* The College of Saint Rose is the only Capital Region college to take the state up on a new tuition discount program for private colleges, a counterpart to the new SUNY/CUNY Excelsior Scholarship program. The Times Union reports: http://snip.ly/91rus

* Medaille president sounds off on ‘free college’ program. The State of Politics blog reports: http://snip.ly/hv7s1

* Forbes lists the top 30 two-year trade schools: the colleges that fight the nation’s skills gap. Congratulations to Island Drafting and Technical Institute for making the list! http://snip.ly/jzngp

* Where winds are blowing on accreditation. At meeting of federal advisory panel, some members push accreditors to set “bright lines” for colleges’ performance, while others caution against oversimplification. Inside Higher Ed reports: http://snip.ly/2b5o0

* How did the state’s new free tuition program affect college choices of the Class of 2017? Maybe not much. The Buffalo News reports: http://snip.ly/lv9z9

* Le Moyne College has decided to opt out of a new state program that provides tuition assistance for private college and university students in New York, a college official said Monday. Meanwhile Utica College, which had been considering whether to participate, decided to join the tuition assistance program. The Syracuse Post-Standard writes: http://snip.ly/o4jci .

* ICYMI, here’s the thought process behind Utica College’s decision to opt in, via POLITICO New York’s Keshia Clukey. http://snip.ly/m9zqs

* In improving outcomes, institutional researchers can be an untapped resource. The Chronicle of Higher Education reportshttp://snip.ly/u0u4g

* Staffing woes at the Education Department. Inside Higher Ed writes: http://snip.ly/1e2qb

* For some, the journey to college is no fairy taleFor seniors at one low-income high school, spring is marked by hope, frustration, and limited choices. The Chronicle of Higher Education writeshttp://snip.ly/rwb0i

* College students staying in school at higher rates. The Wall Street Journal reports: http://snip.ly/l3tal

* Three worrisome trends in U.S. higher education The Washington Post reports:  http://snip.ly/i83wc   

* Evaluating today’s expensive college degree. The Wall Street Journal opinion: http://snip.ly/g8vs7


Bryant & Stratton College student honored as a member of Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges at commencement. The Auburn Citizen reports: http://snip.ly/5n4jt

* Paraplegic student overcomes hardship, dreams of fashion career at LIM College. Newsday reports: http://snip.ly/9hzt2 

APC News

* APC statement on the passage of measure expanding the Enhanced Tuition Award Program. http://snip.ly/0zg8n

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