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No More Mr. Nice Guy

11/27/2012

Inside Higher Ed - November 27, 2012 Ozarks Technical Community College is naming names in a marketing campaign that touts how its tuition stacks up against for-profits. A TV commercial the college unveiled last week compares the $3,300 annual cost... Read more >


McGraw-Hill to Sell Education Arm for $2.5-Billion

11/27/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - November 26, 2012 The company has agreed to sell its education unit to the private-equity firm Apollo Global Management. The two parties reached the deal after McGraw-Hill entertained offers including a bid from th... Read more >


Solano College to recruit higher-paying international students

11/21/2012

The Bay Citizen - November 21, 2012 Solano College will pay a consultant more than $100,000 over two years to recruit international students from Asia – at a time when the community colleges have undergone severe budget cuts and many in-state stud... Read more >


Why college grads are heading back...to community college

11/21/2012

CNN Money - November 20, 2012 In the aftermath of the Great Recession, thousands of students have learned the bitter lesson that the college degrees they paid for do not guarantee a steady job. In response, many have opted for grad school to give the... Read more >


New Statement on Accreditation and Academic Freedom

11/21/2012

Inside Higher Ed - November 21, 2012 The Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the American Association of University Professors on Tuesday released a joint statement affirming the importance of academic freedom in higher education, and th... Read more >


Census: Over 250,000 young California college grads working menial jobs

11/21/2012

The Sacramento Bee - November 19, 2012 The number of young college grads working as waiters in California almost doubled between 2006 and 2011. So did the number of retail sales clerks. About 260,000 California college grads under 30 worked on the fr... Read more >


OPINION California Politics: Turkey of the Year Awards

11/21/2012

NBC4 - November 20, 2012 It’s that time of year again, when families gather around the groaning board to give thanks for…whatever. And we bestow our annual “Turkeys of the Year” awards on some deserving political animals. Here we go. • Mitt... Read more >


Education Department Adopts Crucial Reform for Disabled Borrowers

11/19/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - November 15, 2012 The Education Department has enacted a crucial reform on behalf of borrowers who become disabled, issuing new rules this month that will make it easier for those borrowers to get their federal stu... Read more >


What's Next for the Pell Grant?

11/19/2012

Inside Higher Ed - November 16, 2012 It’s been a nail-biting few years for Pell Grant advocates, as Congressional budget crisis after Congressional budget crisis raised the specter of deep cuts to the major federal financial aid program for low-inc... Read more >


Elite Online Courses for Cash and Credit

11/19/2012

Inside Higher Ed - November 16, 2012 A consortium of 10 top-tier universities will soon offer fully online, credit-bearing undergraduate courses through a partnership with 2U, a company that facilitates online learning. Any students enrolled at an ... Read more >


Quest for Good Graduation Data Will Be Key to Next Higher Education Act

11/19/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - November 15, 2012 As the limits of federal data on college completion have become more apparent, policy makers are seeking better means to gauge students' success, especially as Congress prepares in 2013 for the ne... Read more >


Democrats win supermajority in California Assembly

11/19/2012

Silicon Valley Mercury News - November 14, 2012 Democrats have gained a supermajority in both houses of the California Legislature for the first time since the 19th century, after the Assembly reached the critical two-thirds threshold Wednesday. That... Read more >


Full Time Work Disappearing in California

11/19/2012

Fox & Hounds - November 15, 2012 Earlier this month when the national unemployment numbers were announced, most of the California media put forward an upbeat narrative of continued job recovery, noting the national unemployment rate number (7.9%,... Read more >


Saving Financial Aid for ‘Swirling’ Students

11/19/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - November 14, 2012 Recently Congress took action to contain the rising costs of the Pell Grant program by cutting the number of semesters students can receive the grant from 18 to 12. Thus students are given the equ... Read more >


American Career College Will Present GED Certificates To 50 ACC GED Preparation Program Graduates

11/19/2012

The Wall Street Journal - November 14, 2012 American Career College is set to graduate 50 students from its no-cost GED (General Education Development) preparation program this Friday, November 16th, at ACC's Los Angeles campus at 4021 Rosewood Ave. ... Read more >


Why High School Students Drop Out and Efforts to Re-Engage

11/19/2012

Education Week - November 14, 2012 Parenthood—either being a parent or missing out on parental support—is the leading reason cited by dropouts for leaving school, according to a new survey. The 2012 High School Dropouts in America survey was r... Read more >


