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“Colleges were on the defense this legislative session”

“Colleges were on the defense this legislative session”

Colleges were on the defense this legislative session in Virginia, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported today. “The legislative season saw efforts to limit tuition, increase scrutiny of finances and curtail some of the autonomy that the schools gained when the General Assembly approved higher-education restructuring more than a decade ago,” the Virginia paper reported, highlighting specifically the nonprofit advocacy group called…

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“Editorial: The campaign speech we’d like to hear”

“Editorial: The campaign speech we’d like to hear”

The campaign speech we’d all like to see from Virginia’s upcoming candidates for governor includes addressing the cost of college tuition in the Commonwealth. And today, The Roanoke-Times wrote and published it “in hopes that one of the six people running for governor – two Democrats, four Republicans – will claim it as their own.” “College costs too much,” Roanoke’s…

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“UVa fund prompts transparency legislation”

“UVa fund prompts transparency legislation”

Two bills in the General Assembly, both prompted by transparency concerns at the University of Virginia, have near-unanimous support with lawmakers, The Daily Progress reported this week. “One of the proposals would require state colleges’ governing boards to post 30 days’ notice when they plan to vote on a proposed tuition increase,” according to The Daily Progress. “The notice would…

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“Why is the price tag so high?”

“Why is the price tag so high?”

Why is the price tag so high? That’s what The Franklin News-Post asked in its pages this week. And they were referring to the cost of higher education. “We pay the price because we have to,” Brian Carlton wrote. “If we don’t, we’ll miss out on jobs and opportunity. That’s what everyone tells you when you’re deciding on a college…

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“Siobhan Dunnavant column: Passport Credits will ensure fewer higher-ed hoops to jump through”

“Siobhan Dunnavant column: Passport Credits will ensure fewer higher-ed hoops to jump through”

“As a parent of four children who have attended, or will soon attend, one of Virginia’s public universities, I am acutely aware of the costs and challenges facing families and students today,” Siobhan Dunnavant wrote in the Richmond Times-Dispatch today. Dunnavant represents the 12th District in the Virginia Senate, and is a practicing OB-GYN in Henrico. “The fact is, college…

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“David Ramadan column: Senators, you can control college costs”

“David Ramadan column: Senators, you can control college costs”

Today, in an op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, David Ramadan, former member of the Virginia House of Delegates (2012-2016) and an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, called on Senators to control college costs. “For all the lip service the Virginia legislature pays to making higher education more affordable, Virginia students who want nothing more than a college degree and…

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“One senator sees conflict as bills addressing higher-ed cost are thwarted”

“One senator sees conflict as bills addressing higher-ed cost are thwarted”

One senator sees conflict as bills addressing higher-ed cost are thwarted, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported this week. “A state senator spoke out Tuesday against what he said is “an obvious conflict of interest” as legislation intended to address the cost of higher education continues to stall in the General Assembly,” the Richmond-based newspaper reported. “Sen. J. Chapman Petersen, D-Fairfax City,…

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Reader Writes “Hoping for changes in higher ed”

Reader Writes “Hoping for changes in higher ed”

Thank you, Frank Stumpf Jr. of Richmond. On February 10, 2017, Stumpf’s wish for change in higher education in Virginia was published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch in a letter to the editor. “One wonders how the entrenched education special interests and bureaucracies can continue to deflect the blame for the out-of-control costs of higher education from the institutions themselves,” Stumpf wrote.…

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