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  Member College News
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Thiel announces $1.4 million in campus upgrades
posted: Jun 28th   source: sharonherald.com  
In addition to a new $2 million track, Thiel College has announced it is investing more than $1.4 million in campus improvements this summer. Projects include campus beautification along with purchases of technology items & scientific equipment.
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  College Admissions News
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Tutors See Stereotypes and Gender Bias in SAT. Testers See None of the Above.
posted: Jun 28th   source: nytimes.com  
in May, when the SAT was given for the second time since a much-ballyhooed revamping, were a number of people long past college — members of the test-prep industry who took the exam to see how those changes played out in practice so that they could improve their tutoring services. Their concerns are fueling a debate in the industry about sufficient vetting for gender bias.
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  Paying For College
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How to Withdraw Money From a 529 College Savings Plan
posted: Jun 27th   source: consumerreports.org  
It’s easy to put money into a tax-advantaged 529 college savings account. But what about taking the money out? A mistake can result in a 10% penalty - plus interest on the earnings used for ineligible expenses. Don't let 529 disbursement ruin your eligibility for a $2,500 tax credit (AOTC). Use 529 funds strategically to reduce the need for high-interest private loans.
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  General College News
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Revamping Community Colleges to Improve Graduation Rates
posted: Jun 27th   source: nytimes.com  
Just 25% of first-time, full-time students entering public community colleges graduate within three years. Many students, if they do graduate, need 6 or more years. More than 50% of students use up financial aid taking remedial classes - which don't usually count toward graduation. What are the solutions for a system in which the average student is 29 years old & attends part-time?
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Food Pantries Address a Growing Hunger Problem at Colleges
posted: Jun 27th   source: nytimes.com  
As more low-income students attend college, food pantries have sprung up at more than 300 colleges across the country to address 'food insecurity' on campus. The pantries serve undergrads, grad students & college employees. Should the government expand the National School Lunch Program, which provides free lunch to about 30 million children in 100,000 schools?
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  Paying For College
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Students Look to Loan Alternatives to Simplify Process and Ease Burden
posted: Jun 27th   source: nytimes.com  
Under Purdue U.'s new program, the college advances loan money to applicants based on its estimate of their future earnings. Students must sign a contract agreeing to repay advances after they leave school by sending a fixed percentage of their income to Purdue for up to nine years. Those who earn higher-than-expected salaries may have to pay back more than they received.
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  Campus Finances
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The riptides of student loan debt should concern us
posted: Jun 26th   source: linkedin.com  
Why does the 'sticker price' of college tuition keep rising? Former Southern Vermont College president Karen Gross blames rising faculty & staff healthcare costs; rising technology costs; and, enrolling more low income and first generation students who require added but valuable support services (tutoring; mental health services; mentoring; advising; bridge programs; dual enrollment).
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  College Admissions News
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Changing College Admissions Into A Double-Blind Matching Process
posted: Jun 26th   source: huffingtonpost.com  
Colleges earn millions each year in application fees; each application costs $50-$100 to submit, and many students submit 7-8 college applications. Would the admissions process be saner if a blind matching process were used to help reveal student and college preferences. Colleges would use their own internal algorithms to rank students; and, students could rank colleges.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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In a financial pinch, Haverford College will cap financial aid and expand the freshman class
posted: Jun 26th   source: philly.com  
Even colleges with endowments as large as Haverford College are not immune to financial challenges. The board of managers has approved a cap on Haverford's mushrooming financial aid budget and an increase in the size of the freshman class. Once the financial 'budget' is used up, affluent students will fill the rest of the class - as at Tufts, Colby, Wesleyan & Reed. It's called 'need-aware' admissions.