NewSchool of Architecture Planning New International Programs

11/19/2012

San Diego Business Journal - November 14, 2012 NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego has announced new global design education offerings, being developed in collaboration with Domus Academy in Italy and Media Design School in New Zealand... Read more >


Romney Attributes Loss in Part to Obama 'Gifts' to Students

11/19/2012

Inside Higher Ed - November 15, 2012 In a conference call with his major donors on Wednesday, Governor Mitt Romney attributed his presidential campaign loss in part to President Obama's "gifts" to various voting groups, including students, Th... Read more >


New Graduates Will Face Sluggish Job Market Amid Uncertainty, Survey Finds

11/19/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - November 15, 2012 The job market for new graduates at all degree levels is projected to grow by about 3 percent in 2012-13, a small increase and not unlike last year's figure. But while the numbers look similar, em... Read more >


Economy Affects Students' Academic Performance as Well as Spending Decisions

11/19/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - November 15, 2012 Like many Americans caught up in the economic downturn, college students are worried about money. Now research indicates that financial worries may affect their academic performance. This year's N... Read more >


Getting More Complete

11/19/2012

Inside Higher Ed - November 15, 2012 New and improved data show that America is doing better on college completion than had previously been revealed, according to a major report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. But plenty of... Read more >


Cal State and UC fee hikes off the table, for now

11/15/2012

Contra Costa Times - November 13, 2012 Students weren't the only ones pushing back against a Cal State University plan to create space for more students by levying fees on those who take too long to graduate. Gov. Jerry Brown -- whose Proposition 30 ... Read more >


Student Loan Hurdles for Members of Military

11/15/2012

The New York Times - November 13, 2012 You would think that military members who are actively serving their country shouldn’t have to spend time arguing with their student loan servicing company, right? Apparently, that’s not the case. A recent r... Read more >


American Council on Education May Recommend Some Course Offerings for College Credit

11/13/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - November 13, 2012 The American Council on Education has agreed to review a handful of free online courses offered by elite universities and may recommend that other colleges grant credit for them. The move could le... Read more >


Skills Gap: No Big Deal, If ...

11/13/2012

Bloomberg Businessweek - November 12, 2012 The much talked-about “skills gap” in the U.S. is more limited than many people think and shouldn’t prevent, or even stall, the U.S. manufacturing renaissance, at least for a while. More severe shortag... Read more >


For-profit Career Education Corp. to close 23 campuses

11/13/2012

The Sacramento Bee - November 13, 2012 For-profit college giant Career Education Corp. announced that it will close 23 of its 90 campuses and eliminate 900 jobs after the company reported a net loss this quarter of $33 million and a 23 percent drop i... Read more >


Have Degree, Will Work

11/13/2012

Inside Higher Ed - November 13, 2012 A new student-directed documentary explores the difficulties international students face in attempting to work in the United States after they graduate. Students interviewed for the film describe frustrations in f... Read more >


Veterans Deserve Support, Not Politics

11/13/2012

Forbes - November 12, 2012 When members of our military return home today they benefit from a positive reception, one very different than after Vietnam. As a veteran of that war I am very pleased to see this change. We all need to respect the sacrifi... Read more >


Young voters turned the tide for Brown's Prop 30

11/13/2012

Silicon Valley Mercury News - November 11, 2012 Gov. Jerry Brown secured a convincing win for his tax initiative on last week's ballot, thanks partly to voters who might not seem like a natural constituency for the 74-year-old, lifelong politician --... Read more >


China Continues to Drive Foreign-Student Growth in the United States

11/13/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - November 12, 2012 The story, once again, is China. Thousands of mainland Chinese students in pursuit of an American education helped drive up international enrollments at colleges across the United States last fall... Read more >


New Momentum for Old Idea

11/13/2012

Inside Higher Ed - November 12, 2012 The granting of college credit for learning that occurs outside of the academic setting has become an increasingly visible part of the national college completion push, with broad efforts under way in several st... Read more >


Hours after Obama wins re-election, Dow takes biggest dive of year

11/13/2012

Fox31 Denver - November 8, 2012 A sell-off on Wall Street gained momentum Wednesday, with the Dow closing below 13,000 for the first time in three months, as investors focused on how President Obama plans to avoid the fiscal cliff after he won re-ele... Read more >


Layoffs and Campus Closures for Career Education Corp.

11/13/2012

Inside Higher Ed - November 9, 2012 Career Education Corp. on Thursday announced that it would close 23 of 90 campuses and lay off 900 employees to cope with declining revenue and enrollment. The for-profit chain has been hit hard by what a company... Read more >


Super majorities give California Democrats power to tax.

