Higher Ed Press Clips September 2012

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September 1-4, 2012

Ed News:
Higher ed master plan nears completion –
The Colorado Commission on Higher Education is nearing completion of a master plan for the state’s college and universities, a document intended to help spur increased college completion by Colorado students, improve the success of remedial programs and reduce ethnic success gaps.  The master plan also is a key step toward a performance-based funding system that could go into effect four years from now.  But the 19-page draft master plan doesn’t contain detailed guidelines for how Colorado is to achieve the document’s goals. The plan lays out only one specific requirement – increasing the number of degrees and certificates issued by state colleges by “at least” 1,000 a year.

Denver Business Journal:
Colorado School of Mines gets $225K energy grant –
The Colorado School of Mines won a $225,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to help improve the ability to locate natural gas trapped under polar tundra and ocean sediment.  The grant, announced Friday, funds research at the Golden college into extracting natural gas from advanced methane hydrates, which are ice structures containing natural gas found below the Arctic permafrost and in submerged sediments along nearly every continental shelf worldwide.

The Fort Morgan Times:
Assistant U.S. Education Secretary tours Morgan Community College –
Assistant U.S. Education Secretary Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier visited Fort Morgan on Monday, as part of a tour of northeast Colorado to learn more rural education.  Morgan Community College was one of the stops on her tour, and she spent time seeing the college's facilities and speaking with department heads, teachers, students and representatives from local businesses, like Cargill Meat Solutions.

September 5, 2012

Denver Post:
Judge rules for students in immigrant-tuition suit –
MIAMI—Students at Florida's public colleges and universities cannot be charged higher out-of-state tuition simply because their parents are in the U.S. illegally, a federal judge ruled.   U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore determined the policy violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution by forcing those students to unfairly pay three times as much as Florida residents. Children born in this country are citizens whether or not their parents have legal immigration status. "The state regulations deny a benefit and create unique obstacles to attain public post-secondary public education for U.S. citizen children who would otherwise qualify for in-state tuition," Moore wrote.

Pueblo Chieftain:
CSU-Pueblo enrollment tumbles –
Colorado State University-Pueblo's enrollment is down nearly 10 percent, putting an end to five years of a growing student body.  As of Aug. 31, the university's unofficial head count was 4,762 students, a drop of 484 students or a 9.6 percent decrease from the 2011 head count.  The official fall census has not been released.

Boulder Daily Camera:
CU-Boulder faculty express fear over lifting of campus gun ban –
Citing concerns for their safety, University of Colorado faculty members were vocal Tuesday in their opposition of the Colorado Supreme Court's ruling earlier this year to overturn CU's campus gun ban.  Chancellor Phil DiStefano, Provost Russell Moore, CU attorney John Sleeman and CU police Cmdr. Robert Axmacher were on hand at a town hall-style meeting Tuesday to try and address the concerns of faculty members, many of whom were deeply disturbed by the fact students could now carry weapons into their lecture halls.

The Coloradoan:
City council rejects campus referendum –
Fort Collins voters will not get the chance to voice their opinions on the November ballot about an on-campus football stadium at Colorado State University.  City council on Tuesday rejected a nonbinding ballot referendum on the issue in the general election on a 3-3 vote.  Council members Ben Manvel, Kelly Ohlson and Lisa Poppaw voted in favor of the referendum. Ohlson said citizens feel helpless about the most highly charged municipal debate he can recall in 40 years.

Ed Week:
(Blog) Forums on Role of Higher Ed. In Society Begin –
Public support for higher education is eroding. State funding has dropped to new lows, and schools are struggling to make their case for investing in college as a public good.
All that begs the question: Just what is the mission of higher education? Is it to educate students for careers? Or does it have a larger obligation to improve the community? If its purpose is also to serve, how can it do this best?

Inside Higher Ed:
PELL Grant in the Spotlight –
As the Democratic National Convention officially opened here Tuesday night, President Obama’s actions over the past four years on higher education -- especially the Pell Grant -- were front and center.  Tuesday night’s proceedings, the first of three nights officially kicking off Obama’s re-election campaign, featured two speakers from higher education. Nate Davis, the director of veterans’ services at Xavier University, spoke about his work on education benefits and his own history going to college on the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. And Ryan Case, a University of Colorado at Boulder senior taking time off to work on the president’s campaign, was one of many touting the administration’s support for the Pell Grant for low-income students.  “I've worked and saved and have a great family,” Case said. “But there's just no way I'd be able to pay for school without the Pell Grant funding President Obama doubled.”

September 6, 2012

Ed News:
Undocumented students take up Metro offer –
Metro State has enrolled 245 students under its special tuition rate for the undocumented, university officials told members of the board of trustees Wednesday.   “This has been very, very successful. … It has attracted new students,” Luis Torres, vice president of academic affairs, told members of the board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee.   Torres also noted, “It’s been a very interesting summer” since the trustees voted 7-1 on June 6 to establish the new tuition rate, which goes by the bureaucratic name of the “Colorado High School/GED Non-Resident Tuition Rate.”

Aurora Sentinel:
CCA President Alton Scales: College is for Everyone –
If it weren’t for athletics, Alton Scales would have had a much different academic career.  The new president of the Community College of Aurora credits his route as an undergraduate at the University of North Texas to his abilities on the track field. His athletic scholarship was the spur for his bachelor’s and eventual master’s degree in manufacturing.  With decades of experience in the higher education field under his belt, Scales says he would have taken a different path.

Pueblo Chieftain:
CSU-Pueblo cleaning up money mess –
Colorado State University-Pueblo last spring wrote off more than $1 million in unpaid student debt and turned over another $1 million in past due student bills to collection.
The moves come as President Lesley Di Mare, who has been on the job since December and her administration work to clean up several deficiencies found in a May 2011 audit of the university's accounts receivables area.  A routine audit commissioned by the CSU System Board of Governors uncovered a number of inadequacies, including several related to delinquent student accounts and the lack of enforcement of a university policy on that subject.

NY Times:
Court Rulings Help Illegal Immigrants’ College-Bound Children –
Several states with financial difficulties have moved quietly in recent years to reduce spending on college education by denying low tuition rates and financial aid to American citizens who are the children of illegal immigrants.  But in separate decisions over the past month, courts in New Jersey and Florida have rebuffed those efforts, adding new limits to the measures state officials can take to crack down on illegal immigrants by denying benefits to them and their families.

