Tag:  Higher education

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Generation Y

‘I graduated with thousands of dollars left over’

Allie Nizam took an extra $10,000 with her when she graduated from University of Central Florida in 2009. (Photo Courtesy Allie Nizam) by Blake Ellis NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — While millions of Americans are drowning in student loan debt, some students are actually graduating with thousands of extra dollars to burn — thanks to scholarships and aid that exceeded their college costs.

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Generation Y

UConn facing federal Title IX lawsuit

Attorney Gloria Allred, second from right, speaks to the media on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 outside of U.S. District Court in Hartford, Conn. Allred filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the four women with her, from left, Kylie Angell, Rosemary Richi, Erica Daniels and Carolyn Luby, who claim the University of Connecticut violated their civil rights in response to sexual assault allegations the women made while students at the school (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb) by Pat Eaton-RobbAssociated Press Writer HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Four women who say they were sexually assaulted while students at the University of Connecticut added a federal lawsuit Friday to an earlier civil rights complaint filed against the school. The women are among seven students and recent graduates who last month asked the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to conduct a federal Title IX investigation of UConn. In both complaints, the women allege the school failed to protect them and responded to their sexual assault complaints with deliberate indifference or worse.

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Generation Y

Coping with student loan repayments

CHARLENE CROWELL (NNPA)–A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that many of the same types of loan servicing problems that affected consumers in the mortgage market are now affecting student loan borrowers. Just as troubled homeowners were often unable to pay their mortgages, refinance their loans, or receive timely assistance from loan servicers, many student loan borrowers are now experiencing many of the same difficulties. Although the report focuses on private student loans, some of the servicing problems identified also affect federal student loan borrows.

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National

Grambling football dispute draws attention to cuts

In this Nov. 24, 2012, file photo, Grambling State coach Doug Williams reacts after a play against Southern University during the Bayou Classic college football game in New Orleans. Grambling players ended their boycott after speaking with former coach Doug Williams, who advised them to, “Go out there and play football.” (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Brett Duke) by Melinda DeslatteAssociated Press Writer BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A nearly weeklong boycott by the Grambling State University’s football team including forfeiting its game at Jackson State has made more people aware of the campus’s financial struggles and drummed up interest from donors around the country, Grambling’s president said Tuesday.

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National

1st trial begins in group of Iowa bias claims

In this April 17, 2013 file photo, plaintiffs, from left, Charles Zanders, Tereasa Jefferson, Beverly Couch and Wilbur Devine Jr., look on during a news conference about a racial bias class action lawsuit against the state of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) by Ryan J. FoleyAssociated Press Writer IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Jury selection started Tuesday in the first of what could be several trials over claims that managers in Iowa’s executive branch discriminated or retaliated against Black state workers and job applicants.

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National

Furloughed workers pinching pennies, volunteering

Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Catherine Threat watches students as they arrive at Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center in Chicago in this Oct. 7, 2013 file photo taken in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) by Russ BynumAssociated Press They’re experienced research engineers and park rangers still in college, attorneys who enforce environmental regulations and former soldiers who took civilian jobs with the military after coming home from war. And all of them have one thing in common: They were sent home on unpaid furlough last week after a political standoff between the president and Congress forced a partial shutdown of the federal government. More than 800,000 federal workers were affected at first, though the Pentagon has since recalled most of its idled 350,000 employees.

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Generation Y

UA president urges inclusion in fraternities

Universtiy of Alabama President Judy Bonner, left center, talks with student Khortlan Patterson, 19, of Houston, Tex., after about 400 students and faculty members marched on the Rose Administration Building to protest the university’s segregated sorority system on the campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — University of Alabama officials say school president, Judy Bonner, has asked fraternity leaders to make their chapters more inclusive following allegations of racism influencing the rush process in campus sororities.

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Metro

Porter retires from Penn State Greater Allegheny

CURTISS PORTER, PHD Before Curtiss Porter, PhD, arrived as Chancellor of (what was then called) Penn State McKeesport in 1999, it offered only 2-year degree programs—which students seeking a four-year degree had to finish at the main campus in University Park, Pa. Within a year, he had implemented a four-year degree program in Information Sciences Technology. The campus now offers seven four-year degrees; adding programs in Psychology, English and four business degrees.

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Generation Y

At U of Ala., leaders tread lightly on segregation

In this Sept. 18, 2013, photo, University of Alabama President Judy Bonner, right, shakes hands with student Isaac Bell of Montgomery, Ala., following a march by faculty and students. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) by Jay ReevesAssociated Press Writer BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — From the governor to a U.S. attorney, state and other leaders say they want to move past failed efforts and find to way to permanently end racial segregation in the University of Alabama’s Greek system. But for now they’re treading lightly in forcing change on sorority row.