Getting Out of Discount Game, Small Colleges Lower the Price

By Tamar Lewin

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A higher education riddle: When can a college slash tuition by almost half, without losing revenues? Answer: When nobody much pays full tuition anyway.

As Converse reduces its tuition costs, it will also reduce the rate of the discounts it offers.

When Converse College, a tiny women’s college here, announced that it was “resetting” next year’s tuition at $16,500, down 43 percent from the current year’s published price of $29,000, the talk was about affordability, transparency and a better deal for struggling families.…

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N.J. School Boards Association to study ways to close economic achievement gap

By Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger

The New Jersey School Boards Association has created a task force on student achievement to help local boards identify strategies to improve student performance and close the economic achievement gap.

Members of 11 school boards from urban, rural and suburban districts are joined by education and community leaders to review relevant research and address issues ranging from curriculum to access to technology.…

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Why Are Some Democrats Refusing to Back Efforts to Rein In For-Profit Colleges?

Efforts to place tighter restrictions on predatory for-profit colleges deserve Democratic unity.
By Jeff Bryant

The good news coming from the U.S. Department of Education recently is the effort to put tougher restrictions on for-profit scam colleges that rip off students, families and the taxpayers.

The bad news is that not all Democrats are behind this effort and pushing for the tighter restrictions.…

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Christie Agrees to In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants

By Kirk Semple

The New Jersey Legislature approved legislation on Thursday that would allow students without legal immigration status to pay in-state college tuition. Gov. Chris Christie planned to sign it on Friday, a spokesman said.

The bill’s passage was assured after Mr. Christie, a Republican, struck a deal with Democratic lawmakers, who agreed to a demand of his that they change the bill to remove a provision allowing undocumented immigrants access to state financial aid programs.…

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