This fall, it will cost students on average 4.5 percent more to go to private, nonprofit colleges and universities, according to a survey of 500 members of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Last academic year, tuition and fees went up 4.3 percent. The 2010-11 increase is the second-lowest jump since 1972-73. Institutions will be offering an average of 6.8 percent in financial aid, the survey found. In 2009-10, aid increased by 9 percent. On average, the College Board reports that it cost $26,273 for tuition and fees at private universities and colleges in ...


Late last week, congressional negotiators reached final agreement on a financial-reform measure that includes changes affecting the student-loan industry. In a win for students, there will be greater oversight for private loans, if Congress adopts the measure. The newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would have authority for all kinds of student loans, including the growing sector of private, nonfederal loans that students who attend for-profit college often use. Also, the legislation would create a separate student-loan ombudsman to give borrowers a central place to turn for help with problems or concerns. One shortcoming: The proposed law does not require ...


U.S. senators today got an earful about the flood of taxpayer money going into for-profit colleges, questionable practices of the institutions, and problems many students face finishing school, paying back loans, and getting jobs. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing entitled: Emerging Risk? An Overview of the Federal Investment in For-Profit Education. (See complete testimony here.) This was the first in a series of hearings led by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, to examine federal education spending at the for-profit institutions. "We have a responsibility to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely ...


For-profit colleges are under the microscope again. This time, Democratic lawmakers are asking the Government Accounting Office to assess the quality of for-profit institutions and look at how much of their revenue is from federal funding sources, including student aid. On Monday, Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee; Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.); and Reps. Timothy Bishop (D-N.Y.) and Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas) requested the probe by Congress' investigative arm. (See letter.) This sector is of particular interest to lawmakers as ...


The College Board offers a detailed response today accessible from its home page to the racial-bias research presented in the recent Harvard Educational Review, which I blogged about earlier today (see post)....


The controversy over the SAT possibly having a racial bias against African-American students has been reignited in the wake of a new study published in the Harvard Educational Review. The article by Maria Veronica Santelices and Mark Wilson in the Spring 2010 issue confirms research in 2003 by Roy Freedle that questions in the verbal section of the college- entrance test do function differently for black students than from whites. This may mean that the average test scores of black students lag behind their white counterpart not just because of economic disparities or school quality. The College Board, which runs ...


Some higher education groups were eager to have their say about proposed federal new rules that are expected to rein in college-recruitment practices, even before the Department of Education issues them. The tentative regulations, which are expected out tomorrow, would prohibit colleges from paying recruiters for students or engaging in misleading recruitment practices. The draft regulatory language would prevent the awarding of any bonus, commission, or incentive payment to individuals involved in admissions or financial aid at an institution of higher education. This was exactly what Congress intended when it banned incentive compensation in 1992, says Terry Hartle, senior vice ...


More students are headed to college, and a large proportion of those freshmen are minorities. A report, "Minorities and the Recession-Era College Enrollment Boom," released today by the Pew Research Center reveals the recent increase in the size of freshman classes at four-year colleges, community colleges, and trade schools has been driven largely by a sharp increase in minority-student enrollment. The analysis of new data from the U.S. Department of Education looks at the freshman classes at 6,100 institutions from the fall of 2007 to the fall of 2008. There was a 6 percent increase in enrollment—the ...


For-profit colleges are in the news today as this growing sector of higher education undergoes scrutiny. The federal government is considering new rules to increase oversight of for-profit colleges, including the possibility of cutting federal aid to schools if graduates spend more than 8 percent of their starting salaries to repay loans, The Washington Post reports. Beginning June 24, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) will hold hearings on the industry to examine federal education spending at for-profit institutions. The Career College Association is lobbying on behalf of for-profit colleges against these new proposals, according to the Associated Press. While enrollment in ...


Imagine graduating from high school and already having an associate degree. That's what more and more students are accomplishing when they leave early college high schools. These schools form partnerships with local community colleges and allow students to take college-level classes to get a head start on their careers. Take Mission Early College High School, located on El Paso Community College's Mission del Paso campus in far western Texas. This spring, more than 109 of the 115 seniors received two-year associate degrees along with their high school diplomas. (The other six are just a class or two away.) And all ...


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