read more >


U.S. appeals court seeks more details on college rules

06/06/2012

Reuters - June 5, 2012 A federal appeals court asked the U.S. Education Department to provide more information on a rule that prevents for-profit colleges from compensating recruiters based on the number of students they enroll. The department had no... Read more >


Appellate Court Sides With For-Profit Colleges on Tossing Out a Controversial Rule

06/06/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - June 5, 20121 - by Kelly Field For-profit colleges are celebrating a federal appeals court decision that tosses out portions of the U.S. Department of Education's controversial "program integrity" rules. In a unan... Read more >


Mixed Decision on Integrity Rules

06/06/2012

Inside Higher Ed - June 6, 2012 - by Paul Fain The primary for-profit-college trade group notched a minor court victory Tuesday in its legal challenge to aspects of the U.S. Education Department’s recently strengthened “program integrity” ... Read more >


US District Court Decision: APSCU V Secretary of Education Duncan

06/05/2012

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Civil Action No. 11-0138 (RMC) CAREER COLLEGE ASSOCIATION d/b/a ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE SECTOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, Plaintiff, v. ARNE DUNCAN, Secretary, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, et ... Read more >


APSCU Responds To DC Appeals Court Ruling

06/05/2012

Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities - June 5, 2012 Former Congressman Steve Gunderson, the president and chief executive officer of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) today released the following s... Read more >


Future not so bright for best and brightest

06/05/2012

Capitol Weekly - June 4, 2012 - by Richard Chang For those graduating next month, the picture couldn’t be bleaker. A sour job market compounded by heavy student loan debt makes graduating from college a nightmare. “It’s like updating my Faceboo... Read more >


Investigators probe company marketing for-profit colleges to veterans

06/05/2012

The Sacramento Bee - June 5, 2012 Attorneys general in 15 states are investigating QuinStreet, a Foster City-based Internet marketing company that connects its for-profit college clients with service members and veterans looking to spend their milita... Read more >


Republicans Offer Bipartisan Solutions on Student Loan Rates

06/04/2012

Press Release - June 4, 2012 U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Monday regarding the need for the President to work with Republicans on a serious solution to rising student loan rates: “I’... Read more >


Online Classes See Cheating Go High-Tech

06/04/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - June 3, 2012 - by Jeffrey R. Young Easy A's may be even easier to score these days, with the growing popularity of online courses. Tech-savvy students are finding ways to cheat that let them ace online courses with... Read more >


Editorial: Big moment of change for higher ed in California

06/04/2012

The Sacramento Bee - June 4, 2012 The largest community college system in the nation, 112 colleges serving 2.6 million students, is searching for a new system chancellor. Jack Scott announced his retirement in March. The largest state university syst... Read more >


California Cuts Threaten the Status of Universities

06/04/2012

The New York Times - June 1, 2012 - by Jennifer Medina Class sizes have increased, courses have been cut and tuition has been raised — repeatedly. Fewer colleges are offering summer classes. Administrators rely increasingly on higher tuition from o... Read more >


Student Loan Bubble: Not as Bad as It Looks

06/04/2012

Daily Finance - June 1, 2012 - by Morgan Housel Here's a scary headline from yesterday: "Student loans soar 275% over past decade." It's true. Total student loans outstanding were $241 billion in 2002. Today, it's $904 billion, and it shows no sign o... Read more >


Unemployment up for post-2001 veterans

06/01/2012

Air Force Times - June 1, 2012 - by Rick Maze Amid announcements that the federal government is launching new initiatives to help veterans find jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the unemployment rate for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans... Read more >


State Dept. Draws Criticism Over Policy on Paid Recruiters of Foreign Students

06/01/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - June 1, 2012 - by Karin Fischer The U.S. Department of State has overstepped its authority in issuing a policy against the use of paid recruiters for overseas students. That was the charge made during a panel discu... Read more >


U.S. Officials Fail to Allay Concerns Over Accreditation Rules for Language Programs

06/01/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - May 31, 2012 - by Karin Fischer U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials, speaking at an international-education conference here, did little on Thursday to clarify the confusion surrounding new requirements f... Read more >


