College, Inc.: Public policy


Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 07/10/2012

Are Va. college trustees groomed for activism?

Some in academia are miffed that the leader of a group that promotes activism by governing boards spoke at a Virginia board orientation last fall.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:25 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Public policy | Tags:  University of Virginia, Teresa Sullivan, Helen Dragas

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 06/22/2012

At 150, land-grant public universities struggle to return to roots

Public higher education approaches a milestone.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:27 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  Morrill Act, public universities

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 06/21/2012

Zeithaml takes interim U-Va. role under fire, says he didn’t support decision to remove Sullivan

He turned the job down twice before agreeing to step in as interim president, and says he didn’t support the Board of Visitors decision to oust Teresa Sullivan.

By Daniel de Vise and Anita Kumar  |  11:40 AM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Public policy | Tags:  University of Virginia, Carl Zeithaml

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012

E-mails show U-Va. board leaders planning Teresa Sullivan’s exit

Board members share clippings about the coming online revolution in higher education.

By Daniel de Vise and Anita Kumar  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Public policy | Tags:  University of Virginia, Teresa Sullivan

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 05/21/2012

Public university presidents nearly crack the $2 million mark

Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State and a college leader since 1981, comes a few thousand dollars short of a compensation milestone.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:35 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  higher education, executive compensation

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 05/18/2012

Graduation “gap” widens in Maryland

A frustrating finding, five years after the state’s university system pledged to cut the gap in half.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:37 AM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Public policy | Tags:  college graduation, minority completion, college success

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 05/15/2012

State grant aid goes increasingly to the wealthy

In the District, only 6 percent of state grant funds are awarded based on financial need, according to a new report.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:49 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  higher education, financial aid

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 05/11/2012

Choosing a college for the job that comes after

Students soon will be able to compare colleges according to their likely job prospects upon graduation.

By Daniel de Vise  |  08:59 AM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Public policy

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 05/08/2012

No College Left Behind: A guest post

Looking for a ‘Holy Grail’ in the quest to measure student learning? Go see a Monty Python movie, our guest blogger opines.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:14 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Research, Pedagogy, Public policy

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 05/03/2012

Why the nation needs more female engineers

A guest post from Stephanie Hill, an African-American woman who is a software engineer at Lockheed Martin.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:15 AM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Public policy, Students | Tags:  STEM, engineering

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 04/20/2012

Ohio State’s Gordon Gee proposes “differential” tuition

What if public colleges charged different rates according to how much each student’s courses cost them to teach?

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:52 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  higher education, college affordability

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Hispanics are crucial to college completion goals

Hispanics have made huge gains in college attainment, but there’s still a wide gap between completion rates for Hispanics and whites.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:43 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Public policy, Research | Tags:  Hispanics, college attainment

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Five universities that really are up-and-comers

These schools, all founded or reconfigured in the past 50 years, have quickly joined the top tier of national research universities.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:19 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Administration, Pedagogy, Public policy | Tags:  higher education, top universities, UMBC

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Choosing a college without knowing its cost

Many public universities don’t yet know what they’ll charge in 2012-13, and some privates haven’t posted their rates. Yet, students are urged to decide early.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:49 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  college tuition, college admissions

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Obama college-cost plan may not work as prescribed

The president wants to penalize colleges that charge too much. But the plan might punish low-cost schools, too.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:39 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Higher Education, College cost, Obama education plan, Colleges and universities

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Rising college prices: Is federal policy partly to blame?

Vassar president opines that spiraling costs are partly a response to misdirected federal incentives.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:37 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Obama budget, higher education

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 03/08/2012

New graduation math = success for community colleges

Counting transfer students as “completers” will raise community college completion rates to 40 percent from - - well, from an unspeakably low number.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:03 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Community Colleges, Public policy | Tags:  community colleges, completion rates, higher education

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Student loans surpass auto, credit card debt

New report shows one-third of all student loan debt is held by those under 30.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:54 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Obama, student loans, higher education

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Are car loans, college loans so different?

Guest blogger asserts that a college education is a good investment — better, in the long run, than a car. Is a modest student loan such a bad thing?

