December 15 higher ed news round-up

  • The New York Times questions the need for (and the value of) college application processes that increase the number of applicants while maintaining the same  number of admissions.
  • For-profit college companies take in enormous amounts of federal student aid money by recruiting and enrolling military service members, veterans and their families, with questionable returns, says a new report from a vocal Senate critic of the industry.” [Washington Post]
  • Jerry Vincent Nix was awarded a Ph.D. from Washington State U.  after submitting a dissertation based on his experiences teaching in China for a joint U.S.-China post-secondary program. Now, the U.S. college involved in the program is defending itself from charges it is running a diploma mill for Chinese students who want the prestige of an American degree. [Inside Higher Ed]
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