* Five SUNY community colleges, Clinton, Herkimer, Mohawk Valley, Monroe, and Tompkins Cortland, were awarded a combined $400,000 over three years in open educational resource grants through Achieving a Dream, a national community college reform network. http://bit.ly/1Q2KpNc

* The Education Department unveils draft regulations for borrowers seeking federal debt forgiveness, which include an end to mandatory arbitration agreements and requirements for some for-profits to be on the hook to pay for debt relief. Inside Higher Ed reports: http://bit.ly/1UikrE7

* When a federal panel weighs whether to keep recognizing the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools this month, the feds and the accreditor alike will be judged on the outcome, Doug Lederman of Inside Higher Ed writes: http://bit.ly/1OnPwqQ

* Companies including Fidelity Investments and Rite-Aid Corp answer the call on student debt, The Wall Street Journal reports: http://on.wsj.com/1UvrczK (subscription required)

* What First-Generation College Students Want with regard to the support they need to succeed are sometimes left out of the discussion. The Atlantic writes: http://theatln.tc/1U1jSMC

* The parent company of the for-profit Brown Mackie College said on Friday that it would close 22 of the college’s 26 campuses around the country. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports:  http://bit.ly/1XVf8Pt

* When recruiting students and faculty members, colleges in remote locations count unusual assets as part of their appeal. The Chronicle of Higher Education writes: http://bit.ly/1Yq93sL

* The State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Virginia are undertaking expansive general-education reforms in the hopes of providing students across disciplines a shared intellectual experience. Inside Higher Ed explains: http://bit.ly/1RZ6tCv

* For-profit Ashford University, facing loss of access to GI Bill benefits by month’s end, needs approval from a state to stop thousands of student veterans from losing aid. Inside Higher Ed reports: http://bit.ly/2384lQZ

* The good, the bad and the ugly in private college outcomes. The Deseret News reports: http://bit.ly/1XnSTk1


* At Monroe College commencement, 2,700 receive degrees. New Rochelle Daily Voice writes: http://bit.ly/1Ubflwo

* Baseball player Tony Hernandez, a Monroe College student (Bronx campus), was fittingly taken in the 15th MLB draft round by the New York Yankees. The Times Leader reports: http://bit.ly/1YrHBuJ

* Student entry from School of Visual Arts wins ADC Black Cube for Best-in-Show at ADC 95th Annual Awards Celebration. Shoot Wire reports: http://bit.ly/1UzdThN

* LIM College to offer online master’s degrees in Fashion Marketing and Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management: http://prn.to/1tqDWBx