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U. of Phoenix Makes Cuts to Compensate For Lagging Enrollment

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 6:30pm

Once the purveyor of online degrees, the University of Phoenix is forced to make significant cuts due to declining enrollment.

The Chronicle of Higher Education writes:

U. of Phoenix Looks to Shrink Itself With New Admissions Requirements and Deep Cuts

The University of Phoenix, losing profitability because of falling enrollments and high dropout rates, announced on Monday that it would eliminate most of its associate-degree programs, close even more of its physical campuses, and, for the first time, establish academic admissions requirements.

Those moves are likely to leave the university, which in 2010 had an enrollment of 460,000, with about 150,000 students by 2016. Phoenix is not all that far from that point now. For the period ending May 31, its enrollment was 206,900, compared with 241,900 a year earlier. The planned changes and enrollment figures were announced on Monday by the university’s parent company, the Apollo Education Group.

Apollo also disclosed that in June it bought a controlling interest in the Iron Yard, a so-called coding boot camp that offers nondegree training. Last year Kaplan Inc., a large for-profit education company that’s owned by Graham Holdings, bought a similar company, called Dev Bootcamp. Such boot camps are ineligible to receive federal student aid, but as they gain in popularity, many observers speculate that they soon might be in some way.


 
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Ohio Church Pastor Helps People go Back to College

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 5:00pm

This is an inspirational story worth sharing.

From the Hechinger Report.

From pews to classes, a new push for higher ed in church

Damita Rhodie was on her way to a bachelor’s degree when she fell in love, got married, had kids, divorced, and ended up with no bachelor’s degree and no time to get one.

It’s a story so common that policymakers struggle mightily to overcome it in their efforts to increase the proportion of Americans with degrees. Yet enrollment has been going down, not up.

Rhodie bucked that trend. A rare exception, she has now returned to college for a degree in social work. And her motivation came from a source as persuasive as it was unexpected: the pastor at her church.

“I don’t claim to know all the rules and regulations about re-entry into college, but where I can be helpful and functional on the team is to have access to the people who trust me enough to say, ‘Pastor Cleveland, I really want to come back and do this,’” said the pastor, Odell Cleveland, of the 4,000-member Mount Zion Baptist Church here.

The idea of using churches to help drive adults back into college started with Degrees Matter!, a nonprofit in Greensboro. If politicians, business leaders and schools couldn’t do it, the organization reasoned, maybe churches could.

“What we’re trying to do is move the needle to get as many people into education programs as possible,” said the organization’s associate director, Camy Sorge. “It’s really about, ‘How can we reach the most people?’”

Mount Zion is the only church that so far has teamed up with Degrees Matter! but Sorge said she hopes to enlist more.


 
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Are College Summer Programs for Higher Schoolers Worth It?

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 3:30pm

Competitive admissions have some high schoolers spending their summers in college programs, but do they really make a difference?

Forbes reports:

College Summer Programs for High Schoolers: Are They Worth It?

Parents faced with even tougher college admissions competition are scrambling for anything to give their kids a leg up in the process. That...

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Prager University – What Makes America Different?

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 2:00pm

In this new video from Prager University, Australian writer Nick Adams examines America from an outsider’s perspective and explains what he believes makes America special.

Here’s more information:

Course Description

Is America really that great? Or is the United States just like any other nation? Outsiders tend to be the best judge of character,...

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Supreme Court to Weigh Race in College Admissions

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 12:30pm

The Supreme Court will decide yet another controversial issue.

The New York Times reports.

Supreme Court to Weigh Race in College Admissions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to take a second look at the use of race in admissions decisions by the University of Texas at Austin, reviving a potent challenge...

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Ohio University Students Can Now Choose Their Preferred Pronouns

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 11:00am

Some schools are focused like a laser on the issues facing college students today.

From the Post Athens.

LGBT-inclusive preferred name and pronoun policy approved for the 2015-2016 academic year

Shortly before the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of same-sex marriage Friday, Ohio University President Roderick McDavis approved a policy...

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Sweet Briar College Makes First Rescue Payment Early

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 9:30am

The rebuilding process begins and looks promising.

Fox News reports.

Sweet Briar College saviors say they’ve made 1st rescue payment early; doubled the amount

SWEET BRIAR, Va. – The nonprofit group that led the drive to save Sweet Briar College says it has delivered $5 million to the women’s school.

Saving Sweet Briar Inc. says...

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Saying ‘America is a melting pot’ is Now a Microaggression at U. Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 8:00am

Those who make up these rules should be ignored by rational people.

David Hookstead reported at the College Fix.

Wisconsin university dubs ‘America is a melting pot’ a racial microaggression

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point officials have advised faculty that the term “America is a melting pot” is a racial microaggression.

The common phrase was among a list...

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Poor Emotional Health of Incoming College Freshmen Connected with Collegiate Expectations

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 6:30pm

A study released by UCLA takes a look at the correlation between the continued decline of incoming freshmen emotional health and college expectations.