September 7, 2012

Denver Post:
Colorado’s colleges make touch decision to ensure survival –
At first glance, Metropolitan State University of Denver's decision to create a new tuition rate for undocumented students would seem to have little in common with the deliberations underway at Colorado State University, where president Tony Frank is weighing whether to OK construction of a $250 million football stadium.  For that matter, neither would seem to tie in with the goings-on in Alamosa and Gunnison, where Adams State and Western State have recently moved from being colleges to universities. Metro State also has made that move.  Indeed, some of the choices being made these days by Colorado schools have some observers fuming, while others scratch their heads and ask, "Why?"
But according to Metro State president Stephen Jordan, the moves by the schools are all connected.  "They're all part of long-term strategies that we're all making — really tough decisions that will ultimately determine, in many respects, whether those schools survive or not," Jordan said. "I see that playing out in all our institutions around Colorado. We all have different missions and different sets of problems, but ultimately we're all in the same place: What are we going to do to ensure the long-term survival of our universities?"

Univ. credit for Obama internship irks conservatives –
Conservatives are crying foul after a small public university in southern Colorado offered college credit for students volunteering for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
Adams State University in Alamosa insists it did nothing wrong and that independent-study credits are available for students working for any campaign, but Republican Mitt Romney's camp never asked. The school says it withdrew the Obama internship offer because no students signed up for it.  The Adams State flap underscores the pitched presidential battle in Colorado and shows how the presidential campaigns have taken far different approaches to engaging college students for campaign work.

Pueblo Chieftain:
Students say they were blindsided –
Several Colorado State University-Pueblo students say they were blindsided last week after being dropped from their classes for not paying their bills on time.  "I wouldn't have found out about it until one of my professors was taking roll and he told me that I was no longer on the roster," said Hayden Uhland, an economics major.  "I went and spoke to my advisor and I found out that I had been dropped from classes because I didn't pay my bill in time," Uhland said. "I have always paid my bill in full right before I registered for spring classes around the middle of October. Nobody ever told me I should've paid it earlier."

Ed Week:
(Blog) Are Credit Hours the Best Way to Measure Student Progress?
Most students entering college this fall will have their progress measured in increments of credit hours. A typical class usually awards students three hours, and about 120 are needed to earn a bachelor's degree.  But is that the best way to assess student learning? And what about those online classes where students can advance at their own pace? Should they be allowed to get credit based on mastery rather than logging a certain amount of time?  As colleges consider ways to reform and become more efficient, the credit hour is under fire. A new report released Wednesday from Education Sector and The New America Foundation, Cracking the Credit Hour by Amy Laitinen examines the history of the system in which one credit hour typically represents one hour of faculty-student class time each week in a 15-week semester.  The report suggest the approach has outlived its usefulness and is the root of many problems in higher education today.

(Blog) Finland’s Secret Edu-Sauce: Pricey Booze, Plenty of Saunas, and the Dearth of Pantsless Ducks?
Just returned from three weeks spent traipsing around Scandinavia. Had a chance to meander Copenhagen, Bergen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, and such. Funniest discoveries: Norwegians are busy enthusiastically hosting a World Cup qualifier for scavenger hunting (they call it "orienteering"), the Danes celebrate Gay Pride weekend by astroturfing whole streets in Copenhagen and erecting beer stands at select intersections, and even an affluent guy can go broke buying cocktails in Oslo or Helsinki. While I generally travel to get some distance from the edu-world, Finland has obviously been an education fetish for the past several years. Our earnest Secretary of Education asserts, "The wonderful progress that nations like Finland...have made in boosting achievement...is a dramatic affirmation of the power of government policy to change the education system."

Inside Higher Ed:
Pell spending declines despite growth in grant recipients –
Pell Grants might not be such an appealing target to federal budget cutters after all, because the program’s total cost decreased last year, surprising many.  The federal government spent $2.2 billion less on Pell Grants in the most recent fiscal year (which ended on July 1) compared to the previous year, according to newly released preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Education. That decrease, to $33.4 billion from $35.6 billion, fell well short of the department’s estimated $40 billion price tag for Pell.  The dip in spending also occurred while the number of Pell recipients increased by 58,000. That means more of the almost 9.7 million lower-income students who received the grants last year got smaller awards. One reason for that could be more students attending college part time, because part-time enrollment status reduces Pell award amounts. Experts said another probable cause for the decrease in expenditures is the elimination of the year-round, or summer, Pell Grant, which allowed students to qualify for two awards in a year. But that cut, which went into effect in July 2011, was projected to save only $4 billion per year, and the program came in more than $6.5 billion under its estimated cost. So something else must also be at play.

NY Times:
Colorado State to Offer Credit for Online Class –
As millions of students have flocked to free “massive open online courses," or MOOCs, in recent months, higher education experts have focused on two big questions: whether universities will begin to offer credit for such courses, and what might be done to prevent cheating.  On Thursday, the first glimmers of answers began to emerge. Colorado State University’s Global Campus said it would give three transfer credits to students who complete Introduction to Computer Science: Building a Search Engine, a free course offered by Udacity, and take a proctored test. While the Global Campus is apparently the first American institution to offer credit for a Udacity MOOC, several European universities have already done so. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/education/colorado-state-to-offer-credits-for-online-class.html?adxnnl=1&ref=education&adxnnlx=1347029517-oB2lwQoo7m4n4hQhjMIdMQ

September 8-10, 2012

Denver Post:
Editorial: Making the grade? Colo. colleges need to prove it –
During the next few months, an administrative process with big implications for the future of higher education funding in Colorado will play out quietly behind the scenes.  That is the timeframe for development of "performance contracts" that Colorado's public colleges and universities will negotiate with the state.  These contracts will spell out specific objectives — perhaps higher graduation rates or achievement gap reductions — the institutions will be expected to attain.  One of the reasons this is high stakes, in our minds, is that if done right, it can provide exactly the kind of accountability that taxpayers want to see in higher education.

Metropolitan State University of Denver cuts costs in name change –
Change comes at a price, and the tab for the newly coined name "Metropolitan State University of Denver" is about $100,000.   The university is trying to be smart and use up all materials, such as letterheads and business cards, containing the old name of Metropolitan State College of Denver before ordering new supplies.  "I'm still using up all my old 'happy birthday' cards," school president Steve Jordan said jokingly.  The campus bookstore has started a "Metro Retro" section where students can buy clothing with the old name.

Ward Churchill loses appeal to win back CU job –
A former University of Colorado professor who compared some Sept. 11 victims to a Nazi has lost his appeal to get his job back.  The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court decision against Ward Churchill.  The court said that the Denver District Court was right to direct a verdict in favor of the university and to find that the university was entitled to "quasi-judicial immunity."