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:33 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  financial aid, student loans, Obama

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 02/16/2012

University of Texas moves to enforce ‘slacker’ rule

The Texas flagship looks for ways to boost its four-year graduation rate — even if that means making fifth-year students feel a bit less welcome.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:12 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Public policy, Publics

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Report faults Va. colleges for spiraling tuition

Tuition and fees at 17 private institutions now exceed two-fifths of median household income in the commonwealth.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:46 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Attainment, Finance, Public policy, Research | Tags:  College of William and Mary, University of Virginia, University of Richmond, Washington and Lee University, George Mason University

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 01/27/2012

College leaders question Obama’s tuition plan

The president proposes to reward or punish colleges on the merits of their tuition policies.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:25 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/26/2012

College grad rates are ‘bad data’

Critics solemnly invoke federal graduation rates as evidence of academic quality and public accountability. The grad rate doesn’t measure either, one college president says. 

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Public policy | Tags:  Trinity Washington University

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Should William and Mary students pay ‘market rates’?

President Taylor Reveley says the university should think about a more market-based tuition structure — but it’s just an idea, for now.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:11 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Aid, Finance, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  College of William and Mary

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/12/2012

DCTAG official: Choose your college with care

Some colleges do better than others as stewards of D.C. Tuition Assistance Grants. Two-fifths of grantees graduate overall.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:00 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Attainment, Public policy

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 01/10/2012

Guest post: Restore civics to the college curriculum

A new report contends too few American college graduates know enough about history, citizenship and the world to participate in our democratic system.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:50 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Liberal Arts, Pedagogy, Public policy

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Berkeley and the public Ivies: Five lingering questions

Further thoughts on the fiscal peril facing Berkeley and other top public universities.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:24 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Administration, Aid, Finance, Public policy, Publics

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 12/22/2011

Guest post: Eight thoughts on higher education in 2012

Today’s guest bloggers offer four causes for concern and four reasons for hope.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:24 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  For-profit colleges, Pedagogy, Public policy, Students, Technology, Online

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Can the public Ivies be saved?

Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan, discusses — and rejects — two radical proposals that could potentially save the nation’s top public universities.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:17 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  University of Virginia

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Maryland regents reject merger of College Park, Baltimore

Instead, the two schools will form a “strategic alliance” to find the collaborative spark that has eluded them.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:20 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  University of Maryland

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Guest post: In defense of federal student aid

A college president and former beneficiary of federal aid contends that the program should be seen as an investment.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:46 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Public policy, For-profit colleges

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Obama meets with star presidents to talk reform

Attendees include University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan, UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski and the New York state university chancellor.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:06 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Posted at 07:58 PM ET, 11/22/2011

GAO report alleges low standards at for-profits

One undercover student handed in photographs in lieu of an essay and got credit. Several gained admission using bogus diplomas.

By Daniel de Vise  |  07:58 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  For-profit colleges, Public policy

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Guest post: Cutting student aid like ‘eating our own seed corn’

Budget hawks in Congress see student aid as “spending,” but not as an investment, guest blogger opines.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:17 AM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 11/11/2011

Larry Summers on some of higher education’s ‘bad ideas’

The former Harvard president wonders, for example, whether it is wise for the nation’s oldest college to have so many old professors.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:44 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance, Pedagogy, Public policy | Tags:  American Council of Trustees and Alumni

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 11/04/2011

Guest post: Billionaire dropouts are not the rule

OK, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs dropped out of college. But that doesn’t mean everyone else should, too, our guest blogger opines.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:59 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Public policy, Students

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 11/02/2011

Guest post: Four ways to teach students to write

Colleges too often blame the K-12 system, when they should be working on improving their own remedial education effort, today’s guest bloggers say.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:48 AM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Community Colleges, Public policy, Research

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Five arguments against a University of Maryland merger

President of the U-Md. campus in Baltimore — the likely junior partner in a proposed merger with the College Park campus — shares his faculty’s concerns.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:33 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Public policy, Publics, Rankings | Tags:  University of Maryland

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Guest post: Don’t bank on the net-price calculator

A financial aid official contends that no one formula can predict what college will cost for each individual student.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:05 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Admissions, Finance, Public policy

