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  Member College News
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What it Takes to Make the Class
posted: May 27th   source: chronicle.com  
A look at the time, money and outreach it took to bring 532 freshmen to the University of Evansville: In the popular imagination, admissions is about selection. But for many colleges, it’s really about recruitment. Most of the work involves encouraging potential students to apply - and admitted ones to enroll. The 'funnel' starts with 150,000 'leads.'
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  College Admissions News
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Why You Should Never Rely on College Rankings
posted: May 27th   source: cheatsheet.com  
New research finds little connection between a college’s ranking (in U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Washington Monthly) and how engaged students are. That’s worrisome - as high levels of student engagement in the classroom & on campus are linked to better academic outcomes. Students at higher-ranked schools actually spend less time interacting with professors than at lower-rated colleges.
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  Member College News
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Allegheny Goes Test Optional in Admissions
posted: May 27th   source: insidehighered.com  
Allegheny College has become the latest institution to drop the SAT or ACT as an admissions requirement...embracing "the concept that standardized test scores do not exclusively reflect a student’s full range of abilities or potential to succeed in college.”
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  Paying For College
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529 Plan Trumps Roth IRA In Saving For College
posted: May 27th   source: forbes.com  
Don’t let anyone tell you that you should be saving for college with a Roth IRA. Holding retirement savings in a Roth IRA won't reduce your child’s chances of receiving federal student aid. However, any IRA distributions received this year will increase the parent income reported on next year’s FAFSA. Income has a much larger impact than assets in the EFC formula.
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  Campus Finances
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Ivy League Presidents Are Starting to Get Paid Like Corporate Executives
posted: May 27th   source: bloomberg.com  
Columbia University paid President Lee Bollinger $4.6 million in 2013, a 36% percent increase. Yale University recently revealed it paid former President Richard Levin a bonus of $8.5 million when he retired in 2013 after 20 years. Presidential pay at elite universities is increasingly resembling that of corporate America, with performance bonuses and exit packages.
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  College Admissions News
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68 new colleges join The Common Application
posted: May 26th   source: examiner.com  
The Common Application announced the addition of 68 new member institutions for the 2015-16 admission year, including 15 SAGE member colleges: Capital U., Clark Atlanta, Hilbert, Houghton, Lourdes, Malone, MICA, McKendree, Mitchell, Ohio Northern, Queens U. of Charlotte, Robert Morris (PA), U. of Indianapolis, Wilberforce and Wilkes.
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  General College News
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Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic
posted: May 26th   source: gradnation.org  
A new report shows that the national high school graduation rate hit a record high of 81.4% in 2013 - and appears to be on pace to reach the target rate of 90% by 2020. Oregon is the only state in the nation with a HS graduation rate of less than 70% (with Idaho failing to report). The African-American HS graduation rate rose to 70.7%.
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  College Admissions News
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College Admissions, Frozen in Time
posted: May 26th   source: chronicle.com  
The way that selective four-year colleges look at a prospective student — primarily at high-school grades and standardized test scores — don’t predict better grades, achievement, work ethic, likelihood of staying enrolled, campus contributions, likelihood of earning a degree or success in life. Admissions evaluations are educated guesswork - just as they were 50 years ago.
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  General College News
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College doesn’t need to be free
posted: May 25th   source: washingtonpost.com  
Bernie Sanders is running for president on a promise of free in-state tuition at all public colleges & universities - paid for by a new federal tax on financial transactions (stock, bond and derivative trades). Sanders’ solution would cost the Treasury $47 billion in its first year. His plan would need to rely on aggressive administrative controls lest students flood the system and drive up costs.
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  General College News
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Vets to get in-state tuition break at ALL public colleges and universities
posted: May 25th   source: examiner.com  
Effective July 1, veterans will no longer have to worry about paying out-of-state tuition at any public college or university. Under the terms of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, all public institutions will be required to offer in-state tuition to vets using their GI Bill benefits. The average in-state tuition and fees at publics last year was $8,893 versus $22,203 out-of-state.
