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By Gavin Newsom | The fight to put higher education on a sustainable path.

Her student debt was wiped after someone heard her story

Rhea Shannon is the kind of girl who is passionate about telling stories, and is quick with a smile.

Her resilient personality has gotten her through a lot.

But what really grips you is her story. Last month, Shannon shared the story of her father, who died while on active duty in Afghanistan during …

JPMorgan Chase

Gap between richest universities and the rest got wider

The wealth gap between the nation's 40 richest colleges and universities and the rest is getting wider.

That's thanks to strong investment returns and a tremendous fundraising advantage, according to credit rating agency Moodys.

Eighteen of the wealthiest schools have Aaa credit ratings -- that's a …

University

Her mission: To wipe out student debt for fallen soldiers' kids

For Ashlynne Haycock, it's personal.

As an orphan of military parents, 23-year-old Haycock's mission is to make sure that no child of a fallen service member should struggle with student debt.

Just this past month, Haycock jolted into action after she was touched by a CNNMoney story of Rhea Shannon, …

Afghanistan

Higher education isn’t in crisis

Janet Napolitano is the president of the University of California. She is a former secretary of Homeland Security and a former governor of …

Education

4 UC campuses ranked in Princeton Reviews top 50 green colleges

UC Santa Barbara is the third “greenest” college in the country, and UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis are among the nation's top 50, according to new rankings by the Princeton Review.

In fact, all nine UC undergraduate campuses merited inclusion in the 2015 edition of the Princeton Review's …

College & University

American teachers, more demoralized than ever, are quitting in droves

A slew of policies and technologies promising to dramatically revolutionize teaching and education over the past decade has not only failed to produce desired results, it has also led to a decline in teacher morale, with large numbers leaving the profession.

A recent report for the Alliance for …

Education

Is Martin O'Malley the Most Promising Presidential Candidate for Student Loan Borrowers?

This post is part of an ongoing series by Credible about how the 2016 presidential candidates would affect student loans and the financing of education for students and borrowers.

Democrat Martin O’Malley, who has served as both Mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland, has all but announced his …

Democrats

Q&A: Should the Education Department discharge loans?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students from the troubled Corinthian Colleges are getting support from state attorneys general and U.S. senators in their quest to have their federal student loans forgiven.

The question is what comes next. Discharging the debt of all former Corinthian students could cost the …

Loans

To Keep Free of Federal Reins, Wyoming Catholic College Rejects Student Aid

LANDER, Wyo. — An insurrection is brewing here at Wyoming Catholic College, a tiny redoubt of cowboy-style Catholicism where students learn about horseback riding and Thomas Aquinas, and take grueling mountain hikes conducted entirely in Latin.

Citing concerns about federal rules on birth control …

College & University

London’s universities are spending $6 billion to lure overseas students

London has a single university that can be considered among the 10 best in the world—Imperial College—and it wants to change that.

The London School of Economics has been given the go-ahead for a £120-million ($179-million) revamp of its campus in Holborn, demolishing four buildings and rebuilding …

England

What Everyone Should Know About the Student Debt Crisis (in 4 Charts)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Elijah Cummings, who co-chair an initiative called the Middle Class Prosperity Project, are holding a forum this afternoon (Thursday, April 2) at the University of Massachusetts in Boston on "Tackling the Student Debt Crisis" (more info here).

If the word "crisis" …

Debt Crisis

'It Doesn't Matter Where You Go to College': Inspirational, but Wrong

Here's an uplifting college meme that's right: The person you've become by the time you're 18 matters more than any decision by an admissions board you'll never meet.

This is an advice column about getting into an elite college. And, like every column about the anxiety of getting into an elite …

College & University

Dems target college campuses over...

There's a larger trend underway, with GOP policymakers -- at the state and federal level -- dramatically scaling back investment in higher …

Government

100 students refuse to pay their loans

Dawn Thompson racked up $155,000 in student loans for a Corinthian College degree that proved worthless. Now she refuses to pay it off.

It's a risky move, but she's not alone. More than 100 of the now-defunct for-profit school's students are taking the same stand. And the government is willing to …

Loans

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.

Loans

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 …

Education

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 …

Baby Boomers

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 …

Democrats

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 …

Frank Bruni

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 …

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" …

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 …

Legislation

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 …

Policing

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 …