Democratic candidates promote debt-free college | Study considers hidden costs of OER | Do genes play a role in college enrollment?
October 19, 2018
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Democratic candidates promote debt-free college
Democratic candidates promote debt-free college
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Many Democratic candidates running for national and state offices are touting the benefits of free tuition and debt-free college proposals. Some party strategists say the proposals may go too far and could alienate some voters who may see the programs as too expensive.
Politico (10/18) 
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Study considers hidden costs of OER
Students see their costs lowered when courses use open educational resources, but a study reveals that it cost five community colleges participating in an OER initiative an average of $11,700 to develop OER materials. The study also shows that college bookstores at participating schools saw an average loss of $14,000 per institution in textbook sales revenue.
EdSurge (10/18) 
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Admissions and Enrollment
Do genes play a role in college enrollment?
A study of identical and nonidentical twins by researchers at King's College London found a genetic link between the type of college that students choose and how well they perform. Researchers say genetics had a 47% influence on which college the students chose, with 36% of the influence coming from environmental factors.
The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (10/18),  Daily Mail (London) (10/18) 
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Study: Parents contributing more to college costs
A study by student-loan lender Sallie Mae found that parents are paying about 34% of the cost of college, while scholarships contribute 28% and students pitch in 13%. The data also show middle-income parents end up borrowing slightly more than other groups.
Reuters (10/17) 
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Leadership and Management
Ideas for committees on telling a college's story
Ideas for committees on telling a college's story
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College and university marketing leaders can most effectively use committees to tell the institution's story if members have a clear purpose and are willing to share their work, writes Tim Jones, the chief communications and integrated marketing officer at Beloit College in Wisconsin. In this commentary, he outlines how such committees have worked at his school, even when members don't always agree.
Inside Higher Ed (10/18) 
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Higher Ed Conversations
Endowment at U. of Mich. grew by $1B in 2018
Returns on the University of Michigan's investments have brought in an additional $1 billion this year, growing the school's total endowment to $11.9 billion. The return allowed the school to increase its endowment disbursement in fiscal 2018 to $346 million up from $325 million the previous year.
MLive (Michigan) (10/19) 
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