02 mars 2014

Tuition Increases Pay for Administration, Not Education

mainstreet.comBy Laura Kiesel. The average rate of college tuition and fees in the United States has increased 440% in the past quarter-century, with an increase of 70% in just the past decade. There has been a lot of speculation about causes, and a report released this month by the nonprofit Delta Cost Project tries to shed some light.
According to the report, Labor Intensive or Labor Expensive: Changing Staffing and Compensation Patterns in Higher Education, the exponential growth of the higher ed workforce is at least partly to blame for the rising cost of college. More...

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Three Keys to Building Alumni Relations

The Daily NewsBy Mel and Pearl Shaw. Colleges and universities look to alumni for financial support. If you attended or graduated from college you likely receive fundraising solicitations from your alma mater. Some colleges excel at engaging their alumni and raising money from them. Their programs have been built over generations: First-year students are encouraged to set alumni giving as a personal goal. Other institutions such as community colleges are newer to engaging alumni. Some small private and public universities also face challenges. More...

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Students appeal for help with college costs

Lowell SunBy Andy Metzger. College students juggling classwork and jobs to pay the bills were given a pep talk Monday by one of the lawmakers with the greatest sway over financial aid levels in the state budget.
"Don't hesitate to call upon your local rep, to call upon your local senator and let them know what's on your mind, and what's important to each and every one of you, and how you feel that they can make the state better," House Speaker Robert DeLeo told the students from area colleges.
He said, "It is my hope that upon graduation from one of Massachusetts's fine higher educational institutions you will choose to stay here in Massachusetts, and continue to be part of this incredible environment. And it is also my hope that the Legislature can continue to provide robust financial aid resources and economic investments to help make this goal a reality."
The students from Babson, Emmanuel, Merrimac and Newbury colleges - to name a few - were in the State House to lobby lawmakers for more funding. Read more...

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College is too Expensive, But How Do We Fix That?

Fox Business - The Power to ProsperBy . No one disputes that college affordability and accessibility are increasingly becoming an issue for students and their families. What’s not as clear is how to combat these problems.
“There is no skepticism that there are major flaws right now with the higher education system, everyone wants to increase access and reduce costs, but discerning why college costs what it does gets very complex very quickly,” says Debra Humphreys, vice president for policy and public engagement at The Association of American Colleges and Universities. More...

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How a Louis Vuitton bag can explain the higher education bubble

The Week LogoBy Paul Campos. In America, the markets for luxury handbags and college degrees both produce what are called "Veblen goods". If you happen to have $31,500 lying around, you could buy a Louis Vuitton PM Showgirl handbag. Or you could spend almost exactly the same sum to pay for one year's worth of tuition (not including room and board) at an average American four-year private collegeMore...

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Resolving Higher Education's Challenges

The Huffington PostBy Jonathan M. Brand. The destructive negative news about our higher education system keeps coming, but there is very little coverage in the national media about why colleges and universities might not be addressing perceived shortcomings as rapidly or comprehensively as students, their families, external organizations or the media wishes, or on what creative solutions might realistically exist. After all, a robust higher education system is critical for national economic competitiveness and our vibrancy matters for this country. More...

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Colleges ramp up career guidance for students

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSMlP1c2E1_ZWKkQVyn-WThlxSFIvqnV8TDGKzdmHGmpQBun7sGhlp9baoBy Mary Beth Marklein. There's a new priority on campus, one that's echoing at colleges coast to coast. Under growing pressure to demonstrate the return on investment of a college education, many schools are boosting their attention to jobs and careers.
University of Vermont seniors used to have to go out of their way to get to the career center. That changed last fall, when the center was handed a piece of prime real estate on the first floor of the school's bustling student center. More...

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College marketer acquires brand agency

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSUa0Fk_7FQscWtrZHpz8OJg_QGcHVj2y63B7yEHt5K8aA7JDrjTD2O-wStamats, the nation’s leading higher education research and marketing firm, today announced the acquisition of The Thorburn Group, a brand agency serving consumer icons such as Disney, Harley-Davidson, Target and Porsche. The combination will allow Stamats to offer a broader range of services to colleges and universities nationwide as they seek opportunities and renewed relevance amid dramatic change that has disrupted the traditional educational business model. More...

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Online higher education trends analyzed across 700 institutions

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSUa0Fk_7FQscWtrZHpz8OJg_QGcHVj2y63B7yEHt5K8aA7JDrjTD2O-wHanover Research, a global leader in information services, announced the results of an analysis of the current state of for-credit online education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at predominantly non-profit institutions. By examining Peterson’s Distance Learning Database, one of the most comprehensive datasets on distance and online learning currently available, the analysis reveals non-profit institutional trends amongst 699 institutions offering online degree programs in the United States. More...

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College in prison programs expanding again

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSUa0Fk_7FQscWtrZHpz8OJg_QGcHVj2y63B7yEHt5K8aA7JDrjTD2O-wBy Matt Zalaznick. Bard College doesn’t judge the success of its prison initiative by the number of students who stay out of jail. Recidivism is an extremely low bar, says Executive Director Max Kenner. “We judge by how many people are becoming middle-class taxpayers, how many people are involved in deeply meaningful ways in their communities. We think by those measures we are thriving.”
In New York’s Hudson Valley, Bard is expanding its work in prisons as similar programs see a resurgence across the country. There are 275 men and women working toward degrees in Bard’s tuition-free programs in six prisons. “The degrees are precisely the same as what’s offered on campus,” Kenner says.
Operating costs are about $3,000 to $5,000 per student per year. More...

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