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12/14/2018

Graduates of US business schools make more than their counterparts who graduated from schools outside the US, mainly because they tend to take jobs in the US where a Graduate Management Admission Council survey finds that MBA salaries are the highest. Other research from GMAC shows international students increasingly see a US MBA degree as leverage for a higher salary in their home countries.

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12/14/2018

Arizona State University President Michael Crow says higher education doesn't have a debt crisis as much as it has a "completion crisis" that can exacerbate debt. In this interview, Crow notes that half the students who have gone to college since 1980 never graduated and recommends that institutions become more flexible to accommodate nontraditional students.

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CNBC
12/13/2018

New Title IX guidance coming from the Trump administration may conflict with sexual assault laws in states such as California and New York, say legal experts, but many college and university leaders are taking a wait-and-see approach. Education Department spokeswoman Liz Hill said that although some state requirements may be different, "that does not inherently create a conflict between state and federal law."

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Inside Higher Ed
12/13/2018

A new guide from the Education Commission of the States shows that remedial placement policies differ across states and university systems, with 19 using multiple measures, while 21 states have required minimum scores for students to be considered college-ready. The report comes as other systems, such as the California State University System, are replacing remedial courses with credit-bearing classes.

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Education Dive
12/13/2018

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has missed a federally mandated deadline for releasing its annual report on the top complaints of student-loan borrowers. The CFPB has not commented on the missed deadline, but critics, such as Seth Frotman, the former student-loan ombudsman at the CFPB, says the agency "is trying to make the struggles of student loan borrowers invisible."

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MarketWatch
12/13/2018

High-school students who retook the SAT exam and scored 100 points higher were not likely to revise the list of colleges where they intended to apply before retaking the exam, according to a new study. Researchers say many factors may be at play, including family loyalty to a school, tuition costs and counseling.

12/13/2018

A new report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education found that 90% of US public and private colleges and universities have policies that limit the free speech of students, staff and faculty. The majority of schools -- 61.2% -- received a "yellow" rating from FIRE, with only 9% designed as "green" for the most lenient free-speech policies.

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Watchdog
12/13/2018

Lansing Community College has received $1.5 million to fund student scholarships from the estate of the man whose family home now serves as the school president's residence. Christian Herrmann Jr. became a doctor after graduating from the University of Michigan and later served as a faculty member of the University of California at Los Angeles.

12/12/2018

A federal-level overhaul is needed to improve data on postgraduate employment to help inform prospective students on which degrees to pursue, according to a study from The Institute for College Access & Success. The report recommends improvements be made in state databases and for Congress to standardize job-placement definitions and establish a student-data network.

12/12/2018

An analysis from the Urban Institute finds that 31% of master's students reported taking their program completely online in 2016, compared with 5% who did so in 2000. The data also show that programs are increasingly enrolling a larger percentage of students from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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