OPINION: AMERICA’S COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES HAVE A SERIOUS REVENUE PROBLEM

OPINION: AMERICA’S COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES HAVE A SERIOUS REVENUE PROBLEM

Trimming costs or enrolling more students can’t cure what higher education faces — but these other steps might. Painting a grim picture for American higher education, Moody’s Investors Service recently changed the industry’s outlook from “stable” to “negative.” This return to negative ratings reinforces a number of trends that bear close review. The facts are clear and inescapable. The comprehensive fee – tuition, fees, room and board – will approach $70,000 a year at a ....

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HOW TO HELP STUDENTS AVOID THE REMEDIAL EDUCATION TRAP

HOW TO HELP STUDENTS AVOID THE REMEDIAL EDUCATION TRAP

No question, remedial education needs an overhaul. Millions of young adults get trapped in rudimentary math and English classes that don’t earn them college credits but still cost the same tuition. More than two-thirds of all community college students and 40 percent of undergraduates in four-year colleges have to start with at least one developmental education class, in the euphemistic jargon of higher education. The majority of these students drop out without degrees. Some college system....

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WORKER SHORTAGE SPURS UNCHARACTERISTIC PARTNERSHIPS CONNECTING COLLEGES, BUSINESS

WORKER SHORTAGE SPURS UNCHARACTERISTIC PARTNERSHIPS CONNECTING COLLEGES, BUSINESS

One state tries to close the odd divide between what students learn and employers need. David Andy went to college after graduating from high school, spent his first two semesters drifting through introductory classes, then was told to pick a major. That was when he had an unfortunate epiphany: He had no idea what he was doing there. “I just didn’t like anything,” said Andy. “Nothing stood out to me.” He didn’t know what he’d do in real life with, say, a degree in English. “Th....

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APPROACH PROSPECTIVE BUSINESS OWNER CLIENTS SHOWING THEM HOW TO IMPLEMENT AN EDUCATION ASSISTANCE PLAN

APPROACH PROSPECTIVE BUSINESS OWNER CLIENTS SHOWING THEM HOW TO IMPLEMENT AN EDUCATION ASSISTANCE PLAN

Several thousand companies offer tuition assistance programs as a fringe benefit for employees who want to further their college studies. The tax treatment of these Employer Educational Assistance Programs (IRS Section127) can be tax-deductible to the employer and also tax-free, up to $5,250 per year, to the employee. The Tax Relief Act of 2001 extended this benefit to students enrolled in graduate-level studies. Employers are not required to offer educational assistance to employees. Howeve....

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