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  College Admissions News
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A Spring College Admissions Offer May Be Worth Accepting
posted: Sep 23rd   source: usnews.com  
It's too early to say if it's a trend. But, some colleges are abandoning waiting lists for fall admissions. Instead, it's an acceptance IF the student agrees to start college in the spring semester. For the college, it's always a win. The school can collect additional tuitions and fill the empty dorm rooms of students who study abroad second semester, transfer or drop out.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Education Dept. Revokes Recognition of Embattled Accreditor of For-Profit Colleges
posted: Sep 23rd   source: chronicle.com  
The U.S. Education Department has decided to revoke the federal recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, the much-maligned accreditor of many for-profit colleges. The accreditor has been accused of lax oversight of for-profit colleges, including the now-defunct ITT Educational Services Inc. and Corinthian Colleges.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Trump Targets Colleges With Large Endowments
posted: Sep 23rd   source: insidehighered.com  
Donald Trump, Republican nominee for president, has outlined his first specific idea on how to make colleges more affordable. He said that he would work with Congress to pressure institutions with large endowments to spend more on students -- or to face a loss of their tax-exempt status. The announcement came as top endowments reported losses for the 2015-16 academic year.
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  General College News
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Students Who Earn C's in Foundation Courses are Less Likely to Graduate
posted: Sep 23rd   source: insidehighered.com  
New data show that students who earn C’s in foundational courses are much less likely graduate. For freshmen taking writing composition at the University of Arizona, receiving a C at the end of the semester may now mean that you have to repeat the course. Colleges are starting to use predictive analytics to determine which students are less likely to graduate.
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  College Admissions News
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Pressure to Build the Class: 2016 Survey of Admissions Directors
posted: Sep 23rd   source: insidehighered.com  
The pressure on college admissions offices is getting more intense, according to a new survey. This year, only 37% of admissions directors said they had met their student enrollment targets for the fall class by May 1 - 41% for private colleges but only 29% of state universities and 9% of community colleges. Only 5% of admissions execs aren't worried about meeting their 2017 enrollment goals.
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  College Admissions News
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Demographic changes prompt changes in the reading of college applications
posted: Sep 23rd   source: insidehighered.com  
Colleges and universities are preparing for a future in which student bodies are less white, Northeastern and Midwestern. That means changes for admissions readers, those who evaluate applications from prospective students. The emphasis is on 'building a class' that includes a diverse range of students.
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  General College News
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Why students who do well in high school bomb in college
posted: Sep 23rd   source: washingtonpost.com  
The first year of college is a tough transition, and often a disillusioning one. Education experts think that character traits such as grit, perseverance and conscientiousness play a role in student success. A new study has focused on “thrivers” - those who did much better in college than their high school grades would have predicted - and “divers", who did much worse.
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  Campus Finances
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Your Alma Mater's Biggest Rival? Stingy State Government
posted: Sep 21st   source: thedailybeast.com  
State legislators may show their school spirit on Saturday at college football games. But on Monday, many go to work with the intention of decimating every other aspect of that same institution — the laboratories, classrooms, science fairs & debate societies. Conservatives are engaged in a long, brutal battle to starve America’s finest colleges of funding.
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  General College News
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Misericordia University President: Service through selflessness, sacrifice and action leads to a better world
posted: Sep 20th   source: citizensvoice.com  
Like most organizations, institutions of higher education have mission statements and a set of core values that guide them in the decision-making process. It is a way to ensure colleges and universities are true to their past, present and future.

The students who choose to join our academic community at Misericordia University, for example, learn to live our tenets of Mercy, Service, Justice and Hospitality through...
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  General College News
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Misericordia University names Dr. Patricia Thatcher associate vice president of Academic Affairs
posted: Sep 20th   source: misericordia.edu  
Misericordia University has named Patricia Thatcher, Ph.D., as associate vice president for Academic Affairs. In her new position, she supports the vice president of Academic Affairs in overseeing the academic curriculum and managing academic support services such as the Student Success Center, Office of Service Learning, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, core curriculum development, and the study...