Colorado Springs Gazette:
UCCS again breaks enrollment records –
The number of students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is growing. Again.  Preliminary numbers show a record-breaking enrollment of 9,850 on-campus students, an increase of 529 students or 6 percent from a year ago. An estimated 2,000 additional students are enrolled in online and extended studies courses offered by the university.  Early enrollment reports also show a record-breaking number of freshmen enrolled this fall.  This year’s freshman class increased almost 8 percent to 1,457 students, a jump of 105 students from 2011.  “We’re growing with quality,” Chancellor Pamela Shockley-Zalabak said. “You don’t just grow to grow.”

Inside Higher Ed:
The Community College Pipeline – Data show key role for community colleges in 4-year degree production –
The notion that community colleges are key to putting students on a path to a four-year degree is not a new one; large numbers of Americans begin their postsecondary studies at two-year colleges, and transfer is one of the institutions' traditional functions. But new data from the National Student Clearinghouse show just how prevalent a role two-year institutions play in providing an educational foundation for those who go on to get bachelor's degrees.  The study -- one of a series on student mobility that the clearinghouse has begun producing to capitalize on the unique data it collects as a repository of student-level information from more than 3,000 colleges -- reveals that 45 percent of all students who finished a four-year degree in 2010-11 had previously enrolled at a two-year college.

NY Times:
Debt Collectors Cashing In on Student Loans –
At a protest last year at New York University, students called attention to their mounting debt by wearing T-shirts with the amount they owed scribbled across the front — $90,000, $75,000, $20,000. On the sidelines was a business consultant for the debt collection industry with a different take. “I couldn’t believe the accumulated wealth they represent — for our industry,” the consultant, Jerry Ashton, wrote in a column for a trade publication, InsideARM.com. “It was lip-smacking.”

Hong Kong Retreats on ‘National Education’ Plan –
Faced with tens of thousands of protesters contending that a Beijing-backed plan for “moral and national education” amounted to brainwashing and political indoctrination, Hong Kong’s chief executive backpedaled on Saturday and revoked a 2015 deadline for every school to start teaching it.  Many protesters were not mollified, demanding that the education plan be withdrawn entirely. Crowds of young people in black T-shirts continued to pour into the plaza and streets around the local government’s headquarters on Saturday evening after Leung Chun-ying, the chief executive, offered the compromise.

USA Today:
Analysis: U.S. colleges have made huge endowment gains –
Most college and university endowments have recovered from losses sustained in the recession. Here's a look at U.S. and Canadian schools that reported endowments for 2011 and, when reported, their maximum pre-recession values. Endowments include investment gains and fundraising. Numbers have not been adjusted for inflation.

Ed Week:
Presidential Nominees Serve Up Sharp Difference on Education –
During the recently concluded presidential nominating conventions, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney offered stark choices on K-12 policy while downplaying areas of agreement between their two parties—and the tensions within each party on education issues.

September 11, 2012

Denver Post:
New Colorado State program hopes to attract international students –
Had Chelsea Tan remained in her native Malaysia after her graduation from high school she'd likely be working in a factory, an undesirable prospect for an 18-year-old with a highly developed sense of adventure.  Instead of the assembly line, Tan is now at Colorado State University, hoping for a career in physics or radiology, and of course, for more adventures.  "I'm getting very good experience and knowledge — all kinds of different stuff," Tan said. "I'm not afraid to go out and explore."

Fired Colorado professor Ward Churchill loses high court appeal –
Former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, rebuffed by the state Supreme Court on Monday, said he plans to appeal his firing by the school to the U.S. Supreme Court.  "We'll see if the U.S. Supreme Court is inclined to do any better," Churchill wrote in an e-mail to The Denver Post, shortly after the Colorado Supreme Court affirmed two lower-court rulings saying Churchill was not entitled to reinstatement or back pay.

Boulder Daily Camera:
CU to offer new minor in business, honors program at Leeds School –
The University of Colorado's business school announced Monday that it will begin offering a new minor tailored for students from other disciplines -- a program that could help them stand out in the job market upon graduation.  The Anschutz Foundation has committed $2 million to launch two new programs in the Leeds School of Business. The first is a new business minor that will give students a sound overview of business and the market-based economy. The second is a business honors program that will provide an intense academic and professional development experience for top-notch business school students.  CU officials said the donation will be divided evenly between the honors and the minor programs. Both will be debuted next fall.

Pueblo Chieftain:
Pueblo Community College enrollment dips –
For the first time in several years, Pueblo Community College's enrollment is down.  PCC's fall head count dipped nearly 4.5 percent to 6,157 students, a decline of 270 students from this same time last year.  The enrollment figures are for campuses in Pueblo, Canon City, Durango, Mancos and Pagosa Springs

ASU enrollment up 2.5 percent –
Adams State University reported its second highest enrollment ever Monday with 3,724 students.    "Although our freshman class is somewhat smaller, we increased continuing students and graduate students," Michael Mumper, the school's senior vice president for enrollment management and program development, said in a news release.   The figures — 2,881 undergraduates and 843 graduate students — included both full- and part-time students as well as those enrolled in school courses offered off-campus and online.

Inside Higher Ed:
Global Education Trends: OECD releases report on global education trends –
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released its annual Education at a Glance report today, a 565-pager with statistics on a wide range of education topics, from early childhood to higher education. The report tracks trends across the OECD member countries, which are predominantly wealthy -- the nations of Western Europe are heavily represented, as are Australia, Israel, Japan, Korea and the United States -- but also includes data from non-OECD states in the Group of 20, including Brazil, China, and India.

September 12, 2012

Denver Post:
Editorial: Churchill saga nears end –
If it seems as though the Ward Churchill saga has dragged on for eons, that's because it has. A Colorado Supreme Court decision issued Monday, however, may very well drive a stake into the heart of the case that the disgraced professor has been waging to get his job back. With this ruling, a third court has found that University of Colorado regents were immune from a lawsuit for the way they fired Churchill.

Boulder Daily Camera:
CU regents expected to oppose marijuana legalization measure on Colorado ballot –
The University of Colorado regents are expected to pass a measure Wednesday signaling the board's opposition to Amendment 64, the state ballot measure seeking to legalize marijuana.  Regent Kyle Hybl, R-Colorado Springs, will sponsor the resolution, saying, in an interview, that the constitutional amendment could affect 60,000 students in the university system.

