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Papers Offer Strategies on Affordability and Access at Regional Public Universities

A set of papers released on Thursday by the public-policy firm HCM Strategists focuses on ways that regional universities can improve access and affordability for low-income students. The papers are part of a project called “Maximizing Resources for Student Success,” which was financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They focus on a range of topics including competency-based education, tuition and financial aid, reducing time-to-degree, and strengthening  transfer pathways for community-…


Student-Aid Group Suggests Changes in Loan Forgiveness for Public Service

Report: “Nasfaa Task Force Report: Public Service Loan Forgiveness”

Organization: National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (Nasfaa)

Summary: Nasfaa’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness Task Force offers several policy recommendations for improving the loan-forgiveness program.

Among them is limiting the amount of debt that can be forgiven. Borrowers could have forgiven all of their qualifying loans up to the aggregate federal Stafford limit for undergraduates, plus half of their…


Online-Tutoring Company to Buy Princeton Review Inc., a company that offers tutoring and test-preparation services online, has signed an agreement to buy Princeton Review Inc., which offers test-prep and college-admissions services, Bloomberg reported. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. is buying the company from Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private-equity firm, and the transaction is expected to be completed next month.


NCAA Settles Head-Injury Case, With $75-Million for Testing and Research

The National Collegiate Athletic Association will provide $70-million for concussion testing and diagnosis as part of a proposed settlement agreement to resolve a class-action lawsuit over its handling of head injuries, according to news reports and an announcement by the association.

The NCAA has faced a string of lawsuits in recent years alleging that it has failed to protect college athletes from concussions. And this month the NCAA released a set of guidelines for concussion management, thou…


Governor Seeks Resignations of 2 Alabama State U. Trustees

Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama has asked the chairman and vice chairman of Alabama State University’s Board of Trustees to resign, in the latest skirmish between Mr. Bentley and the historically black institution’s board.

Mr. Bentley, a Republican, requested that the trustees step down a day after the president of Alabama State’s student government called on the same trustees to resign. Mr. Bentley said he had been excluded from receiving a proposed amendment to the university’s bylaws that would, among other things, allow a committee chair to direct the actions of the president.

Gwendolyn Boyd, Alabama State’s president, has also clashed with some members of the board, though she said on Tuesday that the university would “respectfully continue to move forward as these issues are being resolved.”

“I have read all of the material from all of the concerned parties, which includes the (ASU SGA) president, our alumni, friends, supporters of the University and Governor Robert Bentley; and we will respectfully continue to move forward as these issues are being resolved,” said Boyd.

Several attempts to reach Dean and Wiggins on Tuesday afternoon were unsuccessful.

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Minnesota Accuses For-Profit Colleges of Misleading Students

Attorney General Lori Swanson of Minnesota has accused two for-profit colleges in a lawsuit of misleading students about job opportunities and whether credits earned at those institutions would transfer elsewhere, the Star Tribune reported.

The lawsuit against Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business, which are held under common ownership, seeks injunctive relief, civil penalties, and restitution. Both institutions operate campuses in Minnesota. Globe also has campuses in Wisconsin …


Accreditor Won’t Reconsider Decision on City College of San Francisco

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges said on Monday that it would not reconsider its 2013 decision to revoke City College of San Francisco’s accreditation, after an independent appeals panel ordered the commission to review the college’s compliance with accreditation standards.

The commission told the college last year that its accreditation would be rescinded, but last month an appeals panel directed the commission to once again evaluate the college. The commission said …


U. of Wisconsin Disputes Column Connecting Diversity Plan and Grading

The University of Wisconsin at Madison is disputing a column by an emeritus professor who argued that language in a campus-diversity plan calls for racial equity in the distribution of grades. The university says the professor misrepresented that effort, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The professor, W. Lee Hansen, wrote in the column that a recently approved diversity plan was based in part on a line in a 2009 document approved by the Wisconsin system’s Board of Regents. He called atten…


4 Trustees Resign From Tennessee’s Bryan College

Four members of the Board of Trustees of Bryan College, in Dayton, Tenn., have resigned, citing concerns over the leadership of the college’s president, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

Tensions at the small Christian institution have been simmering in recent months, after the college clarified its 80-year-old statement of faith. The statement asserts that all of humanity is descended from Adam and Eve, and that they are historical figures not created from previous life forms. The new …