* The state Education Department plans to apply for a federal pilot program, which may give it the opportunity to use a new assessment system in place of state tests for accountability purposes, Politico New York reports: http://goo.gl/696SoR

* SUNY presses ahead with tuition increase plan, the Poughkeepsie Journal reports: http://pojonews.co/1J1tzen

* Roberts Wesleyan updates logo, brand for 150th, the Rochester Business Journal reports: http://bit.ly/1OgHVXi

* New York City’s high school graduation rate rose above 70 percent for the first time, but white students remained more likely to get a diploma than their black or Hispanic peers, and rates remained low for the disabled, the New York Times reports: http://goo.gl/QeZpsD

* The graduation rate in Buffalo public schools increased for the first time in a decade to 61 percent, and this appears to be driven by substantial bumps at a number of schools, The Buffalo News reports: http://goo.gl/mw7wso

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo revived a plan to bring college courses to inmates, and floated paying for it with $7.5 million in forfeiture funds from the Manhattan district attorney and an additional $7.5 million in private funds, The New York Times reports: http://goo.gl/Kzzxhi

* We have a new education secretary. Here’s why it matters. ThinkProgress writes: http://bit.ly/1OdW87n

* The Business Council of New York State partners with SUNY on new internship database for members, students, The Albany Business Review reports: http://bit.ly/1Pq14DT

* Bill focuses on wealthy colleges’ endowment income, Inside Higher Ed reports: http://bit.ly/1ONUZ83

* What should graduates know? The Chronicle of Higher Education writes: http://chronicle.com/article/What-Should-Graduates-Know-/234824

* The head of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, Steve Gunderson, suggested in a letter this week to new Acting Education Secretary John King that he take a more cooperative approach to the department’s interaction with for-profits, US World and News reports: http://bit.ly/1PV7sG3

* Experts debate causes of the student loan crisis, Diverse Issues in Higher Education reports: http://bit.ly/1RB1Hkz

* More changes to FAFSA list, Inside Higher Ed reports: http://bit.ly/1O6J6IR

* For-Profit colleges fill important roles, SCTimes published editorial: http://on.sctimes.com/1OHmYpR


* Six LIM College students were selected to receive 2016 YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund scholarships, The Fashion Times reports: http://bit.ly/1Kc9jle

* Artist Dylan Mortimer, SVA Alum, searches for answers with his new exhibit, ‘Cure’:


* Building the Berkeley College logo out of LEGOs®: http://bit.ly/1IQLxjF


 * Can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow at the APC Winter Membership Meeting!

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