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August 7, 2017
Private Colleges Say Collaboration Would Drive Down Tuition
Catherine Morris, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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College costs have accelerated exponentially over the past several decades, a major factor in federal student loan debt now totaling more than $1 trillion. Private college leaders, however, say that they may have a solution. They want a chance to experiment with collaborative efforts across institutions aimed at bringing college costs down.

A Few Telling Freshman Trends
The New York Times
How are new students feeling? What matters to them? Are they where they want to be? The Higher Education Research Institute at U.C.L.A., which has been surveying first-year students across the country for more than half a century, offers some answers. 
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Year-Round Pell Opens Opportunities for Students
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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The reinstatement of year-round Pell grants is good news for community college students who otherwise had to take the summer semester off or find other ways to pay for that term.

They Each Applied to More Than 100 Colleges. That May Be the Problem.
J. Clara Chan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Students nationwide have increasingly applied to more colleges to improve their chances of acceptance. But some education experts are concerned that the push to apply to as many schools as possible—sometimes up to 100 or more—may unintentionally do more harm than good to students by stressing quantity over quality and scholarship money over fit.

Archway to a Better Job
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
McDonald’s brings a flexible approach and free career and college advising to its tuition assistance program, which is aimed in part at keeping employees on the job longer. 
Could Georgia Tech Use Online to Shave Time Off Bachelor’s Degrees?
Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
Georgia Institute of Technology's online, MOOC-inspired master's degree in computer science has many educators watching closely. This spring, the university tried a similar approach for undergraduates and found it so successful that it's continuing along a path to shave off up to a year and a half of in-person instruction for students pursuing a bachelor's degree.
Ivy Tech Exec Extols Benefits of Dual Credit
Dan McGowan, Inside INdiana Business
Blog: To Diversify Med Schools, Focus On Completion
Dr. Julie Kim, Technology and Learning
Wait, Will Anyone Investigate Legacy Admissions?
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
LATI, SDSU ‘Opening Doors’
The Brookings Register (South Dakota)
Debt Without Degree: Students Drown in Debt Despite a $524 Million State Surplus
Meredith Kolodner and Sarah Butrymowicz, The Hechinger Report
Filling Jobs Toughest Task for Tennessee Manufacturers
Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times Free Press
In One State, Students Are Ditching Classrooms for Jobs
Jackie Mader, The Hechinger Report (Vermont)
4 Questions for 2 Experts On the Future of Higher Education
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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