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Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
As a new GI Bill moved through Congress in 2008, a handful of influential politicians grew concerned. Would such a generous education program trigger an exodus of service members during two wars? At the Pentagon's urging, the lawmakers proposed a fix: Give troops the option to transfer their benefits to a child or spouse. That policy quickly…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Dependents, Paying for College, Federal Government
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
About 16 percent of veterans use the GI Bill to attend private institutions, roughly the same proportion as students generally. But at the most highly selective colleges, veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill barely fill a single classroom--38 at Penn, 22 at Cornell, and at Princeton, just one. The sparse numbers do not go unnoticed, veterans say.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Campuses, Veterans, War
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
When Heather Berg arrived at the University of Virginia in the fall of 2011, she was struck by the seemingly posh lifestyle many of her fellow students enjoyed. Now finishing her second year, she has friends who also felt that culture shock at first. But it's been hard to find them, and to speak candidly with anyone about the impact of money--or…
Descriptors: Culture Conflict, Social Class, Income, Socioeconomic Status
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
College students are a generally healthy lot. But as they grow heavier each year, reflecting the national rise in obesity rates, campus officials are trying to promote healthier habits--and, they hope, mitigate the impact of a sobering trend. More than one-third of college students have a body-mass index, the main measurement for obesity, that…
Descriptors: Health Promotion, Physical Activities, Self Concept, Nutrition
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
For decades, women have enrolled in college in greater numbers than men, and, by many measures, have outperformed them in the classroom. But in recent years, as social scientists and student-affairs offices have focused on other differences between the genders, they have documented patterns that could explain how engagement influences student…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Development, Gender Differences, Womens Education
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Growing up in Westminster in northern Maryland, Ron Shriver, 29, used to pass by the stately brick buildings of the college that is now McDaniel College and wonder: What went on up there on that hill overlooking Main Street? What would it be like to go to a college like that? What would it be like to go to college at all? Nobody in Mr. Shriver's…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Associate Degrees, Online Courses, Law Enforcement
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The author reports on a Supreme Court case that is echoing across the University of Texas at Austin, and for some students, it is personal. Not long after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Abigail Fisher's case against the University of Texas at Austin, a lighthearted joke made the rounds at the Warfield Center for African and African-American…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Admission Criteria, College Admission, Selective Admission
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
As colleges add services for the growing number of student veterans, they find that many women in that population seem reluctant to participate. On many campuses, officials find that only a sprinkling of women take part in programs and services designed to support veterans. The low turnout appears to be at odds with the number of female veterans…
Descriptors: Females, Foreign Countries, Campuses, Social Support Groups
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
As the Post-9/11 GI Bill nears its fourth year, with more than 550,000 veterans enrolled in thousands of institutions, advocacy groups, lawmakers, and President Obama warn that veterans are vulnerable in a higher-education marketplace eager for their GI Bill dollars--with some purveyors, particularly for-profits, recruiting aggressively. The…
Descriptors: Veterans, College Choice, Student Financial Aid, Federal Aid
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Young immigrants--about 1.4 million of them nationally--are often in the wrong place at the wrong time. Across the country, a patchwork of state laws and policies governs their access to higher education. The inconsistency stems, in part, from disagreement over whether undocumented immigrants are entitled to go to college. While states must…
Descriptors: Undocumented Immigrants, Immigration, Laws, Public Colleges
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
This article features four colleges and how they take on veterans' issues in research and real life. These colleges are (1) Syracuse University; (2) Purdue University; (3) University of Southern California; and (4) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Last year Syracuse established the Institute for Veterans and Military Families to focus…
Descriptors: Veterans, Military Personnel, Educational Policy, Public Policy
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The nation's veteran population is expected to swell by a million or more in coming years as the military winds down more than a decade of conflicts. How veterans adjust to life out of uniform has become the subject of heightened scrutiny in the military community and beyond. As today's returning service members confront a stagnant economy--and a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Familiarity, Military Personnel, Military Service
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
With the help of Wayne State University, facelifts of a handful of old buildings, many of them once at the heart of the automotive industry, are leading the way in the revitalization of one small corner of Detroit. Building by building, block by block, the university is gradually helping to transform an area that was, until very recently, known…
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Research Universities, Economic Impact, Economic Change
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
When it's not staging any Final Four match-ups, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the powerful governing body critics love to hate. The association's 11-year, $6-billion contract with CBS to televise the tournament has become a lightning rod for critics who say the association is all about making money off athletes. Not so,…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Professional Associations, Criticism, Money Management
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Despite years of prodding from officials at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to bolster athletes' performance in the classroom, nearly 10 percent of all athletics teams in the NCAA's top division failed to meet the association's annual benchmark for academic progress, new data show. Of the 6,300 or so teams in Division I, the…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Athletes, College Students, Academic Achievement
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