"Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration presented a budget recommendation on Friday that largely spares colleges and universities from what they feared would be catastrophic cuts in the coming year. But higher education leaders warn that there’s still a lot of work to be done before lawmakers finalize a state spending plan," The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Dynamic speaker and Gallup Education Executive Director Brandon Busteed addressed NASFAA Leadership and Legislative Conference and Expo attendees Monday to share some insights on how Americans perceive higher education.
"After a recent government crackdown on the multibillion-dollar career-training industry, stricter limits on student aid and devastating publicity about students hobbled by debt and useless credentials, some for-profit schools simply shut down. But a few others have moved to drop out of the for-profit business altogether, in favor of a more traditional approach to running a higher education institution," The New York Times reports.
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"Although they often operate at the margins, nearly 22 percent of the nation’s community colleges are minority-serving institutions and are responsible for enrolling about 55 percent of college-going minorities, according to a new report released by the Center for Minority Servings Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania," Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports.
"The median base salary for senior leaders at colleges and universities has gone up 2.4 percent in 2014-15, the same as the year before," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"Concerns about overpopulated prisons and high rates of recidivism have focused new attention on barriers that keep former inmates from re-entering society," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.
"Now, for the first time the U.S. Department of Education released data that break down the type of deferment or forbearance borrowers are receiving, allowing us to better understand why approximately 6 million borrowers (some may be double-counted) are not making payments on their loans," New America's EdCentral reports.
There was something for every interest at the NASFAA Leadership and Legislative Conference and Expo Monday, as attendees followed their track-specific programming before merging for the conference’s annual Legislative Symposium. This year’s Legislative Symposium gave attendees varied insight into Americans’ perceptions of higher education, President Obama’s two years’ free community college proposal, and the federal funding landscape.
"A mid-winter ritual is on millions of families’ calendars this month, and it wasn't about asking a large rodent named Phil for a weather forecast," The Deseret News reports.