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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)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Higher Education — What’s the Point?

The Huffington Post – Julian L. Alssid

“…what is the point of education? It can no longer be an either/or question–learning versus experience. The reality is we need both to ensure we have the workforce we need for the next century and the citizens ready to make the most of it.” (more)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Competency-Based Education: No More Semesters?

NPR – Anya Kamenetz

“The conventions of the credit hour, the semester and the academic year were formalized in the early 1900s. Time forms the template for designing college programs, accrediting them and — crucially — funding them using federal student aid.” (more)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

6 Things You MUST Know About Repaying Your Student Loans

Ed.gov – Nicole Callahan

“When it comes to repaying your federal student loans, there’s a lot to consider. By taking the time to understand the details of repayment, you can save yourself time and money. REMEMBER: You never have to pay for help with your federal student loans. If you have any questions at all, contact your servicer. They provide FREE help.” (more)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Education Is Worth the Investment

The Huffington Post – William J. Lowe

“There is no greater financial investment in one’s future than a college degree…the pay gap between college graduates and those without a degree reached a high in 2013…And, the wage gap is only increasing…” (more)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

California Bill Would Allow Community Colleges to Award 4-Year Degrees

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A number of community colleges in California could begin to offer four-year degrees if a new bill is signed by the state’s governor…the state will need about 1 million more workers to hold a four-year degree within the next 10 years.” (more)

Friday, August 29, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Strengthens Federal Student Loan Servicing

Ed.gov – Staff Writer

“As a result of President Obama’s executive actions to help make student loans more affordable, the U.S. Department of Education has announced several new steps to help federal student loan borrowers better manage their student debt.” (more)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What Is Competency-Based Education, and Why Does It Matter?

The Huffington Post – Julian L. Alssid

“In higher education today, only two things are certain: change is coming, and nobody knows what that change will look like…Currently, education is measured by completing a specified number of classes…Competency-based education does away with the defined duration and credit hours, replacing time with mastery.” (more)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Why You Might Want More Than One College Savings Account

Time – Kerri Anne Renzulli

“The good news: There is no difference in how Coverdell ESAs and 529 savings plans factor into your child’s student aid, says Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of Edvisors.com, a website that helps people plan and pay for college.” (more)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Prepping students with autism for life after K-12

E-School – Laura Devaney

“Transitioning to higher education or the workforce is a challenge for most K-12 students, but it can be more challenging for students with autism as they learn to navigate new environments.” (more)