Pueblo Chieftain:
CSU-Pueblo enrollment dips more than 8 percent  –
Colorado State University-Pueblo's fall enrollment has topped out at 4,800 students, an 8.5 percent decrease from a year ago.  The official head count released Monday came in slightly higher than what was reported a week ago, but still was down by 446 students from the fall 2011 numbers.

Inside Higher Ed:
When Statewide Pays Off: N.C.’s community colleges big green curriculum shift –
North Carolina’s community colleges are putting the finishing touches on a sweeping curriculum review, the sort that perhaps only a strong, centralized system could pull off.  The project is an attempt to update course offerings and program tracks to better tie them to the state’s energy economy, particularly green jobs. It will result in a wave of program consolidation across the 58-college system, as well as the elimination of almost 100 systemwide courses. The new curriculums will also feature a new “stackable” system of credentials, which are designed to be more seamless as workers go back and forth between jobs and community college.

Ed Week:
(Blog) U.S. News Releases Its Take on the Best Colleges –
U.S. News & World Report's 2013 edition of Best Colleges was released today with rankings of the top national universities, liberal arts colleges, and regional institutions.  For students especially concerned about finances and completion, there are also lists of schools with the best value, and highest graduation rates.
The top 10 schools in the closely watched ranking of best national universities were the same as last year, although the order changed…


September 13, 2012

Denver Post:
Mines tops local schools in U.S. News collegiate survey –
Most of the numbers recently associated with Colorado colleges and universities mainly reflect the dwindling amount of financial support they're receiving from the state legislature. However, on Wednesday a different set of figures were released, giving an inkling to how state schools stack up with peer institutions across the country.  U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges, an annual compilation on factors like academic reputation, graduation and student retention rates, financial resources and alumni giving, lists the top schools in a number of categories.

Pueblo Chieftain:
CSU-Pueblo, Adams State rated among region’s best –
Colorado State University-Pueblo was listed among the top 120 Western regional universities in the U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges rankings released Wednesday.  CSU-Pueblo did not make the top 90 list, which are rated numerically, but was listed among the second-tier colleges in the 13-state West region.  The second-tier colleges are the next 30 schools. They are not ranked numerically but listed alphabetically.

Boulder Daily Camera:
CU-Boulder blames enrollment dip on stepped-up recruiting of Colorado students –
Overall enrollment at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus dipped by 1.7 percent this year, according to early estimates, and officials say out-of-state recruiters who are able to offer scholarship packages to high-caliber Colorado students are creating a more competitive admissions landscape.  Total enrollment registers at about 30,417, according to an update presented to the CU Board of Regents during a meeting on the Boulder campus Wednesday.  Kelly Fox, the financial chief for CU's Boulder campus, said historically there have been three full-time, out-of-state recruiters stationed in Colorado. Now there's 20 -- from institutions in Michigan, Missouri, California and Wyoming, for example -- who are focused on courting Colorado students.

CU: Top-earning administrators passes up for raises this year –
Top-earning University of Colorado administrators – including Chancellor Phil DiStefano – will not receive pay increases this year, according to a report given to the Board of Regents today.  Recognizing controversy surrounding raises for top officials that were funded by last year's tuition increases -- including a $49,000 raise for DiStefano, who now earns $389,000 -- university officials put a cap on such raises this year. Administrators earning $175,000 or more weren't eligible at all.

CU regents revise campus gun policy to comply with Supreme Court ruling –
The University of Colorado Board of Regents on Wednesday officially approved a revised gun policy for the Boulder campus -- allowing concealed-carry permit holders to bring guns most anywhere -- though one regent raised concerns that there are still gun-free zones on campus.  CU had a campus-wide ban on guns that was overturned in March when the state Supreme Court ruled that the school cannot bar concealed-weapon permit holders from bringing their weapons to the university's campuses. That prompted CU officials to rework contractual agreements for students living in the dorms and revise the regents' policy on weapons.

September 14, 2012

Denver Post:
Women engineers making strides at Colorado colleges –
Carrying a double major of chemical and biological engineering is daunting enough, without any additional hassles from pursuing a path that has largely been the province of men.  But Nicole Puissant, a third-year engineering student at Colorado State University, has never felt intimidated, unwelcome or out of place in engineering school. And she said her fellow female engineering students don't either.

Colorado State president foreshadows future without state support –
While acknowledging accomplishments in many areas, like record-setting attendance and research funding of more than $340 million, Colorado State University President Tony Frank struck a cautionary tone Thursday during his annual Fall Address.  Frank spoke to faculty, staff and students from the Oval on the Fort Collins campus. He referenced Wednesday's heavy rains, saying that despite all the progress being made by the school, storm clouds are on the horizon in the form of dramatically decreasing financial support from the state for its public colleges and universities.

CU Denver decides personality of new mascot, the lynx –
Will they be cuddly or fierce? Cute or predatory?  These are just some of the many characteristics students at the University of Colorado Denver have had to consider in creating the personality of their new mascot — the lynx.  The Student Government Association has spent the past year leading the effort to create a new mascot for the urban campus, gathering input from students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Ed News Colorado:
Student flood college counseling centers –
Six students in crisis flooded the counseling center on the first day of school this fall at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.  Last year, the number of UCCS students who needed emergency or crisis counseling tripled over the year before. And the director of the campus counseling center says the number of students seeking care has been steadily rising along with the student population in recent years.

Inside Higher Ed:
Gates, MOOCs and Remediation –
Early returns show that massive open online courses (MOOCs) work best for motivated and academically prepared students. But could high-quality MOOCs benefit a broader range of learners, like those who get tripped up by remedial classes?  That’s the question the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wants to answer with a newly announced round of 10 grants for the creation of MOOCs for remedial coursework.

September 17, 2012

Denver Post:
Colorado School of Mines has big numbers, big brains –
The Colorado School of Mines announced its biggest freshman class in the history of the school this fall.  And it may be the smartest. The class of 2016 shows an average composite SAT score of 1300, an average ACT score of 30 and an average high school grade-point average of 3.8.  Heather Boyd, Mines' director of enrollment management, said 1,066 incoming students enrolled, compared with 969 last year.

Editorial: New casinos in Colorado not worth gamble –
History teaches us to be leery of proposals that promise riches if we only open the doors to gambling.  Residents and elected officials in northwest Colorado would do well to remember that lesson as plans for two different Native American casinos in the region move forward. In fact, we think they would be wise to look elsewhere for economic development. And so does Gov. John Hickenlooper, whose decision carries significant weight.

