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"Pushing public colleges and universities to increase graduation rates has become a key objective for President Obama and California Gov. Jerry Brown, among others, as they seek to hold higher education institutions more accountable," the Los Angeles Times reports.
"The college-ratings plan that the Education Department is releasing on Friday can best be described as incremental," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.
"A new infographic from enterprise security and backup specialist SysCloud looks at the risks higher education bodies face and how they can improve their levels of protection," Beta News reports.
"In a report due out on Friday, the Obama administration will offer its first public glimpse of a planned system for rating how well colleges perform, saying it plans to group schools into just three broad categories — good, bad and somewhere between," The New York Times reports.
"A coalition of 46 student, consumer, veterans and civil rights groups on Wednesday wrote to the Obama Administration and U.S. Department of Education to oppose the proposed sale of 56 Corinthian Colleges' campuses to ECMC, a nonprofit student loan guarantee agency," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"There has been a proliferation of consumer information meant to help prospective students choose a college," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.
"More than a decade of efforts to propel low-income and underserved students through community college have fallen short because states and colleges haven’t made systemwide commitments to strategies like streamlining degree requirements, accelerating remediation, and financially rewarding colleges for raising graduation and persistence rates, according to a report being released on Thursday by Jobs for the Future," The Chronicle of Higher Education.
"Utah college students are taking longer to graduate from four-year institutions than their peers nationwide. For many students, this translates into more student debt, a higher likelihood of dropping out, and long-term economic hardship to families and communities," the Deseret News reports.
2014 was quite a year for higher education, especially for student aid! Here’s a look back at some of the biggest events, issues, and news stories in the financial aid community.
"With student-loan default rates rising, a growing number of policy makers, think tanks, and advocacy groups are calling for automatically enrolling some or all borrowers in income-based repayment, or IBR," The Chronicle of Higher Education's The Ticker blog reports, in a post that cites a new report from NASFAA, New America, and Young Invincibles.
"The U.S. Department of Education will release a much-anticipated outline of its college ratings system on Friday, according to several sources familiar with the department's plans," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"The Posse Foundation, which is celebrating its 25th year of existence, announced the 680 scholarship recipients from the high school class of 2015, on Tuesday," Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports.
"Prospective college students can use the FAFSA4caster, available online through the U.S. Department of Education, to estimate how much federal aid they’d be eligible to receive. But is it the most accurate tool out there?" NerdWallet's NerdScholar blog asks.
"It sounds like a simple solution: Enroll student loan borrowers in an income-based repayment plan, and they'll have no reason to miss payments and get into financial trouble. But expanding that repayment method to millions of borrowers could lead to unintended consequences that could further burden those in debt, according to a new report from youth advocacy group Young Invincibles, Washington-based think tank the New America Foundation and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators," U.S. News & World Report writes.
"As it wrapped up its final hours in session this week, the U.S. Senate confirmed a new top lawyer at the Education Department while failing to approve a nominee for a key higher education post," Inside Higher Ed reports.
 
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