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Student Loan Borrowers Win, Nightmare Forms Remain

Student Loan Borrowers Win, Nightmare Forms Remain | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Narmak Nassirian has his finger on the pulse of what’s coming at higher ed in many areas. Last week, he appeared in both Time and the Huffington Post, with regard to student loans (see below).


SCUPers will get a chance to meet and hear Hassirian July 12–16 in Pittsburgh—at higher ed's premier planning event for 2014,  Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education. Register now.


  • Student Loan Borrowers Win As Education Department Reverses:

    Barmak Nassirian, director of federal relations and policy analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, said last month that the Education Department was not ‘sufficiently focused on its primary clients: students.’” [Time]

  • Student Loan Forms Are Still a Nightmare

    “‘The persistent complexity is partly because the financial-aid formula itself is so confusing,’ said Barmak Nassirian ... ‘With the FAFSA, it’s better to own your home, for example. ... Better than that is to own a farm, and better than that is to own a small business with fewer than 99 employees. [Huffington Post]’”
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Members of the Society for College and University Planning and their peers will get a chance to meet and hear Hassirian July 12–16 in Pittsburgh—at higher ed's premier planning event for 2014,  Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education. Register now.

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The Effects of Sequestration Budget Cuts on Private and Public Institutions

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

An important and potentially useful study.

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systerwoody's curator insight, November 17, 2013 5:44 PM

External-critical issues.

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One man's mission to save City College of San Francisco

One man's mission to save City College of San Francisco | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The fate of City College of San Francisco, one of the nation's largest community colleges, rests largely on a state-appointed trustee named Robert Agrella.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

This is a Wall Street Journal article centered on the state-appointed trustee, Robert Agrella, a former community cllege president.

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Need for Better Data Trumps Need for College Ratings

Need for Better Data Trumps Need for College Ratings | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"With public hearings beginning today, the Obama administration is moving forward with its plan for a new college ratings system–despite significant data limitations. In this post, Matt Chingos suggests that a plan for collecting better and more complete data on students' academic preparation and post-graduation outcomes might contribute more to higher education policy than the new ratings system."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

This point of view provides new angles at which to look at the proposed college ratings and higher ed data.

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