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Trends In College Pricing And Student Aid 2014

College prices continue to climb, but at a slower pace than they were for the past several years, and the amount of money borrowed for higher education last year fell for the third straight year, according to two reports released by the College Board. The report “Trends in College Pricing 2014” can be accessed at https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/misc/trends/2014-trends-college-pricing-report-final.pdf...
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Rewriting The Higher Education Act

Set to retire at the end of the current session of Congress, Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, introduced a 874-page bill to reauthorize the main federal law governing higher education. It is aimed at reining in tuition, easing loan repayment for borrowers, and holding institutions more accountable...
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Enrollment, Financial Data, And Employees in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2013

A provisional First Look report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) includes fully edited and imputed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) spring 2014 data collection, which included three survey components: Enrollment for fall 2013; Finance for fiscal year 2013; and Data on employees in postsecondary education for Fall 2013...
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Conditions That Endanger The Durability Of The U.S. Higher Education System

According to a report from the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges that contains a new set of guidelines for trustees, inattentive college and university governing boards are placing American higher education at risk. A special 26-member commission concluded that changing conditions — including financial constraints and public perceptions – endanger the durability...
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Health Insurance Coverage For 2013 and 2014

An Issue Brief from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides survey data on the number of Americans who have gained health insurance coverage since it became available through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace and its Federally-financed, state-optional, Medicaid...
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Literacy And Numeracy Barriers To Obtaining And Using Health Insurance Coverage

According to a report from the Urban Institute, limited numeracy (36.8 percent) is a bigger challenge than limited literacy (11.2 percent) for nonelderly adults. Gaps in literacy and numeracy make navigating the health care system difficult, such as by creating difficulties with finding information to aid in choosing among health plans. Targeting assistance to uninsured...
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Proposed Student Loan Reforms

Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, called on the Department of Education to enact reforms that will help students better manage loan debt and protect them from career education programs that fail to provide the training they need to succeed.  Borrowers with federal student loans can take advantage of different repayment...
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Is Bigger Better? Implications Of Health Care Provider Consolidation

In a paper from the Urban Institute, that organization’s Robert Berenson interviews surgeon and The New Yorker columnist Atul Gawande to explore the potential benefits and drawbacks of “Big Medicine”—standardized, evidence-based health care delivered by large health care chains. The paper can be accessed at http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/413280-Is-Bigger-Better-The-Implications-of-Health-Care-Provider-Consolidation.pdf...
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