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Friday, October 31, 2014

Arne Duncan: ‘Education beyond high school is absolutely necessary’

Market Place – Kai Ryssdal

“When asked if he thought everyone should go to college, Duncan said he believed everyone needed additional education beyond high school: ‘If young people drop out of high school today, they are basically condemned to poverty and social failure. There are no good jobs out there… the economy has changed.'” (more)

U.S. education department gets tougher on for-profit colleges

Reuters – Staff Writer

“Oct 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Education will introduce stricter regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities.” (more)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Big Ten and the Next Big Thing

Inside Higher ED – Paul Fain

“Competency-based education is going upmarket. Three brand-name, Big Ten-affiliated institutions are now offering degrees in this emerging form of higher education.” (more)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help

The Seattle Times – Annie Flaherty

“For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help.” (more)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Should You Use Retirement Assets For Education Expenses?

Forbes – Erik Carter

“Are you thinking of raiding retirement funds to pay for your child’s education? With student loan debt now surpassing credit card debt, it’s easy to understand why. After all, who wants their children burdened with the equivalent of a mortgage payment after they graduate?.” (more)

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Shape of a Radically Pragmatic College Education

The Huffington Post – Jayson Boyers

“In the two years of 2012 and 2013, the number of college students fell… There were fewer students in 2012 than in 2010…More shocking still is the reporting by the New York Times that 33 percent of universities and colleges will be in danger of closing and are on an unsustainable fiscal path in the next decade should the trend continue…the question is how learning institutions respond.” (more)

Addressing the Student Debt Crisis: We Can Do More to Encourage Responsible Borrowing

The Huffington Post – Dr. Robert Mendenhall

“While Washington is working to find ways to alleviate the burden of staggering student debt…we must also do more to encourage responsible borrowing…The Responsible Borrowing Initiative at WGU is a case in point.” (more)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Report: American Colleges Fall Short on Core Subjects

Education News – Jordan E. Wassell

“A new study conducted by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni entitled ‘What Will They Learn?’ suggests that students may not be getting bang for their buck despite the continuous rise in student debt.” (more)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What reauthorizing the Higher Education Act means for students

USA Today – Staff Writer

“For the first time since the Higher Education Act was introduced nearly 50 years ago, U.S. student loan debt has surpassed $1 trillion.” (more)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ten things not to do when your child is applying to college

The Washington Post – Liz Willen

“…it is simply unrealistic to think most busy high schoolers can navigate admissions and financial aid on their own. Parents have to strike a balance between being overinvolved and uninvolved – the stakes are too high. For what it’s worth, here are my top 10 “don’ts” for parents, particularly of high school seniors.” (more)