College access and affordability
The Career College Association (CCA), the main trade association for for-profit colleges and universities, held a “grassroots” training in New York City today. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will be speaking at the event’s closing dinner.
Posted Thursday, August 12, 2010 by Pedro de la Torre III
Former GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee announces his support for the DREAM Act, saying undocumented students attending college and attaining citizenship is good for America.
The Department of Education’s recently published gainful employment rule requires programs to prove they prepare students for employment in a recognized occupation.
More evidence of the depths of the student loan crisis surfaced this week when the Federal Reserve’s latest numbers revealed that student loans now account for more consumer debt than credit cards.
Posted Tuesday, August 10, 2010 by Michael Corcoran
Elena Kagan’s confirmation and swearing in as the next Supreme Court justice has set off the usual celebratory retrospectives at the newspapers of the Ivy Leagues where Kagan was enrolled.
New York State finally passed their budget for the upcoming year (125 days late), and one noticeable omission was the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act, a bill that would grant the SUNY system greater autonomy and result in drastically increased tuition rates.
The Senate is expected to vote later this week on the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act (HR 1586), which would modernize the air traffic control system to improve safety and reliability.
Posted Thursday, August 5, 2010 by Angela Peoples
Career College Central (CCC), a for-profit higher education industry media organization, seems to be getting desperate to find some way to deal with increased scrutiny that the sector is receiving from politicians, the Obama administration, and the press.
Posted Thursday, August 5, 2010 by Pedro de la Torre III
The latest kerfuffle over Wikileaked documents about the Afghanistan War has led back to MIT. But the connection, says the campus paper, may be nothing more than a media concoction.
Read more at The Chronicle of Higher Education
Friday marked the 100th day since oil began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico at the Deep Water Horizons well. To mark the occasion, about a dozen demonstrators lined the streets of downtown Berkeley.
Legislation that would allow private student loans to be discharged in bankruptcy could bring a major victory to those dedicated to student loan justice.
Teach for America and the Peace Corps decide to pool their powers.
There are still inequalities that deserve affirmative action programs. For every time a white person is allegedly passed over in college admissions for a black person, he or she is afforded another opportunity simply because he/she is white.
Homelessness and hunger are growing problems on campuses across the country, says NPR. Students are adapting to a nomad lifestyle, living a few nights on friends’ couches and a few nights in student activity centers.
Rutgers Turns Down Marijuana; Widespread Plagiarism Ends M.B.A Program; DREAM Activists vs. Hispanic
It hasn’t been a good week for the for-profit sector of higher education. There’s also some growing tension between young DREAM Activists and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus over the DREAM Act.
Students looking to avoid the sky high cost of textbooks may have an easier time this fall, as textbook rental programs expand and professors turn to cheap — or even free — online reading material.