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Students From Troubled For-Profit Colleges Refuse To Pay Back Loans

A group of students met with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Tuesday to send a message: They won't pay back the loans they incurred attending troubled for-profit colleges.


Elite Colleges Are Now Destroying Admissions Records

In January, a student group at Stanford University published details on how to access your college admissions files. Now some of the country’s most selective schools are choosing to destroy the documents.

This January, a group of Stanford University students gained access to their admissions files, …

College & University

Bill Would Limit Use of Student Data

Is the digital revolution in the classroom giving the education technology industry carte blanche to exploit student data?

That was the question some teacher and parents groups have posed in their public responses to the news last week that Pearson, the education publisher, had been covertly …


Why College Isn't (And Shouldn't Have to Be) For Everyone

I know a high school senior who's so worried about whether she'll be accepted at the college of her choice she can't sleep.

The parent of another senior tells me he stands at the mailbox for an hour every day waiting for a hoped-for acceptance letter to arrive.

Parents are also uptight. I've heard of …

College & University

Millennials: More educated, fewer employed than Gen X

Millennials are getting more college degrees, but they aren't getting as many jobs as their Gen X counterparts.

Today's young adults are on track to becoming the most educated generation to date, according to new data from the Pew Research Center.

More Millennial women, in particular, are securing …


Napolitano Says ‘We Don’t Have To Listen To This Crap’ As Half-Naked Students Protest Potential UC Tuition Hikes

http://media.sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/CBSSF_1803201522071457636AA.mp4SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – University of California President Janet Napolitano …


NEW FRANK BRUNI BOOK: Brand-name colleges are overrated – BOEHNER plans to take on Hillary-mail – SUSAN GLASSER interviews Bill Burns

Mike Allen's must-read briefing on what's driving the day in Washington

Good Monday morning. FRANK BRUNI BOOK OUT TOMORROW – Ron Fournier, “Should DC Be More Ivy-Less?” “In his new book, Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, ... [Bruni] tries to bring some …

Liberal News

Florida concealed guns debate continues to divide college campuses

On the list of recent college shootings across the US, Florida State University is particularly prominent. In 2011, sophomore Ashley Cowie was shot dead by a student who was showing off an assault rifle at an off-campus party. Last November, a mentally ill gunman wounded three people, paralysing …


“Holy sh*t!” John Oliver blasts NCAA over $1 billion March Madness scam

Despite the college tournament generating $1 billion in TV ad revenue, student athletes aren't paid a penny

The maddest thing about March Madness is that, despite bringing in over $1 billion in television ad revenue, student athletes aren’t paid a penny because they’re considered “amateurs” by NCAA …

John Oliver

Free the Corinthian 15 -- And 41 Million Other Student Debtors

Last month the "Corinthian 15," in collaboration with the Debt Collective, announced that they would not pay the debts they had accrued while enrolled at schools run by for-profit corporation called "Corinthian Colleges Inc." Corinthian, which had more than 70,000 students enrolled in its schools …

Debt Collection

Obama calls for more rights for struggling student borrowers

ATLANTA (AP) — Issuing a clarion call to Americans saddled by student debt, President Barack Obama urged student borrowers Tuesday to stand up for their rights, and announced a medley of modest steps to bring some order to a notoriously chaotic system.

Obama unveiled his "student aid bill of rights" …

Barack Obama

Republicans Enraged By University's American Flag Ban Vow Legislation

Republican California lawmakers outraged over an American flag ban at a University of California campus that was quickly overturned this weekend announced legislation Monday to outlaw such bans.

State Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove), joined by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, Assembly …


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 …

College & University

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 …

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 …

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 …