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"What's New" in Higher Ed. Today!

Today's News You Need to Know
- In Virginia & Across the U.S.A.

(The following linked news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinion
or position of SCHEV (State Council of Higher Education for Virginia)  

In Virginia

In the Nation

Liberty University reaches settlement agreement over Clery Act
The Roanoke Times (10/15/14)
Liberty University paid $120,000 to the U.S. Department of Education in 2013 as part of a settlement agreement after the department found Liberty had failed to comply with some federal campus crime and security reporting requirements in 2005.

Examine the path student money takes
The Daily Progress (10/15/14)
At Virginia’s public colleges and universities, a student typically pays $13,200 over a four-year career to fund “support services,” according to a new state study.

Blue Ridge, community colleges focus on workforce training
News Virginian (10/18/14)
Blue Ridge Community College President John Downey said the major initiative to come from a recent state community college task force was to triple the number of industry-approved certifications the system can provide students over the next six years.

Study Finds Many Colleges Don’t Require Core Subjects Like History, Government
Wall Street Journal (10/15/14)
Few Schools Mandate Study of Areas Such as Economics or Foreign Languages

Tally of federal probes of colleges on sexual violence grows 50 percent since May
The Washington Post (10/19/14)
The number of federal investigations into how colleges handle sexual violence reports has jumped 50 percent in the past six months, reflecting a surge of recent discrimination claims and the difficulty of resolving high-profile cases that often drag on for years

Coming Soon for PLUS Loans: More Eligible Borrowers, New Data on Defaults
The Chronicle (10/22/14)
Borrowers with past credit problems will soon find it easier to qualify for federal PLUS loans under a final rule announced on Wednesday by the Education Department.