11/08/2012

Mercury News.com – November 8, 2012 SACRAMENTO -- The passage of Proposition 30 was not only a deeply personal triumph for Gov. Jerry Brown, who spent the last several weeks campaigning furiously for his tax-hike initiative. It was also a symbolic ... Read more >


Cal State mulls 3 fee hikes to push graduation.

11/08/2012

Fresnobee.com – November 8, 2012 LOS ANGELES -- California State University is considering three new fee hikes designed to push students to earn their degrees faster and free up an estimated 18,000 enrollment slots, officials said Thursday. "We hav... Read more >


California just became a one-party state.

11/08/2012

Reuters – November 8, 2012 Governor Jerry Brown and his Democratic allies on Tuesday won a mandate that might be the envy of President Barack Obama, turning the nation's bluest state into one in which Democrats will likely have all but complete pol... Read more >


Golden Day for the Golden State?

11/08/2012

Inside Higher Ed – November 8, 2012 California state leaders gave their voters a simple but politically perilous proposition: If you want to continue to have a public higher education structure that many consider the best in the world, then you hav... Read more >


Research Student Aid Before You Reform

11/08/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education – November 5, 2012 After four years of significant growth, the Pell Grant program faces in 2014 what has been called a "funding cliff." The looming shortfall has set off a heated debate about how to put the program... Read more >


With Proposition 30 Approved, California's Public Colleges Now Look to Rebuild

11/08/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education – November 7, 2012 The administrators of California's state higher-education system awoke Wednesday morning to unexpectedly good news: Against predictions, the ballot measure known as Proposition 30 had been approv... Read more >


How bad is it?

11/08/2012

Inside Higher Ed – November 8, 2012 Just how bad has the student loan burden become? Rhetoric of crisis dominates the current popular discourse, while a few voices call for calm, noting that the average amount of student indebtedness is roughly equ... Read more >


Five Issues Facing Arne Duncan in a Second Term

11/08/2012

Education Week – November 7, 2012 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has maintained that he would stick around for a second term if President Barack Obama is re-elected and asks him to stay on. Now, Duncan has that chance. During the next four... Read more >


Who's In Charge?

11/08/2012

Inside Higher Ed – November 8, 2012 WASHINGTON -- President Obama’s victory Tuesday night made a few things clear about the future of federal higher education policy, including that the Education Department will continue to play an active role in... Read more >


Education Dept. Releases Rules for Disability Discharge, Repayment

11/02/2012

Inside Higher Ed - November 2, 2012 The Education Department on Thursday released final rules to make income-contingent repayment more generous and to make it easier for permanent disabled borrowers to discharge their loans. The rules, the result o... Read more >


Four Ways Colleges Can Cut Costs for Students

11/01/2012

FOX Business - October 31, 2012 Future college students looking at a difficult job market and staggering student loan debt levels may be rethinking the value of a degree, especially as colleges continue to increase overall costs. According to the Co... Read more >


States Search for a Better Way to Regulate Online Universities

11/01/2012

Center for Digital Education - October 29, 2012 Many U.S. states regulate who provides online education to their residents to ensure consumers aren't getting stiffed — and now a group of states is brainstorming how to make the process of regulatin... Read more >


George Lucas Will Use Disney $4 Billion to Fund Education

11/01/2012

The Hollywood Reporter - October 31, 2012 By the end of the year, the $4.05 billion sale of Lucasfilm to Disney should be finalized. And sinceGeorge Lucas owns 100 percent of his company -- which has little to no debt -- all that money goes to him. ... Read more >


May We Interest You in Our College-Counseling Package?

11/01/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - October 31, 2012 If you’re a college counselor, then maybe—just maybe—you’ve had a recurring nightmare in which you’ve been replaced by a computer, or a robot, or perhaps some kind of artificial intellige... Read more >


Bridging the skills gap: Higher ed and businesses aim for collaboration

10/31/2012

USA Today - October 30, 2012 The unemployment rate is the No. 1 talking point this election cycle and understandably so. The September unemployment rate was 7.8%, dropping below 8% in a year that has seen rates hover around 8.1% to 8.3%, according to... Read more >


Jobs, financial aid top student voters' concerns

10/31/2012

The News Star - October 30, 2012 Improving the job market and protectingfinancial aid are two of the biggest issues in the upcoming presidential election for many area college students. With graduation on the horizon, some students are wondering if ... Read more >


