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Police Chief Says Over-Policing Contributes To High Dropout Rate

A police chief in Texas said he believes his colleagues contribute to increased high school dropout rates and reinforce the school-to-prison pipeline when they, rather than school administrators, discipline students for misbehaving.

"There was a correlation between an increase and proliferation of …


College Is Still Worth It (Depending on Major), New Study Shows

It still pays to have a college degree, but new research shows the benefit varies depending on the field and level of experience.

Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce found that unemployment for college grads was 7.5 percent in 2012, a bit better than the roughly 10 percent …


US colleges seek economic diversity in students from China

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, top American universities like Yale and Harvard are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds.

With more undergraduates coming from …

If America Had 100 College Students, Here's What The Student Body Would Look Like

The typical American college student is not necessarily the iconic four-year student we see in movies and on TV, as a new graphic from The Gates Foundation highlights.

The graphic — created by designer Eleanor Lutz and journalist Linda Kennedy — breaks down America's college population into an …

College & University

States Want More Campus Rape Reports Sent To Police, But Survivors Feel Differently

Several states are considering proposals to refer more campus sexual assault cases to local law enforcement, and there's one constituency in particular that is against it: sexual assault victims.

The proposals vary in their specifics, but bills drafted in New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and …


15 state community colleges get OK to offer bachelor’s degrees

Jubilant education officials chose 15 community colleges on Tuesday — including two in the Bay Area — to be California’s first to offer bachelor’s degrees in high-need fields as part of a pilot program meant to boost the economy and help students avoid costly for-profit programs.

Sometime before …

College & University

Brown, Napolitano may form unusual committee to study UC finances

University of California President Janet Napolitano and Gov. Jerry Brown are expected to take the unusual step at Wednesday’s regents meeting in San Francisco of becoming a two-person committee to study UC’s finances in hopes of agreeing on how much state funding UC should receive.

Napolitano and …

San Francisco

Undocumented students work for support, reform

High school students often dread the thought of applying to college, however for many undocumented youth living in America, there is a harsher reality: not attending college at all.

If they are accepted, affording college is another obstacle. Since most undocumented students are unable to receive …

Illinois Bible colleges sue for right to issue degrees

Bible colleges in Illinois have filed a federal lawsuit against state education regulators, seeking the unencumbered right to award degrees to students who complete their programs.

The lawsuit, filed late Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago, contends the Illinois Board of Higher Education is …

Obama's Plan For Free Community College Gets Widespread Support

President Barack Obama's proposal to send many students to community college for free has widespread public support, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.

Sixty percent of Americans say they're in favor of Obama's proposal to give two years of free community college tuition to students with a C+ or …

College & University

5 College Degrees That Prepare You for Small-Business Success

Think you need an MBA in order to be a successful entrepreneur? Think again. There are many aspects to founding a successful business, and a foundation based on “business” (which is highly subjective) is just one of them. In fact, almost any degree you can imagine can bolster small business success …

Small Business

Obama’s free community college program can really land you a high-paying job

On January 8, President Obama announced a proposal to make the first two years of community college “free for everybody who is willing to work for it,” with states providing a quarter of the funding and the remaining cost covered by the federal government. The announcement captured the nation’s …

Obama proposes publicly funded community colleges for all

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday proposed to bring the cost of two years of community college "down to zero" for all Americans, an ambitious nationwide plan based on a popular Tennessee program signed into law by that state's Republican governor.

However, the idea and its $60 …

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Budget battle

Gov. Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano are in a political battle over how to fund the University of California, and Brown is playing hardball. The governor’s proposed $113 billion state budget released Friday asks the university to …

Obama seeks laws on data hacking, student privacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus.

