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WICHE in the News - May 22, 2015 - 2:40pm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The executive director of the Idaho State Board of Education/Board of Regents has been chosen to lead South Dakota’s six public universities and two special schools. Michael Rush becomes the South Dakota Board of Regents’ executive director and chief executive officer June 29.
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2 Rivals in College-Application Industry Chart New Courses

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 22, 2015 - 2:57am

The Common Application is redefining its mission. CollegeNet Inc. is planning for a new shared application that selective colleges will use.

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Professors Face Long Odds in Court Battles Over Speech Rights

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 21, 2015 - 2:56am

An analysis of more than 200 court decisions involving faculty members’ First Amendment lawsuits says colleges usually win.

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‘We Need to Take a Look at the Data’: How 2 Persistent Grad Students Upended a Blockbuster Study

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 21, 2015 - 2:55am

David Broockman said he supported a study with key findings on people’s opinions of same-sex marriage. But it unraveled when he and a colleague tried to replicate it.

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New Graduates Test the Promise of Competency-Based Education

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 21, 2015 - 2:55am

A program at Texas A&M at Commerce offers degrees that are flexible and low-cost. Will they lead to jobs?

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‘End of the World’? Knight Commission Hears 3 Visions for Stabilizing College Sports

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2015 - 2:56am

The group convened a panel of experts on Tuesday to discuss how some of the looming challenges for intercollegiate athletics could be resolved.

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A Positive Stereotype Both Helps and Harms Asian-American Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2015 - 2:55am

As Asian-Americans debate affirmative action, a scholar says a reputation for diligence secures some favorable treatment in high school while obscuring others' struggles.

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Education Dept. Readies Debt-Forgiveness Plan for Ex-Corinthian Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2015 - 2:55am

Consumer groups push for blanket relief, but the agency, wary of setting a potentially costly precedent, leans toward an individualized process.

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As They Slice NSF’s Budget, House Republicans Seek to Expose Research Misconduct

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2015 - 2:55am

Also part of a bill facing a floor vote on Wednesday: the future of a program that directs grant money to states whose researchers cannot win it on their own.

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Working to Protect College Students from Unfair Banking Practices

U.S. Department of Education Blog - May 19, 2015 - 10:37am

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is cracking down on school-bank partnerships that unfairly target college students receiving federal student aid. Last Friday, ED announced proposed regulations that would ensure students aren’t required to receive their federal student aid on prepaid or debit cards that charge fees for overdrawing the accounts. Other proposed changes would:

  • Provide protections against unreasonable account fees
  • Strengthen account transparency offered to students, and
  • Protect their personal information from being shared without their consent.

The proposal will impact over nine million postsecondary students receiving about $25 billion in Pell Grants and Direct Loans by providing tougher standards and greater transparency between colleges and companies in the rapidly expanding college debit and prepaid marketplace.

Additionally, under the proposed regulations, the Secretary would have the right to establish a method for directly paying credit balances to student aid recipients if the Department determines that student and taxpayer interests would be better served.

Some schools across the country are entering into agreements with financial institutions that require students to receive their financial aid on a prepaid or debit card offered only by that financial institution. U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell said that the proposed rules would give students flexibility. “Students need objective, neutral information about their account options,” he said. “Students should be able to choose to receive deposits to their own checking accounts and not be forced to utilize debit cards with obscure and unreasonable fees.”

Ultimately, the proposed regulations are about accountability and fairness. Given the number of students affected by the emergence of these troubling practices, the amount of taxpayer-funded assistance at stake, and the expanding scope of the market, regulatory action became necessary.

The Department welcomes input on the proposed regulation and comments can be submitted online at www.regulations.gov for the next 45 days. The Department’s regulations are subject to the Higher Education Act’s “master calendar,” which means that any final regulations published on or before November 1 are effective on July 1 of the following year.

Patrick Kerr is a member of the Communications Development division in the Office of Communications and Outreach.

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Tensions Persist as UVa Board Prepares to Extend President’s Contract

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 19, 2015 - 2:55am

Teresa Sullivan battles persistent crises and perceptions of a vague agenda.

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Help Us Get the Word Out About Tools and Resources for Student Loan Repayment

U.S. Department of Education Blog - May 18, 2015 - 7:00am

Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of student financial aid (including federal student loans) in the country. Once it’s time for borrowers to repay their student loans, we’re also here to help with free tools and resources to make the repayment process easier.

Federal Student Aid recently launched a student loan repayment campaign to educate borrowers about affordable repayment options and to provide them with the tools and resources they need to make informed decisions. We need your help to spread the campaign’s important messages!

Here’s what you can do today:

  • Direct student loan borrowers to StudentAid.gov/repay to learn more about the affordable repayment options we offer.
  • Visit FinancialAidToolkit.ed.gov/repayment to explore plug-and-play resources you can use to educate borrowers about student loan repayment. Some examples of what we offer include social media content, fact sheets, infographics, videos, and repayment calculators.

On the Financial Aid Toolkit page, we’ve got a section,3 Easy Ways to Spread the Word,” that provides a rotating selection of shareable content you can use to help borrowers better understand their repayment options. Every two weeks, we will refresh this section with updated information such as a short video, a popular tweet, or a link to a blog post. We encourage you to share this content with individuals and organizations in your network through e-mail, social media, your website, and any other channel that works best for you.

Our campaign runs through June 30, but valuable, free repayment resources are always available at StudentAid.gov/repay for borrowers and at FinancialAidToolkit.ed.gov for mentors and advisors.

Thank you for your support!

Wendy Bhagat is Director of Awareness and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid.

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As Scrutiny Intensifies, For-Profit Colleges Face Threats on Several Fronts

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 18, 2015 - 2:55am

The institutions now count President Obama, the Department of Education, congressmen, state attorneys general, and several government agencies among their critics. It's enough to make industry supporters anxious.

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Student Mentors Keep High-Schoolers Engaged Through College

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 17, 2015 - 10:00pm

Near the border with Mexico, a program helps first-generation students pursue careers in the sciences.

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Let’s Help First-Generation Students Succeed

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 17, 2015 - 10:00pm

Too often, colleges take their tuition money, then leave them floundering.

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Program Helps Students Navigate the Unfamiliar Terrain of College

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 17, 2015 - 10:00pm

St. Mary’s College helps out when family issues, racial taunting, and other challenges threaten to derail an education.

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Why Elite Institutions Need to Welcome Students From Community Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 17, 2015 - 10:00pm

A first-generation college student, now in graduate school at Yale, transferred from a community college in California to Amherst.

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At Hamilton College, Top Administrators Were Themselves First-Generation Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 17, 2015 - 10:00pm

The upstate New York institution gives special consideration to students who break family barriers by pursuing higher education.

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The Challenge of the First-Generation Student

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 17, 2015 - 10:00pm

Colleges amp up efforts to retain them, but hurdles remain.

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The Double Life of a Blue-Collar Scholar

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 17, 2015 - 10:00pm

The professor with all the degrees used to be a girl with gritty nails who worked at the factory.

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