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Chronicle of Higher Education - January 11, 2015 - 10:01pm

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Founding Dean of Indiana U.'s Media School Takes Big-Picture Approach

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 11, 2015 - 10:01pm

James Shanahan, a scholar of television, will help students at the school keep up with the convergence of media roles.

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CASE's New Leader Brings Global Perspective on Fund Raising

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 11, 2015 - 10:01pm

Sue Cunningham, who is the University of Melbourne’s vice principal for advancement, will help push the organization’s international expansion.

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Campbell U. Names New President; Saint Louis U. Dean to Be Provost at Baylor U.

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 11, 2015 - 10:01pm

J. Bradley Creed, provost and executive vice president and a professor of religion at Samford University, will lead Campbell. Read other job news.

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When Colleges Abandon Phys Ed, What Else Is Lost?

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 11, 2015 - 10:01pm

Regular exercise is key to cognitive development, researchers have found. But more and more, higher education is leaving the body behind.

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A Community College Where Education and Public Assistance Meet

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 11, 2015 - 10:00pm

Michael A. Baston, vice president for student affairs at LaGuardia Community College, explains its participation in a program to help students sign up for public benefits.

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The Players Who Influenced Obama’s Free-College Plan

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 11, 2015 - 1:30pm

The White House’s proposal bears familiar fingerprints. Here’s a tour of the research and programs that helped inform it.

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Free-College Plan Evokes Spirit of Historic Higher-Ed Acts

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 11, 2015 - 11:39am

The president's proposal marks a milestone in the debate over whether college is a private benefit or a public good.

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At 2 Community Colleges, Enthusiasm for the Free-Tuition Idea

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 11, 2015 - 3:00am

Some students already have much of the cost of attendance defrayed by grants, but they’re still pleased at the prospect of broader government support.

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Who Has a Stake in Obama’s Free Community-College Plan?

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 9, 2015 - 1:55pm

It’s not just the community colleges themselves. Many other types of institutions have a stake in the proposal.

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What Students Pay at Community Colleges Now—and How Obama’s Proposal Might Change That

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 9, 2015 - 1:22pm

Tuition is just one of the expenses students face. Much of the impact of the free-college plan hinges on how it interacts with existing financial aid.

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Community Colleges at a Glance

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 9, 2015 - 10:16am

Which students enroll in community colleges? And how much do those students pay? Here's a quick primer.

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Ouster of Editor Points to Challenges for Small Journals Hosted at Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 9, 2015 - 2:56am

W. Ralph Eubanks came to Virginia Quarterly Review as it emerged from a period of tumult. He has been told his contract won’t be renewed.

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Higher-Ed Groups Seek a More-Complete Picture of Post-College Outcomes

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 9, 2015 - 2:55am

Three major associations have introduced a framework for measuring the full value of a higher education, amid increasing calls for accountability and questions about college costs.

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Behind the Statistics on Campus Rape

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 9, 2015 - 2:55am

Here’s a closer look at several assertions informing the conversation. How do we know what we know? And where do we need to know more?

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Obama Proposes Free Community College for Millions of Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 8, 2015 - 9:04pm

The plan carries an unspecified price tag, but the federal government would pay about three-fourths of the costs.

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The President Proposes to Make Community College Free for Responsible Students for 2 Years

U.S. Department of Education Blog - January 8, 2015 - 5:00pm

This post originally appeared on The White House Blog.

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Post by The White House.

Today, the President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America.

In our growing global economy, Americans need to have more knowledge and more skills to compete — by 2020, an estimated 35 percent of job openings will require at least a bachelor’s degree, and 30 percent will require some college or an associate’s degree. Students should be able to get the knowledge and the skills they need without taking on decades’ worth of student debt.

The numbers:

If all 50 states choose to implement the President’s new community college proposal, it could:

  • Save a full-time community college student $3,800 in tuition per year on average
  • Benefit roughly 9 million students each year

Under President Obama’s new proposal, students would be able to earn the first half of a bachelor’s degree, or earn the technical skills needed in the workforce — all at no cost to them.

The requirements:
  • What students have to do: Students must attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.
  • What community colleges have to do: Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that are either 1) academic programs that fully transfer credits to local public four-year colleges and universities, or 2) occupational training programs with high graduation rates and lead to in-demand degrees and certificates. Community colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes.
  • What the federal government has to do: Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. Participating states will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate the tuition for eligible students.
Expanding technical training programs:

President Obama also proposed the new American Technical Training Fund, which will expand innovative, high-quality technical training programs across the country. Specifically, the fund will award programs that:

  • Have strong employer partnerships and include work-based learning opportunities
  • Provide accelerated training
  • Accommodate part-time work
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Obama Puts Tennessee’s Free-College Plan on a National Stage

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 8, 2015 - 2:56am

Tennessee's plan will cover community-college tuition for the state’s graduating high-school seniors. The president's visit could give the idea momentum.

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Seeking to Strengthen Sex-Assault Policies, Colleges Draw Fire From All Sides

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 8, 2015 - 2:56am

Several institutions have seen fights over how to ensure their policies are fair to both the accusers and the accused.

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Outsider Slate’s Success in MLA Elections Is Shrouded by Withheld Numbers

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 8, 2015 - 2:55am

A group demanding that the Modern Language Association better represent non-tenure-track faculty members claims to have made major progress in annual voting.

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