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UMass chair sounds alarm over higher ed’s ‘graduation rate crisis’

While not on the agenda, student debt and graduation rates emerged as focuses of last week's University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees meeting where students offered an olive branch to trustees in a plea to freeze rising tuition rates.

Stanford drops home equity from financial-aid calculations

Stanford University is making changes in how it calculates undergraduate students’ financial aid to exclude the value of home equity, acknowledging that many families may be house rich but cash poor and see college as out of reach.