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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: 28 minutes ago   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: 58 minutes ago   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: 1 hours ago   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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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Tuition Revenue Growth at U.S. Universities Slowest in a Decade
posted: Nov 17th   source: bloomberg.com  
Revenue that U.S. colleges & universities collect from tuition is growing at the slowest rate in a decade, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Public universities expect a 1.9% increase in net tuition revenue this academic year while private non-profit schools are forecasting average growth of 2.7%. Discounts are growing, especially in the Northeast & Midwest.
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  General College News
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Dropping Out Again: Why So Many College Students Never Graduate
posted: Nov 17th   source: nbcnews.com  
According to a new study of 4.5 million college students, only about a third of students who left school & later re-enrolled earned their bachelors degrees. Most universities are entirely organized around the residential student rather than 'nontraditional' students. Attending part-time decreases the likelihood of ever earning a degree.
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  College Admissions News
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Colleges that invite graded papers in lieu of essays or test scores
posted: Nov 17th   source: examiner.com  
A handful of colleges invite or require the submission of a “graded” paper in lieu of an essay or as part of additional requirements for test-optional/test-flexible admissions. The list includes SAGE members Albright, Baldwin-Wallace, Butler, Catawba, Cedar Crest, Chatham, Green Mountain, Hood, Saint Leo, Susquehanna & Valparaiso.
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  College Admissions News
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Applications by the Dozen, as Anxious Seniors Hedge College Bets
posted: Nov 16th   source: nytimes.com  
in 1990 just 9% of seniors applied to seven or more colleges. By 2011, 29% did. According to Naviance, 16.5% of seniors intend to apply to 11 to 20 colleges. Most college counselors agree: Filing so many applications is a terrible idea. It's hard for admissions officers to manage their yield — the percentage of accepted students who actually enroll. Many colleges are emphasizing “demonstrated interest.”
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Financial Pressures Ease on Students, Studies Say
posted: Nov 15th   source: nytimes.com  
The real costs of college & student borrowing have leveled off, according to 3 new studies. At private non-profit colleges, despite fast-rising sticker prices, average net prices, adjusted for inflation, have held relatively steady for a dozen years. Average net prices (after accounting for grants from colleges & government) actually dropped at 4-year public colleges in 2013-14.
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