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  General College News
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Misericordia University recognizes philanthropy of Henry family, Brenda Blythe Trust
posted: Nov 25th   source: misericordia.edu  
The Misericordia University Board of Trustees recently presented the Trustee Associates Award to Frank M. Henry and his late wife, Dorothea, and the Founders Medal to the Brenda Blythe Trust in recognition of their outstanding commitment and support of the University at the 2014 Trustee Associates Gala.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Moody's: Tuition Revenue Growing Slower Than Inflation
posted: Nov 24th   source: insidehighered.com  
Expected enrollment declines and the inability to increase net tuition revenue are putting pressure on colleges’ bottom lines. 37% of publics and 45% of privates expect enrollment declines in the current fiscal year. Net tuition revenue is unlikely to exceed inflation at half of public universities and 40% of private colleges responding to a Moody's survey.
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  College Admissions News
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Are Selective Colleges with Big-Time Sports More at Risk for Compromising Academics
posted: Nov 23rd   source: insidehighered.com  
Speaking to the University of Michigan faculty senate, University President Mark Schlissel was candid in his assessment of the admissions process for athletes. "We admit students who aren't as qualified...Probably, the kids that we admit can't honestly, even with lots of help, do the amount and the quality of work..."
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Departing Senator Harkin Releases His Final Higher Ed Bill
posted: Nov 23rd   source: insidehighered.com  
With just weeks left before he retires, Sen. Tom Harkin has finalized his proposal to rewrite the Higher Education Act. Harkin said his legislation is aimed at reining in tuition, easing loan repayment for borrowers and holding institutions more accountable. The bill would create a “Pell Bonus” pilot program to award extra funds to colleges that enroll & graduate low-income students.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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How Obama’s Action on Immigration Will Affect Higher Education
posted: Nov 23rd   source: chronicle.com  
President Obama’s decision to extend limited legal status to up to five million of the nation’s 11.4 million illegal immigrants will open the doors to college to more people. Affected students will be eligible to apply for cheaper, in-state tuition; state scholarships will be more widely available, as will work-study jobs & more internships.
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  Member College News
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From discarded to delicious: Drexel students use unsalable foods to create recipes for soup kitchens
posted: Nov 23rd   source: philly.com  
Since last spring, Drexel University Food Lab students have been creating recipes that incorporate foods commonly donated to soup kitchens, where, despite best intentions, they may get thrown out anyway because they are unappetizing. Instead of throwing out brown bananas, how about making a smoothie?
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  College Admissions News
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Toning Down the Tweets Just in Case Colleges Pry
posted: Nov 23rd   source: nytimes.com  
Morehouse College admissions officials, who occasionally dip into applicants’ public social media profiles, are finding fewer provocative posts, less provocative language and less references to gangster rap & drugs. 'Students know college admissions departments are looking. They are cleaning up their online profiles before they ever apply.'
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Comparing College Costs the Easy Way
posted: Nov 23rd   source: nytimes.com  
'College Abacus' has a web tool that allows HS seniors applying for college to enter financial and other personal data. Then it spits out three estimates of the price they might actually pay once the 3 colleges offer them scholarships & financial aid - by harnessing calculators on individual colleges’ websites. It turns out that many colleges don’t like the idea very much.
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  General College News
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Surprise: Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return On Investment
posted: Nov 21st   source: forbes.com  
Humanities degrees have received a bad rap recently, even from President Obama. But, over a lifetime, philosophy majors earn $658,900 more than HS grads. Bachelor’s degrees in art, drama, English, French, history and political science all produce expected lifetime earning increments far in excess of the cost of college tuition, even at expensive private colleges.
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  General College News
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Federal immigration actions pose questions for colleges about undocumented students
posted: Nov 21st   source: washingtonpost.com  
New federal measures to halt deportation of many illegal immigrants will spotlight a question of growing urgency for colleges: How should they handle applications from undocumented students for admissions and financial aid? Are undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition at state schools? They're not eligible for federal Pell Grants.
