Thursday, September 25, 2014


In hopes of eliminating $1 million out of the university’s budget, 10 academic programs here at Delta State may cease to exist. According to the Academic Program Review Phase I document, programs under review …

Jackson State University will be home to some of the best and brightest two-year college students in Mississippi and Louisiana this weekend as the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society...

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JANS - Lindsey Horton , Jackson's former police chief, joined Jackson State University's leadership team Aug. 29 to oversee safety efforts across all of ...

Mississippi State’s health education and wellness department is sponsoring its first “Paint the Campus Pink” breast cancer awareness event early next month.

Mississippi State students got a chance to shake hands and pass out resumes to reps from some of the largest employers in the country this afternoon.

About 190 people, including current Mississippi University for Women students and their families, will participate in the university’s first Parent and Family Day  Saturday, Sept. 27.

The University of Mississippi dedicated its new Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement today (Sept. 24) during a…

The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement officially opened Wednesday.

With the anonymous threats of violence causing campus-wide lockdowns at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, the University Police Department is being questioned about their own crisis plans. 

An entity calling itself the “Mississippi Division Sons of Confederate Veterans” has filed suit against the University of Mississippi, alleging a right to enjoin the University from changing things related to the Civil War on campus. 

USM Student Voice Opinion

The Office of University Communications, the public relations unit for The University of Southern Mississippi, received the illustrious Lantern Award from Southern Public Relations Federation during their conference Sept. 14-17 for the Closer Look campaign.
BILOXI - Southern Miss athletic director Bill McGillis said Wednesday that the school is set to change its sports logo after Iowa's successful complaint in ...

The Student Printz
At the end of this academic year, Southern Miss will close down most of the dorms in the Freshman Quad. For many students, the Freshman Quad was ...


A recent training at Coahoma Community College equipped participants with necessary “first aid” skills to use when responding to a mental health emergency.

Coahoma Community College students, alumni and community members are invited to come enjoy a fresh cup of coffee while enjoying engaging conversation with local business-owners during the first Coffee with Entrepreneurs series.

Hinds Community College hosted the 2014 Student Leadership Conference at Eagle Ridge Conference Center Sept. 23. The theme was “Innovation: The future is leadership.”

Meridian Star
Three years ago, just a handful of students met at the beginning of a fall term to re-start a special program at Meridian Community College.

Check out the video update for the construction of the new Vandiver Student Union!  …

G.I. Jobs magazine has ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (M.G.C.C.C.) a 2015 Military Friendly School. This is the sixth time M.G.C.C.C. has earned the recognition


A three-judge panel of the Mississippi Court of Appeals listened to oral arguments Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Pearl River...

Three new events will be part of Pearl River Community College's Homecoming 2014 on Oct. 11 in Poplarville. In addition to the ...


Book Bazaar Benefits Leland Speed Library at Mississippi College
Autographed books by former President Jimmy Carter and award-winning Mississippi...

Mississippi College 2014 Homecoming Offers Impressive Lineup
A golf tournament, road race, Choctaws football game and a...

The Guardian
Matt Steffey, a professor at the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi, said on Wednesday that the lawsuit reveals an ...

Tougaloo College
The Division of Humanities Announces the Official Opening of the John U. Monro Writing Center for the Fall 2014 Academic Year. Writing Center ...

Victory Media, the leading media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named William Carey University a Military Friendly® School for the sixth consecutive year.


Families, friends and observers, converged at Alcorn State University's Davey Whitney HPER complex, for a final farewell to former Vice President, Dr.

The Bologna Performing Arts Center  at Delta State University is bringing the excitement of Circus Electronica to the main stage Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Circus Electronica represents a new frontier in electronic dance music,…

Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn visited Cleveland City Hall Tuesday, providing an opportunity for citizens and students alike to interact with a powerful voice from Jackson. This is the third year the…

Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers is being recognized in New Orleans this week for excellence for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research and mentoring. The National...

