50 Virginia college presidents protest Obama’s planned school rating system The 50 presidents who signed the letter said that while they applaud Obama’s efforts to make higher education more affordable, a federal ratings system would wind up limiting the amount of financial aid that many poor students can receive. They also said that using graduation rates as currently determined by schools would be unfair because they are widely believed to be flawed. (The Washington Post)

Report: 31 million Americans have college credits, but no degree Helping these students finish could boost education rates, experts say. (The Hechinger Report)

Stop Trying to Plan the Campus for the Future Leaving a lot of open space means it’ll be relatively inexpensive to adapt. Specific rooms for the day’s technology fads are pricey to remove. (Washington Monthly)

How the Government Exaggerates the Cost of College Effectively, the measure tracked the price of college for rich families, many of whom were not eligible for scholarships, but exaggerated the price – and price increases – for everyone from the upper middle class to the poor. (The New York Times)

Paul Ryan’s views on college costs look a lot like Obama’s President Obama’s higher education agenda has had trouble attracting supporters from either party in Congress so far. But he appears to have at least one rhetorical ally in the House of Representatives: Rep. Paul Ryan. (Vox via NAICU)

Getting low income students to college takes more than just academics  In order to tackle this nationwide challenge, we need to ask ourselves what it really means for a student to be college-ready. (The Hechinger Report)

Plagiarism Raises Ethical Alarm at Military School The news that Senator John Walsh, Democrat of Montana, plagiarized significant portions of his final paper for the United States Army War College took the political community by surprise. But among his fellow graduates from what is a coveted destination for would-be generals, there was a sense of disbelief mixed with disappointment. (The New York Times)

Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League The nation’s top colleges are turning our kids into zombies. (New Republic)

Why Grandparents Should Pay for College This makes some degree of sense, since back when they were sending kids to college, and attending it themselves, it was a lot cheaper. (Washington Monthly)

Housing Dispute Puts Quaker University at Front of Fight Over Transgender Issues  A small Christian college here, George Fox University, has refused to recognize as male a student who was born anatomically female. (The New York Times)

Colleges and Universities Aren’t Ready for New Common Core Standards A report recommends that colleges add the results of Common Core assessment tests to the measures by which they gauge students’ eligibility for admission and financial aid; that they help make sure primary and secondary schools teach the things needed to succeed in higher education, and that the Common Core tests measure them; and that schools of education show future teachers how to prepare their students for college and careers. (Washington Monthly)

Unexpected Ways Millennials Are Impacting Higher Education In a recent survey, nearly half of Millennials employed in the education industry indicated their employers have outdated collaboration practices. (The Huffington Post via NAICU)

Ed tech promoters need to understand how most of us learn Productive learning without guidance and support from others is rare. A pair of eminent researchers has gone so far as to call the very notion of self-directed learning “an urban legend in education.” (The Hechinger Report)

Clash over campus cards The financial industry is clashing with the Obama administration over forthcoming regulations that are intended to protect college students from excessive bank fees. (The Hill via NAICU)

A Tale of ‘Too Big to Fail’ in Higher Education City College of San Francisco Survives (The New York Times via University Business)

Trustees of Minnesota’s state-run colleges and universities are trying to inject some transparency into how they handle contracts. Today they voted to formally approve all future employment contracts for their chancellor, including changes made to existing contracts. The change in policy comes after reports last month that former board Chairman Clarence Hightower had quietly signed Read more

Avoiding Roommate Shock, Online Ultimately, college officials hope that these roommate-recommendation programs can combat a costly problem: interpersonal conflicts so severe that they can prompt students to transfer to other schools before their sophomore year. (The New York Times) Does Khan Academy Work? No one really knows how well it works. Sure, it’s cheaper than a real classroom, but Read more