Higher Education News

Suffolk's President and Its Board Chair Will Step Down

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 5, 2016 - 3:06pm
The board chair, Andrew Meyer Jr., will leave the board in May, while President Margaret A. McKenna will step down no later than the start of the 2017-18 academic year.
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Keuka College to Change 'Wolfpack' Nickname After Pressure From N.C. State

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 5, 2016 - 12:51pm
The college's teams will compete as the Wolves when the 2015-16 year concludes.
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What the MIT Dean’s New University Can Learn From Past Upstarts

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 5, 2016 - 11:35am
Administrators at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and Hampshire College reflect on the challenges of shaking up the standard system.
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How to Teach the Super Bowl

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 5, 2016 - 11:15am
At Syracuse University about 100 students will be watching Sunday’s game with an eye toward its societal, economic, and cultural implications.
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5 Things To Do After Filing Your FAFSA

U.S. Department of Education Blog - February 5, 2016 - 10:58am

Congratulations! You submitted your 2016–17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)! Wondering what happens next? Here are a few things to look out for:

1. Review Your Student Aid Report (SAR)

After you submit your FAFSA, you’ll get a Student Aid Report (SAR). Your SAR is a summary of the FAFSA data you submitted. Once you have submitted your FAFSA, you’ll get your SAR within three days (if you signed your FAFSA online) or three weeks (if you mailed a signature page.)

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Any student with an FSA ID can view and print his or her SAR by logging in to fafsa.gov and clicking on the appropriate school year. This is also where you can check the status of your application if you have not received your SAR yet. Once you get your SAR, you should review it carefully to make sure it’s correct and complete.

2. Review Your EFC

When reviewing your SAR, look for the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)  number. Your EFC can be found in the box at the top of the first page of your SAR, under your Social Security number.

Your EFC is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. This formula considers the following about you (and your parents, if you’re dependent):

  • Taxed and untaxed income
  • Assets
  • Benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security)
  • Family size
  • Number of family members who will attend college during the year

Schools use your EFC to determine your federal student aid eligibility and your financial aid award. However, it’s important to remember that your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your school to calculate how much financial aid you are eligible to receive. Contact your school’s financial aid office if you have any questions about how they calculate financial aid.

3. Make Corrections If You Need To

It’s important to make sure that everything on your FAFSA is correct and complete, as your school may ask you to verify some of the information. Most of the questions on the FAFSA want to know your situation as of the day you sign the FAFSA. However, there are some instances in which you’ll want to (or be required to) change the information you reported.

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TIP: You must wait for your most recent FAFSA submission to process before you can update or make corrections to your FAFSA. That usually take about three days.

Do you need to update any information?

  • Log in with your FSA ID.
  • Click “Make FAFSA Corrections.”
  • Corrections should be processed in 3–5 days and you should receive a revised SAR.
  • After you click “SUBMIT” you cannot make another correction until your FAFSA has been processed successfully.

Did you submit your FAFSA using income and tax estimates?

  • Log in with your FSA ID.
  • Navigate to the “Financial Information” section.
  • Indicate that you have “Already completed” your taxes.
  • If you are eligible, you will have the option to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. If not, you may update your tax information manually.

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Has your situation changed?

Most FAFSA information cannot be updated because it must be accurate as of the day you originally signed your FAFSA. However, there are certain items that you must update. If there will be a significant change in your or your parent’s income for the present year or if your family has other circumstances that cannot be reported on the FAFSA, you should speak to the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend.

4. Review Your Financial Aid History

The last page of your SAR includes information about your financial aid history, specifically the student loans you have taken out. It’s important to keep track of how much you’re borrowing and to understand the terms and conditions of the loan.

TIP: You can always access your financial aid history by logging into My Federal Student Aid. Make sure you have your FSA ID ready.

5. Double-Check With Your Schools

Lastly, make sure that you double-check with the financial aid offices at the schools you applied to. Sometimes schools need additional paperwork or have other deadlines. You never want to leave money on the table!

Here’s a video on what happens after the FAFSA. You can find more videos on our YouTube channel.

Sandra Vuong is a Digital Engagement Strategist at Federal Student Aid.

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Accreditor Threatens to Step In as Illinois Colleges Wait for State Funds

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 5, 2016 - 9:20am
The Higher Learning Commission says it is "obligated to move swiftly to protect Illinois students" if the state's budget impasse doesn't end soon.
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U. of Wisconsin Faculty Members Fear Gutting of Tenure

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 5, 2016 - 2:56am
Faculty leaders are criticizing proposed policies that were devised to replace job protections stripped out of state law. They say the proposals leave professors far too vulnerable to layoffs.
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How Many French-Literature Degrees Is Kentucky Really Paying For?