Tomorrow’s Workforce

06/01/2012

National Journal - May 31, 2012 - by Fawn Johnson Preparing the future workforce will be arguably the next president’s most far-reaching task, as the United States adapts to a competitive global economy and a fast-evolving employment market. Over t... Read more >


When Education Means Business

06/01/2012

Georgia Trend - June 1, 2012 - by Jerry Grillo Roman Coley Davis never realized how quickly fishing could get old until it was all he had to do. So he concocted another game plan. Davis had been medically retired from the Army, with a traumatic brain... Read more >


Big Data For Higher Ed: With $4.1M From First Round, Floodgate, Former Kaplan Exec Launches Civitas Learning

06/01/2012

TechCrunch.com - May 31, 2012 - by Rip Empson As colleges and universities strain their resources to accommodate an ever-growing, diverse student body, it becomes increasingly difficult to track the progress of individual students and figure out what... Read more >


S.F. City College can't afford all its campuses

06/01/2012

San Francisco Chronicle - June 1, 2012 - by Nanette Asimov City College of San Francisco may be forced to close or combine some campuses - it has 12 of them - to help stave off a financial crisis and retain full accreditation, The Chronicle has learn... Read more >


Hill GOP leaders make new offer to Obama in fight over student loans as clock ticks away

05/31/2012

The Washington Post - May 31, 2012 Top congressional Republicans made a new offer to President Barack Obama on Thursday in their fight over heading off a doubling of interest rates on federal college loans for 7.4 million students, proposing fresh wa... Read more >


U.S. Officials Fail to Allay Concerns Over Accreditation Rules for Language Programs

05/31/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - May 31, 2012 - by Karin Fischer U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials, speaking at an international-education conference here, did little on Thursday to clarify the confusion surrounding new requirements f... Read more >


California Bills Would Put Free Textbooks Online

05/31/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - May 30, 2012 Two bills requiring online, open-source material for the top 50 college courses in California have been overwhelmingly approved by the State Senate, according to the Associated Press. The material wou... Read more >


A Gap in College Graduates Leaves Some Cities Behind

05/31/2012

The New York Times - May 30, 2012 - by Sabrina Tavernise As cities like this one try to reinvent themselves after losing large swaths of their manufacturing sectors, they are discovering that one of the most critical ingredients for a successful tran... Read more >


Revenge of the Nerds: Tech Firms Scour College Campuses for Talent

05/31/2012

The Wall Street Journal - May 31, 2012 - by Spencer E. Ante For Maxwell Hawkins, a computer science and art major at Carnegie Mellon University, the moment came in March. A technology recruiting firm sent him a letter by FedEx urging him to drop out ... Read more >


APSCU Response To Attorneys General

05/29/2012

Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities - May 29, 2012 Washington, D.C. – Former Congressman Steve Gunderson, the president and chief executive officer of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) today re... Read more >


Attorneys General Urge Congress to Close Military 'Loophole' at For-Profit Colleges

05/29/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - May 29, 2012 - by Goldie Blumenstyk Attorneys general for 21 states have called on Congress to close an "apparent loophole" that they say encourages for-profit colleges to use "high-pressure recruiting tactics" on... Read more >


Facing Facts

05/29/2012

Inside Higher Ed - May 29, 2012 - by Paul Fain The college “completion agenda” has helped community colleges face facts about where they fall short. But if the focus on completion gets too singular, two-year colleges run the risk of neglecting st... Read more >


Back of the Line

05/29/2012

Inside Higher Ed - May 29, 2012 - by Paul Fain Lines at San Diego Miramar College's academic counseling center are often 25 students long, with wait times stretching to two hours or more. On busy days, the center begins turning students away at ... Read more >


As He Prepares to Retire, California State's Leader Stands Up for His Decisions

05/29/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - May 28, 2012 - by Eric Kelderman Charles B. Reed, chancellor of the California State University system is retiring, but he's not backing down to his critics. "In this business, in California, you've got to be a wa... Read more >


It’s time to drop the college-for-all crusade

05/29/2012

The Washington Post - May 27, 2012 - by Robert J. Samuelson The college-for-all crusade has outlived its usefulness. Time to ditch it. Like the crusade to make all Americans homeowners, it’s now doing more harm than good. It looms as the largest mi... Read more >


