13 avril 2014

College Is Still for Creating Citizens

http://chronicle.com/img/chronicle_logo.gifBy Marvin Krislov and Steven S. Volk. The fierce debate about the future of higher education in America has clarified some issues even as it has polarized national thinking on the question. While most people agree that current models need rethinking, few have answered where we would be without a vibrant, multifaceted higher-education sector. Two points are critical to this discussion: stimulating informed and open conversations between the higher-education community and future employers in business and the nonprofit community, and acknowledging that higher education fails in its mission if it trains graduates only for their first postcollege job. More...

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The Ongoing Inflation of the Higher Education Bubble

By Political Calculations. How much has the average cost of attending college at four-year degree-granting institution in the U.S. risen since the 1969-1970 school year?
For an American student who enrolled in a four-year college in the fall of 1969, the average they paid for their tuition, required fees, room and board totaled $754, which when we adjust for inflation be be in terms of constant 2011 U.S. dollars, works out to be the near modern day equivalent of $4,619. But a student enrolling in the same kind of institution in the fall of 2011 for the 2011-2012 school year would pay $13,608. Nearly three times as much. More...

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How Americans save for colleges

In 2009, Sallie Mae launched How America Saves for College. To understand how American families are planning for their children’s education, the study captures data on parents’ decision-making about savings, the use of savings vehicles, and the amount they save, as well as attitudes toward paying for their children’s future college education. Read more...

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University officials support loans for undocumented students

. Administrators from California’s two public university systems called Wednesday for the state to provide student loans to some immigrants in the country illegally to cover expenses not met with state scholarships. UC President Janet Napolitano and Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez said their  university systems are backing legislation creating the loan program, which will cost the state and campuses up to $9.1 million the first year. More...

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New state higher-education plan addresses changing demographics of students

By . The body overseeing higher education in Maryland unveiled a new four-year plan Wednesday intended to help serve the low-income, first-generation and nontraditional students that make up a growing segment of the academic population.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission's plan is also meant to push the state toward Gov. Martin O'Malley's goal of increasing the proportion of college-educated Marylanders to 55 percent by 2025. Read more...

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Provisions on higher education in state budget review pass Ohio House

cleveland.com logoBy Sam Howard. Members of the Ohio House of Representatives passed provisions Wednesday for the state's budget review that would alter how the state deals with public higher education.
The bill passed overwhelmingly in the House, coming on the heels of contentious floor debate on another state budget review bill that lasted the better part of two-and-a-half hours. More...

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Mass. House unveils $36.2 billion budget

The Boston GlobeBy Michael Levenson and Joshua Miller. Proposal includes money for higher education, drug treatment, rejects governor’s call for new taxes. House leaders released a proposed $36.2 billion budget Wednesday that increases funding for drug treatment, higher education, and local aid, but rejects Governor Deval Patrick’s push for new taxes and trims some of his priorities, including early education programs. The budget represented a cautious and incremental blueprint, with some targeted spending increases but no jarring policy shifts that could anger key constituencies in a year when members of the House are gearing up for reelection this fall. More...

Proposal includes money for higher education, drug treatment, rejects governor’s call for new taxes

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AACC, Day Three: Choose Your Own Message

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. The final day of the AACC conference was incongruous in the way that big conferences usually are. It had a high-profile speaker -- in this case, Colin Powell -- and it had panels relegated to Scheduling Siberia, or 7:30 in the morning on the final day.  It followed Vice President Biden’s announcement of the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium, which is intended to spread the apprenticeship model to health care and IT, with a panel on the RACC that barely mentioned health care and ignored IT altogether.  So it was inclusive, but with some relegated to the margins; it was a followup, but forgetfully.  You could choose your own message. Read more...

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AACC Day Two: Bidens and By-The-Ways

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. After the bitter shot of espresso that was the first day of AACC, I decided to split the second day between the official conference and the unofficial one. Academic conferences run parallel programs. The official program is what gets printed in the, well, program: panels, plenaries, and the like. The unofficial one is the people you bump into during the day. When the official program gets a little same-y, stuffy, or bitter, the unofficial one can redeem it. So a bit of each. Read more...

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AACC, Day One

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. Every so often, it’s fun to play “roving reporter.”  I’m at the American Association of Community Colleges conference in Washington, D.C.  All I need is a trenchcoat, a fedora, and a pencil. So far, the conference is more scold-y than I’ve seen in the past.  It seems to reflect a sort of anxiety of generational change, with the folks on their way out getting in some parting shots while they can.  That phase may be inevitable, but it isn’t much fun to watch. Read more...

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