All posts by Mark Keierleber

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UMUC to Offer Federal Employees a Tuition Discount

To deal with skills gaps in the federal government, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has formed a partnership with the University of Maryland University College to offer discounted tuition for federal employees and their families.

The agreement will give those employees living outside Maryland a 25-percent discount on tuition. UMUC’s current out-of-state tuition rates are $499 per undergraduate credit hour and $659 per credit hour for graduate programs before the discount.

UMUC will be wo…

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Report Proposes Another Way to Raise State Spending on Higher Education

With state spending on public colleges recovering slowly and tuition rates still rising, a policy-advocacy group has proposed creating a competitive federal grant program to give states incentives to increase spending on and reduce the cost of higher education.

The group, the Center for American Progress, on Tuesday released a report exploring the effects of what it called state disinvestment in public colleges and universities. In the report, the group proposed a program through which the feder…

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Hampton U. President Helps Raise Its Minimum Wage With a Personal Gift

When Hampton University’s lowest-paid employees received their first paychecks of the year, their wages had increased to a minimum of $9 an hour, thanks in part to a donation by the Virginia college’s president.

William R. Harvey and his wife, Norma, who also own the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Houghton, Mich., donated $108,403 to Hampton to support a wage increase for the 121 permanent, full-time staff members working for less than $9 an hour. Those receiving increased compensation are prima…