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"Ashley Smith’s IHE story Thursday got few comments and drew little notice, but it should have made national headlines. It gives the lie to a great many tales being told about community colleges," according to Inside Higher Ed's Confessions of a Community College Dean.

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 6:00 pm

"The U.S. Department of Education plans to name the colleges whose access to federal money it has restricted because of concerns about the risk they pose to students and taxpayers. And most of the institutions placed on those financial sanctions in recent years have been for-profit colleges, newly disclosed federal records show," Inside Higher Ed reports.

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 6:00 pm

"For Virginians in financial need, leaders of the state’s flagship university just approved what amounts to a cut of up to $10,000 in the price of a bachelor’s degree," The Washington Post reports.

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 6:00 pm

"Professional positions in higher education administration saw an overall median base salary increase of 2.2 percent in 2014, according to a report issued today by the College and University Professional Association of Human Resources," Inside Higher Ed reports.

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 6:00 pm

"The student strike in Quebec in 2012 did not just bring down the province’s government; it also revealed deep cultural differences in ideas about university funding. French Canadian students, influenced by European thinking, were outraged that their government had proposed raising tuition fees from C$2,168 ($2,168) a year to C$3,793; the rest of Canada, used—American-style—to much higher fees, was baffled by their fury," The Economist reports.

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 6:00 pm

"The U.S. Education Department's Federal Student Aid office has done too little to carry out regulatory changes adopted five years ago to crack down on colleges' use of incentive compensation to reward employees, the department's inspector general said in a highly critical audit this week," Inside Higher Ed reports.

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 6:00 pm

"The announcement of Sweet Briar College’s closing has sent shock waves throughout independent higher education, with some viewing this as the tip of the iceberg and expecting more closings to follow," James L. Doti, president of Chapman University, writes in an opinion piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 6:00 pm

"For years, a good friend of mine had the words 'eschew obfuscation' posted on his office door. ... I am reminded of his phrase at this time of year, as I read financial award letters from various institutions when families send them into my office for comparison's sake," W. Kent Barnds, executive vice president of Augustana College, writes in The Huffington Post's The Blog.

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 6:00 pm

"The University of Phoenix, the largest for-profit university in the United States, has lost a few hundred thousand students in the last five years, according to its parent company," The Washington Post's Answer Sheet reports.

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 6:00 pm

"People tend to tune out when they hear the phrase 'consumer protection,' and that's probably because we don't really think about ourselves as 'consumers.' But we do think about ourselves as a 'mom,' or 'dad,' or 'student borrower,' or 'employee,'" according to The White House Blog.

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 6:00 pm

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“The Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators (MAFAA) is an association of professionals committed to the principle that no one should be denied access to higher education for financial reasons.”