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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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“One word explains the slide in college enrollment: Duh.”

“One word explains the slide in college enrollment: Duh.”

The headline in a Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial published here today truly says it all in one word. One word explains the slide in college enrollment: Duh. “The smart folks who oversee Virginia’s colleges and universities are flummoxed. For the life of them, they can’t figure out why recent enrollment isn’t higher,” the editorial said. “After all, Virginia high schools graduated…

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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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Out of Control College Costs

Out of Control College Costs

James Koch, acting president of Partners 4 Affordable Excellence @EDU, a board of visitors professor of economics and a former president of Old Dominion University, recently penned this editorial that’s been published in Virginia newspapers this month.  I have been asked by many individuals why I support the efforts of Partners for Affordable Excellence @EDU, which has been an important…

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Bill DeSteph & Chap Peterson: “Virginia must do better on college affordability”

Bill DeSteph & Chap Peterson: “Virginia must do better on college affordability”

How often do you see bipartisan collaboration? When there’s an issue as important to Virginians as being able to afford the dream of a better future, people from both sides of the aisle come together. This week, Bill DeSteph, a Republican state senator from Virginia’s 8th District, and Chap Peterson, a Democrat state senator from Virginia’s 34th District, co-authored an editorial…

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Pain of College Debt Weighs Heavily On Virginians

Pain of College Debt Weighs Heavily On Virginians

Statewide survey reveals Virginians want elected officials to address unaffordable college tuition and its impact on the Virginia economy. RICHMOND, Va. – From forcing families to delay starting a family, to preventing recent graduates from purchasing a home and entrepreneurs from starting businesses to help spur the economy, the impact of college debt is felt far and wide across Virginia. Voters…

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Virginia Legislators Stand Up for Affordable Tuition

Virginia Legislators Stand Up for Affordable Tuition

The gears of change are beginning to turn toward better accountability, affordability and transparency in how Virginia public colleges and universities make financial decisions that affect tuition. Virginia lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have come together in an effort to address the rising cost of higher education in the Old Dominion. More than a dozen Republican and Democratic…

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Rising Cost of Tuition Often Leads to Food Insecurity

Rising Cost of Tuition Often Leads to Food Insecurity

With the rising cost of a college education, students across the country are having to make difficult financial decisions when it comes to finding the funding to complete their degrees. That increasingly means students face forced cuts living expenses, including food. And that includes students on Virginia public college campuses. According to a recent report produced by the College and…

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