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  Student Loan News
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ITT Tech students refuse to repay loans in protest over government policy
posted: Sep 17th   source: washingtonpost.com  
Former students at ITT Technical Institutes are refusing to repay their federal student loans in a protest designed to pressure the government into canceling the debt of everyone who alleges they were defrauded by the now-defunct for-profit college chain. Not paying back debt can ruin a person’s credit, making it difficult to buy a house or car, or to get a job.
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  Member College News
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Rebutting the college rankings
posted: Sep 17th   source: universitybusiness.com  
Thomas J. Botzman is president of Misericordia University, looks at the new Forbes Magazine college rankings - and finds that his university is penalized for awarding a lot more merit aid than Forbes' ideal and for not spending $45,000/year per student in educational expenses. Swarthmore gets a great great for amassing 13 years worth of 'reserves.'
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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Fancy Dorms Aren’t The Main Reason Tuition Is Skyrocketing
posted: Sep 17th   source: fivethirtyeight.com  
At most, about a quarter of the increase in college tuition since 2000 can be attributed to rising faculty salaries, improved amenities and administrative 'bloat'. By comparison, the decline in state support accounts for about three-quarters of the rising cost of college. If Pennsylvania restored higher education funding to 2000 levels, tuition could be reduced by nearly $4,000 per student.
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  General College News
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Things Higher Education Pundits & Policymakerfs Never Know
posted: Sep 14th   source: linkedin.com  
Pundits & policymakers don't know that public higher education isn't really cheaper or better than private higher education. There are more than 1,200 public colleges, enrolling 8.9 million students, with 6-year graduation rates below 50%. At 900 state schools, the graduation rate is 33% or less. Those with the least amount of student debt - less than $10,000 - are most likely to default.
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  General College News
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‘Summer Melt’: Why Are Hundreds of Thousands of Freshmen Dropping Out of College Before Day One?
posted: Sep 12th   source: testprepprofessionals.com  
In the 4 months between confirming college acceptance and arriving on campus, teenagers are confronted with a complicated set of tasks. Many students find themselves realizing, for the first time, just how much their degree is going to cost. HS guidance counselors & teachers aren't around. Many students give up and don't attend - often those headed for a community college.
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  Member College News
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Thiel breaking ground at Homecoming on new $4.5 million science connector
posted: Sep 12th   source: thiel.edu  
Thiel College will break ground on a new science connector facility on Oct. 1 as part of the College’s sesquicentennial Homecoming 2016 celebration. The $4.5 million project is anticipated to add 7,850 square feet of academic space. It includes enhanced laboratory spaces dedicated to histology, environmental science & data analytics.
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  General College News
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The college earnings premium is near record highs
posted: Sep 12th   source: finance.yahoo.com  
The college earnings premium — the ratio of earnings with a college degree to earnings with a high school degree — has reached historical highs. In 2014, the median full-time, full-year worker over age 25 with a bachelor’s degree earned nearly 70% more than a similar worker with just a high school degree. Over the course of a career, the median worker with a bachelor’s degree will earn nearly $1 million more.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Who did the U.S. protect with ITT Tech move?
posted: Sep 12th   source: philly.com  
According to ITT's annual student report, 96% of students received federal loans. Only 36% of full-time students completed their programs; only 11% of part-time students stayed more than a year. Too many failed students stopped paying their loans. "Too many students see [student loans] as a handout," said former Sallie Mae CEO Albert Lord, whose firm stopped lending to ITT students in 2011.
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  College Admissions News
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The Key to Finding the Best College for You
posted: Sep 12th   source: time.com  
With more than 2,000 U.S. 4-year colleges, if you’re just starting to look, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed. Here are the steps to take, and the online resources to use, to create your own personalized college rankings. Concentrate on quality, affordability & Career outcomes. Look for a personal match - and don't forget to consider the 4-year graduation rate.
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  College Admissions News
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High-School Grades Still Count Most in College Admissions
posted: Sep 12th   source: chronicle.com  
Academic performance in high school remains the top-ranked factor in college-admissions decisions on prospective first-time freshmen, according to a new NACAC report. The average 'yield rate' - the percentage of accepted students who go on to enroll at a college - rose in the fall of 2014 to 36.2%, the first increase after 12 years of declines. The yield rate was 48.7% in 2002.
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