The Myth of the Permanent Working Class

10/31/2012

U.S. News & World Report - October 30, 2012 The working class was disproportionately hit by job losses during the Great Recession. But is that a bad thing? According to experts, the United States should not work to return to an economy that deman... Read more >


'Holistic' Controversy

10/31/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 31, 2012 The University of California at Los Angeles uses a "holistic" approach to undergraduate admissions. Each applicant is reviewed not only for test scores and grades, but for low socioeconomic status, a disadvantaged ... Read more >


Some College, No Degree, No Pell

10/31/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 31, 2012 In the continuing push to increase the proportion of Americans with college degrees, one group has been singled out as key to reach: those who have attended college and have some credits, but never earned a degree.... Read more >


Emerging Markets for International Student Recruitment

10/30/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 30, 2012 A new report from World Education Services identifies four key emerging markets for international students: Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Vietnam and Turkey (listed in order of importance). A main message of the report i... Read more >


Grand Canyon University butts heads with city where new campus would be

10/30/2012

Phoenix Business Journal - October 29, 2012 I promised you an update on why Grand Canyon University turned down a free 217-acre campus in Massachusetts, but GCU President Brian Mueller is on an airplane and couldn’t be reached for comment. How... Read more >


Exporting Online

10/30/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 30, 2012 California’s Coastline Community College is set to create low-cost, online bachelor’s degree pathways where students can enroll simultaneously at one of three public universities, none of which are in Californi... Read more >


Making the Case for Need-Based Aid

10/26/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - October 25, 2012 All students are subsidized, even the ones who pay sticker price. That’s a point some colleges have tried to explain to their students in recent years. And it’s one that Richard A. Hesel brou... Read more >


In Admissions, Many Shades of ‘Uncertainty’

10/26/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - October 25, 2012  The application boom that colleges have seen over the last decade can’t possibly continue, right? Wrong. On Thursday morning here at the College Board Forum, Seth Allen, vice president and dean... Read more >


Phoenix Reloads

10/26/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 26, 2012 It’s been a tough year for the University of Phoenix. But don’t count out the big dog of for-profits just yet. Increasing competition from lower-priced nonprofit upstarts, regulatory battles and bad press have ... Read more >


The Importance of State Trade Associations

10/26/2012

Stateside Associates - October 25, 2012 I was surprised recently when, during a meeting with a state consumer protection chief, he remarked that his department receives fewer complaints about companies represented by strong state trade associations. ... Read more >


Viewpoint: For-Profit Education is Not Dead Yet

10/26/2012

TIME - October 25, 2012 Last week the for-profit behemoth University of Phoenix said it would close 115 locations. The move comes on the heels of a late September decision by Kaplan Higher Education to stop new enrollment at nine of its sites and... Read more >


The Long and Controversial History of For-Profit Colleges

10/26/2012

Bloomberg - October 25, 2012 Advertisements touting for-profit universities are everywhere. Schools such as Apollo Group Inc. (APOL)’s University of Phoenix peddle instruction in person and online, promising that students can earn their degrees on... Read more >


Gov. Jerry Brown's tax-hike measure faltering

10/25/2012

Silicon Valley Mercury News - October 25, 2012 Amid a relentless barrage of attack ads, support for Gov. Jerry Brown's tax-hike initiative has dipped below 50 percent for the first time in a statewide poll, putting the measure in a precarious positio... Read more >


What's At Stake

10/25/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 25, 2012 For a few days in early June, as President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred over student debt and interest rates, it seemed that higher education might play a major role in the 2012 presidential race. Since... Read more >


Bitten by the Online Bug

10/25/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - October 24, 2012 The label "online lecturer" used to bother me. You didn't see teachers in a traditional classroom calling themselves "in-the-flesh lecturers" or "face-to-face lecturers." I feared that if I became ... Read more >


Income Data and the Degree

10/25/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 25, 2012 From health care to major league baseball, entire industries are being shaped by the evolving use of data to drive results. One sector that remains largely untouched by the effective use of data is higher education... Read more >


For-Profit Colleges Get Schooled

10/25/2012

The Wall Street Journal - October 24, 2012 As consumers wise up about education spending, for-profit colleges are getting schooled. Institutions such as Apollo Group Inc.'s University of Phoenix, DeVry Inc. andWashington Post Co.'s Kaplan—w... Read more >


Q&A: What will candidates do on college costs?

