Notes in the Margins: Privacy, the French, and poor public-college students

Perks, Pitfalls of Simplifying Student Loan Repayment Enrolling all borrowers in income-based repayment plans would reduce student loan defaults, experts say. (U.S. News & World Report)

How much do college students care about online privacy? Looking for a balance between making the most of the social power of the Internet and protecting sensitive, personal information. (USA Today)

Ten more public universities join with online education provider Hoping to take advantage of new technologies to expand online education, 10 state-run universities and college systems around the country are affiliating with Coursera, one of the leading providers of online education. (Los Angeles Times)

French Upset Over ‘More English’ Proposal An effort to draw more foreign students to French universities has led to worries about “Americanization disguised as globalization.” (The New York Times)

Public colleges are often no bargain for the poor Many public colleges and universities expect their poorest students to pay a third, half or even more of their families’ annual incomes each year for college, a new study of college costs has found. (McClatchy via NAICU)