Boulder Daily Camera:
Boulder Rep. Claire Levy plans bill that would allow CU to again ban guns on campus –
A state lawmaker from Boulder plans to bring forward a bill in the next legislative session that would allow universities to create their own gun policies.  Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, will hold a forum this week with University of Colorado faculty members to discuss a legislative strategy that could give the regents the authority to ban guns on CU campuses.  The Colorado Supreme Court in March overturned CU's longstanding gun ban when it ruled the university cannot prohibit those with concealed-weapons permits from bringing their firearms on campus. Last week, the board voted to amend the university policy to comply with the Supreme Court ruling

CU-Boulder to host STEM discussion with top higher ed official Monday –
David Bergeron, the acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education, will host a roundtable discussion on the University of Colorado's Boulder campus Monday.
The talk will center on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education at CU. Joining him will be CU faculty and administrators, students, teachers from K-12, and state government leaders. CU has been recognized as a top leader when it comes to graduating STEM educators.

Pueblo Chieftain:
$500,000 awarded for health projects –
Nearly $3 million in grants were awarded to agencies throughout the state by the Caring for Colorado Foundation including more than $500,000 to Southern and Southeastern Colorado groups.  The foundation was created in 1999 from the proceeds of the sale of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado and is dedicated to improving health and health care in the state.  The Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation was awarded $50,000 to support the transition from a master of science nurse practitioner program to its doctorate program.

Ed Week:
(Blog) ‘Disconnected’ Youth Costing $93.7 Billion Annually –
A new report shows that 17 percent—or 5.8 million—of all Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 are neither working nor in school. The report, "One in Seven: Ranking Youth Disconnection in the 25 Largest Metro Area"s, was released this week by Measure of America, an initiative of the Social Science Research Council. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey of 2010, the study breaks down figures on these "disconnected youth" in the nation's largest cities.
Phoenix had the highest rate of disconnection, with 19 percent, while Boston had the lowest, with 9 percent. The national average was 14 percent.

Inside Higher Ed:
Sequester would hit higher education programs hard –
If Congress does not agree on a long-term plan to reduce the deficit by the end of the year, most higher education programs will face deep cuts in the mandatory spending reductions that go into effect Jan. 1, according to a report released Friday by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.  For months, advocates for education funding (as well as those concerned about other budget areas) have braced for the cuts, known as sequestration. When Congress made a last-minute deal to raise the debt ceiling last year, the cuts were set to take place as a threat to drive a long-term agreement to sort out the nation’s finances: either a bipartisan committee would agree on budget cuts, or $1.4 trillion in mandatory cuts would kick in. In November, the committee announced it could not reach an agreement. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/09/17/sequester-would-hit-higher-education-programs-hard

September 18, 2012

Denver Post:
Colorado schools’ recruiting pays dividends with more students –
Colorado colleges and universities appear to be making the grade in their push to attract out-of-state and international students — and the increased revenue they provide — according to preliminary figures provided by the institutions.  "They not only bring dollars to the schools but to the community, as well," said Chad Marturano, director of legislative affairs for the state's Department of Higher Education.  Initiatives such as Study Colorado — which, among other things, links the state's institutions of higher education with its trade missions to foreign countries, along with individual outreach efforts by the schools — seem to be paying off.

Colorado Christian University plan campus expansion as enrollment continues to grow –
After welcoming its largest undergraduate class in school history this fall, Colorado Christian University is moving forward with plans to expand its presence in Lakewood.  University officials are working with the city of Lakewood to expand their flagship campus by 10 acres and replace nearly every building over 25 years.
The Lakewood Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the required rezoning Sept. 5. The Lakewood City Council will make the final determination in October.

Boulder Daily Camera:
CU-Boulder hosts STEM discussion with U.S. education official –
The University of Colorado has been recognized as a major player when it comes to answering President Barack Obama's urgent call for more teachers in science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM fields.
On Monday, CU faculty members, officials and community members interested in helping train the next generation of math and science teachers met with David Bergeron, acting assistant U.S. secretary for postsecondary education.

Ed News:
Briefs: CCHE gets new leadership –
The Colorado Commission on Higher Education has selected a new chair and vice chair.  Richard Kaufman, a veteran Denver lawyer who had been vice chair, was elected chair. Commission member Patricia Pacey was elected vice chair. She’s an economist with expertise in performance audits and economic modeling.

Ed Week:
(Blog) Glimpse of Potential Cuts for Higher Ed. If Deficit Deal Fails –
Just how badly could higher education be hit if Congress doesn't come to a long-term agreement on the deficit by the end of the year?  A report released Friday by the White House's Office of Management and Budget gives an estimate of how federal spending programs would fare under the cuts to be triggered in the absence of a deal. For many higher education programs, which are considered domestic discretionary spending, the funding cuts would be 8.2 percent, according to the OMB estimates. Mandatory spending programs, such as the College Access Challenge Grant, work study, and other federal financial aid programs, would be cut by 7.6 percent

Inside Higher Ed:
(Essay) Strengthening the Core –
Talk to personal trainers these days, and they will tell you that while bulging biceps and carved calves are valuable, what really matters is the strength of your core, the central muscles that ensure the body's stability and balance, the platform on which everything depends.  On that word "core" I want to hang an analogy that applies the notion of an indispensable platform to teaching and learning. In 2010 the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers unveiled the Common Core State Standards, adopted now by 46 states and the District of Columbia.  The standards represent one of the most promising developments in the decades-long effort to improve our country’s public schools. http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2012/09/18/essay-importance-common-core-standards 

September 19, 2012

Denver Post:
CSU, Aims tabbed as military friendly schools –
Two Colorado colleges have been designated a "Military Friendly School" by GI Jobs magazine, which rates schools on programs and facilities offered to military veterans.  Colorado State University and Aims Community College in Greeley both made the 2013 list. It honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that embrace service members, veterans and spouses as students.

New SpringHill Suites downtown offers learning lab, jobs for students –
My children are only 10 and 12, but every quarter when I receive their college savings plan statements, I think about a) where they might go to college, b) how much it's going to cost me or c) if they'll be able to find a job when they graduate.  After all, I keep hearing how bleak the job market is for recent grads. A May 2012 Rutgers University study found that only half of all college graduates who finished school between 2006 and 2011 were employed full-time. Twenty percent had gone on to graduate or professional school; 11 percent were unemployed.  Maybe that's why I'm so enthused about the new, 150-room SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at Metro State. Together with an adjacent 28,000-square-foot Hospitality Learning Center, the hotel serves as a hands-on laboratory for the 650 Metropolitan State University at Denver undergrads enrolled in its Hospitality, Tourism & Events program.

