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Surging college costs price out middle class
by Education: News & Videos about Education - CNN.com
Jun 10, 2016
“What do you get when college costs skyrocket but incomes barely budge? Yet another blow to the middle class.”
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For-profit colleges face tougher funding standards
by Education: News & Videos about Education - CNN.com
May 31, 2016
“In order to receive federal funding for education programs, for-profit colleges now need to prove that their graduates are actually getting jobs.”
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Trump's 'university' targeted by NY regulators
by Education: News & Videos about Education - CNN.com
May 17, 2016
“The company formerly known as Trump University is one of several for-profit schools under investigation by the New York Attorney General, a Trump spokesman confirmed Friday.”
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At Small Colleges, Harsh Lessons About Cash Flow
by NYT > Education
Apr 30, 2016
“In the last few years, small liberal arts colleges struggling under financial siege have been forced to re-examine their missions and justify their existence.”
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Could these electronic glasses change a blind person’s life?
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Apr 30, 2016
““Oh Mommy, there you are!” 12 year old Christopher Ward Jr. said as he saw his mother for the first time. He was born with optic nerve hypoplasia, so his view of the world ended about five inches from his nose. Luckily his mother learned about eSight glasses, and took him from Forest Virginia to Washington, DC to try them out. “When I looked at her she was pretty,” the young man said, bringing half of us to tears. eSight glasses use a small, high resolution camera and live streams enhanced video directly in front of the user’s eyes. Software ensures there’s no lag time allowing the wearer to seamlessly go from reading a book to looking at someone sitting across the room, then out a window. eSight Eyewear helped a mother see her baby for the first time, and kids as young as six years old see a world they’ve never been able to view before. “Pretty cool glasses huh?” Chris said, drawing a laugh. Related : Facebook uses AI to help the blind ‘see’ images Yes, indeed. They won’t work for everyone — for 14 percent of the world’s sight-impaired population, those completely blind or severely sight-impaired, eSight glasses are ineffective. But they do work for legally blind and those with low vision, like Chris. Unfortunately, one pair of eSight glasses carry a $15,000 price tag, though the company offers free demos. Ward’s mother Marquita Hackley told WSET, “Whatever it takes to raise the money for it, that’s what I was determined I was going to do.” The difference these glasses can make in Chris’ life is painfully evident. Because he can’t see the words on a printed page, he learned Braille and uses a special typewriter to turn in his school assignments, but even now, some textbooks aren’t available for him. As he moves on in life, specifically to high school, sticking to paper and a typewriter will become more difficult; for instance, his high school primarily uses computers, which Chris can’t see at all. So Chris’s mother set up a crowdfunding campaign for him. 565 donors raised $25,241 before Ms. Hackley closed the fundraiser. She’s overwhelmed by all the well-wishers. She said, “All the messages that we’ve gotten on Facebook and emails, I mean it’s just amazing.” The extra money will go into a trust fund for Ward’s college tuition.”
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When It Comes to College Costs, Middle-Class Kids Are Still Screwed
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Apr 30, 2016
“The study by researchers at Vanderbilt University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Institute for Research in Higher Education found that since 2008, overall college affordability has fallen 45 states, owing in part to slashed state spending on higher education in the years during and since the Great Recession. As a result, low- and middle-income earners in certain states now must spend as much as 76 percent of their annual income to pay a student’s tuition and expenses at a four-year public school, according to the study, The 2016 College Affordability Diagnosis. Meanwhile, financial aid doesn’t go as far as it did before, access to it has tightened, and a working student would need to work so many hours to pay the bills—and probably is already facing pressure to support him or herself, or a family—that college would take a backseat to finding a job, the study says.”
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