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  General College News
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The Testing Machine: It’s time someone held the College Board accountable
posted: Jun 26th   source: thedp.com  
According to the College Board’s 2013 tax filings, the Advanced Placement (AP) testing program has annual expenses of $248 million and revenue of $382 million. That’s a net profit of $134 million every year - $32 for every AP exam. U.S. colleges need to hold The College Board’s testing machine, which cheats millions of families out of money and fails to predict success, much more accountable.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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12 Key Terms to Know About College Financial Aid
posted: Jun 25th   source: learnvest.com  
Understanding the college financial aid world is probably an important part of a parent's and a student's education. 12 keys terms: FAFSA, CSS Profile, Student Aid Report, Cost of Attendance, Expected Family Contribution, Net Price, Grants, Scholarships, work study, loans, 529, American Opportunity Tax Credit.
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  College Admissions News
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Use All 4 Years of High School to Prep for College
posted: Jun 25th   source: usnews.com  
Test scores suggest a high percentage of high school students are not ready for college. Only a quarter of the 1.8 million graduates who took the ACT college entrance exam in 2013 met readiness benchmarks in all four core subjects – English, math, science and reading. How should students use each year of high school to prepare for college? Here's a 4-year plan.
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  College Admissions News
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Supreme Court Upholds Consideration of Race
posted: Jun 25th   source: insidehighered.com  
In a surprise ruling, The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions: 'The record reveals that the university articulated concrete and precise goals - ending stereotypes, promoting ‘cross-racial understanding,’ preparing students for ‘an increasingly diverse workforce and society,’ and cultivating leaders.'
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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5 Lessons to Take From the Fisher Decision
posted: Jun 25th   source: chronicle.com  
In the Supreme Court ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy defied most expectations, because he had never upheld a race-conscious policy during his many years on the court. Now, in an analytically precise opinion, he made clear that colleges may consider race and ethnicity in the admissions policies so long as they are based on mission-driven goals of educational diversity.
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  Tuition & Financial Aid News
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288 freshmen take PSU's tuition discount offer
posted: Jun 25th   source: philly.com  
Following a huge spurt in freshman enrollment - aided by a 57% acceptance rate - Penn State expects to admit fewer students next spring. Getting in should be harder. To ease overcrowding this fall, Penn State offered in-state freshmen $10,000 off their tuition and out-of-state students $15,000 off to attend a regional campus. 288 students accepted the offer.
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  General College News
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The Value of HIgher Education: Return on Investment
posted: Jun 24th   source: john-mcgrath.net  
Without a college degree, only 14% of Americans from the bottom fifth of parental income reach the top two-fifths. However, if they graduate college, 41% of the same demographic can expect to make it to the top two-fifths. Workers with a college degree earn twice as much as workers whose highest level of education is a high school diploma - with a lower unemployment rate
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  General College News
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Hyperinflation in America: The End of Grades?
posted: Jun 24th   source: linkedin.com  
Grade inflation—no, hyperinflation—is running rampant in American higher education. A recent study revealed that 42% of four-year college grades are A’s, and 77% are either A’s or B’s. The value of an A is undermined if A’s are ubiquitous. Is grade inflation a problem? Is the future the end of grades?
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  Member College News
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Concordia University, Nebraska Joins SAGE Tuition Rewards Consortium
posted: Jun 24th   source: secure.tuitionrewards.com  
Concordia University, Nebraska, a thriving Lutheran university that engages students in dynamic, life-shaping learning experiences and relationships, has joined the SAGE Private College & University Enrollment Marketing Consortium. 18 Lutheran colleges and six Nebraska colleges now accept Tuition Rewards.
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  Paying For College
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Five Myths of the Student Debt 'Crisis'
posted: Jun 21st   source: linkedin.com  
First: Is there really a student debt crisis? The average individual student loan debt is about $28,000 - the price of a new car that's just going to lose value over time. A degree doesn't lose its value. College grads earn an extra million dollars during their lifetime! If you really care about cost, go to a college where you'll earn a degree in 4 years - not six years!
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  General College News
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7 Things I Learned About Going To A Small College
posted: Jun 21st   source: theodysseyonline.com  
Many people dream of going to big universities for reasons such as college football, the reputation, the name. But what about smaller schools? I decided to attend one for my undergraduate years, mostly because I knew I couldn't handle the hustle and bustle of an insanely large university. Here are 7 things that I learned: 1. The professors know who you are...
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