A White House official said Obama …

White House Still Backs Annual Testing in Schools

With debates about the appropriate role for the federal government in public education increasingly polarized, the secretary of education, Arne Duncan, insisted on Monday that the administration would not back away from annual testing for students and performance evaluations of teachers based in …

Obama, in Tennessee, Begins Selling His Community College Tuition Plan

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — In California, community college tuition and fees average less than $1,500 a year, the lowest in the nation, and with government grants, most students pay nothing. In Florida and Michigan, the cost is over $3,000, yet poorer students still attend free. But in Vermont and New …

A Look Into The 'Double Lives' Of America's Homeless College Students

Sean McLean's first day of college at the University of Massachusetts Boston came on the heels of sobering news: The night before, he and his family were evicted from their home in Woburn, 9 miles north of Boston.

"I went to school knowing that later that day I would be packing up everything I owned …

College & University

College ratings draft light on details

In the weeks and months leading up to the first major release of the controversial college ratings plan, Education Department officials have described the content as a “draft,” an “outline” and a “wire frame.”

They weren’t exaggerating.

The highly anticipated draft release issued Friday morning was …

College & University

Should the Government Rate Our Colleges? - Robert Kelchen

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Should the Government Rate Our Colleges?

Should the federal government be in the business of rating colleges? And can it do them right?

That’s been a question ever since the summer of 2013, when President Obama announced the Department of Education’s new plan to score American colleges—a …


GOP gives feds’ college rating plan an F

The Obama administration will soon publish its plan to rate more than 6,000 colleges nationwide based on the value they provide to students and to society.

The goal is to steer billions in federal financial aid toward the colleges that rate highly — and to yank funds from those that fail to meet …

College & University

Whistleblower Suit Alleges For-Profit College Tricked Veterans Into Debt

Documents unsealed last week also allege financial aid fraud by EDMC.

Unsealed documents from a 2011 whistleblower lawsuit lay out a system of alleged financial aid fraud by EDMC, a financially troubled for-profit college operator that owns the massive Art Institutes chain, which includes falsifying …

Debt Management

Why Colleges Haven't Stopped Binge Drinking

Despite decades of research, hundreds of campus task forces and millions invested in bold experiments, college drinking in the United States remains as much of a problem as ever.

More than 1,800 students die every year of alcohol-related causes. An additional 600,000 are injured while drunk, and …

Billionaire Investor Peter Thiel Chased Off Stage By Angry Protesters At UC Berkeley

A bunch of angry protesters stormed through the doors during a speech by Peter Thiel on Wednesday at UC Berkeley, ultimately shutting down the lecture halfway through the evening's event.

Thiel was speaking at an event hosted by the Berkeley Forum, a student organization at UC Berkeley.

But after …

Peter Thiel

Everyone Who Says College Costs Are Exploding Is Wrong

Despite increased criticism of the rising sticker cost of college, tuition isn't getting significantly more expensive for many students, according to a new report from the Brookings Institute.

The Brookings report partly debunks the perception that college is becoming unaffordable for most students …

College & University

College Girls Are Less Likely to Be Raped Than Non-Students

Despite the focus on sexual assault on campus, a government study suggests college-age women are more likely to be attacked if they are not students.

Most recent coverage of sexual assault and rape has focused on women in college, mainly thanks to a number of high-profile news reports, including the infamous Rolling Stone feature that described a brutal rape at the University of Virginia and a Lena Dunham essay on her sexual assault while at …

Want to get rich? Don't pay off your student loans

When I graduated from Drexel University in 2009 with a degree in engineering, I was 23 and had $200 in my bank account.

In other words, I was like most American college students: Poor and in debt.

I was subletting a small studio apartment in Philadelphia with two other engineers. Our combined student …


China's influence threatens American universities, experts say

The Chinese government's influence over American universities is broad and deep, ranging from such subtle pressures as the denial of visas for vocal American scholars to more overt efforts, including opening Chinese cultural institutes on U.S. college campuses, experts on human rights and education …

No, We Can’t Just Leave College Sexual Assault to the Police

To read the news this year, it seems like colleges never get sexual assault cases right. In July, there was the New York Times exposé on Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Then, Emma Sulkowicz, a Columbia student, began carrying her mattress around campus in protest of her rapist’s continued …