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Changes Coming to NAICU’s Headline News Service Today

NAICU
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.  

If you have any questions, you can email us at webmaster@naicu.edu.

Antioch College Cuts Costs, Jobs

Yellow Spring News (OH)
December 22, 2016

For the first time since reopening to students in 2011, Antioch College is reducing its budget, a move college leaders say is necessary to bring expenses in line with revenues that have grown more slowly than expected.  Antioch College President Tom Manley announced a series of spending cuts that will save the college about $1 million annually. These cuts include salary reductions for 23 college employees and the elimination of five staff positions.  The budget measures are part of an 18-month effort to lower the college’s spending.

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.

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.

Yale Set For Biggest Expansion in 40 Years

Washington Post
December 22, 2016

The bell tower looming over a bustling seven-acre construction site here on Prospect Street signals a major development for Yale University: the imminent debut of its first new residential colleges in a half-century.  When Franklin and Murray colleges open in August, they will raise the capacity of incoming classes 15 percent, to about 1,550 seats a year. That will enable Yale’s undergraduate enrollment to grow from about 5,400 now to 6,200 over the next four years.

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.

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. 

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.

Columbia College Offers Discounted Tuition to Uber Drivers

St. Louis Business Journal
December 21, 2016

Columbia College, a private college with its main campus in Columbia, Missouri, is partnering with Uber to offer discounted tuition to students who drive for the ride-hailing company.  Students who drive at least one trip a month for Uber can get a 15 percent discount on tuition for all undergraduate or graduate courses, according to the school's website.

Marian University Lowers Tuition Costs for Next Year

WLUK-TV FOX 11 (Green Bay, WI)
December 21, 2016

It's not something you expect on a college campus.Marian University in Fond du Lac says it has lowered tuition for next year. The college board of trustees approved a reduction of $910 in the annual tuition rate for full-time undergraduate students for the 2017-18 academic year.

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