Durango Herald:
Community colleges, FLC strike a deal –
The path to a four-year degree became more affordable Tuesday as educators unveiled plans to make it easier for community college students to continue their education at Fort Lewis College.  On Tuesday at the Durango Public Library, Patty Erjavec, president of Pueblo Community College, and Dene Kay Thomas, president of Fort Lewis College, signed a new Admissions Promise Agreement, which will allow community college students who enroll in the program to transfer to Fort Lewis College in their junior year if they meet GPA requirements.  This year, in-state tuition at FLC was $6,352 per year, almost twice the $3,234 it cost Pueblo Community College students taking the usual courseload in 2012.

Boulder Daily Camera:
CU-Boulder reclaims environmental design program from Denver, eyes new architectural college –
The University of Colorado's Boulder campus has annexed its popular environmental design program from the Denver campus and is poised to set up a new architecture college.
In 1992, CU-Boulder's undergraduate environmental design degree -- faced with being discontinued -- was shifted to the College of Architecture and Planning at CU's Denver campus, where there a graduate program already was in place. With the start of this academic year, CU has resumed administrative oversight of the undergraduate degree program that enrolls roughly 800 students on the Boulder campus.

Ed Week:
(Blog) Report Shows High School Exit Exams in Transition –
Last year, half of the states required students to take exit exams before receiving their high school diplomas—about the same amount as the previous year, although the combination has changed slightly.
The Center on Education Policy at The George Washington University released its 11th annual report tracking changes in the high school exam landscape today. It revealed that states are increasingly aligning the tests with career- and college-readiness standards and many will replace their exams with ones developed for the Common Core State Standards.

Steamboat Today:
Hayden Casino Lacks Support of current Colorado governor –
Steamboat Springs - Local group proposing a casino near Yampa Valley Regional Airport was dealt a significant blow during a meeting with Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration Tuesday.
During the 35-minute meeting at Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s office in Denver, Sleeping Giant Group partner Steve Hofman was told Hickenlooper's administration doesn't support off-reservation casinos in Colorado.
“Right now, we don’t see that Coloradans in general are supportive of more gaming, and we do not see — based on the casinos that are in existence now — that it is likely that a new casino operation, wherever it was located in Colorado, would be terribly successful,” Garcia said in a telephone interview with the Steamboat Today after his meeting with Hofman.

Inside Higher Ed:
SUNY vs. Student Debt – SUNY planning systemwide fight against student loan defaults –
The State University of New York System announced this week it will begin a systemwide effort to prevent student borrowers from defaulting on their loans. The plan is the most comprehensive so far by a state higher education system to deal with the growing concern surrounding student borrowing.  Some of the steps SUNY plans to take are already in place on other campuses nationwide, such as offering net price calculator (required by federal law), and communicating early and often with borrowers (considered a best practice for averting loan defaults).  But the plan, which will be a pilot program on six campuses this year and expand to all 64 community colleges, four-year colleges and universities next fall, is believed to be the first to tackle issues of student debt and repayment systemwide.

September 20, 2012

Denver Post:
Decline in Colorado household income slowing, census shows –
Household income continued a steady retreat in Colorado in 2011 but, for the first time, showed signs that an economic recovery is making progress, according to newly released census data.  The median household income in the state was $55,387 in 2011, continuing an annual slide that began in 2007, when income peaked at $59,898 before the recession took hold.  But in a sign that a gradual recovery is underway, the year-to-year dip was less than $400 between 2010 and 2011 — a big improvement over the year before, when it fell more than $2,000.

Arc Thrift Store create University degree program for disabled employees –
DENVER - Lorraine Espinoza is someone who never thought she'd have a chance at a college degree.  She is like many of the intellectually or developmentally disabled employees that work for the Arc Thrift Stores. But now, thanks to her employer, the 43-year-old has that chance. "Yeah, that's cool. That's gonna be cool," Espinoza said. With the help of a grant from The Daniels Fund, Arc Thrift Stores created a university degree program. It is a one-year course designed to teach the skills needed to live more independently.

Ed News:
Census shows graduation rates up slightly –
Coloradans have lower real incomes, a higher percent are living in poverty and fewer own their own homes than the year before the recession began in 2007, according to an I-News analysis of new census figures released Wednesday night.  The analysis also found glimmers of good news: high school and college graduation rates among adults edged up, and the percent of Coloradans without health insurance is slowly declining.  The latest economic data came from the 2011 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau for every state and for cities and counties with 65,000 or more in population.

The Cortez Journal:
College partnerships –
There are many things that Colorado’s education system does quite well, particularly given the growing scarcity of resources available to schools from preschool through college. Historically, though, coordinating between the various levels of that system has not been at the top of the list. With an agreement signed between Fort Lewis College and the Colorado Community College System, that may be changing for the better.

Inside Higher Ed:
Rifts Over Global Test of Learning – OECD test of student learning raises hackles in U.S., Canada and Europe –
PARIS -- Most of the discussion at the biennial conference of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development here this week was, per the group's name, about potential collaboration in solving the common issues and problems that many countries face in their higher education sectors: shrinking government support, growing dependence on tuition dollars and rising student demand, to name several. They didn't quite break into a chorus of Kumbaya, but darn close.  Behind the scenes, however, a potential conflict was gathering momentum over one of the OECD's more-controversial initiatives: its Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO), an international assessment of student skills and knowledge that is several years in the making.

Wall Street Journal:
More Colleges Team with For-Profit Web-Based Educators –
As the demand for online learning continues to grow, another 17 prominent universities Wednesday joined Coursera, a company that hosts free Internet-based college classes.  The new additions—including Columbia University, Emory University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine—give the for-profit company a larger footprint in the increasingly crowded market for the so-called "massive, open online courses."  Coursera, which was founded in fall 2011 by two Stanford University professors, signed its first partners and brought in $16 million in venture backing in April. It now has 33 partners.

NY Times:
Segregation Prominent in Schools, Study Finds –
The United States is increasingly a multiracial society, with white students accounting for just over half of all students in public schools, down from four-fifths in 1970.
Yet whites are still largely concentrated in schools with other whites, leaving the largest minority groups — black and Latino students — isolated in classrooms, according to a new analysis of Department of Education data.  The report showed that segregation is not limited to race: blacks and Latinos are twice as likely as white or Asian students to attend schools with a substantial majority of poor children. Across the country, 43 percent of Latinos and 38 percent of blacks attend schools where fewer than 10 percent of their classmates are white, according to the report, released on Wednesday by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles.