College dropouts have debt but no degree

05/29/2012

The Washington Post - May 28, 2012 - by Ylan Q. Muiand Suzy Khimm As the nation amasses more than $1 trillion in student loans, education experts say a vexing new problem has emerged: A growing number of young people have a mountain of debt but no de... Read more >


For-profit school coalition retreating from K Street lobbying

05/29/2012

The Hill - May 27, 2012 - by Kevin Bogardus A prime player in the debate over for-profit schools has pulled back on its lobbying campaign. The Coalition for Educational Success, an alliance of several for-profit schools, has parted ways with a number... Read more >


Lessons from a Scandal

05/25/2012

Inside Higher Ed - May 25, 2012 - by Allie Grasgreen In the wake of the shocking child molestation scandal at Pennsylvania State University, that institution is leading the way in ensuring policies are in place to protect children on campus and ... Read more >


Berkeley Chancellor Opposes Out-of-State Limit

05/25/2012

Inside Higher Ed - May 25, 2012 Robert J. Birgeneau, the chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, on Thursday issued a statement opposing a proposed state constitutional amendment that would limit out-of-state (including international)... Read more >


Comerica report says tech sector drives California gains

05/24/2012

The Sacramento Bee - May 23, 2012 - by Mark Glove Dallas-based Comerica Bank's California Economic Activity Index broke a streak of flat readings in March, rising nearly two points to 101. March's reading is 28 points, or 38 percent, above the index... Read more >


Approval of Gov. Jerry Brown slips in public opinion poll

05/24/2012

The Sacramento Bee - May 24, 2012 - by David Siders The honeymoon is ending for Gov. Jerry Brown. For the first time in a major California poll since Brown took office, a plurality of likely voters disapproves of the job he is doing, according to a P... Read more >


Reopening 'Yeshiva'?

05/24/2012

Inside Higher Ed - May 24, 2012 - by Scott Jaschik A divided National Labor Relations Board has requested that legal briefs be filedon whether faculty members at private colleges should be considered employees eligible for collective bargaining. Whil... Read more >


College as a Service (CaaS)

05/24/2012

Inside Higher Ed - May 24, 2012 - by Louis Soares and Amy Ostrom Henry Ford used to say that “they can have any color car they want as long as it is black.” This is industrial age, or goods-dominant, logic at work. Unfortunately, too many policy ... Read more >


Public-University Groups Form Panel on Distance-Education Regulation

05/24/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - May 23, 2012 The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the State Higher Education Executive Officers have organized a commission that will explore the regulation of postsecondary distance education.... Read more >


Romney Works to Balance Bain With General-Election Pitch

05/24/2012

Bloomberg Businessweek - May 24, 2012 - by Lisa Lerer and Julie Hirschfeld Davi Mitt Romney’s private-equity background is threatening to overshadow the policies he is pitching to voters, complicating the Republican’s efforts to present himself a... Read more >


Private Student Loans Are Becoming More Competitive

05/24/2012

Bloomberg Businessweek - May 23, 2012 - by Karen Weise Private student lenders are stepping up their game to compete directly with government loans. For several years, private lenders offered mostly variable-rate loans that students used as gap f... Read more >


Romney's Higher Ed Platform

05/24/2012

Inside Higher Ed - May 24, 2012 - by Libby A. Nelson The presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney pledged Wednesday that, if elected, he would reshape or do away with two major Obama administration higher education policy initiatives: the... Read more >


Senate revives student loan interest rate legislation

05/24/2012

The Hill - May 23, 2012 - by Daniel Strauss The Senate will vote Thursday on two competing bills that extend lower interest rates on federal student loans under a deal worked out by leaders of both parties. Neither the GOP nor Democratic bill is like... Read more >


Executive Order -- Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members

05/23/2012

The White House - Office of the Press Secretary - April 27, 2012 EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - ESTABLISHING PRINCIPLES OF EXCELLENCE FOR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS SERVING SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS, SPOUSES, AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS By the authority ve... Read more >


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 >