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 09/27/2011

Report exposes hidden failure of part-time students

They make up two-fifths of the college population, aren’t counted by the government and take much longer to finish college.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:44 AM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Community Colleges, Public policy, Research

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 09/23/2011

Guest post: Get out your net-price calculator

By the end of October, every college in the land will provide parents an online tool to calculate the “net price” of attendance.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:06 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Access, Administration, Finance, Public policy

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Guest post: 10 challenges for college presidents in 2011-12

Lipscomb President L, Randolph Lowry says college leaders should embrace the “new normal”.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:13 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Facilities, Finance, Public policy

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 08/18/2011

Montgomery College immigrant tuition challenge dismissed by judge

A judge has dismissed a suit that challenged Montgomery College’s practice of charging lower resident tuition to illegal immigrants who graduate from local public schools.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:39 PM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Community Colleges, Litigation, Public policy

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 08/16/2011

International admissions up in U.S. grad schools

Surge reaffirms strength of U.S. institutions in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:21 AM ET, 08/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Finance, Graduate education, Public policy, Research

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 08/11/2011

Washington and Lee installs Virginia’s largest solar power source

Kenneth P. Ruscio, president of Washington and Lee University, recently announced the school will install Virginia’s largest solar energy system .

By Daniel de Vise  |  08:57 AM ET, 08/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Facilities, Public policy, Sustainability | Tags:  Washington and Lee University

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 08/01/2011

Feds raid Northern Virginia university

Immigration authorities seize documents and computers; students in limbo.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:44 AM ET, 08/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Accreditation, Public policy

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Guest post: ‘A resounding yes’ to the degree in three

Three-year bachelor degrees are not for everyone. But they could bring efficiency to the academy and save students a load of money, our guest blogger reckons.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:12 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Public policy, Pedagogy

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 07/12/2011

St. Mary’s College defends its tuition

Maryland’s public liberal arts college charges more than any other state university in the region, but less than its liberal-arts peers.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:56 AM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  St. Mary's College of Maryland

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Maryland immigrant tuition bill goes to voters

One grass-roots campaign appears to have stalled another, and Maryland’s version of the DREAM Act may be blocked.

By Daniel de Vise  |  06:06 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Finance, Public policy, Publics

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 07/07/2011

Cuccinelli: U-Va. may not bar concealed weapons

The Virginia attorney general says that a U-Va. policy banning firearms may not be lawfully enforced.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:14 AM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Crime, Public safety, Public policy | Tags:  University of Virginia

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 06/24/2011

Report: Only five colleges properly serve needy students

Report finds only five schools that serve large numbers of low-income students, charge them reasonable prices and graduate more than half their charges.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:32 PM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy, Research | Tags:  University of Virginia

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 06/08/2011

Report: D.C. universities contribute $11.3 billion to local economy

Local institutions represent nearly 3 percent of the D.C. economy and are the region’s largest private employer.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:40 AM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Marketing, Public policy, Research

Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 05/27/2011

Study: Public universities leaner now than in 2001

Public institutions employed 21 staff members per 100 students in the 2009-10 academic year, down from 23 in 2001-02

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:49 PM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance, Labor, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  college finance, college staffing

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 05/24/2011

Study: One-fifth of faculty does most of the work

If the other 80 percent worked as hard as the most productive 20 percent, tuition at the University of Texas could be cut in half, the study suggests.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:23 PM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance, Labor, Pedagogy, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  faculty, Center for College Affordibility and Productivity

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 05/12/2011

D.C. Council recommends separate community college

“Community College Independence Act of 2011” would effectively dissolve the two-year college created in the division of UDC and replace it with an independent entity.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:56 PM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Accreditation, Community Colleges, Public policy, Publics

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 05/11/2011

O’Malley restores merit grants to 350 seniors

The students found out in recent days that their $3,000 Distinguished Scholar grants had been yanked.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:46 PM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Maryland higher education, student aid

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 05/09/2011

D.C. program helped put DCPS on the college map

DC-CAP has brought the city’s public school system close to the national average in college attendance.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:19 AM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Attainment, Public policy | Tags:  DC-CAP, D.C. public schools

