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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

December 19, 2014



In today’s headlines, the Associated Press was among those covering the release of the Department of Education’s status report on its plan to rate colleges and universities, and the Chronicle of Higher Education explored why comparing lots of institutions might not prove helpful to many students. See these and more stories below.

Ed Dept. Releases 'Framework' to Rate Colleges
The Associated Press (ABC News) (Dec. 19, 2014)

Why Comparing Lots of Colleges Might Not Help as Many Students as You’d Think
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Dec. 19, 2014)

Compassionate But Impartial
Inside Higher Ed (Dec. 19, 2014)

Harbaugh's Passion for Academics Could Help Michigan 
Detroit Free Press (Dec. 19, 2014)

Please note Today's Headlines will be on a publishing break until January 5.


Top Headlines From the Past Week . . .  

Thursday, Dec. 19

Inside Higher Ed looks at how the resumption of diplomatic relations with Cuba will broaden potential academic travel to that country. The Washington Post reports that Robert L. Caret, president of the University of Massachusetts system and a former Towson University president, will return to Maryland as the chancellor of the University System of Maryland.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

The Wall Street Journal is among those covering Senate passage of the extension through Dec. 31 of a package of tax incentives, including several major provisions important to higher education. The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a look at how campus police forces are handling issues of race.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

The Chronicle of Higher Education covers ACE's announcement that 25 colleges and universities are joining an alternative credit consortium to create a more flexible pathway toward a college degree for millions of nontraditional learners. Inside Higher Ed writes that new data from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows the continued decline of colleges' agreements with credit-card companies, and The Boston Globe reports on the unionization efforts of full-time faculty.

Monday, Dec. 15

The Chronicle of Higher Education reviews the education and research provisions in the FY 2015 spending bill, now on its way to the president's desk. In other news, Inside Higher Ed looks at the role of some college presidents in recent protests over police killings of unarmed black men, and the Los Angeles Times reports on how women's colleges are leading the push to redefine gender rules on campus.

Friday, Dec. 12

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a federal study that challenges the notion that risk of sexual assault is greater in college. In other news, Bloomberg writes that fall college enrollment numbers are down for a third year as the economy improves.

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