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  College Admissions News
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What College Applications Shouldn’t Ask
posted: May 25th   source: mobile.nytimes.com  
For several years, school districts began using "zero tolerance" disciplinary policies under which children are suspended for minor misbehavior that once was dealt thru meetings with parents or minor sanctions like detention. Now colleges want to know whether the applicant committed disciplinary violations from 9th grade on that led to probation, suspension, removal, dismissal or expulsion.
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  General College News
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This Is The Future of College
posted: May 25th   source: fastcompany.com  
One dominant fear among academics is that online education will replace the physical campus & the professor. This is unlikely. Students still see value in being exposed to new people, new ideas and creating a network of valuable connections. But perhaps introductory courses will be taught online followed by hands-on experiential learning that can’t be taught online.
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  Paying For College
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AFL-CIO, Student Debt Crisis, and 20+ Organizations Launch 'The Borrowers' Website
posted: May 23rd   source: theborrowers.org  
A group of labor unions, consumer advocacy, youth and student debt relief organizations have created a website focused on student loan debt consolidation. There's also a section on paying for college. More than 40 million Americans are buried under a $1.3 trillion mountain of student loan debt but lack affordable assistance to help repay their loans.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Lean In on 'Debt-Free College'
posted: May 21st   source: huffingtonpost.com  
Hillary Clinton, running for president, called for "making higher education as debt-free as possible." Rival Bernie Sanders proposed a bill to make public colleges "debt-free". Martin O'Malley, also expected to run in the Democratic primaries, has a similar idea. The Obama Administration is advocating for more affordable loan repayment options, but there's Congressional opposition.
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  Member College News
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Student fashion show: Moore College of Art and Design
posted: May 21st   source: philly.com  
In a marriage of art, fashion and retail, Moore College of Art and Design held its annual student fashion show at the Barnes Foundation. Collections from 52 student designers featured fun yet wearable looks that included a hot-pink trapeze coat by senior Chelsea McLay. The show's evening-wear pieces were inspired by Amedeo Modigliani's oil painting in The Barnes collection.
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  Campus Finances
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Platinum Pay in Ivory Towers
posted: May 21st   source: nytimes.com  
Yale University paid its former president, Richard Levin, an “additional retirement benefit” of $8.5 million in 2013. Few college presidents ever give adequate thought to the symbolism and dissonance of extraordinarily generous salaries - in sync in this era of lavish executive pay and glaring income inequality but out of line with the mission of academia.
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  Student Loan News
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Education Dept. Readies Debt-Forgiveness Plan for Ex-Corinthian Students
posted: May 21st   source: chronicle.com  
The U.S. Dept. of Education will soon unveil its plan to provide loan forgiveness to borrowers who attended the defunct Corinthian Colleges - which recruited students using fraudulent job placement claims. 50 consumer groups & unions have asked for automatic cancellation of debt rather than requiring each student to prove he or she was a victim of fraud.
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  SAGE Scholars News
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Wisconsin Private College Week - July 13-18, 2015
posted: May 21st   source: wisconsinsprivatecolleges.org  
With 24 colleges to choose from (16 of which are member colleges in Tuition Rewards), the opportunities are plentiful. Tour a campus, talk to admission and financial aid representatives, meet professors, see a dorm, eat the food, and meet students. With special events all week, Private College Week (July 13 - 18, 2015) is the best time to plan your visit.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Years of Cuts Threaten to Put College Out of Reach for More Students
posted: May 21st   source: cbpp.org  
47 states - all except Alaska, North Dakota & Wyoming - spent less per student at public colleges in 2014-15 than at the start of the recession. The cuts average 20%. Per-student funding in Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Pennsylvania & South Carolina is down by more than 35%. The resulting steep tuition increases threaten to put college out of reach & diminish quality.
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  College Admissions News
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U. of San Francisco Gives Gaokao-based Admissions a Try in China
posted: May 21st   source: insidehighered.com  
A new international admissions trend? Chinese applicants to the University of San Francisco need not submit a transcript or an SAT score. Rather, the private Jesuit institution plans to admit students based on their scores on the grueling, multi-day Chinese university entrance exam, the gaokao, and an in-person interview in Beijing. 846 undergrads from China currently attend USF.
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