Based on a survey of incoming college freshman, trends indicated emotional health of incoming freshman continues to decline:

The American Freshman: National Norms Fall Cooperative Institutional Research

Emotional Health Concerns Connect...

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Governor Bobby Jindal Signs Bills Which Help Veterans With Higher Education

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 5:00pm

It’s always nice to see an elected official do something good for our veterans.

KSLA News reports.

Gov. Jindal signs bills into law supporting higher education for veterans

Governor Bobby Jindal signed two bills into law on Friday aimed at helping military veterans and their spouses complete their education.

SB 132, introduced by Sen. Ben...

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U. Missouri at Kansas City Pays Chelsea Clinton $65,000 Speaking Fee

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 3:30pm

Unable to afford Hillary Clinton’s speaking fee, the University of Missouri at Kansas City settled for a lesser Clinton. The price? A paltry $65,000.

From the Washington Post:

A college balks at Hillary Clinton’s fee, books Chelsea for $65,000 instead

When the University of Missouri at Kansas City was looking for a celebrity speaker...

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New Report Says Terrorists are Targeting Universities

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 2:00pm

Most colleges and universities are gun free zones which makes them a convenient target.

The Times of Higher Education UK reports.

Terrorists ‘targeting universities and scholars’ says report

A new report has flagged up the sheer scale of violence and persecution suffered by university staff and students across the globe.

Part of the Academic Freedom...

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The Education Department is Publishing College Ratings Without Ratings?

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 12:30pm

What?

U.S. News & World Report reports.

What’s the Best College? Decide for Yourself, Feds Say

The Education Department will release a tool officials say ‘will become a form of public accountability.’

It’s like promising a five-course meal, but giving guests just the ingredients – and without a recipe.

After nearly two years of discussion, planning...

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What About ‘Left Wing Privilege’ on Campus?

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 11:00am

We’ve heard about all kinds of campus privilege but not left wing privilege.

This piece by Tal Fortgang originally appeared at the College Fix but it was re-posted by Time.

38 Ways College Students Enjoy ‘Left-Wing Privilege’ on Campus

While the marginalization of right-wing thinkers on campus in no way compares to the experience...

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Tips on Looking for a Job After College

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 9:30am

Here are some tips for job hunters.

The Detroit Free Press reports.

How do you land that job after college?

Katie Diekman, 22, is looking forward to a “gap” year after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in May.

Diekman, who majored in women’s studies and history, wants to find a...

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SCOTUS to Revisit Affirmative Action in College Admissions

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 8:00am

Based on what happened last week, is there any question how they’ll rule?

Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher ed reports.

Supreme Court Returns to Affirmative Action

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to review the constitutionality of the consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions cases.

The case involves the admissions practices...

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‘Left-Wing Privilege’ is Alive and Well on College Campuses

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Posted by    Monday, June 29, 2015 at 6:30pm

If you wanted a lengthy listacle of how left-wing privilege is thriving on college campuses, today is your lucky day.

I was thrilled to see this in TIME.

38 Ways College Students Enjoy ‘Left-Wing Privilege’ on Campus

‘I can take classes and earn degrees in departments that are designed to line up...

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Ivy League Prof Chooses Not to Have Children Because They’d be White

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Posted by    Monday, June 29, 2015 at 5:00pm

White privilege is apparently a bigger problem than we thought.

Blake Neff of the Daily Caller reported.

Prof: I Chose Not To Have Children, Because They’d Be White

A white Ivy League professor has taken to the pages of the Huffington Post to condemn her own race, declaring that she chose never to reproduce...

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Are Two Year Universities Better Than Four Year Universities?

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Posted by    Monday, June 29, 2015 at 3:30pm

Could community college be more advantageous than university?

WaPo makes the case for community college:

What’s wrong with going to a community college? How two-year colleges can be better than four-year universities.

The United States is largely segregated along education lines. Those who went to college usually know mostly other people who went to...

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Student Details Effect of Title IX Compliance at the University of Delaware

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Posted by    Monday, June 29, 2015 at 2:00pm

Title IX is creeping into the classroom of some American universities.

From the FIRE blog.

How the Pressures of Title IX Compliance Have Chilled My College Campus

On my first day of class this past semester, like my previous three semesters at the University of Delaware (UD), I expected to attend my classes and...

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Man Charged with Spray Painting Swastikas at Stanford

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Posted by    Monday, June 29, 2015 at 12:30pm

He was not a Stanford student.

San Jose Mercury reports.

Stanford: Man charged with spray painting swastikas on student residences

PALO ALTO — A 19-year-old man was arraigned Thursday in connection with the spray painting of swastikas and other graffiti on two student residences at Stanford University earlier this year.

Lucas Joseph Ninow is facing...

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Prof: County Clerks in Red States Should Marry Gay Couples or Resign

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Posted by    Monday, June 29, 2015 at 11:00am

Another fine example of liberal tolerance.

The College Fix reported.

Professor: County clerks in red states must marry gay couples or resign

The Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry, a controversial 5-4 decision that legalizes gay marriage in all 50 states – even ones that had banned the practice with...

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