* Democrats on the Senate’s education panel grill Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary, who generally avoids specific answers. Inside Higher Ed reports: http://bit.ly/2jxjjm3

* Betsy DeVos’s education hearing erupts into partisan debate. The New York Times reports: http://nyti.ms/2iBzqiW

* Utica College President Laura Casamento to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Don’t exclude private schools on free tuition. The Utica OD reports: http://bit.ly/2jo1zau

* “Dear Betsy” in today’s edition of Inside Higher Ed, policy experts, academics, advocates and college administrators ask questions they hope to see answered in the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, the Trump administration’s education secretary nominee: http://bit.ly/2j5uqzq

* Dr. Roger H. Hull, past president of Union College and president of the Help Yourself Foundation, a Schenectady-based nonprofit educational organization, writes about the true cost of free public college tuition. The Daily Gazette: http://bit.ly/2jvNPwt

* The U.S. Department of Education has fixed a glitch in the data for its College Scorecard that substantially inflated loan repayment rates for most colleges. Inside Higher Ed writes: http://bit.ly/2jvTjY7

* Tom Sugar, interim president of Complete College America in Washington, D.C. writes College students need more than just free tuition. The Buffalo News: http://bit.ly/2j5LUeM

* ‘Uncharted Waters’ for higher education in Trump era. The Chronicle of Higher Education writes: http://bit.ly/2jDwe3l

* Private colleges fault Cuomo’s free tuition plan. The Daily Gazette reports: http://bit.ly/2iDFq64

* Five things to know about new data on career training programs according to members of the Postsecondary Education team at Center for American Progress: http://ampr.gs/2itbAEx

* Programs that are predatory: It’s not just the for-profit colleges as Harvard University makes the list. The New York Times reports: http://nyti.m2jvRxGq

* Race, student debt, and for-profit graduate schools. Brookings reports: http://brook.gs/2jtoCTg


* Berkeley College President Michael J. Smith has announced a realignment of operational leadership at the institution. MyCentralJersey.com writes: http://mycj.co/2iEi686

* Berkeley College alumni Edison Jaquez discusses the importance of mentorship on WBGO Jazz 88.3! Listen here: http://bit.ly/2iDJ5AQ

APC News

* APC’s Legislative Advocacy Day will be held on February 27 and 28 in Albany. Please contact Donna Gurnett @ dgurnett@apc-colleges.org for more information.

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