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Senate Proposal Levies Same College Endowments Tax as House

The U.S. Senate’s proposed tax reform would levy the same tax to private college endowments as the House’s version. Both the Senate and the House are calling for a 1.4 percent tax on net investment income, which will impact about 70 colleges with endowments over $250,000 per student. The focus on endowments is part of Congress’ recent attempts on how endowments can help reduce the cost of attendance at colleges and universities. More on the proposed college endowment tax is available on the Accounting Today website.

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College Tuition and Fees Still on the Rise

Tuition and fee prices at colleges and universities experienced a modest increase this past year. According to College Board’s annual reports, “Trends in Student Aid” and “Trends in College Pricing,” tuition and fees rose by two percent for the 2017-18 year. In particular, private nonprofit higher institutions averaged a 1.9 percent increase, public four-year colleges rose by 1.2 percent, and public two-year schools climbed by 1.1 percent. Despite the small increases in 2017-18, financial aid for students failed to keep pace with the rising tuition costs. Learn more about the College Board’s annual reports by visiting the Inside Higher Ed website.

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College Scorecard Receives an Update

The Department of Education recently updated information on the College Scorecard, a consumer tool aimed at helping students research colleges and universities. The update includes a new feature that allows data from up to 10 colleges and universities to be compared. More on the College Scorecard update is available on the Inside Higher Ed website.

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Former College President Highlights Importance of Higher Education

As doubts grow among Americans over the value of a degree, former liberal arts college president Brian Mitchell believes higher education is essential in creating productive citizens. During a session at the National Association of College and University Business Officers’ annual meeting last week, Mitchell said the case should be made to promote college as a means to educate and prepare students for career success and post-secondary education. He noted that higher education should help students become articulate and collaborative, as well as communicate and apply quantitative methods and technology. In Mitchell’s opinion, these are the qualities employers want most.. Read More.

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Workers with College Degrees Hold Majority of Well-Paying Jobs

Here’s some positive news for recent college graduates on the job hunt. According to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, workers with a bachelor’s degree held 55 percent of the country’s well-paying jobs in 2015. The number marks a 15 percent increase from 1991 when only 40 percent of jobs were held by workers with four-year degrees. The study also found that good jobs for workers with some college experience increased by 11 percent, and jumped 83 percent for workers with associate degrees. More on the Georgetown study is available on the Inside Higher Ed website.

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SACUBO Meeting Keynote Speaker Discusses Issues Facing Higher Education

Last month, Jim Ratchford , Industry Leader of Cherry Bekaert’s Education Industry Group , attended the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers’ (“SACUBO”) Annual Meeting. While at the meeting Ratchford listened to the keynote speech from Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Education. Mr. Jaschik shared with attendees various issues currently facing higher education, some of which included the following: The Trump administration is proposing cuts to education programs, including research and work study. International students are choosing higher institutions in countries other than the U.S. Forty (40) percent of U.S. colleges and universities are reporting declines in international applications. Everyone realizes that these students are. Read More.

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