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The Case Against Oversimplified Accountability (Inside Higher Ed)Open in a New Window

Focus on any single labor market metric to judge colleges' outcomes will create flawed policy, but a mix of such measures can help evaluate institutions' performance, scholarly study finds.

 

Meeting the Challenge of Demographic Change (Chronicle of Higher Education - Opinion Piece)Open in a New Window

Joe Garcia & William Serrata write: If we fail to act decisively and collaboratively, college enrollments could decline at the same time that our need for college-educated workers will increase. Colleges must change the way they recruit and retain an increasingly diverse student body or they will face declining enrollments and declining revenue. In other words, it is not only in the students' interest but that of our institutions and our economy to double down on our efforts to enroll and graduate students who have too often been overlooked in the past.

 

Obama administration tries to smooth path back to school for jailed students (Hechinger Report)Open in a New Window

If you're young and caught up in the justice system, most likely you're stuck with subpar educational opportunities too. Students in prison, jail, detention centers or correctional facilities often receive fewer days of instruction than their peers, less access to math and science classes, and more teacher absenteeism, according to federal data released Friday.

 

A Population in Flux Forces Colleges to Adapt (Chronicle of Higher Education)Open in a New Window

Over the next 15 years, the number of high-school graduates in Pennsylvania is expected to fall steadily to 132,000, down from 150,000 in 2009-10. With fewer prospects to go around, the already-fierce competition for students will surely intensify.

 

Expect the unexpected, say college disaster prep officials (Associated Press)Open in a New Window

For college administrators, extreme weather is yet another hazard to prepare and practice for on a list that includes infectious disease outbreaks, active shooters and technological outages. They know it's just a matter of time before a hurricane, earthquake, tornado, wildfire or winter storm could put them in harm's way.

 

New Law Forgives N.J. College Loans If Student Dies (Philly.com, Philadelphia, PA)Open in a New Window

New Jersey's student loan agency will no longer require repayment of loans if a student borrower dies, under a law signed Monday by Gov. Christie. The law, which directs the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority to forgive certain loans in the event of the borrower's death or total and permanent disability, addresses some of the most dramatic complaints about New Jersey's student loan program.

 

Common App Sees Increase in Early Applications (Inside Higher Ed)Open in a New Window

Through Dec. 1 (an application deadline for some institutions), the Common Application has received 1,077,900 applications for various early-decision programs. That covers all kinds of early decision -- including nonbinding. While it is hard to compare year-to-year interest because the Common Application accepts some new member colleges each year, that total is 17 percent higher than it was a year ago.

 

Lyon College Taps King, 46, as Next Leader (Arkansas Online.com)Open in a New Window

Lyon College, a private liberal arts school in Batesville (AK), has hired W. Joseph "Joey" King, 46, as the college's 19th president starting July 1. He is succeeding Donald Weatherman, who is retiring at the end of this academic year after leading the college since 2009. King said he was "honored and humbled" to be the next president of the 681-student college.

 

The High School Graduate Plateau (Inside Higher Ed)Open in a New Window

High school graduates are projected to come from increasingly diverse backgrounds, even as overall levels plateau -- posing a challenge for colleges and universities.

 

Risking political pushback, private colleges enroll undocumented students (Hechinger Report)Open in a New Window

Emory is among a small but growing number of private universities and colleges that have joined many public institutions in accepting DACA and other undocumented students, in part because more private donors are providing scholarships for them. There's even a new project by a group of philanthropists to give undocumented students private loans to be repaid as a percentage of their future incomes. And young DACA recipients themselves, using apps and websites, have created digital networks of information about which schools will take them, what sources of money are available and more.

 

Trump Education Secretary Pick Has Indirect Stake in Student Lender (Wall Street Journal)Open in a New Window

Betsy DeVos, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to run the U.S. Department of Education, is an indirect investor in online-lending company Social Finance Inc., a startup whose fortunes hinge in part on policies crafted by the department Ms. DeVos would run.