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  College Admissions News
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How to Stop Asia's SAT Cheats
posted: Nov 21st   source: bloombergview.com  
On Dec. 6, nervous teenagers around the world will sit down to take the SAT. Most will succeed or fail honestly. Others, particularly in China & South Korea, may well have bought the answers beforehand. Copies of the test are being sold for $3,000. ETS should consider converting the SAT to a 'computer-adaptive test' rather than as a pencil-and-paper exam.
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  Member College News
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Living an Upright Life, as a Nun and a Coach
posted: Nov 21st   source: nytimes.com  
The celebration after the College of St. Scholastica (MN) won its 4th consecutive conference football championship resembled an extended family gathering. Sister Lisa Maurer, a Benedictine nun, coaches kickers & punters for the 10-0 Saints. She is one of 87 sisters from the Benedictine Order living in the monastery at St. Scholastica, a Division III college on a bluff overlooking Lake Superior.
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  College Admissions News
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20 colleges with outrageously low admit rates
posted: Nov 21st   source: examiner.com  
In the backwards world of college admissions, some schools proudly point to how few students they accept as a badge of honor. More rejections mean increased selectivity. With selectivity comes prestige & higher rankings in 'America's Best Colleges' from U.S. News & World Report. Stanford (5.7% admitted) is the most selective U.S. college & Harvard (5.8%) next.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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University of California Is Set to Raise Tuition
posted: Nov 21st   source: nytimes.com  
Over the protests of hundreds of angry students, a panel of the University of California Board of Regents gave preliminary approval to raise tuition 27.6% over 5 years. Janet Napolitano, president of the university system, insisted that only more money from the state can head off the tuition increase, which would boost out-of-state tuition & fees to $45,000 per year.
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  Member College News
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Professor of Physics Elizabeth George Named 2014 Ohio Professor Of The Year
posted: Nov 21st   source: wittenberg.edu  
A campus leader in classroom innovation and inquiry-based learning, Elizabeth George, professor of physics and department chair, can now add a national recognition to her impressive resume: the 2014 Ohio Professor of the Year.
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  Student Loan News
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When Student-Loan Payments Come Due: Steps to Minimize the Financial Pain
posted: Nov 20th   source: online.wsj.com  
Steps to minimize the financial pain when your student loans come due (after the initial grace period for recent college grads): 1. Get organized. 2. Research repayment options. Is income-based repayment possible? 3. Pay off the loan(s) with the highest interest rate first. 4. Consider consolidation if you have several loans. 5. Pay extra when possible.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Who is Eligible to Receive College Financial Aid?
posted: Nov 20th   source: collegesavings.about.com  
It may surprise you to find out that not everyone is eligible for college financial aid. Do youo have 'need'? Are you a citizen? Do you have a Social Security #? Males, are you registered with the Selective Service? Are you enrolling in an eligible degree program? Do you have a HS diploma or a GED? Any illegal drug convictions?
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  College Admissions News
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Get Letters of Recommendation Admissions Officers will Love
posted: Nov 20th   source: collegesavings.about.com  
Recommendation letters from trusted adults can say a lot about your personality - your ability to interact with others, dedication, enthusiasm when working on a project, or willingness to ask questions. Admissions officers rely on these letters to help them judge whether you will be a good fit with their student body. Here are 4 tips.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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The 5 Financial Aid Myths Students Believe
posted: Nov 20th   source: schools.igrad.com  
Here are 5 myths that students believe about financial aid: 1. My parents are too well off for me to fill out the FAFSA. 2. Private colleges are always more expensive (NO!). 3. 529 plan savings will hurt my chances of getting aid (NO!). 4. Anything listed on my financial aid award is free money (not loans!) 5. Parents aren't responsible for a child’s private student loans (Not necessarily).
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  College Admissions News
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Harvard and UNC Sued Over Race-Based Admissions Policies
posted: Nov 17th   source: huffingtonpost.com  
Lawsuits filed against Harvard and the University of North Carolina argue that affirmative action admissions policies should be banned at U.S. colleges as they are harming white and Asian-American high-achieving students. The group filing suit says many more lawsuits will follow against a range of colleges, both public & private.
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