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 5, 2016 - 2:55am
Gov. Matthew G. Bevin questioned whether such students should be "subsidized by the taxpayers like engineers." But little of the state’s money supports students in any foreign-language study at all.
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‘It’s Terrifying to Do Something Like This’: Ex-Sorority Member Broadcasts Concerns About Greek Life

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 5, 2016 - 2:55am
When a Syracuse University senior wanted to air her grievances about body-shaming among women, she turned to YouTube. She talks about what happened next.
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An Administrator’s Rape Allegation Shakes Student-Conduct Group

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 5, 2016 - 2:55am
The president-elect of the Association for Student Conduct Administration publicly accused her predecessor of assaulting her. His university placed him on paid leave while it investigates.
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In a Crisis-Stricken City, a Public University Searches for Its Role

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 4, 2016 - 1:55pm
The University of Michigan at Flint has long considered itself loyal to its community. Now campus leaders have been challenged to prove what that loyalty is worth.
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Chain of For-Profit Beauty Schools Will Close After U.S. Cuts Off Funds

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 4, 2016 - 1:53pm
The U.S. Department of Education had said it was revoking the institution's access to federal student aid for engaging in fraud.
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Student-Conduct Group's President-Elect Says She Was Sexually Assaulted by Predecessor

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 4, 2016 - 1:31pm
Jill L. Creighton, president-elect of the Association for Student Conduct Administration, made the allegation public on Wednesday. The group says an investigator determined her claims "could not be substantiated."
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Stanford Names Neuroscientist as Its Next President

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 4, 2016 - 12:52pm
Marc Tessier-Lavigne, currently president of Rockefeller University, will take office on September 1.
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College in Indiana Cancels Classes Over Diversity Concerns

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 4, 2016 - 11:56am
A group of students delivered a "list of requirements" to the campus administration on Monday.
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Chicago State Declares Financial Exigency as Budget Standoff Continues

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 4, 2016 - 11:47am
Seven months after Illinois's public colleges stopped receiving state funds, the university says it's almost out of money to pay its employees.
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Iowa State Senator Wants Public Colleges to Cut Ties With Stanford Over Halftime Show

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 4, 2016 - 10:55am
The Republican legislator has asked Stanford to apologize for a marching-band skit at the Rose Bowl that portrayed Iowans as hicks.
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Balancing Assessments: A Teacher’s Perspective

U.S. Department of Education Blog - February 4, 2016 - 6:57am

As a Teaching Ambassador Fellow, my colleagues and I have the honor of speaking with thousands of educators, parents, and students across the country about their greatest hopes for education and what’s working well for them or not. Just as I have struggled with the amount of testing in my own classroom, we invariably hear about the amount of instructional time and energy devoted to testing.

Don’t get me wrong. As a teacher, I know that assessing learning is a critical part of our on-going work. However, as the President outlined in October, assessments must be worth taking and of high quality; designed to enhance teaching and learning; and give a well-rounded picture of how students and schools are doing.

In a rush to improve and document one measure of student progress, well-meaning people have layered on more and more tests and put too much instructional focus on test scores rather than teaching and learning. The burden of this falls on our students.

The day I knew that I wanted to help bring our testing situation into better balance was when a ten year old student stood in front of me sobbing that despite lots of hard work, she was sure she had failed a high stakes assessment. She could not catch her breath to express her fear at what would happen to her. As I dried her tears, I knew that I did not want to stand by and be a part of a system that made any child feel that all that mattered was a number on what I knew was a low-quality test.

This past Tuesday, Acting Secretary John King released a video announcing new guidance to help states identify and eliminate low-quality, redundant or unhelpful testing. This guidance shares how federal money may be used to help reduce testing and bring testing back into balance for teachers and students.

The guidance outlines numerous ways funds can be used by States and districts to collaborate with teachers, administrators, family members and students to audit assessments; improve the use of the data; increase the transparency and timeliness of results; and to improve the quality of the tests our students take. As I work with the Department’s Teach to Lead initiative, I’ll note that this seems like a particularly ripe opportunity to call on our schools’ many talented teacher leaders to help improve tests.

We are at a tremendous moment in education to be able to step back in our states to put the balance back in assessment with the help of Federal resources. All of our voices need to be part of the discussion. Our students are counting on us.

JoLisa Hoover is a 4th grade teacher at River Ridge Elementary School in Leander Independent School District near Austin, Texas and a 2015 Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education.

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When a Faculty Candidate Has Been Investigated for Harassment, What’s a Hiring Committee to Do?

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 4, 2016 - 2:56am
That’s a thorny question, as the resignation of a molecular biologist at the University of Chicago demonstrates. Without hard evidence or standard practices, professors struggle to balance the presumption of innocence with a desire to protect their own grad students.
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In Airbnb Era, Colleges Count on Housing Contracts to Deter Dorm-Room Rentals

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 4, 2016 - 2:55am
As students post offers on the site, colleges revisit their policies to make sure the practice is forbidden.
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