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HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

October 02, 2015



In today’s headlines, many news outlets are covering the shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College. The New York Times reports that while using information provided by the College Scorecard, one cannot tell the impact a particular college has on its graduates’ earnings. See these stories and more below:

Tragedy at Umpqua
Inside Higher Ed (October 2, 2015)

College Rankings Fail to Measure the Influence of the Institution
The New York Times (October 1, 2015)

West Chester U.'s President to Step Down
The Philadelphia Inquirer (October 2, 2015)

Diversity Officers Recognize Reboot May Be Needed
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (October 1, 2015)



Headlines from the Past Week 

Thursday, October 1

The Senate blocked legislation yesterday to extend the Federal Perkins Loan Program that was created to provide low-interest loans to needy students. Inside Higher Ed released its 2015 survey of admissions directors that reveals the pressures they face on the job.

Wednesday, September 30

A new report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that the number of new, first-time college graduates is dropping, while the number of students with prior credentials who are receiving undergraduate degrees is on the rise. The Chronicle of Higher Education examines the controversy of college professors teaching students about gender biases inherent in language—a practice critics see as a troubling trend toward political correctness on campuses.

Tuesday, September 29

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a coalition of 80 selective public and private colleges will build an online platform to streamline the experience of planning for and applying to college. The New York Times explains why turmoil in the financial market is not likely to translate into higher interest rates on federal loans.

Monday, September 28

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that students are bypassing marketing brochures and turning to social media to learn about current students’ experiences at prospective colleges. A new report by the Association of Community College Trustees finds that community college students who take out federal student loans have a higher national default rate than students who take out loans to attend four-year colleges.

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