The Jackson Heart Study’s Community Outreach Center is hosting the 14th Annual Heart Study Birthday Celebration Saturday at the Jackson Medical Mall. Festivities, to be held from 9-11:30 a.m. at...

Jackson State University professor Dr. Jerzy Leszczynski has been invited to serve on a prestigious board of counselors for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Leszczynski, a professor and President’s Distinguished...

Jackson Clarion Ledger
... of these young students are learning the hard way. Sid Salter is a syndicated columnist and director of public affairs at Mississippi State University.

Music faculty members at Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women will present a classical recital Friday [Sept. 26] at the Starkville First United Methodist Church

The Mississippi State University Minority and Women Vendor Fair will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Hunter Henry Center on the Starkville campus.

Kathryn Hunter, a former Mississippi State artist-in-residence, is a special guest this weekend at the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge's Wildlife Outdoor Learning Festival. 

On October 1, the units of Admissions, Scholarships, Enrollment Marketing, Orientation and Events, Student Recruitment, and Financial Aid are all moving to the Division of Academic Affairs from Student Affairs. Dr. John Dickerson will serve as Interim Executive Director of Enrollment after Dr. Phil Bonfanti departs MSU for another opportunity.

A Mississippi State University Extension Service youth initiative and its coordinator earned national honors this month for efforts to prepare communities for disasters.

The Commercial Dispatch
From left, Jean Yelverton, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, Mississippi University for Women President Dr. Jim Borsig and Alma Turner attend the ..

Charles Overby, a champion of the First Amendment and the free press, has been selected to receive the 2015 Legacy Award from the Ole

Folks online are actively arguing that Uber (which is a company that contracts with folks with cars to pay them a small something to provide rides for fares) is not a taxi service, or that its drivers are not.  The arrival of Uber in Oxford prompted this.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will present a professional development workshop: “Exceptional Learners, Exceptional Instruction” Oct. 2-3 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.
HATTIESBURG -- Students notice Ray Guy when he walks across the Southern Miss campus. Football fans want to shake his hand. And the recent ...
The Friendship Oak at the Gulf Park campus of the University of Southern Mississippi is arguably the Coast's most famous tree. It it believed to have 


Little-known group of schools adopts the private-sector practices of luxury brands

Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the 2014 National HBCU Conference "HBCUs: Innovators for Future Success"

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $3.9 million to partnerships of postsecondary institutions and school districts that focus on increasing the number of minority and other underrepresented students in gifted and talented programs.

New America

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Each year, one of the biggest components of the Pig Pickin’ atmosphere is the entertainment. The 29th annual Pig Pickin’ will feature a variety of entertainment for Friday and Saturday. Friday night’s entertainment…

Delta State University will host the 22nd annual Elliott-Nowell-White Science Symposium beginning Oct. 8. The three-day event will feature speakers in the fields of medicine, research and education. The affair kicks off…

Would you like to fire the Tiger Battalion cannon? Jackson State University Army ROTC is selling raffle tickets to win the opportunity to fire the cannon during the Jackson State...

A street name is changing as a part of The University of Mississippi's racial reconciliation week.

Exploring the civil rights movement’s importance to continuing efforts for social justice is the focus of this year's

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will help with a U. S. Department of Defense study of a cancer gene called kRAS.

The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation celebrates its 15th anniversary this week. 

A commitment to providing high quality educational and career opportunities to those who defend our freedoms has earned The University of Southern Mississippi a prestigious accolade.

Bond has been set for a University of Southern Mississippi student who allegedly posted a threatening social media post to the popular mobile app Yik Yak.


Women's Foundation of Mississippi
Researchers at the Social Science Research Center will partner with faculty and staff at East Mississippi Community College – Golden Triangle ...

ECCC Practical  Nursing Club Makes Donation to Winston County Students
Members of the Practical Nursing Program at East Central Community College in Decatur recently donated sch...

Area HOSA Students Donate Items to Louisville School
Students representing the HOSA Community Awareness Group at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technic...