 

For Undocumented Students, Trump Adds New Risk to Study Abroad (Chronicle of Higher Education)Open in a New Window

DACA students, as they're known, can also study abroad and return lawfully if they receive "advance parole" from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. But if DACA is ended, the status that allows them back into the United States might expire as well, immigration experts fear.

 

Virginia Foxx Is House GOP Choice to Lead Education Committee (Chronicle of Higher Education)Open in a New Window

Rep. Virginia A. Foxx, a North Carolina Republican who just won election to her seventh term in Congress, was named on Friday as the new chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the main policy-making panel for higher education in the chamber. She is known for her support of community colleges as well as for-profit colleges, and for her opposition to the creation of a unit-record system for tracking individual students' educational progress. She also has a reputation for making controversial comments. She once said Americans had more to fear from a health-care overhaul than terrorism.

 

The True Risks to Higher Education (Norfolk, Va., Virginian-Pilot - Presidential Opinion)Open in a New Window

Dr. Scott D. Miller, president of Virginia Wesleyan University, writes: Despite the postelection turmoil and the real uncertainty of a new administration's impact on higher education, however, it's important to remember that colleges and universities -- like our nation -- have weathered far worse disruption, controversy and anxiety. Amid the spread of campus political correctness, with which I have some longstanding issues, the disappointment of many in the election and nascent student activism, our institutions represent some of the best opportunities for the liberation of thought and informed, vigorous debate.

 

After Falling, College Graduation Rates Begin to Rebound (Hechinger Report)Open in a New Window

Graduation rates have begun to rebound after falling, and while the most recent figures still are short of pre-decline levels, analysts expect them to continue their slow rise.

 

Endowments at Rich Colleges Targeted by Trump Backer in U.S. House (Bloomberg Quint)Open in a New Window

Wealthy U.S. colleges must spend more of their endowment gains on aid for middle-class families or lose their prized tax-exempt status, a Republican U.S. House member and a vice chair of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team will propose Monday.

 

The Computerless Computer Lab (Inside Higher Ed)Open in a New Window

Colleges were once the place where many students encountered their first computer -- and back then, the computer took up an entire room. Now, with computing power in every student's book bag and pocket, some colleges are finding the standard computer lab is no longer needed. St. Norbert College is one such example. The private Roman Catholic liberal arts college, located in De Pere, Wis., last year finished a complete renovation of its Gehl-Mulva Science Center. The last phase of the project included plans for a computer lab, but with the college about to phase in a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy -- requiring that all students bring their own laptops to campus -- filling that lab with desktop computers didn't seem to make sense.

 

For College Students With Kids, Getting Cheap Child Care Is A Challenge (nprEd)Open in a New Window

It can be really, really expensive to be a student parent, especially if you need to pay for child care while you're in class. In some states, child care for an infant can be as much as $17,062 a year, according to a report by Child Care Aware of America. Add that on to the ever-rising cost of college tuition -- both private and public -- and the financial strain of getting a college education becomes a huge burden for low-income parents.

 

Duke University Names New President (Charlotte Observer, NC)Open in a New Window

Duke University has chosen the University of Pennsylvania's provost, Vincent Edward Price, as its 10th president. Price, 59, was selected by Duke's Board of Trustees on Dec. 2. Price, whose academic background is in communications and political science, will succeed Richard H. Brodhead on July 1. Brodhead announced in April that he planned to step down after 13 years as president.

 

Slain USC Professor Bosco Tjan Was an Expert in Vision Loss Research (Los Angeles Times)Open in a New Window

Bosco Tjan, the USC professor fatally stabbed Friday on campus, was an expert in the adaptations people make when suffering central vision loss. He worked at the university for 15 years and served as co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center. The Los Angeles police said that Tjan was fatally stabbed in the chest by a student who was taken into custody. Tjan's body was inside the Seeley G. Mudd Building in the southwest corner of campus. The student's name has not been released, and police have provided few details about what happened.