Higher Education News Bulletin December 2, 2011
Vol. 1, Issue 40
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Duncan calls for quick thinking on how to reduce college costs
Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has called for education officials to “think more creatively — and with much greater urgency” about ways to not only reduce student debt, but also institutional costs in higher education.

Students who do not borrow enough risk dropping out
Despite the media's recent focus on students who borrow too much, students who do not take out sufficient loans put themselves at risk of dropping out with attempts to save money on their education, including not buying required text books or taking too many units per academic quarter.  

College debt disproportionately harmful to minority students
According to The College Board, African American students are twice as likely as white students to owe $30,500 or more in student loans. What's more, in the current economy, minority college graduates are having a harder time repaying their loans, regardless of the amount, because they are more likely to be unemployed.

Coppin State works to turn around low graduation rates 
Coppin State University, an HBCU with graduation rates that have slipped from 20% to the low teens in the past ten years, has historically struggled with student attrition. However, Coppin State is now undertaking a data-driven initiative to overhaul graduation rates that includes a six-week academic boot camp for incoming freshmen and a Student Success Center on campus that can help with non-academic concerns, such as financial aid forms.



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College Then and Now

Margaret A. Miller
Editor-in-Chief of Change Magazine
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Margaret A Miller

The school system that worked so well for me seems to have become dysfunctional. A former teacher tells me that students in his classes come and go as their parents move in and out of jobs, making it close to impossible to develop the class’s understanding of algebra over the course of a semester. The schools still haven’t figured out how to adapt to these changing realities of students’ lives.
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