Higher Education News From Around The Web

Here are the latest stories from higher education blogs around the web:
 

What the House Republican Plan to Cut Pell Grants by $78.5 Billion Means for StudentsSubmitted by Lindsay Ahlman on July 18, 2017In March, we showed what it would mean for students if the House Republicans acted on their proposal to eliminate all mandatory Pell Grant funding. Republicans on the House Budget Committee are expected to include this extreme cut in their FY18 Budget this week. In response, we've updated our analyses with the latest data from the Department of Education and Congressional Budget Office (CBO). New data show the same grim story: eliminating mandatory funding threatens the existence of the (Read more...)
Tue, Jul 18, 2017
Source: TICAS

 

House Budget Proposal to Eliminate Subsidized Loans Would Increase the Cost of College by Thousands of DollarsSubmitted by Diane Cheng on July 18, 2017The House FY2018 budget resolution is expected to advance the President's proposal to eliminate subsidized Stafford loans that go to students with financial need. With subsidized loans, interest does not accrue while students are in school, for six months after they leave school, during active-duty military service, and for up to three years of unemployment or other economic hardship. The billions of dollars in savings from ending subsidized loans for new students would not be used to (Read more...)
Tue, Jul 18, 2017
Source: TICAS

 

Submitted by TICAS on July 10, 2017Getting to Graduation: The Importance of College Assessment Policy for Financial Aid RecipientsThe Institute for College Access & Success and ACCT, in collaboration with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office examine the effect financial aid and assessment policy have on graduation and transfer rates. This post originally appeared on the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) blog By Debbie Cochrane, The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) Earlier this year, The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) and ACCT, in collaboration with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO), set out to explore community college (Read more...)
Mon, Jul 10, 2017
Source: TICAS

 

The Office of the President is asking for authority to lower UC's contribution to retiree health benefits. This reduction would take the form of removing UC's commitment to a payment floor of 70% of aggregate retiree health premiums (7). This figure had been set as part of the long and public discussion over benefits and debates that surrounded the President's Task Force on Post-Employment Benefits and approved by the Regents in 2010. That discussion you may recall was long and involved and resulted in a series of steps (including the restarting of University contributions) to help improve (Read more...)
Fri, Jul 07, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

If there was ever any doubt that the results of the UCOP audit and the University's response has damaged UC's political standing, the 2017-2018 budget should put those to rest. The Budget displays a remarkable suspicion of UC. In this post, I want to indicate 3 of the crucial indications of that suspicion. I hope to discuss some larger questions about the state of UC governance and ways to overcome its evident difficulties in a follow-up post soon.The bottom line is that the new budget provides less state money directly to campuses while increasing the demands that the (Read more...)
Wed, Jun 28, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

On June 2, following the negative state audit of budget practices at UC's Office of the President (UCOP) and then regental partygate, the governor's office announced four new appointments to the UC Board of Regents. This rekindled some press interest in the conflict between the sudden announcement of completed appointments and the process described in the state constitution. Yesterday, the Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA) has written a letter to state Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León asking that "the California Constitution be followed when nominating Regents to the University of California." I'll discuss the letter and (Read more...)
Tue, Jun 20, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

Financial Aid Gains in the 2017-18 California State Budget AgreementSubmitted by Laura Szabo-Kubitz on June 16, 2017After a budget season with unprecedented focus on financial aid, the 2017-18 California State budget agreement now on Governor Brown's desk includes several important policy gains. Most critically, the budget includes welcome and long-overdue increases to financial aid for full-time community college students to help cover total college costs that can exceed $20,000 a year. Due to an increase to the Full-Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG), a program championed by the Assembly two years ago, Cal Grant recipients taking 12 or more credits per (Read more...)
Fri, Jun 16, 2017
Source: TICAS

 

Same Program, Different Results: Why the Gainful Employment Rule is NeededSubmitted by Pauline Abernathy on June 12, 2017The gainful employment rule data the Education Department released in January make clear that some federally funded career education programs are consistently leaving students worse off – drowning in debt they cannot repay – while many other programs are not. We've previously blogged about how bad some of these programs are. We just put together examples of schools located near each other offering the same program with very different results. The examples illustrate that location and type of program don't explain abysmal outcomes. They (Read more...)
Mon, Jun 12, 2017
Source: TICAS

 

The UC Regents revealed their utter failure of integrity and effectiveness at their last meeting when they were discussing the state audit of the Office of the President. Instead of simply trying to get to the truth of the way UCOP has been acting, most of the regents spent a great deal of time praising President Napolitano and each other. What they failed to examine was why and how UCOP interfered with the audit, and if UCOP was hiding money and actions from the regents themselves. Moreover, no one asked why the campuses changed their reviews of UCOP: (Read more...)
Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Changing Universities

This week's UC Regents meeting is the tenth anniversary of a Senate First and, so far, a Senate last--a direct presentation to the UC Regents of a faculty view of the budget. In May 2007, Senate chair John Oakley and UC Provost Rory Hume arranged for me as the chair of UCPB to present the budgetary conclusions of what came to be known as the Futures Report. It had, over a two year period, been researched and written by UCPB, approved by Academic Council, and submitted to President Bob Dynes for transmission to the board. John (Read more...)
Fri, May 19, 2017
Source: Remaking the University