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Congress Avoids Government Shutdown (NAICU Washington Update)Open in a New Window

Congress passed a continuing resolution two days before the end of the fiscal year in order to avoid a government shutdown.

 

House Subcommittee Re-Examines Endowments and Student Aid (NAICU Washington Update)Open in a New Window

The House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee held its second hearing in less than a year on college and university endowments.

 

Higher Education Community Offers Response to Proposed State Authorization of Distance Education Regulations (NAICU Washington Update)Open in a New Window

NAICU joined the 5 other presidential higher education associations to jointly submit comments to the Department of Education on the proposed state authorization of distance education regulations.

 

Free College Could Cost State Billions (Politico)Open in a New Window

Eliminating tuition for all in-state undergraduates at public colleges could mean a budget hit of more than $1 billion in 15 different states, according to a new report out today by Mark Schneider, vice president and institute fellow at the American Institute for Research and a former commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics.

 

Washington University Touts Hidden Payoffs of an Expensive Presidential Debate (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)Open in a New Window

The return on investment on hosting a presidential debate doesn't come in dollars, despite the steep cost. Hosting the Oct. 9 event alone costs Washington University $1.9 million. The cost of supplies, security, technology and labor bring the total tab upwards of $5 million. It's a massive expense and enterprise -- complete with a temporary construction blitz that includes hundreds of feet of perimeter fencing -- for 90 minutes in the spotlight.

 

Low Returns, High Pressure (Inside Higher Ed)Open in a New Window

Endowment spending remains under scrutiny, even as low returns roll in this year for colleges with large investment holdings.

 

Springfield College Named Presidential Award Winner in Community Service (MassLive.com)Open in a New Window

Springfield College was honored at the sixth annual President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge gathering, where the private institution received the Presidential Award in Education. The event recognized Springfield College for its dedication to volunteerism and service-learning education.

 

Accreditors Rarely Lose Lawsuits, but They Keep Getting Sued. Here Is Why. (Chronicle of Higher Education)Open in a New Window

It's standard practice for colleges to file suit when they are faced with the possibility of losing accreditation because the stakes are so high. Without accreditation, colleges are not eligible for federal student aid, and they are much more likely to have to close their doors.

 

Concordia to Allow Legal Age Students to Drink on Campus (Bemidji Pioneer, MN)Open in a New Window

Concordia College will allow students who are 21 years old to drink "limited quantities" of alcohol in private living areas on campus, ending a 125-year prohibition for students who can drink legally. The new campus alcohol policy, still being drafted with student input, was approved this summer by the Concordia Board of Regents and will take effect Jan. 1. Drinking by underage students will remain prohibited.

 

Former LC President Alleges Threats, Conspiracy (The Advertiser, Lafayete, LA)Open in a New Window

Joe Aguillard is suing the private Baptist college he led for nine years along with its current president, a private investigator allegedly hired to "conspire" against Aguillard and an insurance company, according to documents filed Tuesday in Rapides Parish. Aguillard's tumultuous presidency of Louisiana College in Pineville ended in 2014 after two attempts to oust him from the leadership position. But he stayed connected to the school as "president emeritus" and a tenured faculty member until he was stripped of the honorary title April 12 by the LC Board of Trustees.

 

First Black Woman President at Fastest-Growing University in the Region (Philly.com)Open in a New Window

Wilmington University says Dr. Jack Varsalona, who more than doubled enrollment to 21,500 at the predominantly parttime school since taking its top job in 2005, is stepping down June 30, 2017, after he turns 65. His top lieutenant, Executive Vice President Dr. LaVerne Harmon, will replace him as President. Harmon will be the first African American woman to head any of the three universities located in Delaware, the school says.

 

What Should Colleges Do to Discipline Students Who Spew Hate? (Chronicle of Higher Education)Open in a New Window

A college student says, posts, or does something racist. The university condemns the act, expresses outrage, and investigates. In some cases, the student is then suspended or expelled. The final leg of that process -- the discipline -- plays out in a much-less-public arena than the first two. And it's often a more-complex endeavor than a casual higher-education observer might imagine.

 

The Success of Evidence-Based Policies (Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece)Open in a New Window

Sandra Black & Jason Furman write: A new Council of Economic Advisers report released yesterday examines the administration's record, finding that evidence-based policies implemented over the last seven years have already begun to pay off. Investments in greater financial aid, in particular, have had high returns. The Council of Economic Advisers estimates that the administration's increase in the average Pell Grant award between 2008-09 and 2014-15 will lead to an additional $20 billion in aggregate earnings, a nearly two-to-one return on the investment.

 

5 Most Shocking Facts from the Latest Report on Public Service Loan Forgiveness - Opinion (Forbes)Open in a New Window

Contributor Andrew Josuweit writes: While it's good news for burdened borrowers, a new Brookings report from American Enterprise Institute scholar, Jason Delisle, finds the government might have to forgive thousands of loans next year at a significant cost to taxpayers.

 

This Rapper Teaches Students How to Avoid Crushing Student Loan Debt (Atlanta, Ga., Journal-Constitution)Open in a New Window

The New Orleans rapper who made a hit song about the joy of paying off student loans -- Sample lyric: "No sir, I don't drive a Maybach / But guess what I did' / I finished paying Sallie Mae back" -- was in Atlanta this week to teach high school students how to plan for college.

 

The Human Cost of the Assault on For-Profit Schools - Cpmmentary (Wall Street Journal)Open in a New Window

Allysia Finley, assistant editor of OpinionJournal.com, writes: The Obama administration and its progressive friends this month claimed another victory in their war on for-profit colleges when ITT Tech, worn down by a regulatory onslaught, announced its closure on Sept. 6. The collateral damage includes some 8,000 employees left jobless and 40,000 students, including 7,000 veterans.

 

Shared Governance, Not Shared Power (Inside Higher Ed)Open in a New Window

Survey of presidents and trustees shows they value relationships with faculty members and want to improve them, but within some limits.

 

Student Loan Default Rate Dips, But Considerable Work Remains, Education Secretary Says (Washington Post)Open in a New Window

The share of people not making payments on their federal student loans within three years of them coming due has fallen, the Department of Education reported Wednesday.

 

Hillary Clinton College Plan Appeals to the Left, but Educators Have Doubts (New York Times)Open in a New Window

But while the liberal wing of the party has cheered the idea as a much-needed antidote to soaring tuition and student loan debt, many in education have questioned how such a plan would actually work. More government influence in the sector could lead to unintended consequences, they fear, and some details of the Democratic presidential nominee's proposal remain murky.

 

College Completion Failures Must Be Tackled in Tandem with Costs, Report Says (Hechinger Report)Open in a New Window

A new report by the think-tank Education Trust, issued Thursday, excoriates the federal government and state governments for failing to create a college-finance system that focuses both on cost and on completion.