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Northwestern College Conducts December 2017 Nursing Pinning Ceremony for Graduates

[Bridgeview, IL] Northwestern College’s Violet L. Schumacher School of Nursing held a pinning ceremony on Saturday, December 9 to honor the College’s December 2017 Nursing graduates. Twenty three (23) Nursing students participated in the traditional pinning ceremony that signifies a student’s formal induction into the Nursing profession. The pinning ceremony took place in the auditorium More Info »

Is Higher Education Really Losing the Public?

New public opinion data suggest that despite significant concerns about prices, most Americans (and many Republicans) believe a postsecondary education is essential. Last summer’s Pew Research Center and Gallup surveys showing sharply declining public support for colleges and universities — especially among Republicans — seriously rattled higher education leaders. Understandably so: with the GOP running More Info »

Betsy DeVos hit with two lawsuits in one day over backlog of student debt relief claims

Pressure is mounting on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to take action on thousands of federal student loan forgiveness applications languishing at the U.S. Department of Education. On Thursday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued DeVos and the department for failing to process more than 50,000 debt relief claims submitted by former Corinthian Colleges students. The More Info »

ECPI students help give dentures for those in need

Donnie Whitehead Sr. sat back in a dental chair, clutching a mirror. He looked at his reflection and parted his lips. A big, gleaming set of teeth smiled back. Whitehead, of Suffolk, was wearing dentures Thursday for the first time in a year, thanks to a free program spearheaded by Vicki Brett, the dental assisting More Info »

DeVos Wades into Debate Over How to Modernize Higher Education

The education secretary is looking to the private sector for input on how to match curricula with workforce needs. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos signaled her approach to modernizing the higher education landscape Thursday, collecting advice from industry leaders on how the federal government can help overhaul an antiquated delivery system to meet modern workforce More Info »

McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul is closing abruptly

The school’s administration told students and staff members in an e-mail that financial difficulties have forced the decision. The abrupt news that McNally College of Music will close in two weeks brought an outpouring of dismay Thursday night from students who had just received an e-mail titled “Very sad day” from the downtown St. Paul More Info »

U.S. Department of Education Releases Additional Funding to Support Schools and Students Impacted by Hurricanes

Supplemental Federal Work-Study Program funding awarded to more than 900 schools Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced $10.4 million in additional funds to assist students at more than 900 schools affected by the recent natural disasters. The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program funds will be distributed to schools located in Federal Emergency Management Agency-declared major More Info »

Some Charlotte School of Law students wrongly denied discharge of federal loans, NC AG’s office says

Dozens of former Charlotte School of Law students who were on approved leaves of absence when the law school closed in August were improperly denied closed-school loan discharge, according to the North Carolina attorney general’s office. In a Dec. 13 letter (PDF) sent to Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education, Matt Liles, an assistant More Info »

National College Completion Rate Rises Again

The national college completion rate increased 2.1 percentage points compared to last year, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, a nonprofit that tracks the progress of almost all U.S. college students. The six-year completion rate for students who enrolled in college in the fall of 2011 was 56.9 percent. Last More Info »

More Colleges Try Income-Share Agreements

In recent weeks two private institutions have joined the small but growing list of colleges that give students the option of using some of their postgraduate income to help pay for college. Late last month Lackawanna College, which is located in Scranton, Pa., announced the creation of its income-sharing agreement. Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, More Info »