On Friday, September 19th all Culinary Arts Technology Level 2 students at Clinton High School went on a field trip to Hinds Community College to see a fish fabrication demonstration from Chef Erich Ogle (the head of the Mississippi University for Women’s Culinary Arts program). 

A Jones County Junior College student was arrested today on a charge of possession of a weapon on the Ellisville campus.

In its 10th anniversary, the Meridian Community College Pre-Professional Student Day is still as strong as ever.

Two Mississippi Delta Community College instructors recently presented a workshop about teaching dual enrollment…

Recruiters from Kohler Engines in Hattiesburg came to Pearl River Community College Tuesday, Sept. 23, looking for...


Honor Society Delta Epsilon Iota Establishes Mississippi College Chapter
Derrick Echoles played a key role to launch a chapter...

Trustee Fred Hahn Receives Order of the Golden Arrow Award at Mississippi College
Mississippi College trustee and Alabama businessman Philip “Fred” Hahn, Sr....


The Mississippi Urban Research Center at Jackson State University is issuing a call for papers for its peer-reviewed Online Journal of Rural and Urban Research. The theme is Social Determinants...

Works of a visiting New York City artist are on display through Nov. 7 at Mississippi State's Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Keenum welcomes new faculty, talks priorities
Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum addressed university faculty last week at the annual fall faculty meeting, during which he welcomed the 120 new faculty members hired since last year. He discussed several topics, including his priority of increasing faculty salaries.

Starkville Daily News
Mark Castleberry spoke Monday at Starkville Rotary Club. Castleberry updated Rotarians on The Mill at Mississippi State University project that is ...

Dr. James D. Ward, professor of political science at Mississippi University for Women, has co-authored a book titled "Institutional Racism, Organizations and Public Policy," which was released by Peter Lang Publishing, New York, N.Y., this summer.

Willie James Young, Jr. was recently named the new director of alumni affairs at Mississippi Valley State University.

Dr. Jo Ann Baldwin, Associate Professor of English in the Department of English and Foreign Languages, recently published a memoir detailing her spiritual life and her analysis of biblical teachings.

OXFORD, Miss. – American pianist Garrick Ohlsson is coming to the University of Mississippi Sept. 23 for a concert of classical and contemporary…

Tuesday afternoon the City of Oxford issued a precautionary boil water advisory for limited areas of the western part of the city following a water main break near Highway 6.

Jackson Clarion Ledger
"This is another poor man's curse in Mississippi," said J. Cliff Johnson, director of the MacArthur Justice Center at the University of Mississippi School ...

The public is invited to get all dolled up in dapper threads for a night on the town at the 2nd Annual DuBard School Speakeasy, on Friday, Oct. 3. This 1920’s themed event is hosted by the DuBard School for Language Disorders, a United Way agency, at The University of Southern Mississippi.


When Alex Nichols started as a freshman at the University of Mississippi, he felt sure he'd earn his bachelor's degree in four years. Five years later .

US Dept. of Education

Wealthier students tend to perform better on tests of reading comprehension than their poorer peers, a longstanding trend that has been documented amply. But with the Internet having become an indispensable part of daily life, a new study shows that a separate gap has emerged, with lower-income students again lagging more affluent students in their ability to find, evaluate, integrate and communicate the information they find online.

For the first time in years, defaults on federal student loan have declined, but they remain far above prerecession levels, the Department of Education reported on Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


For sophomore De’Onqua Isaac, calling out Alcorn State University President Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., to accept the #Alcorn4ALS ice bucket challenge was easy. The hardest part was actually asking Dr. Rankins to take the icy shower.

The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently unveiled the schedule of events for the 29th annual Pig Pickin’. The schedule is full of activities for Delta State alumni and friends of any…

The thrill is far from gone when it comes to blues studies at Delta State University. The university proudly announced this in June thanks to a $598,000 grant over a three-year period from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation to…

Jackson State University has won a $589,000 Scientific Leadership Award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to bolster its Emergency Management Technology program. The grant will fund collaborative interdisciplinary...

