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Reauthorization of Higher Education Act

REAUTHORIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION ACT
DECEMBER 11, 2017

For more than fifty years, American colleges and universities have been governed by various iterations of the Higher Education Act (HEA).  First passed in 1965 as part of Lyndon B. Johnson's vision for a Great Society, the HEA's original goals were "to strengthen the educational resources of our colleges and universities and to provide financial assistance for students in postsecondary education."  It has since been reauthorized eight times and grown in both length and complexity, with new elements being added or modified to reflect trends in society and in higher education.

International Enrollments Increase in Canada

INTERNATIONAL ENROLLMENTS INCREASE IN CANADA
NOVEMBER 16, 2017

International student enrollment increased by 10.7 percent at Canadian colleges and universities this fall compared to last fall, Universities Canada said.  The biggest increase was in British Columbia, where international enrollments increased by 15.6 percent.

The surge in international students at Canadian institutions comes at a time when many American universities are struggling to maintain their international enrollments.  A survey released this week found that American universities reported on average a 7 percent decline in new international students.

Unless the Lord Builds the House

"UNLESS THE LORD BUILDS THE HOUSE"
NOVEMBER 13, 2017

I have been a homeowner for 43 years which means I have been involved in many home improvement projects.  However, I will be the first to admit that I am not an electrician, a plumber, or a carpenter.  I have managed to work through many repairs or remodeling projects, but I have also turned to outside professionals when I was in over my head.  I have great respect for people who have those skills.  

I think this must be the same appreciation for building that guided King Solomon, the author of Psalm 127, who wrote the words: 

Christian Worldview: Integration of Faith with Learning and Living

CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW:  INTEGRATION OF FAITH WITH LEARNING AND LIVING
AUGUST 25, 2017

The mission of Christian higher education, in the ultimate sense, is to assist students in developing a Christian worldview.  All people, whether they know it or not, conduct their lives on the basis of their view of the world.  They have a picture in their minds of how things work;  how things relate to each other; what those things mean; what is most important, and what constitutes duty, loyalty, citizenship, faith, family, meaning, and hundreds of other ideas in the lexicon of human experience.

Why Go To College?

WHY GO TO COLLEGE?
AUGUST 4, 2017

Why go to college?  In partnership with the Association for Biblical Higher Education, the Barna Group asked U. S. adults about their beliefs on the primary purposes of a college education. 

The top ten reasons to go to college were as follows: 

1. Prepare for a specific job career
2. Increase financial opportunities
3.Stay competitive in today's job market
4. Strengthen critical thinking/writing skills
5. Grow in leadership skills
6. Discover who you are

President Trump's Executive Order Promotes Religious Liberty

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER PROMOTES RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
JUNE 19, 2017

I wish to commend the President of the United States, Donald Trump, for the executive order that he signed on May 4 affirming the foundational principle of religious freedom in the United States.  I believe that religious freedom is a God-given right that affirms the human dignity of every person and is essential to a healthy society and a strong democracy.

I was particularly grateful to see the President acknowledge that religious employers should be able to offer health care plans that are consistent with their religious beliefs.

Discount Rates Continue to Climb

DISCOUNT RATES CONTINUE TO CLIMB
MAY 22, 2017

Tuition discounting at private colleges and universities is up again.  Tuition revenue is straining to keep up.  And enrollment is weak.  Those are the takeaways from the 2016 Tuition Discounting Study from the National Association of College and University Business Officers, which was released on May 19.  The study provides a look at how much colleges and universities are awarding students in scholarships and grants--and how much they are effectively undercutting their own tuition and fee sticker prices.

Lessons of Hope from Our Grandchildren

LESSONS OF HOPE FROM OUR GRANDCHILDREN
APRIL 27, 2017

My wife and I were very pleased to have our  two adult children, their spouses, and our five grandchildren visit with us a few weeks ago.  One of the advantages of living in Orlando, Florida is that our family always comes to visit us during spring break.  The ten days they recently spent with us included trips to the beach, Disney's Magic Kingdom, and Universal Studios.  As I watch our grandchildren interact with each other and enjoy the innocence of childhood, it continues to be my hope that they will grow up to be men and women of God.

177 Private Colleges Fail USDE Financial Responsibility Test

177 PRIVATE COLLEGES FAIL USDE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY TEST
MARCH 27, 2017

According to aChronicle of Higher Educationanalysis of data recently released, 177 private colleges that grant degrees failed a U.S. Department of Education test for financial responsibility in the 2014-2015 academic year.  That's 18 more than the previous year.  Of the institutions that failed the financial responsibility test, 112 are not-for-profit, and the remaining 65 are for-profit.  In the previous year, 93 of the 159 were not-for profit.

Trump Administration Withdraws Guidelines to Protect Transgender Students

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WITHDRAWS GUIDELINES TO 
PROTECT TRANSGENDER STUDENTS
FEBRUARY 27, 2017

The Trump administration last week withdrew Title IX guidelines issued by the Obama administration last year to protect transgender students in schools and colleges from discrimination and to ensure they had access to the bathrooms and other facilities of their choice.  In a statement that accompanied new guidelines from the administration, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos insisted her department remained committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying, and harassment of the most vulnerable.
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