Week in Review

Aug/27/2015 - 2:38pm

Employment and unemployment rates, much more than the number of high school graduates or other population trends — which are important over time but very slow moving — are the biggest factors driving enrollment for community colleges, for-profit colleges and some open-access four-year institutions.

Selective public and private colleges can control the size of their incoming …

Aug/27/2015 - 2:33pm

Some of the student activists who are urging the U.S. Department of Education to grant more sweeping loan forgiveness for debt incurred at the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges campuses are set to receive $4 million to continue to press their case — and possibly haul the department into court over the issue.

A bankruptcy judge on Wednesday …

Aug/26/2015 - 3:17pm

Joseph Chanlatte’s father was the director of a university when political turmoil forced the family to migrate from Haiti for Brooklyn in the early 1980s. So even though both his parents were college-educated, when it came time for Chanlatte to apply, they weren’t much help with the American education system. On his own, he learned …

Aug/26/2015 - 3:12pm

Community colleges across Tennessee are starting their academic year with many students who may have never thought they would attend an institution of higher learning, but who are taking advantage of the Tennessee Promise program, which offers them a free two-year college education.

Although official numbers won't be available until after the 14th day of enrollment, …

Aug/26/2015 - 3:08pm

President Obama signed executive orders (13,563 and 13,610) as part of an effort to “eliminate red tape.” Federal agencies were told to “modify, streamline expand, or repeal” existing regulations. The recent “retrospective reports” from the administration reveal that executive agencies have added more than $14.7 billion in regulatory costs and 13.4 million paperwork hours. Too …

Aug/25/2015 - 3:10pm

Private colleges and universities continue to raise their tuition discount rates, even as many institutions struggle with decreasing enrollment and declining revenue despite the practice.

A report from the National Association of College and University Business Officers released today reveals that tuition discount rates are at an all-time high and many institutions are using the strategy …

Aug/25/2015 - 3:07pm

FOR SOME students, college debt can be a disincentive to attend or a crushing burden afterward. For others, many of whom are starting classes now, it is a reasonable investment in a degree that will lead to increased lifetime earnings. As they look for crowd-pleasing solutions to the college debt “crisis,” the Democratic candidates aren’t …

Aug/24/2015 - 3:51pm

Many smart students forgo college in the mistaken belief that they cannot afford it. The financial aid system, which is intended to increase opportunities for low-income students, is largely to blame.

Students must fight through thickets of paperwork and endure long delays to obtain definitive information about the aid for which they qualify. Many give up …

Aug/24/2015 - 3:28pm

Studying in the library, getting help from a tutor, even cheering at a college football game — all of those activities carry a little extra reward for low-income students at Ball State University.

The university is in its second year of offering a mobile application called “Ball State Achievements,” designed for students who come to Ball …

Aug/24/2015 - 3:25pm

The Education Department has grown into one of the biggest money lenders in the country, overseeing a $1.2 trillion portfolio of student debt rivaling the entire loan business of JPMorgan Chase with a staff roughly the size of the National Weather Service.

But instead of fulfilling a presidential mission of remaking and simplifying a confusing and …

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