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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

December 14, 2018



The Education Department took two actions Thursday: it announced that it would begin notifying defrauded borrowers that it is canceling about $150 million in federal loan debt, setting in motion the Obama administration’s “borrower defense” rule; and it contacted students enrolled at for-profit Education Corp. institutions to offer guidance . . . Inside Higher Ed covers a study finding that the traditional college degree remains by far the best ticket to a good-paying job but suggests colleges should pay close attention to micro-credentials and skills-based hiring . . . An opinion piece in The Washington Post laments the decline in international student enrollment in the United States.

Guided by the Courts, DeVos Cancels $150 Million in Federal Student Loan Debt
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Dec. 14, 2018)

Education Department Reaches Out to Students of Defunct For-Profit College Chain
The Washington Post (sub. req.) (Dec. 13, 2018)

The Degree Rules, for Now
Inside Higher Ed (Dec. 14, 2018)

OPINION: One of America’s Most Successful Exports Is in Trouble​
The Washington Post (sub. req.) (Dec. 13, 2018)


Headlines From the Past Week

Thursday, Dec. 13

Despite Education Secretary DeVos’ comments in November that when financial aid increases, colleges raise their costs, there isn't definitive evidence to support this, writes NPR . . . The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau failed to release an annual analysis of borrowers’ top complaints for the first time since the agency started investigating student-loan complaints in 2012 . . . The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the University of California at Los Angeles’ negotiations with Elsevier, the academic publishing giant . . . Lawyers and Title IX practitioners have identified potential conflicts between the Trump administration's new proposed regulations on the gender discrimination law and state policy . . . The Atlantic​ takes a close look at how decades of budget cuts to higher education and changing views on the liberal arts are affecting the University of Wisconsin System, at a time considered one of the greatest higher education systems in the country. 

Wednesday, Dec. 12

NPR reports on the hardships that first-generation rural college students face . . . Inside Higher Ed writes about an international conference on e-learning . . . An opinion piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education argues that the students of today are vastly different from generations past—and they should be taught that way . . . A study​ released by The Institute for College Access & Success offers recommendations on college graduate employment data.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Republicans are joining Democrats in a vigorous examination of Department of Veterans Affairs failings, a rare area of bipartisan oversight on Capitol Hill . . . The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a working paper suggesting that after telling high-achieving, low-income students they should apply to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, many of them did . . . The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles Wendy Raymond, the new president of Haverford College . . . The Atlanta Journal-Constitution​ interviews former Clark Atlanta University president Ronald A. Johnson, who resigned after three-plus years leading one of the largest private universities in Georgia.

Monday, Dec. 10

The Atlantic asks what students do when a for-profit college closes . . . NPR reports that the Education Department has released a plan to help fix the troubled TEACH grant program . . . Washington and Lee University President William Dudley writes in The Washington Post how the school increased its number of Pell-eligible students . . . The Wall Street Journal takes a look at data on the costs of college . . . Inside Higher Ed​ looks at guaranteed admissions policies.

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  • December 14, 2018

    Today's Headlines

    HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

    The Education Department took two actions Thursday: it announced that it would begin notifying defrauded borrowers that it is canceling about $150 million in federal loan debt, setting in motion the Obama administration’s “borrower defense” rule;...

  • Student Issues

    December 12, 2018

    student alone in lecture hall

    ACE Winter Regional Summits to Address Student Mental Health

    Register now for the upcoming ACE West Winter Summit in Tucson and the ACE South Winter Summit in New Orleans to learn more about addressing mental health challenges on your campus.

  • Campus Internationalization

    December 12, 2018

    Lab advisor Tony Pinder

    Cohort 15 of the Internationalization Lab Looks Toward the Finish Line

    The 15th Cohort of ACE’s Internationalization Laboratory met as a group for the last time Thursday to look ahead to the finish line, and prepare for a peer review visit after a year-and-a-half long process of campus internationalization.

  • Immigration

    December 10, 2018

    Taking notes

    ACE Submits Comments on Proposed Public Charge Rule

    The Council is concerned about the impact on American students with immigrant family members as well as international students, including graduate and professional students who may become legally employed in the United States.

  • ACE Annual Meeting

    December 5, 2018

    Best-Selling Author Tara Westover to Address ACE2019

    Westover will discuss her best-selling memoir "Educated" and the transformative power of education on Monday, March 11 at ACE2019. Register today to attend the nation's most distinguished higher education event, March 9-12 in Philadelphia.


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