Jackson State University’s 2014 Homecoming Parade will take a different route this year to accommodate street construction in downtown Jackson. According to Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, Ph.D., associate vice president...

Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers envisions the College of Liberal Arts to be a “crown jewel” in liberal arts instruction “leading the nation and the world” within...

Jackson State University is embracing the Mississippi Finish in 4 campaign that shows students the advantages of graduating within four years. Keeping students on track is important to JSU, as...

Jackson Clarion Ledger
A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a former Jackson State University employee who had alleged he was retaliated against after reporting he ...

A new Mississippi education center is helping university and elementary-aged students strengthen their communication skills while developing a passion for learning.

Anticipating the return of manufacturing to the U.S., Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute is hosting the Mississippi Reshoring Summit on Sept. 24.

New survey results show Mississippi State University students taking electronic courses care most about financial assistance, easy access to course information and registration, and recommendations about career prospects.

Mississippi State now is a member of the U.S. Department of State's Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan.

Mississippi State University students will find relief from the Baptist Student Union's growing pains when they break ground Oct. 7 on a multimillion-dollar building, located closer to the center of campus.

About 200 university and college presidents, administrators and other distinguished guests will gather on the campus of Mississippi University for Women as part of the 81st annual Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities conference Oct. 5-7.

Incoming freshmen face specific obstacles as they begin their journey in higher education. In order to facilitate a smooth and successful transition into campus life, Mississippi Valley State has instituted the nationally recognized University College system.

Mississippi Valley State University saw an increase in its fall semester enrollment. This year, Valley’s student population has grown to 2,301, a 4 percent increase over last year’s enrollment.

The University of Mississippi Department of Athletics and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation have announced a…

Monday The University of Mississippi kicked off their second annual Racial Recognition Week hosted by the university’s athletics department and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. The week will continue through Friday with events dedicated to promoting racial equity and getting students to talk about race.

In response to the demand for on-campus housing, The University of Mississippi is in the process of tearing down Guess Hall and building two new residence halls in its place. The preparatory work for demolition has already begun; full demolition of the building...

Students for a Green Campus hosted a march Sunday beginning at the University of Mississippi Museum as a tie-in to the People’s Climate March held in New York to raise awareness on environmental issues.

A branch of Parking and Transportation Services provides an option for students to make campus less automobile dependent.
The University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University have partnered to give scholarships to students interested in teaching in Mississippi after ...
The University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University are being investigated by an atheist group from Madison, Wisconsin, named the ...

A researcher who claims that comments on PubPeer caused him to lose a tenured faculty job offer now intends to press legal charges against the person or people behind these posts—provided he can uncover their identities, his lawyer says.

Some dreams certainly take longer than others to materialize, but the reality is that the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi will move into a spacious, new home in the not-so-distant future.

The University Police Department (UPD) is investigating a threatening post made on social media application Yik Yak this…

The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department has arrested Brandon Hardin, 20, in conjunction with Monday morning’s social media threat.

The policy as it stands, according to Student Health Services, said that “smoking of tobacco products on The University of Southern Mississippi’s campus is limited to designated smoking areas.”  This policy includes the electronic cigarettes or “vapes,” which have recently grown in popularity.  This policy is set in place to soon become entirely smoke-free by 2016.

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi plans to renovate Joseph Greene Hall and part of its Chain Technology Building for its College of Health..

Hattiesburg American
Alcorn State University and Mississippi State University also experienced decreases in enrollment. Alcorn enrollment dropped from 3,848 in fall 2013 ... (press release)
Tulane awarded various grants in Gulf States, allowing Southern Miss to be the only university in Mississippi to offer the Emerging Scholars Program.

More than 50 participants recently took part in the University of Southern Mississippi's annual True South Economic Development Course, presented ...


Coahoma Community College has been selected as the first community college nationwide to participate in a nationally recognized program that uses college students to mentor high school students about financial literacy.

