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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 >


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 >