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  General College News
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Is Higher Education Really Losing the Public?
posted: Dec 16th   source: insidehighered.com  
There has been much angst in recent months about the devaluing of higher education by the public. The general opinion of the value of education has diminished in recent years. A close examination of the data is that most feel higher education is as important as ever from an economic standpoint, but there is now more concern about the "culture" of college than before, but this does not substantially change...
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  Paying For College
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11 misconceptions about paying for college
posted: Dec 16th   source: washingtonpost.com  
This article discusses several financial aid concepts that many people get wrong. They note that financial aids packages contain only loans, that the EFC is not what families will necessarily have to pay, that merit scholarships don't cover most tuition costs and that student's can't borrow the entire cost of college, among other misconceptions.
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  Member College News
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Creativity and Ingenuity on Display at 3rd Annual Product Innovation Showcase
posted: Dec 14th   source: www1.wne.edu  
On Wednesday, December 6, the Western New England University Colleges of Business and Engineering held their annual student Product Innovation Showcase in Rivers Memorial Hall. Entrepreneurial teams of engineering and business students, participating in a cocurricular course, collaborate to develop marketable products. Each year, a few of the product concepts are submitted for patents and may get commercialized. The...
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  Member College News
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$50 million moment! Alumnus Austin McChord ’09 makes largest gift in RIT history
posted: Dec 14th   source: rit.edu  
A 2009 alumnus has given Rochester Institute of Technology $50 million, the largest donation ever made to the university. The unprecedented gift comes from Austin McChord, founder and CEO of Datto, a data protection company. $20 million will advance advance RIT’s cybersecurity and artificial intelligence capabilities. $17.5 million will launch the Maker Library & Innovative Learning Complex of the Future.
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  Student Loan News
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Student Loans, Bankruptcy and the Silence of Presidents
posted: Dec 14th   source: insidehighered.com  
College and university leaders should support current legislation that would return standard bankruptcy protections to student loans. This would restore basic fairness to the lending system, argues Alan Collinge, asserting that the lending system has become obscenely predatory and profitable for the banks who lobbied away bankruptcy protections for former students.
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  Student Loan News
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Growing Number of Borrowers are in Default
posted: Dec 14th   source: insidehighered.com  
The U.S. Department of Education has released new federal loan data showing that 4.6 million student loan borrowers were in default as of Sept. 30 - an increase from the 2.2 million who were in default four years earlier. However, defaulters tend to borrow almost 50% less (owing only $9,625) than their peers. Half failed to earn a college degree; 90% received a Pell Grant.
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  Campus Finances
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Higher Ed Inflation Reaches Highest level since 2008
posted: Dec 14th   source: insidehighered.com  
The index that measures the costs colleges pay in different categories, including administrative salaries, faculty salaries, fringe benefits, utilities, clerical services and service employees increased at its rate since 2008. The component that increased the most was fringe benefits, probably reflecting increased medical costs for an aging faculty and administration.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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Apparent Relief for Grad Students
posted: Dec 14th   source: insidehighered.com  
Senate and house negotiators appear to have decided to drop provisions in the proposed tax reform bill that would have adversely affected higher education. These include taxing tuition waivers for graduate students and taxes on college endowments. Graduate students argued that taxing money they essentially never see would be financially devastating and lead many to have to give up their studies.
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  General College News
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Colleges Offer Campus Programs For Low-Income Students
posted: Dec 13th   source: usnews.com  
It is well known that low-income students have lower graduation rates than higher-income students, and that lack of financial resources is a major reason. Recent research shows a significantly higher graduation rate among low-income students who receive Pell Grants versus those who didn't. Colleges are finding other ways to help lower-income students overcome financial obstacles that might cause him to drop out.
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  Member College News
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‘New Liberal Arts,’ Without Some of the Old
posted: Dec 12th   source: insidehighered.com  
Member school Hiram College has been dealing with the same fiscal problems that have been affecting many small private liberal arts colleges throughout the U.S. Hiram's budget has already tightened, but more savings need to be found, which may involve further faculty changes or reductions. At the same time, Hiram wants to modernize their curriculum and student services by introducing new programs such as public...
