* A new study asserts that increased student aid, not faculty salaries or state cutbacks, drives tuition prices higher, Inside Higher Ed reports: http://bit.ly/23Uxm4e

* Enrollment in online courses rises, but their importance to academic leaders wanes, The Hechinger Report writes: http://bit.ly/1SGwwF0

* Wanted: Fresh Start – University of Phoenix’s new owners could be looking to make major changes as the for-profit eyes transition to being a privately held company, Inside Higher Ed reports: http://bit.ly/23Vqvrj

* The Obama administration is creating a new office at the U.S. Department of Education dedicated to investigating and punishing illegal activity at colleges and providing debt relief to defrauded federal loan borrowers, Insider Higher Ed writes: http://bit.ly/23VqIe1

* Confused about your student loans? NPR provides tips for recent grads: http://n.pr/1TMdc88

* Two new studies show that low-income students can graduate at high rates when they receive financial and academic supports from external groups, Inside Higher Ed reports: http://bit.ly/1T8RprW

* What higher education issues should dominate presidential debates? eCampus News share its top 5: http://bit.ly/23VrN5M

* The U.S. Department of Education introduced several new requirements for accreditors, Inside Higher Ed reports: http://bit.ly/1V1IZAr


* Union County high school seniors awarded Berkeley College scholarships, the Suburban News reports: http://bit.ly/1Wczmit

* Monroe College to Host 8th Annual “America’s Best High School Chef Competition” on March 5, Benzinga reports: http://bit.ly/1WcCZVS

The Business Council of Westchester announced the winners of this year’s Business Hall of Fame Awards. The College of Westchester to be honored, Patch.com writes: http://bit.ly/1T5AdSU



 DonnaG* On behalf of APC, Executive Director Donna Gurnett submitted testimony at the NYS Higher Education budget hearing on Monday, Feb., 8. In preparation, Donna recorded a preview video, which can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1PxpH2h 

View Donna’s testimony here.

* APC will hold the first Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting for financial aid staff on Wednesday, March 30th at 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., LIM College. This is a new meeting format for APC that will focus on one area of college operations (i.e. admissions, financial aid, alumni and career services etc.). This meeting will give APC members the opportunity to meet with their peers in an informal setting to network and discuss current issues. For more information, please contact Donna Gurnett at DGurnett@apc-colleges.org.

* 2016 Call for Presentations! Planning is well underway for the APC 2016 Innovation Summit and APC has released this year’s Call for Presentations. The Summit will be held on June 21 – 23, 2016 at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, NY.  All APC members are encouraged to send in at least one proposal. The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 29th. For more information, please contact Donna Gurnett at DGurnett@apc-colleges.org.