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February 10, 2016
"Election-year politics should not foreclose progress in the year ahead," Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, said in a statement on President Obama's 2017 budget proposal. Ambitious proposals to pour money into seeking a cure for cancer and the like "should not be immediately dismissed simply because there will be a new occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania a year from now."
February 10, 2016
"Year-round Pell grants help students graduate faster, with less debt, and join the workforce sooner -- all of which contributes to student success and a healthy economy," said APLU President Peter McPherson in a statement Tuesday. "Combined with full funding of the Pell grant program and indexing future increases to the rate of inflation, the president's budget proposal seeks to broaden access and accelerate completion. These are shared goals that should be immune from party politics."
September 18, 2015
In the run-up to the first day of classes each year, students and families are inundated with higher education statistics and often left wondering what information really matters or even which facts and figures to trust. With college access and affordability already emerging as central issues in the 2016 election cycle, the year ahead promises even more confusion than usual.
August 27, 2015
Four-year public colleges and universities have increased their education-related spending even as overall funding has declined.
August 10, 2015
Hillary Clinton will today unveil a massive plan to make higher education more affordable, student loan debt less burdensome and states accountable for supporting their public colleges. The plan -- which would cost $350 billion over 10 years -- is one that campaign officials say will be central to her candidacy for the presidency.
June 19, 2015
As the idea of debt-free college swirls around the Democratic presidential campaign and some liberal policy circles, the groups that represent colleges and universities are sizing up what it might mean for them.
February 28, 2015
By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
Cleveland State University made a proposition to its students two years ago: Take a full course load of 30 credits a year and get $200 off tuition and a $200 book stipend. Only 32 percent of its undergraduates finished a degree within six years, if at all. Hundreds of students were slipping through the cracks as the cost of college went up and up — and they took on thousands of dollars more in debt.
February 19, 2015
By Michael Stratford
From the moment President Obama called for a federal college ratings system some 18 months ago, colleges and universities have criticized the idea and lobbied against it.
February 16, 2015
By Chris Parr
The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities wants President Barack Obama's administration to instead embrace a more "practical plan for transparency and accountability reform", describing current proposals - which would see universities rated on tuition fee rates, the amount of debt students accumulate, and the amount of money they are paid post-graduation - as "complex... with numerous technical challenges and near certain inaccuracies".
January 30, 2015
By Michael Stratford
A core premise of the Obama administration’s college ratings plan -- and one that makes it controversial -- is that colleges and universities need to be held more accountable for student outcomes.