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Degrees Not Debt Brazosport College Degrees, Not Debt Info Session and Film Screening Thursday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a screening of the documentary "Ivory Tower," followed by a discussion about reducing federal student loan debt. Representatives will be available to help individuals who want to explore federal student loan forgiveness and reduction. RSVP here to secure your spot.

University of Houston-Clear Lake Degrees, Not Debt Info and Training Session Friday, September 19, at 10:00 a.m.

Join us to learn about lowering your federal student loan payments. We'll also discuss loan forgiveness programs for those in public service, including educators, veterans, and those who work in nonprofits. Representatives will be available to help individuals who want to explore federal student loan forgiveness and reduction. If you can't make it, please forward to someone you know. Sign up to attend this event.




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Aspen Prize Finalists for 2015

Inside Higher Ed, September 4, 2014

The Aspen Institute today announced the 10 finalists for the 2015 installment of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Awarded every two years since 2011, the $1 million prize is based on metrics and qualitative assessments that seek to measure how colleges perform in student learning, certificate and degree completion, graduates' employment, and the access and success of minority and low-income students.

The 10 finalists are Brazosport College (Tex.), El Paso Community College (Tex.), Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of the City University of New York, Indian River State College (Fla.), Kennedy-King College (Ill.), Lake Area Technical Institute (S.D.), Olympic College (Wash.), Renton Technical College (Wash.), Santa Fe College (Fla.) and West Kentucky Community and Technical College (Ky.).

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Abbott Lays Out Full Higher Ed Plan

by Reeve Hamilton

Implementing outcomes-based funding for universities, establishing block scheduling at community colleges and requiring all public institutions to give college credit for scores of 3 or higher on AP exams were among the proposals included in the higher education plan laid out by Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott on Tuesday.

Abbott unveiled his plan, which also included a call for expanding online education options and ensuring that students are granted college credit for completing online courses, at an event at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Davis holds news event at TSTA headquarters

Sen. Wendy Davis, TSTA's endorsed candidate for governor, held a press conference at TSTA headquarters on Aug. 27.

She talked about the dramatic differences between her record on public school issues and that of her opponent, Greg Abbott.

"I don't know about you, but I don't think a person who is in the insider network and who took our schools to court in the first place is someone they can depend on to suddenly fight for them," Davis, who has consistently fought cuts to schools, said.

Watch clips of Davis and TSTA President Noel Candelaria, who also spoke at the event, on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TSTAeditor

Photos of the event are on TSTA's Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tstapublicaffairs/sets/72157646920846362





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