10/25/2012

Associated Press - October 24, 2012 President Barack Obama has rallied college students at dozens of campuses, touted his record on student aid and needled Republican challenger Mitt Romney for advising students to "borrow money if you have to from y... Read more >


Moving Further to the Left

10/24/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 24, 2012 Academics, on average, lean to the left. A survey being released today suggests that they are moving even more in that direction. Among full-time faculty members at four-year colleges and universities, the percenta... Read more >


Teaching, Stress, Adjuncts

10/24/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 24, 2012 Full-time faculty members at four-year colleges are spending less time on teaching than they used to, according to a national study being released today by the Higher Education Research Institute at the Universit... Read more >


An Enrollment Experiment, Grounded in ‘Grit’

10/24/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - October 23, 2012 In the fast-changing realm of higher education, “grit” is becoming a red-hot word. Maybe you call it resilience, determination, or perseverance. Srikant Vasan defines it as “being able to g... Read more >


One year out of college, women already paid less than men, report finds

10/24/2012

The Washington Post - October 23, 2012 Nearly every occupation has long paid men more than women, despite laws aimed at narrowing and dissolving the differences. Often the gap is attributed to men picking careers with higher salaries, women slowing t... Read more >


Sticker Prices Go Up at Public 4-Year Colleges, but at a Slower Pace

10/24/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - October 24, 2012 This year's report from the College Board on college pricing opens with what passes for good news: The annual increase in average published tuition and fees for in-state students at four-year publi... Read more >


Who Gets the 'A' in Student Aid? Obama vs. Romney

10/24/2012

FOX News - October 23, 2012 Higher education has taken a back seat to other issues in this election, but the outcome of the presidential vote will have a major impact on students and families paying for college. Here is how each candidate feels about... Read more >


Employers seek skilled trade workers

10/23/2012

USA Today - October 20, 2012 As a young child, Grady Knight had an aptitude for taking things apart. He may not have necessarily put them back together, but what he did construct was an understanding that he was a hands-on person and learner. So it ... Read more >


Student-Success Courses Hold Promise but Need Improvement, Study Finds

10/23/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - October 22, 2012 In an effort to improve retention and graduation rates, many institutions offer "College 101" courses alongside traditional academic ones: The goal is to teach students skills for success in the ca... Read more >


Five Reasons College Enrollments Might Be Dropping

10/23/2012

Bloomberg - October 22, 2012 Parents who are desperately trying to get their children into a top school may not believe this: U.S. higher education enrollments this fall might be lower -- perhaps significantly so at some institutions -- than they wer... Read more >


An Underused Lifeline

10/23/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 23, 2012 When her first student loan payments came due last year, Suzanne Sublette might have seemed an ideal candidate for a federal program to base her monthly bill on her income. On her way to a master's degree and a P... Read more >


Private colleges boom as Calif universities falter

10/23/2012

San Francisco Chronicle - October 23, 2012 California's public higher education crisis has a flip side: swelling enrollment, expanding faculty, and state-of-the-art construction at the state's private colleges and universities. With five years of fu... Read more >


The grit factor: hard to measure, hard to succeed without

10/23/2012

EdSource - October 11, 2012 Much of the debate over how to reform public schools has fixated on improving student achievement by focusing almost exclusively on strengthening academics and students’ cognitive skills. Paying disproportionate attent... Read more >


Enrollment Slide and Cost Cutting May Signal Strategy Shift at U. of Phoenix

10/22/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - October 17, 2012 On the surface, it might seem that the latest round of cost cutting and enrollment declines signals more bad news for the University of Phoenix and for proprietary colleges in general. But some obs... Read more >


Pearson Doubles Down Online

10/17/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 17, 2012 Pearson, which two years began tiptoeing into the market of helping colleges and universities take their academic programs online, jumped in with both feet Tuesday by purchasing EmbanetCompass, the biggest player... Read more >


University of Phoenix Closing 115 Locations

10/17/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 17, 2012 The Apollo Group on Tuesday announced that it was closing 90 of the University of Phoenix's satellite learning centers and 25 of its campuses, leaving 112 remaining locations. The closures are part of a "re-engin... Read more >


6 California Colleges Found to Have Violated Federal Campus-Crime Law

10/17/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - October 16, 2012 Six California colleges are out of compliance with the main federal law on campus-crime reporting, according to a report published on Tuesday by the state auditor. Under the law, the Clery Act, c... Read more >


