Week in Review

Aug/05/2015 - 12:42pm

Members of the class of 2016 will start their final year of college in a couple of weeks. In May, they will earn diplomas and the title of most-indebted graduating class ever. Trends show that with each school year, a new class of students becomes more indebted than the last. The class of 2014 owed …

Aug/04/2015 - 3:31pm

Utah's college students are leaving free money on the table — to the tune of $45 million last year, according to some estimates.

The untouched cash — in the form of federal Pell grants — haunts state higher-education leaders. They believe the assistance could streamline college for many and make it affordable for others who consider …

Aug/04/2015 - 3:26pm

Concerned that a bill from two United States senators proposing the use of as few as two questions to determine financial eligibility for college will gain traction, a national organization of financial aid professionals has presented an alternative for simplifying the process of applying for financial aid.

Earlier this summer, as part of discussions related to …

Aug/04/2015 - 3:00pm

The July 2015 National Association for Business Economics Business Conditions Survey noted that more than one-third (35 percent) of respondents reported that their firms experienced shortages of skilled labor during the quarter ending in June, up from 25 percent in the quarter ending in March, and up from 22 percent in the quarter ending June …

Aug/03/2015 - 4:18pm


Roger Dalton, vice president of government affairs for American National University, was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities.

Eric Rector has been appointed director of library services at American National University.

Ed Lynch, professor of political science at Hollins University, has been named an Oman Alwaleed Fellow for 2015-16 by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.

Aug/03/2015 - 4:11pm

Last month the Center for American Progress (CAP ) reported that a short list of 20 graduate schools were responsible for 25 percent of all federal student loan borrowing. The list was dominated by for-profit colleges, with Walden University at the top and the University of Phoenix, Capella, Strayer, Grand Canyon, and Kaplan all making …

Aug/03/2015 - 4:08pm

The for-profit college sector is having a tough year. Enrollments are on the decline after years of sustained growth following the Great Recession. Corinthian College shut down, and the Department of Education said that it will erase the debt of some of its graduates and former students who say they were defrauded by the organization.

Two …

Aug/03/2015 - 4:00pm

Presidential candidates from both parties are tapping into Americans’ growing angst over paying for college, placing an unprecedented bright glare on higher education this election. For Democrats, the solution is making college cheaper, or free. Republicans want more innovation and efficiency.

The surge in candidates’ collective interest in the issue isn’t a coincidence: Nearly half the students …

Jul/30/2015 - 6:55pm

Students have a lot of distractions. While much is self-inflicted, the Internet has introduced a new level of distraction. EdTech companies SHOULD be creating products that lessen distractions, however between poor UX, bad design and feature-creep, technology has become an impediment to the learning process.

But there is a way the EdTech community can help to …

Jul/30/2015 - 6:49pm

Career College Central Summary:

Black and Hispanic Americans regret their student loan debt more than their white counterparts, a new Pew Charitable Trusts report finds. When you dig into their education and labor market outcomes, that makes a lot of sense.

About 51 percent of black and 52 percent of Hispanic millennial and Generation X student-loan borrowers …

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