Archives for Higher Education

College Admissions Bribery Scandal Has Important Lessons for Families and Colleges Alike

Categories: Higher Education.

Scandals grab headlines, and they create good fodder for conversations and social media discussions. However, there are important lessons to be learned for both families and colleges from the college admissions bribery scandal, and we all need to pay attention. On March 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that 50 people had been arrested throughout the country and charged with federal crimes in connection with cheating on the ACT and SAT college entrance exams and in connection with the college admission of students who were misrepresented to be athletic recruits. The prosecutions are being pursued against college coaches,
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New Financial Aid Disclosure Template Will Make College Costs and the Options for Affording Those Costs Clearer to Prospective and Current Students

Categories: Higher Education and Student Loans.

On January 16, 2019, the Education Department announced that it is introducing a new template for colleges and universities to use to disclose financial aid information to prospective and current students. The College Financing Plan, which was previously named the Financial Shopping Sheet, is intended to be more user friendly to both institutions and students. The nation’s student loan debt has skyrocketed to nearly $1.5 trillion, and some borrowers may have benefited from a clearer explanation of the costs and options for affording those costs. The College Financing Plan attempts to set forth in a clearer format the various components
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Jonathan Vogel Appeared on Television in Charlotte to Discuss What College Students Should Do If Their School Suddenly Closes

Categories: Higher Education and Student Loans.

On January 7, 2019, Jonathan Vogel appeared on WSOC-TV (Charlotte) news to discuss what college students should do if their school suddenly closes. Vogel noted that students who seek to transfer should ensure that they obtain a copy of their transcript and any school catalogs, course guides, and course syllabi. If they have earned a credential (degree/certificate) from the college prior to its closing, then they should ensure that they physically obtain it. With respect to the transfer of credits, the receiving school will likely examine whether the prior school was accredited, whether the credits were for on-campus or online
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New Sexual Harassment Regulations to be Issued by the Education Department will Impact Thousands of School Districts, Colleges, and Universities

Categories: Higher Education and K-12.

The public has until January 28 to submit comments on proposed regulations that were issued by the U.S. Department of Education in November concerning sexual harassment.  Once finalized, the regulations will provide new requirements under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 that impact the way in which school districts, colleges, and universities respond to allegations of sexual harassment. Title IX, which most people know as a law that contributed to the growth of athletic opportunities for girls and women, is more far-reaching than that.  It prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, in all education
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