* A draconian law denying government grants and loans to people with even a minor drug offense should be repealed, the New York Times Editorial Board writes: http://nyti.ms/1p4r1De

* A coalition of community groups is asking for more money to help cover college costs for youths who have been in New York’s foster care system, The Washington Times writes: http://bit.ly/1T4A7ga

* Graduation gaps persist between black and white students at area colleges, The Buffalo News reports: http://bit.ly/1XEnV4I

* Those who enroll within a semester of earning a high-school diploma are far more likely to earn a college degree or certificate, a study finds, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports: http://bit.ly/1oy6jLC

* According to The Hechinger Report, the Education Department has offered a proposal to change how graduation rates are reported for all students, and is intended to make these figures more accurate than the system being used now: http://bit.ly/1mPhdLJ

* Think tank, New America’s Higher Education Policy Program, suggests higher education funding should start from scratch, US World & News reports: http://bit.ly/20TbGBn

* Many who pass state high school graduation tests show up to college unprepared, The Hechinger Report writes: http://bit.ly/1KZb4rR

* The U of Phoenix fires back with new advertising campaign that challenges criticism of the for-profit institution, Inside Higher Ed reports: http://bit.ly/1Q9p13s

* How the student debt crisis affects African Americans and Latinos, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth reports: http://bit.ly/1Syk61l

* A surprisingly low percentage of U.S. college students actually get their four-year degrees in four years, but a pioneering program at the University of Hawaii wants to change that, The Atlantic reports: http://theatln.tc/1XyrPvN

* Senator Charles Schumer is pushing the Reducing Educational Debt Act, a plan for debt-free college, Time Warner Cable News reports: http://bit.ly/1RZiRHO

 The second round of negotiated rulemaking for borrower defense regulations kicked off Wed., 2/17, and triggered the following articles:

* Negotiators discuss trigger warnings, student disclosures for borrower defense regs, NASFAA writes: http://bit.ly/1QwhtqE

 * New Criteria for Debt Relief, Insider Higher Ed reports: http://bit.ly/1Txasv5

 * The Department of Education takes on the University of Nowheresville, The Huffington Post: http://huff.to/1QJfXC3


* Former major league star outfielder Jose Canseco will be the featured guest at the 2016 Hot Stove Dinner on April 21 at the Hill Top Inn restaurant in Elmira. The event is presented by the Elmira Business Institute, the Pioneers, and Hilliard Corp. http://stargaz.tt/1LFeXgF

* Guess who was flipping pancakes at the New Monroe College dining facility? The Talk of the Sound reports: http://bit.ly/1S0aQSI

* Heather C. Briccetti, Chief Executive Officer of The Business Council of New York State, Inc., has been elected to the Berkeley College Board of Trustees, the White Plains Daily Voice reports: http://bit.ly/1TxYlO6

* Monroe College opens the doors of its new dining hall in New Rochelle, the New Rochelle Daily Voice reports: http://bit.ly/24ph5og


* 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 visit the Events page on the association’s website.

* 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 visit the Events page on the association’s website.

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