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Student Loan Default Rate Continues to Decline
Canada Outlines Plans to Expand International Education
Sixth Anniversary of McKinney Solutions
More Low-Income Students Attending College
College Enrollment Declines Continue
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Student Loan Default Rate Continues to Decline

STUDENT LOAN DEFAULT RATE CONTINUES TO DECLINE
SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

Data released by Department of Education on September 25 showed that the share of borrowers defaulting on their student loans has declined for the sixth straight year.  Of borrowers who entered repayment in 2016, 10.1 percent had defaulted on their loans by 2018,  This percentage is down from 10.8 percent from the previous year.  For-Profit colleges had the highest rate of defaults at 15.2 percent compared to 9.6 percent at public institutions and 6.

Canada Outlines Plans to Expand International Education

CANADA OUTLINES PLANS TO EXPAND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
AUGUST 28, 2019

The  Government of Canada has outlined its five-year plan to invest $30 million over the next five years to diversify international recruitment at Canada's postsecondary institutions, as well as allocating $95 million for study-abroad initiatives for domestic students, reports theGlobe and Mail.  With more than half of the country's current international students coming from China and India, the government hopes to attract students from Mexico, Columbia, Brazil, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Morocco, Turkey, France, and Ukraine.

Sixth Anniversary of McKinney Solutions

SIXTH ANNIVERSARY OF MCKINNEY SOLUTIONS
AUGUST 4, 2019

When I retired from the presidency of Simpson University in the summer of 2013, I still hand a strong desire to be involved in Christ-centered higher education in a semi-retirement capacity.  The outcome of my continuing passion was the launch of a consulting service called McKinney Solutions.  I now find myself celebrating the sixth anniversary of McKinney Solutions with a heart of gratitude.

First, I thank the leadership of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, an accreditation and professional development agency that serves about 200 institutions in Canada and the United States, for their support.

More Low-Income Students Attending College

MORE LOW-INCOME STUDENTS ATTENDING COLLEGE
JUNE 25, 2019

A new report claims more poor students than ever are enrolling in American colleges and universities, but a disproportionate number are attending less selective or open-access institutions, which may hinder their chances for earning a bachelor's degree.  A new report from the Pew Research Firm released on May 23 found that the overall number of undergraduates at U.S. colleges and universities has increased during the past 20 years, with students of color and those from low-income families making up much of the growth.

College Enrollment Declines Continue

COLLEGE ENROLLMENT DECLINES CONTINUE
MAY 30, 2019

College enrollment in the U.S. has decreased for the eighth consecutive year, according to new information released on May 23 by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.  The report covers 97 percent of enrollments at degree-granting postsecondary institutions that are eligible to  receive Title IV federal financial aid.  The overall decline this academic year compared to last year was 1.7 percent or roughly 300,000 students.

Private Colleges Set New Records on Tuition Discounts

PRIVATE COLLEGES SET NEW RECORD ON TUITION DISCOUNTS
MAY 16, 2019

Private colleges are offering students discounts on tuition and fees at record-high rates, according to the annual Tuition Discounting Study, released on May 9 by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.  The organization surveyed 405 private, nonprofit colleges for its 2018 study.  The average tuition-discount rates for the 2018-2019 academic year are estimated at 52.2 percent for first-time freshmen and 46.

Poll: Voters Oppose Free College, Loan Forgiveness

POLL:  VOTERS OPPOSE FREE COLLEGE, LOAN FORGIVENESS
MAY 3, 2019

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that 52 percent of voters oppose making all public colleges free in the United States.  Only 45 percent support free public college.  Fifty-four percent of voters oppose and 41 percent of voters support free public college even if it is paid for by a new tax on wealthy individuals.  Senator Elizabeth Warren has proposed offering up to $50,000 in student loan forgiveness to borrowers with a household income income of up to $100,000.

Trump's New Budget Proposes Cuts to Student Aid

TRUMP'S NEW BUDGET PROPOSES CUTS TO STUDENT AID
 APRIL 1, 2019

President Trump's 2020 U.S. Budget request, which closely resemble the two previous budgets, proposes deep cuts to the U.S, federal student aid programs for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Appropriated programs are cut $1.8  billion in 2020, the student loan programs are cut $207 billion over ten years, and $2 billion is cut from the Pell Grant surplus.  Congress rejected similar proposed cuts to student aid funding in 2018 and 2019.

Most Americans Say Colleges Shouldn't Consider Race

MOST AMERICANS SAY COLLEGES SHOULDN'T CONSIDER RACE
MARCH 28, 2019

Nearly three-fourths of those surveyed by the Pew Research Firm oppose consideration of race in college admissions.
Only 7 percent of Americans believe that race or ethnicity should be a major factor in admissions decisions and 19 percent believe it should be a minor factor.  Solid majorities of white, black, Latino, and Asian Americans shared that view.  

I do not believe colleges and universities should change their admissions policies and practices to accommodate particular racial and ethnic groups.

Nearly Half of Undergraduates are Students of Color

NEARLY HALF OF UNDERGRADUATES ARE STUDENTS OF COLOR
FEBRUARY 28, 2019

The findings from the most recent report from the American Council on Education on race and ethnicity in higher education should not come as a surprise.  Colleges student populations are growing more diverse, yet achievement gaps persist among different racial groups.  All students of color make up more than 45 percent of the undergraduate population compared to 30 percent two decades ago.  Nearly one-third of graduate students are now people of color.
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