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 05/05/2011

U-Va. issues new sexual misconduct rules

The school is one of many around the nation that have been accused of downplaying or covering up sexual assault. New rules focus on victims’ rights and broaden the definition of misconduct.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:17 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Crime, Students, Public policy, Public safety | Tags:  University of Virginia

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 04/11/2011

Budget deal funds Pell, doesn’t block for-profit rules

The cuts to need-based Pell grants that had been widely feared by Pell supporters did not happen.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:23 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, For-profit colleges, Public policy | Tags:  for-profit colleges, Education Department, Pell Grants

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Naval Academy would lose half its faculty in a shutdown

More than half of faculty at service academy are civilians and would be off the clock in a government shutdown. Military subs are standing by.

By Daniel de Vise  |  06:35 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Facilities, Public policy, Public policy | Tags:  U.S. Naval Academy

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Maryland moves to regulate for-profit colleges

General Assembly jumps in ahead of slower-moving federal regulation effort

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:44 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  For-profit colleges, Marketing, Public policy | Tags:  Kaplan, for-profit colleges, Maryland

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Shutdown would mean little to colleges

In theory, some student aid programs would grind to a halt. In practice, the dollars likely would continue to flow.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:12 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Aid, Public policy | Tags:  Education Department, public policy, student aid

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Pell cuts would come late in the admissions game

Cuts to the federal aid program come after big state schools have already told students how much aid to expect.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:39 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  student aid, Pell grants, public policy

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Mc­Don­nell pledges funds to repair U-Va. Rotunda

Virgina’s governor pledges $2 million to begin repairs on the Thomas Jefferson-designed U-Va. Rotunda, after the General Assembly passed it over.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:12 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  University of Virginia

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Cal State's Reed: Don't cut Pell grant program

California State University broke with years of tradition in the 2008 downturn by adopting competitive admissions. For the first time in a long time, California students in the top third of their classes with B averages weren't guaranteed admission. Since...

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:22 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Administration, Admissions, Aid, Attainment, Community Colleges, Finance, For-profit colleges, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  Cal State University, California higher education, Charles Reed CSU, Pell grants, higher education cuts

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Bill Gates talks about teacher pay, class size

This afternoon I am turning College Inc. over to K-12 education to report on a morning interview with Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft and, through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, probably the most important philanthropist in education. Gates, 55,...

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:23 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Public policy | Tags:  Bill Gates, Gates Foundation, Gates NGA speech, Gates class size, Gates teacher pay

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 11/08/2010

Texas students oppose tuition break for illegal immigrants

The Student Senate at Texas A&M University last week registered its opposition to a bill in the Texas legislature that would give in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. The students voted 41 to 28 for a bill that opposes the state...

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:07 AM ET, 11/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Public policy, Public policy, Public policy, Public policy, Public policy | Tags:  Texas A&M immigrants bill, Texas tuition immigrants, illegal immigrant college tuition, illegal immigrants college Maryland

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 10/27/2010

GOP lawmaker asks whether Montgomery College is breaking law

A Republican state delegate is asking Maryland authorities to investigate whether Montgomery College is breaking the law by allowing illegal immigrants to enroll as county residents and therefore obtain lower in-county fees. Del. Patrick L. McDonough (R-Baltimore County) called a...

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:36 AM ET, 10/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Public policy, Public policy, Public policy, Public policy, Public policy | Tags:  Montgomery College, Pat MDonough, college tuition in-state immigrants, illegal immigrant college tuition, illegal immigrants college Maryland

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 10/06/2010

'Public Talks' coming to a college library near you

A new initiative called Public Talks asks supporters to post a brief manifesto on the door of every college library. Founded by a former rock-concert promoter and sailing instructor named John Connolly, Public Talks is a Web-based project with a...

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:07 PM ET, 10/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Public policy | Tags:  Public Talks, Public Talks document on library doors, public dialogue initiative

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 03/05/2010

An HBCU president reflects on Obama's initiative

Readers of this blog will know that President Obama signed an executive order last week ago reaffirming and strengthening the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, a document first signed by President Carter 30 years ago. The...

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:52 AM ET, 03/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Public policy, Public policy | Tags:  Dillard University, HBCUs, Obama administration