ECCC Announces Workforce Training Offerings in Carthage
Several workforce training classes are offered this fall at East Central Community College’s Career Advancement...

EMCC Hotel & Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts students have earned certifications from the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute and the National Restaurant Association. These programs are offered at EMCC's Lion Hills location.

Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center is getting 11.5 acres of property and two buildings in a swap with the Hinds County Board of Supervisors that will allow expansion of programs and teaching labs, create parking and possibly build an elevated walkway as a safety measure.

Classic cars and airplanes will be showcased in a new event called “Pistons and Props” on Sunday, Oct. 5 at Hinds Community College’s John Bell Williams Airport outside of Raymond, Miss.

Hunter Engineering donates welding robot to Goodman CTE Department

Itawamba Community College’s Mobile Career Laboratory will be at the Bodock Festival in Pontotoc, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 26, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 27, to provide an opportunity for students and adults to explore potential careers in modern manufacturing technology.

Jones County Junior College’s Dean of Students, Dr. Samuel Jones will launch his second book during a special discussion with JCJC Honors College students.

There are also plans to further enhance this project in the future by possibly partnering with Meridian Community College in some way, and allowing ...

Members of the Tate County Fair Association Board of Directors present Sybil Canon, associate vice president of development and special projects (second row, center) with a check for $5,000 to complete the endowment of the Tate County Fair Association Scholarship.…

Northwest Mississippi Community College President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears, left, welcomed Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, right, to the Senatobia campus. Reeves visited the Nursing Building, the Industrial Electronics Technology and Agricultural Technology programs and the construction site for the new…

The Forrest/Lamar County Chapter of the Pearl River Community College Alumni Association will hold a fish fry on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at...


Belhaven University was honored for the fifth consecutive year as a College of Distinction.

The 2014 Belhaven University Family Weekend will be here soon and current students, parents and siblings are invited to enjoy a weekend full of exciting activities on September 26-27.  ..

Dr. Stewart L. Bennett, chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and associate professor of history at Blue Mountain College, will present “The Battle of Brice’s Crossroads,” at 2 p.m., Oct. 15, during the Reading Roundtable at the Itawamba Community College Belden Center (3200 Adams Farm Rd.).

Jackson Free Press
... economics from Clemson University, his master's in agricultural economics and his baccalaureate in agribusiness from Mississippi State University.

Lawmakers and Educators Attend Dyslexia Conference at Mississippi College
State lawmakers joined educators and parents at a Mississippi College...

Third Suspect Arrested in Mississippi College Armed Robbery
A third suspect has been arrested in connection with an...

Clinton Students Help Boost Mississippi College Enrollment
Home cooked meals, free laundry services and hugs from parents...

William Carey University President Dr. Tommy King has been elected chairman-elect of the Consortium for Global Education, a nonprofit organization committed to quality programs of international education.

William Carey University continues to invest in the Mississippi Youth ChalleNGe Academy at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.

The Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation has awarded William Carey University $20,000 to benefit programs that assist adults with intellectual disabilities.


JACKSON — Mississippi Community College Board Executive Director Eric Clark will retire at the end of June 2015...

Mississippi Public Universities have saved $70 million over the past eight years through efforts to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency, a report made recently to the Board of Trustees revealed.

The deadline for students to enter the Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge has been extended to Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

The Delta State University Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series kicks off the fall semester featuring a speaker with extensive experience in our nation’s capital — Charles Bowsher, former Comptroller General…

Jackson State University’s College of Public Service has filled two key posts with Dr. Olga Osby as new interim associate dean and Dr. Jerry Watson as chair of the graduate...

An international researcher and principal investigator of a major biodiversity and natural resource project supported by the U.S. Agency on International Development will be a guest next week at Mississippi State

Because of a hip injury suffered recently by bassist Dusty Hill, Mississippi State is announcing a rescheduling of the ZZ Top concert originally scheduled for Oct. 30

Akers, an assistant Extension professor in the MSU School of Human Sciences, said the competition gives all the teams an opportunity to practice their skills and see how they measure up to others. Other teams came from communities across Mississippi. The Campus-CERT from Jackson State University also competed.