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  College Savings News
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House Republicans seek to roll back state laws protecting student loan borrowers
posted: Dec 11th   source: marketwatch.com  
Tucked away on page 464 of a more than 500-page bill that aims to overhaul the higher education and student loan system is a provision that would prevent states from regulating student loan servicers - and roll back rules already on the books in some states to monitor those companies. The GOP-inserted provision is part of the reauthorization of The Higher Education Act.
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  Higher Ed and Washington
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5 ways the proposed PROSPER Act could impact students
posted: Dec 11th   source: theconversation.com  
The PROSPER Act is a first attempt to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which governs financial aid. It proposes several changes to the financial aid system. It would increase maximum federal loan availability for undergraduate students, but decrease it for graduate students and parent. Student aid would be dispensed every two weeks rather than a lump sum before each semester. It would reduce the number of...
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  General College News
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Misericordia University and Luzerne County Community College collaborate on 3 new academic programs
posted: Dec 11th   source: misericordia.edu  
Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) and Misericordia University are collaborating on three new bachelor’s degree programs in the health sciences for adult learners and traditional students beginning with the spring semester.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree with a specialization in exercise science offers students who want to be professionals in a preventative wellness discipline the pathway...
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  Member College News
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Philly native of Indian descent becomes Arcadia University president
posted: Dec 11th   source: philly.com  
Ajay Nair, age 43, a scholar specializing in social justice, race and ethnicity issues, has been hired as President of Arcadia University. He'll take the helm of the university in the Philadelphia suburbs with 3,800 undergraduates, in April. He has administrative experience at Columbia, Emory, Penn, Penn State and the University of Virginia.
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  College Admissions News
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Do Not Forget About the Final Steps to Earn Admission
posted: Dec 11th   source: huffingtonpost.com  
Many college admissions offices practice 'rolling' admissions — meaning that they review applications on a first come, first serve basis. So, it's better to apply earlier than later. But colleges won't make a decision until an application is complete. Make sure all test scores, transcripts and recommendations have been sent to the prospective colleges.
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  College Admissions News
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Learn How to Explain a Low GPA in College Applications
posted: Dec 11th   source: usnews.com  
There's a right way and a wrong way to explain a drop in your grades - in an interview or on an application. You should mention illnesses or difficult family situations. Don't blame a teacher. Own any mistakes. Talk about how you 'bounced back' - or what you've learned. Put extra effort into your essay or essays.
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  College Admissions News
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Texting Teens? Proceed with Caution
posted: Dec 11th   source: insidehighered.com  
A new survey showed that applicants would like to receive certain types of text messages from a prospective college: 79% want application reminders. 71% want info on admission-related campus events. 64% want reminders about financial aid. But, teens want useful, relevant texts, not spam. 82% of teens said that had never received a text message from a prospective college.
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  College Admissions News
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Popularity of Early Admissions Grows and Grows
posted: Dec 11th   source: insidehighered.com  
HS seniors are told that their odds of admission are better when applying 'early decision' - especially to highly-selective colleges. The drawback is that students don't get to compare financial aid offers. Many educators say that early decision programs thus favor the wealthy. Despite the criticism, 2017 appears to have been a banner year for early applications - at a wide range of colleges.
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  Student Loan News
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OPINION: Can ‘risk-share’ financial aid models reverse some ‘alarming data’ on student completion rates?
posted: Dec 8th   source: hechingerreport.org  
New data shows that 3.9 million students dropped out of college with debt in 2015 and 2016. A disproportionate share of these students attended for-profit colleges. Idea: What if colleges had ‘skin in the game’ - and an incentive to increase student completion rates? This would shift some costs to the school if a student defaults on a loan.
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  College Admissions News
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College Choice Overload
posted: Dec 8th   source: insidehighered.com  
There has been a three-fold increase in applications to many selective colleges. 36% of high school seniors now apply to at least seven schools. This is part due to a self-repeating cycle of increased applications leading to reduced acceptance rates. Recent psychological research has shown that "choice overload" occurs in many realms. It can lead to difficulty making choices, and reduced satisfaction with...
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