Thursday, March 26, 2015

..."concerns that the state will likely approve a budget this summer that will fall well short of what the nation’s largest four-year public university system has requested."

see:
Cal State University talks cost cuts as state budget looms
Long Beach Press Telegram
Trustees for California State University fear they won’t be able to make do with less, they said today, predicting even more crowded classrooms and a lesser quality education.

Hearing about several staggering cost-savings measures the 23-campus system has implemented didn’t assuage concerns that the state will likely approve a budget this summer that will fall well short of what the nation’s largest four-year public university system has requested.

The presentation prompted Chancellor Timothy P. White to issue yet another warning about the state budget’s impact on the CSU, particularly regarding overcrowding in classes as campuses struggle to meet student demand with adequate faculty staffing.

“It’s the truth that quality has been affected in the CSU,” White told trustees. “It would be a hell of a lot worse had these efficiencies not been found, but you cannot tell me that the increased number of students in classes, that are designed for discussion, improves instructional quality.”

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at the US Senate level there's IHE: Alexander’s Higher Ed Act Agenda
"Notably, though, while the Senate Democrats’ proposal would exclude community colleges and historically black colleges from risk sharing, Alexander’s paper emphasizes that such policies ought to apply to “all colleges and universities.” That’s a common refrain of for-profit colleges, which argue that they are unfairly singled out for scrutiny and federal regulation in a way their nonprofit counterparts are not."
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a "flame out ahead of the tape"?! University of Phoenix's Wings Get Clipped-Wall Street Journal

and
CNN: University of Phoenix has lost half its students. Stock plunges 28% - Mar. 25, 2015

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For those white papers, see directly:
http://www.help.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=4dc6f28c-e8ea-4a94-9c82-91db98e10c0d&groups=Chair
Alexander is seeking public feedback on his policy papers. Comments are due by April 24.

Alexander released the following three staff white papers today:

1. Higher Education Accreditation: Concepts and Proposals

2. Risk Sharing: Concepts and Proposals

3. Consumer Information: Concepts and Proposals

He requested input on the topics to inform the committee’s reauthorization process. Comments should be sent to the following corresponding email addresses no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, April 24, 2015. All comments will be shared with Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and all members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

--and to provide feedback see the same link above for those direct links there.

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