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Presidents Sign Climate Change Letter to Trump

Inside Higher Ed

December 21, 2016

The leaders of nearly 200 colleges and universities have signed an open letter calling on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and members of Congress to support climate research, investment in a low-carbon economy and the Paris Agreement on climate change.The letter was developed by colleges, universities and the Boston-based nonprofit Second Nature.

More Older Americans Caught in Student Debt Crisis

St. Louis Public Radio (KWMU)

December 21, 2016

An increasing number of older Americans are having problems with student loan debt — so much so that their Social Security checks are being reduced because the federal government is withholding loan repayments. And those reductions result in Social Security recipients falling below the poverty line, according to findings of a Government Accountability Office report sought by Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

To Boost the Economy, Help Students First

New York Times – Presidential Opinion

December 21, 2016

Sheila C. Bair, president, Washington College (MD), writes: Donald J. Trump has made bold and provocative campaign promises on taxes, trade, immigration and infrastructure. These pledges are all in service of bolstering our economic future. While we hope these initiatives will help our economic prospects, there is one important measure missing from the debate. And it could have an even more immediate and direct impact on economic growth: student debt relief. Student debt relief is smart economics and smart politics for the new administration.

Yellen Tells College Graduates that Value of a Degree Is Rising

New York Times

December 20, 2016

The unemployment rate among Americans with college degrees was just 2.3 percent in November, a number that suggests employers are now competing for well-educated workers. Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, went to the University of Baltimore on Monday to congratulate graduates on joining that fortunate group.

Columbia Challenges Vote by Graduate Students to Unionize

New York Times

December 20, 2016

The battle over whether graduate students at universities can unionize entered a new phase on Friday, when Columbia University filed a challenge with the National Labor Relations Board over the recent vote by its graduate assistants to unionize. Columbia said that tactics like voter coercion may have tipped the balance in favor of the union and that the N.L.R.B. should invalidate the vote.

Devos Heads into Confirmation with a Megadonor's Advantage

Politico

December 20, 2016

Billionaire Betsy DeVos has been unabashed about using her wealth to advance her own agenda. “We expect a return on our investment,” she once wrote about her family’s massive political contributions.  After giving millions of dollars to politicians over the past two decades, she now heads into her Senate confirmation hearing for education secretary with a clear advantage: DeVos and her husband, Dick, have donated to the campaigns of 17 senators who will consider her nomination — four of whom sit on the Senate education committee that oversees the process.

The U.S. Government Is Collecting Student Loans It Promised to Forgive

Bloomberg

December 20, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education has two quite different roles in the lives of indebted former students. The same bureaucracy that must safeguard taxpayer dollars by collecting $1.1 trillion in loans also oversees the nation's largest-ever effort to forgive student debt.  The Obama administration has repeatedly promised that borrowers eligible to have their student loans cancelled would be reimbursed for "every penny." But for months, the Education Department has been actively working to collect on federal student debt owed by tens of thousands of former students at Corinthian Colleges Inc.

Closing the Stubborn College Graduation Gap Between Rich and Poor

Hechinger Report – Presidential Opinion

December 20, 2016

Carol Quillen, president of Davidson College (NC); Josh Wyner, vice president and executive director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program; and Martin Kurzweil, director of the Educational Transformation Program at Ithaka S+R, write: Today, a college degree is more critical than ever. Those with a college degree not only earn more than those without, they are more likely to be employed. Unfortunately, America continues to struggle to provide postsecondary education to young people from lower-income backgrounds. Even the most academically qualified lower-income students are far less likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than their higher-income peers.

College Enrollment Drops 1.4% as Adults Head Back to Work

Wall Street Journal

December 19, 2016

Despite aggressive efforts nationwide to boost the number of people who attend college, enrollments declined this fall for the fifth straight year as better job prospects for older potential students and a stalled pipeline of new high-school graduates were compounded by continued woes in the for-profit college sector.

Should Colleges Be on the Hook for Some of the Loan Money Their Students Don’t Pay Back?

Marketwatch

December 19, 2016

The value of a college degree has never been higher, but the high cost of college means that pursuing a degree has never been riskier.  A handful of congressional lawmakers and higher education policy wonks, including professors and think tank researchers, are coalescing around an idea to change that. The fix, known as risk-sharing, would require that colleges be on the hook for some of the federal financial aid money their students are unable to repay. And in an era of high partisan tension, forcing colleges to have “skin in the game” has support from members of both parties.
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