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The AACRAO 2013 FERPA Quick Guide

Designed to give staff and faculty members key facts on their role in FERPA compliance, this short publication provides a basic overview of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as recently amended.

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SAU endowment sends first recipient to DC legislative internship

A Southern Arkansas University endowment two decades in the making has its first recipient spending the summer in our nation's capital for a career-boosting internship.

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The benefits of giving a scholarship endowment

Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charles Munger's recent gift of $110 million in stock to his alma mater, the University of Michigan, will provide housing for generations of graduate students and earn him an honored spot in the university's history books. But you don't have to be a billionaire to create a lasting legacy for students.

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Tuition, not loan rates, is key to higher-ed solution

Maybe Congress should have pressed the “pause” button on interest rates last week until it figured out what to do about soaring college costs. But the reality is that Washington got us into this mess to begin with. And, if tradition holds, Washington is much more likely to make things worse than to get us out.

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Loyola U faces $9.5M deficit due to fewer freshmen enrolling

Loyola University is facing a $9.5 million budget shortfall for its next fiscal year because the number of students enrolling in the college next month is about 30 percent below the expected total. In an attempt to reduce the deficit, Loyola President Kevin Wildes, S.J., said a hiring freeze will start Aug. 1 and voluntary severance and early-retirement packages will be offered.

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The global search for education: Student loan solution will come

According to OECD Education Indicators in Focus, "higher education financing systems that charge a moderate level of tuition fees in combination with income-contingent repayment loans and means-tested grants may stand a better chance of promoting access, equity, completion, and positive outcomes for students."

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Fitch rates Pennsylvania state system of higher ed

Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to two revenue bonds issued by the Pennsylvania Higher Educational Facilities Authority on behalf of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

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Coursera raises another $43 million

Coursera, a year-old company offering free online courses, has raised another $43 million in venture capital from investors active in both domestic and international education. The new investors include the International Finance Corporation, Laureate Education, GSV Capital, Learn Capital, and Yuri Milner, an individual entrepreneur.

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Rhode Island House finance panel slashes ed budget

Rhode Island's House Finance Committee has cut $1 million, or 43 percent, of the Office of Higher Education’s operating budget. The office, which oversees the state’s three public colleges—the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the Community College of Rhode Island—is scheduled to be abolished next June.

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Two-year college students face more money stress

Nearly one in five community college students get so worried about finances they think about dropping out, according to the “Inceptia National Financial Aptitude Analysis” report. Only 7 percent of four-year students experience such intense stress.

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