Bridgepoint faces Justice Department probe

10/17/2012

U-T San Diego - October 16, 2012 Bridgepoint Education said Monday that it faces a U.S. Justice Department probe over the company’s pay practices for enrollment staff who recruit new students. A spokeswoman for the San Diego based company declined ... Read more >


What’s Driving Debt

10/17/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 17, 2012 In the murder mystery of what’s driving up the student debt burden, most people finger rising tuition prices as the main culprit. A survey earlier this year by Sallie Mae found that student and their parents, w... Read more >


Why College May Be Totally Free Within 10 Years

10/15/2012

TIME - October 12, 2012 As few as 10 years from now, quality higher education will be largely free—unless, of course, nothing much has changed. It all depends on whom you believe. But one thing is clear: The debate about financing education grows l... Read more >


The New University Core Curriculum: Job Training

10/15/2012

The Fiscal Times - October 15, 2012 Why do students go to college? A new poll has a one-word answer: money. That’s one of the findings in a broad Gallup survey of college admissions officers done for Inside Higher Ed. The admissions officers seem... Read more >


Private College Tuition Up by 3.9%, Smallest Rise in 40 Years

10/07/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 5, 2012 Private colleges increased their tuition by an average of 3.9 percent in 2012-13, the smallest rise in four decades, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities announced Thursday. The associ... Read more >


UC-Riverside Chief Is Named Chancellor of California State U. System

10/07/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - October 4, 2012 The University of California at Riverside's chancellor, Timothy P. White, will be the next chancellor of the California State University system, the Cal State Board of Trustees announced on Thursday... Read more >


Romney: I Won't Cut Pell

10/07/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 4, 2012 In the first presidential debate, held at the University of Denver on Wednesday night, Republican nominee Mitt Romney said he wouldn't cut federal spending on education, and that he expects spending on the Pell Gran... Read more >


Reports of Another Education Department Data Breach

10/07/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 4, 2012 A new feature for student borrowers on the Education Department's National Student Loan Data System might have revealed personal data about borrowers, mimicking another data breach a year ago. The system, a clearing... Read more >


Many Colleges’ Net-Price Calculators Are Still Hard to Use, Report Says

10/07/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - October 3, 2012 Nearly all colleges that receive federal student aid have been required to publish net-price calculators on their Web sites since last October, but a year after that rule took effect, many of thos... Read more >


Maybe All That Student Debt Is a Good Thing

10/02/2012

U.S. News & World Report - October 1, 2012 There's a new "crisis" brewing. Students are in debt up to their eyeballs. If they default en masse, the republic will quake. (Again.) Or something like that. It's no secret that the recent recession and... Read more >


Bring Us Your Innovative Ed-Tech Ideas, Education Dept. Says at Meeting

10/02/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - October 1, 2012 Arguing that free online courses could be “a piece of the solution” to challenges facing higher education, Education Department officials held a conference on innovative technology on Monday tha... Read more >


Post restructuring Kaplan division

10/02/2012

The Washington Post - September 28, 2012 The Washington Post Co.’s Kaplan higher-education division will close nine campuses and consolidate four others into existing nearby locations, the company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filin... Read more >


Default Rates Continue Climb, Mostly

10/02/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 1, 2012 Just over 9 percent of students default on their federal student loans in the first two years after they begin paying them back, and 13.4 percent default in the first three years, according to data released Friday b... Read more >


Don't buy myth of student loan 'crisis'

10/02/2012

Columbia Daily Tribune - September 30, 2012 Some myths are harmless. The myth of President Barack Obama's Kenyan birthplace is annoying but harmless. Some myths are not harmless. The student debt "crisis," sometimes known as the "bubble" or "bomb," i... Read more >


New figures show student loan defaults still high but moderating after sharp growth

10/02/2012

The Washington Post - September 28, 2012 After a sharp jump during the worst of the recession, new figures show the number of students defaulting on federal loans seems to be stabilizing. Students at for-profit colleges continue to have the highest d... Read more >


The Struggle for Education Reform Goes to the Movies

10/02/2012

Fox & Hounds - September 28, 2012 Opening in movie theaters today is “Won’t Back Down,” the story of a parent and teacher teaming up to improve the bad conditions at their local school. Pushback has come from the teacher’s unions, who fee... Read more >


Pew: Half of Americans get news digitally, topping newspapers, radio

10/02/2012

Poynter - September 27, 2012 More Americans get news online than from radios or newspapers, Pew’s biennial study of news consumption habits says. Twenty-three percent of people living in the United States said they’d read a print newspaper the da... Read more >