September 21, 2012

Denver Post:
Colorado state budget revenues up, but backslide could come –
Colorado's tax revenues for the budget year that started in July are $239 million higher, or 3.1 percent higher, than last forecast, but state economists warned Thursday there is potential gloom on the horizon.  The growth in revenue for the 2012-13 year is due to higher-than-expected revenue collected at the end of the 2011-12 fiscal year, which ended in June, and because of higher estimated collections from capital gains. The state's expected revenue finally exceeds, if only nominally, pre-recession levels in 2007-08.

Pueblo Chieftain:
PCC to head health education project –
Pueblo Community College is taking the lead in the implementation of a federal grant program that will enhance allied health programs at colleges in a five-state region.  The $14.2 million federal grant will be used to develop an online format for health care courses that will provide training for students entering the growing allied health field.

ABC News:
12 College Whose Job Payoff Is Better Than Harvard –
Graduate from Harvard, and Aunt Bessie will be impressed. Graduate from Loma Linda University, and you'll get a better-paying job. According to PayScale, which tracks college graduates' starting median salaries, the latest crop of Harvard grads will earn $54,100; those from Loma Linda, $64,600. Harvard's tuition and fees are $40,866; Loma Linda's $29,096…4. Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO $63,400 ($17,718 in-state/ $32,748 out-)…

Ed News:
School budget prospects look familiar –
Colorado school districts may face 2013-14 budget prospects similar to this year’s situation – no cuts in state aid but not enough new funding to cover expected higher costs.  That was one of the messages in the quarterly revenue forecasts presented to the Joint Budget Committee by legislative and executive branch economists today.  Both forecasts told a similar story: State revenues were higher than forecast in June, but revenue growth likely will slow, and economic and political uncertainties cloud the state’s prospects.

Ed Week:
(Blog) Reports Highlight Colleges That Improve Minority Graduation Rates –
The gap in degree attainment between white students and minorities has been a persistent and troubling trend in higher education. But two new reports by the Education Trust highlight schools that are making progress and explains the strategies used to improve graduation rates for African-American and Hispanic students.
The difference in student success in college by race is substantial and relatively unchanged. The Washington-based nonprofit's Advancing to Completion study on African-Americans reports that in 2004, 41.2 percent of black students graduated in six years, compared to 40.6 percent in 2010. During the same time, overall graduation rates increased from 57.3 percent to 60.1 percent.

Inside Higher Ed:
Paying for an A:  Sites offing to take course for a fee pose risk to online ed –
The growth of the online education market appears to have spun off another, more surreptitious market – one that goes beyond the paper-writing services long available to less than honest students – and online educators are taking note.  A handful of websites have sprung up recently offering to take a student’s entire online class for them, handling assignments, quizzes, and tests, for a fee.  These sites make an appeal to the busy online student, struggling through a class they’re not good at or not interested in. The description of one site, wetakeyourclass.com, reads: "I’m sure you are here because you are wondering 'how will I have time to take my online class?' It may be that one class such as statistics or accounting. We know some people have trouble with numbers. We get that. We are here to help.” http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/09/21/sites-offering-take-courses-fee-pose-risk-online-ed

September 22-24, 2012

Denver Post :
Mines creates on-campus community to engineer a well-rounded student –
GOLDEN — When Travis Wokasch was considering colleges, he got a piece of advice from a teacher's son, who had gone to the Colorado School of Mines.  Go to Mines.  "He was the only kid from my school who had ever gone there," said Wokasch, who came to Golden from Cottonwood, Ariz. "He said I'd be able to get a job right away and make a really good salary." "And that's the No. 1 thing the school preaches to people when they visit: the future," Wokasch said.

Guest Commentary (Michael Martin, CSU Chancellor): Higher education needs a durable funding model –
President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney have both opined about it on the campaign trail.   It's a topic of conversation at business lunches, PTA meetings and cocktail parties.
Parents of children who are in college or about to go to college lay awake at night worrying about it, and there is no question it is a very real and daunting issue for college students in Colorado and beyond.

La Junta Tribune:
(Op-Ed) State, local officials scrutinize Eagle-Net’s broadband service –
Whether or not Eagle-Net’s broadband service is effectively serving the underserved areas of Colorado and not duplicating existing services is a question four congressmen, Otero County officials and a La Junta-based business want answered.  Colorado Congressmen Cory Gardner, Scott Tipton, Mike Coffman and Doug Lamborn issued statements earlier this week asking for clarification on the goals and activities of the Eagle-Net Alliance, a government entity intended to “bring high-speed Internet to every public school in Colorado through public-private partnerships.”

Boulder Daily Camera:
CU-Boulder professor Leslie Leinwand helps found company targeting heart disease –
University of Colorado professor Leslie Leinwand has cofounded a new biomedical company that plans to bring new treatments for genetic heart diseases onto the market.  Third Rock Ventures LLC -- based in Boston and San Francisco -- has launched the company with $38 million in financing. The company, MyoKardia Inc., will use science from CU, Stanford University and the Harvard Medical School.

The Daily Inter Lake:
FVCC scores $3.6 million for job training –
The federal departments of education and labor have awarded Flathead Valley Community College grants totaling more than $3.6 million to develop short-term, innovative job training programs and an entrepreneurship center to help grow small manufacturing in Northwest Montana.  Part of $500 million awarded to 297 community colleges through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative, these grants allow the college to work with local employers to develop skills and jobs in specific fields and careers. The areas include advanced manufacturing, transportation, health care, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Inside Higher Ed:
Research War on Affirmative Action – New research questions assumptions of defenders of affirmative action –
With the U.S. Supreme Court about to hear arguments in a case that could decide the fate of affirmative action in admissions, a research war has broken out. Defenders and critics of the consideration of race are releasing new studies (some of which were submitted in briefs to the court) on the impact of affirmative action.  Several studies presented Friday at the Brookings Institution suggested that eliminating the consideration of race would not have as dramatic an effect on minority students as some believe, and that the beneficiaries of affirmative action may in fact achieve less academic success than they would otherwise. The studies were criticized by some present for being one-sided.

The Wall Street Journal:
Push to Let College Students Carry Guns Picks Up Steam –
At more college campuses across the country, students are winning the right to pack a gun.  Many colleges have long been allowed to make their own decisions about whether students can carry firearms on campus, and most still forbid it. But gun-rights advocates working through the courts and state legislatures have managed to secure a significant expansion of gun rights at public universities. Students are now permitted by law to carry guns on public campuses in five states—four more than two years ago.

