Thursday, February 19, 2015

Who Blinked First?

see:
abc local/AP: Napolitano is postponing a proposed tuition increase as a good faith gesture
Speaking at the University of Southern California on Wednesday, Napolitano said she was also hopeful the university system will be able to forestall any tuition increase for the next academic year.

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UCOP Report released: Expenditures for Undergraduate and Graduate Instruction and Research Activities
and some comment, coverage here.
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The Hill with: Napolitano Pushes Changes In College Rating Plan
In a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Napolitano commented on the department’s draft framework for rating two-year and four-year institutions.

Instead of ranking schools numerically, the Education Department has proposed rating colleges and universities as one of three performing categories: high performing, low performing and those that fall in the middle, and grouping two-year and four-colleges separately.

But Napolitano said narrowing the rating system down to two groups might be too basic.

“Within four-year institutions alone, for example, the cost structures, student demographics, and assets/endowments of private institutions may allow for more robust financial aid programs than those possible for most public institutions, which maintain a mission of educating large numbers of students from all socioeconomic backgrounds,” she wrote in the letter.

Instead, she recommended separately grouping and assessing public and private schools. She went on to question the department’s plan to use-short-term earnings of alumni as a metric for rating an institution’s labor market success.
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Napolitano at USC: Janet Napolitano urges ‘passionate conversation’ on higher education
In the 37th annual Pullias Lecture, the University of California president puts tuition in a wider context of the state system’s tradition of innovation

Napolitano established the context for her remarks by summarizing the messages of her two predecessors, David P. Gardner and Richard Atkinson. and the article goes into detail.
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and University of California, San Francisco Receives $100M Gift

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