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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

May 22, 2017



In today’s headlines, The New York Times writes about an effort to show rural students they can attend elite colleges often far from home. In other news, The Washington Post reports on the decision by the Department of Education to select one company to collect student debt payments, rather than the nine contractors that currently handle the government’s $1.2 trillion portfolio of student loans. See these and more stories below.


Bringing the Dream of an Elite College to Rural Students
The New York Times (May 21, 2017) 

 Betsy DeVos Hits Hard Reset on Student Loan Servicing Contracts
The Washington Post (May 19, 2017) 

Experiments With a New Way of Paying for College
Inside Higher Ed (May 22, 2017) 

What Will It Take to Change the Presidency?
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) (May 22, 2017)


Headlines from the Past Week 

Friday, May 19

Several outlets explore the impact of President Trump’s proposed education budget, which was leaked to the Washington Post earlier this week. The Chronicle of Education reports that colleges are still grappling with how to help students unsure of how the administration’s travel ban will play out.

Thursday, May 18

President Trump’s FY18 education budget was obtained early by The Washington Post—several stories cover what it might mean for higher education (click here and here). Inside Higher Ed reports on a new coalition of 25 education companies, publishers and trade associations that formed to advocate against proposed cuts to federal library funding.

Wednesday, May 17

 Diverse: Issues In Higher Education reports on growing support for vocational education and apprenticeships on both sides of the aisle and Inside Higher Ed covers legislation introduced Tuesday by Democrats in the House and Senate that would bolster Pell Grants. The Chronicle of Higher Education explores the relationship between HBCUs and the Trump administration. 

Tuesday, May 16

A new paper from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators calls for the creation of an independent, oversight board at the Federal Student Aid office to report directly to the public, the education secretary and Congress. Inside Higher Ed reports on a Senate bill proposing to overturn a ban on a federal data system that would track employment and graduation outcomes of college students.

Monday, May 15

The New York Times looks at how the success of the Tennessee Promise might influence the implementation of free-tuition plans in other states, including New York. The Chronicle of Higher Education covers President Trump’s commencement speech at Liberty University (VA) and Inside Higher Ed covers the 2016 Tuition Discounting Study from the National Association of College and University Business Officers. 

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