September 25, 2012

Denver Post:
Colorado State’s new football stadium could lose money, report says –
An evaluation of a feasibility study done by Colorado State University says the proposed $250 million on-campus football stadium could lose as much as $218 million or make as much as $58 million over 30-years.  "Capital budgeting analysis reveals that only under the most optimistic circumstances will the net present value of the revenue streams generated by the new stadium exceed the cost of the stadium," wrote Joel Maxcy, author of the evaluation commissioned by Save Our Stadium Hughes.  Maxcy, an associate professor of economics at Temple University, presented his findings Monday at a pair of public forums held on the CSU campus. Earlier in the day, Maxcy spoke with CSU President Tony Frank, who has said he will make a decision early next week on whether the proposed project moves forward.

Ed News:
College readiness remains flat –
Only 43 percent of 2012 high school graduates who took the SAT were ready for college, according to the annual SAT Report on College and Career Readiness, released Monday by the College Board. That’s the same percentage that was reported in 2011.  The organization’s college readiness benchmark score is 1550, which indicates a 65 percent chance of a student achieving a B- average or higher during the first year at a four-year college. The SAT test assesses in three areas – critical reading, math and writing – and has a perfect score of 2400.

Teacher licensing emerging as key issue –
Licensing of teachers hasn’t been an issue in the Colorado education reform debates of recent years, but that may change in the 2013 legislative session.  And two familiar issues, school finance and reduced college tuition rates for undocumented students, look like they’ll be back before lawmakers next year.  Since 2008, legislators have passed key bills on content standards and testing, ratings and improvement plans for districts and schools, educator evaluation and early literacy, all in an effort to improve – eventually – the academic performance of Colorado students.

Inside Higher Ed:
SAT scores drop again: SAT scores are down and racial gaps remain –
The average scores on the SAT fell two points this year, losing one point each in critical reading and in writing, while staying level in mathematics. The drops are smaller than the six-point decrease last year. For several years prior to that, scores had been relatively flat.  The College Board's annual report on the data stressed the continuation of patterns in which most American students aren't taking the high school courses that would prepare them to do well in college. The data released by the board show the continuation of substantial gaps in the average scores (and levels of preparation for college) by members of different racial and ethnic groups, and those from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

September 26-27, 2012

Denver Post:
DU sees benefit of massive national media exposure debate will bring –
On Oct. 3 at the University of Denver, two candidates will square off to prove their leadership qualifications for the U.S. presidency.  Behind this seemingly straightforward scene, a cadre of local leaders, staff and students is attempting to prove DU's leadership qualifications as a premier institution.  The organizational team at DU has been working late nights and spending months of marketing and fundraising for one goal: a flawless week under the magnifying glass of 3,000 members of the media who will act as a portal to the world.

New Regis University president asked school to lead on global stage –
The Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons was inaugurated Tuesday as the 24th president of Regis University, and in his address he challenged his new school to be a leader and representative of people throughout the world.  "A true university should have a universal view," Fitzgibbons said. "It should mirror the whole world ... the faces of the staff, the students, the faculty should reflect the world."  Speaking before an audience of several hundred that included Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Fitzgibbons made the theme of his address globalization and the role the Jesuit school could play in addressing its challenges.

(Blog) Public funding cuts threaten mission of nation’s research universities –
The steep cuts in public funding for the nation’s top public research universities are taking a toll, and not just on the pocketbooks of students who attend them.  A new report released Tuesday by the National Science Board makes the case that a 20 percent average funding cut between 2002 and 2010 (after accounting for inflation and increased enrollment) has threatened the mission of the country’s 101 research universities.  It’s an important point that often gets lost in the dog fight over increasing tuition and a diminishing pool of public money.

Ed News:
Lobato plaintiffs pick apart state’s case –
The state defendants in the Lobato v. State case “ignore the evidence and engage in speculation,” lawyers for the plaintiffs argued in a brief filed Wednesday with the Colorado Supreme Court.  The 80-page document is the plaintiffs’ formal reply to the attorney general’s appeal brief, submitted to the court on July 18. The state is appealing the December 2011 Denver District Court ruling that Colorado’s school finance system violates state constitutional guarantees of a “thorough and uniform” K-12 education system and also violates the constitution’s requirement for local control of instruction.

Boulder Daily Camera:
CU-Boulder faculty members asked to support legislation that could restore gun ban –
University of Colorado faculty members are circulating a resolution on the Boulder campus seeking to gain grassroots support from their colleagues for planned legislation that would once again give the school the power to set its own weapons policies.  Susan Kent, a CU history professor and chairwoman of her department, said she has asked fellow department chairs to have their faculty consider and vote on the resolution.  The resolution being circulated says: "We, the faculty members of the University of Colorado, urge our senior administrators to support efforts to return to the university its long-standing power to make decisions regarding the rights of people to carry concealed weapons on our campuses."

Ed Week:
(Blog) College Students Often Pay Less Than Sticker Price –
Students shouldn't let the sticker price of college deter them from considering the pursuit of a degree.  A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics shows a wide gap between the average price and the amount that students actually paid for school.

September 28, 2012

Boulder Daily Camera:
CU spends $380K on consultants to improve on record-breaking fundraising –
On the heels of its biggest fundraising year ever, the University of Colorado is paying a philanthropic consulting firm $380,000 to work with the CU Foundation to explore how to bring in even more money. The university recently inked a contract with Chicago-based Grenzebach Glier and Associates for the work, which is expected to take place over a six-month period, CU system spokesman Ken McConnellogue said Thursday. CU is paying for the consulting work with unrestricted donations given to the university that can be used at President Bruce Benson's discretion.

Ed Week:
(Blog) 19 Percent of Households Have Student-Loan Debt –
A new analysis of government data by the Pew Research Center finds 19 percent of American families were carrying student-loan debt in 2010, up from 15 percent in 2007. As recently as 1989, it was only 9 percent.  Just how much in debt? On average, student borrowers owed $26,682 in 2010, compared with $23,349 in 2007.  Those are similar to figures provided by the Project on Student Debt that show two-thirds of college seniors graduated with loans in 2010, and they carried an average of $25,250 in debt

NY Times:
New Enrollment Drops Again in U.S. Graduate School –
Enrollment in college is still climbing, but students are increasingly saying no to graduate school in the United States.  New enrollment in graduate schools fell last year for the second consecutive year, according to a report from the Council of Graduate Schools. The declines followed surges in enrollment in 2008 and 2009 as many unemployed workers sought a haven during the recession. Financial considerations probably played a role in the shift. Students may be dissuaded from continuing their education in part because of the increasing debt burden from their undergraduate years.