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Surge in Foreign Students May Be Crowding Americans Out of Elite Colleges

Washington Post

December 22, 2016

A major increase in international enrollment in recent years has intensified the competition for entry to America’s top private colleges and universities, as ever-growing numbers of applicants angle for the limited supply of seats.  That tension is particularly evident in the eight prestigious Ivy League schools: Federal data shows that their freshman classes grew slightly from 2004 to 2014 — 5 percent — while the number of incoming foreign students rose 46 percent. At the same time, applications to the schools shot up 88 percent.

Ending Extracurricular Privilege

The Atlantic

December 22, 2016

One day in the summer of 2015, I sat in a small conference room in Tribeca, watching the reality show Dance Moms with Richard Weissbourd, a renowned Harvard psychologist. To Weissbourd, shows like Dance Moms are a symptom of a broader societal malaise. It’s an example of how ego-driven society, and by extension, teenagers, have become, thanks in part to the pressures placed on them by parents and colleges. The Harvard initiative Weissbourd co-directs—called “Making Caring Common”—is aimed at changing media messages and school policies in order to promote concern for others among youth. 

Why This Small College in Iowa Is Going Global

Washington Post

December 22, 2016

Grinnell College had a problem last spring. Enrollment for the incoming class of 2020 was falling well short of the target of 440 freshmen, and the college had exhausted its wait list of domestic applicants.  So the esteemed liberal arts school in Iowa dipped into its foreign wait list.  Grinnell wound up with a class of 414, still shy of the school’s goal. Twenty-three percent of Grinnell’s freshmen are international, up from 18 percent in 2014 and 11 percent in 2004.

The Plague of ‘Early Decision’

New York Times - Commentary

December 22, 2016

Columnist Frank Bruni writes:  As the moment of judgment neared, they barely slept, convinced that their very futures were on the line. Dread consumed them. Panic overwhelmed them.  I don’t mean Americans awaiting the Electoral College’s validation of Donald Trump.  I mean students (and their parents) awaiting actual colleges’ verdicts on early-decision and early-action applications.

Donald Trump’s Attack On Education Is Imminent

WBUR Radio (Boston, MA) - Commentary

December 22, 2016

Mark T. Williams, who teaches finance, risk management and capital markets at Boston University Questrom School of Business and is a former Federal Reserve Bank examiner, writes:  The sustained greatness of America — its economic and social fabric — is made stronger when the dreams of its citizens are met. One hopes Mr. Trump’s policy decisions show a greater understanding of the vital role our nation’s colleges and universities play in fulfilling this promise.

Changes Coming to NAICU’s Headline News Service Today


December 22, 2016

As part of an ongoing update and relaunch of our organization’s website and other electronic resources, NAICU is revamping its Headline News Service effective today, Thursday, Dec. 22.  Beginning in the New Year, NAICU’s news service will become a members-only resource.  However, non-members are invited to visit our website for the latest in higher education news.  
Thank you for your support of NAICU and private, nonprofit higher education.  

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To Save Themselves, Small Colleges Offer Lifeline to Their Hometowns

Wall Street Journal

December 21, 2016

Phillip and Stephanie Mastin have lived all of their 40-plus years in this small manufacturing town set amid farmers’ fields. Neither, though, had ever attended a lecture or a basketball game at the private college near their home. But last spring, the couple sat inside one of Albion College’s red brick buildings as their 18-year-old son collected a $45,000-a-year scholarship from the school. The free ride, one of 13 given to local students in the past two years, is part of a change playing out at small, liberal arts colleges in beaten-down towns across the country. As they struggle with falling enrollments and difficult finances, they are realizing how their own futures are intertwined with the broader community.

What’s In and What’s Out for Colleges as Trump Takes Office

Chronicle of Higher Education

December 21, 2016

If you’re a college leader who feels micromanaged by federal regulations, a university trustee who thinks that the U.S. Department of Education has been overly intrusive in overseeing colleges’ handling of sexual-assault and discrimination cases, or a would-be education provider that is not a traditionally accredited college, you may well like some of the approaches of the coming administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress.  At least that’s how some of the outlines of the new political landscape for higher education appear to be taking shape, based on recent Chronicle interviews with more than two dozen college leaders, policy advocates, and current state and federal government officials.

A Generational Schism Over Gay Rights Appears at Evangelical Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education

December 21, 2016

Evangelical Christians, who proved a powerful voting bloc for Donald Trump, are often viewed as a monolithic group. But a generational rift is appearing on Christian college campuses and among student groups, as students are diverging from professors and administrators on one prominent issue: gay rights.

Is Distance Ed Rule DOA?

Inside Higher Ed

December 21, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education, with a month to go until the transition of power, has finalized a rule that clarifies how colleges become authorized to offer online programs to students in other states -- an effort in the works since the first years of the Obama administration. But the rule is by all indications dead on arrival. 
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