At 8:54 on Friday, September 19, 2014, Cleveland High School seniors milled into the auditorium to hear a speech from Mississippi State University’s nineteenth president, Mark Everett Keenum.

On Sept. 19, Mayor Parker Wiseman vetoed the Board of Aldermen’s 4 to 2 (with one abstain) decision to amend plus-one insurance coverage. The insurance coverage, originally passed by the Board…

Philadelphia Neshoba Democrat
... or longer to reverse the trend," said Brent Fountain, associate professor of human nutrition with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.
"Any large mammal like that, when it feels threatened, it's going to make a run at you," said Bronson StricklandMississippi State University extension ...

The Executive Director of Enrollment at Mississippi State University’s office of admissions and scholarships will depart MSU at the end of this month to join the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College staff as the Dean of Services and Enrollment Management.

Football season is in full swing, and the University of Mississippi Museum is getting into the spirit with a new exhibit featuring…

A revolutionary aluminum plating process developed at the University of Mississippi has been recognized as one of the most…

The new executive director of the University of Mississippi’s Tupelo and Booneville campuses had his job interview with the school scheduled for late April. Two days before he arrived, Tupelo was struck by an EF3 tornado that carved a 31-mile path of destruction.

An internationally prominent activist devoted to social and environmental causes will be the next speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Forum.

Jenny Tate has been selected as the campus communication officer for the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Park Campus...


Data obtained by The Clarion-Ledger shows that Mississippi agencies currently have nearly $4.2 million worth of that equipment in their inventories right now, including nearly $4,700 of it on college campuses.

Jackson Clarion Ledger
Kellie Stonecypher's parents of Saraland, Ala., bought her a brick as part of the “Leave a Legacy” program when she graduated from Southern Miss ...

Hi, I’m Dasha. I came from Belarus, a small country in Eastern Europe that most of you may not have heard of. When I knew for sure that I would spend the fall semester in America, I was very excited but also afraid because I didn’t know what to expect: another language, different culture, other mentality.

Yet another social media networking site is beginning to gain popularity among teens and college students. If you haven’t heard of the gossip infested and anonymous chat messaging network yet, give it a few days and Yik Yak will become as well known and wide spread as Twitter or Facebook.

And the best part: Many of these apps are free.

President Obama unveiled a new White House campaign aimed at combating campus sexual assault, saying such violence is "an affront to our basic humanity."

12 metro areas account for 75 percent of all those high net worth people's wealth.

From Politico, via Fritzwire - Graduate schools saw a 1 percent increase in first-time enrollments between fall 2012 and fall 2013, a new report finds, with more than 459,000 students entering graduate certificate, education specialist, master's or doctoral programs in fall 2013. However, the Council of Graduate Schools and Graduate Record Examinations Board report also shows a 0.2 percent decline in total graduate enrollment - following a 2.3 percent decline the previous year - to about 1.7 million students in fall 2013. First-time enrollment of U.S. citizens and permanent residents shrank by 0.9 percent, but temporary residents more than made up for it with an 11.5 percent increase. And while first-time enrollments among Hispanic students saw a boost, other underrepresented groups, as well as white students, moved in the opposite direction.

This fall, higher education institutions across the country will be held to a newly-calculated standard by the federal government: one that measures the proportion of their student borrowers who default on their loans.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

There’s been lots of debate lately in housing circles about the impact of student debt on home ownership.  That’s how many home sales will not happen this year because of high levels of student loan debt, according to a report from John Burns Consulting, an Irvine-based firm that advises home builders. That’s equal to about 8% of all home sales, and enough to dent the housing industry by $83 billion a year.

If people need motivation to get up from their office chairs or couches and become less sedentary, two useful new studies could provide the impetus.