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Audubon Gives Students the Reins in New Campus Chapter Program

Leading conservation non-profit organization launches a significant new initiative to provide educational, advocacy, networking, and career development opportunities in science and conservation to college and university campuses across the U.S.

NEW YORK (March 20, 2019) – “The level of interest in our Campus Chapter program has been overwhelming—we can hardly keep up. We soft-launched six months ago and worked quickly to meet demand, but as soon as we cracked the door open a little bit, student leaders kicked it wide open. We’re on track to have 50 affiliated campus chapters by the 2019 fall term and 150 a year after,” said Audubon’s President and CEO, David Yarnold (@david_yarnold). “Students are assuming leadership roles in conversations about the environment and climate change, and they’ve told us we can either keep up or be left behind. They also think birds are pretty cool. You put all that energy together with a brand like Audubon, and the sky’s the limit.”

Through the new Audubon on Campus program, Audubon aims to engage students in learning and action and to make conservation an attractive career path for student leaders across the country.

Student leaders will:

• build native plant gardens as part of Audubon’s Plants for Birds program and advocate for the adoption of native plant policies in public spaces;
• advocate for policies and practices that address climate change;
• advocate for bird-friendly building practices such as ways to avoid window collisions and implement “lights out” programs for migratory birds;
• help defend our nation’s most successful bird conservation law—the Migratory Bird Treaty Act;
• participate in community science and data collection like Climate Watch and the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

“You know, to be honest, students have been here all along, but they haven’t had a seat at the table,” said Gustavo Figueroa, a campus outreach associate recently hired by Audubon. “We are here, and we are ready, and this new Audubon program recognizes that.”

“We are people who are interested in the field and do this for more than just fun – we want to conserve these creatures – and that’s what we want from interested individuals and other chapters like us,” said Mackenzie Dorr, president of Gators Ready for Exceptional Birding Experiences (GREBE) at University of Florida, Gainesville.

“Our 452 traditional chapters across the country have long been eager to bring younger advocates and bird lovers into the fold, so they’re partnering eagerly with these student-led groups on coastal cleanups, native plant gardens, advocacy, field trips, and more. I couldn’t be more excited by this program—it’s going to revolutionize the way we care for birds and the places they need. I encourage people who are interested to start or support an Audubon campus chapter at a nearby college or university— or their alma mater,” Yarnold added.

In another example of student activism, members of Clemson University’s College Republican club partnered with Audubon to meet with lawmakers in Columbia, South Carolina this week to lobby for the Energy Freedom Act which would expand access to solar energy across South Carolina.

To start the campus chapter certification process, student or sponsors should apply online. Audubon plans to grow the program to 150 campus chapters by 2020.

Learn more about Audubon on Campus. Visit audubon.org/campus-chapters.

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at www.audubon.org and @audubonsociety.

Media Contact
Chandler Lennon
clennon@audubon.org
(212) 979-3063

RECENT BERKELEY GRAD LAUNCHES NEW APP “SCRIBE” TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN UNIVERSITY

NEW AUDIO RECORDING APP CHANGES THE WAY STUDENTS ENGAGE, FOCUS AND SUCCEED BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., March 20, 2019 — Scribe, an innovative audio recording, communications and transcription app for students and business professionals, announced today the launch of its forward-thinking app for iOS mobile devices.

With millions of students and business professionals engaged in lectures, classrooms, conferences and meetings, Scribe allows users to record, take notes, flag important information and capture images all in one place. After a recording is complete, users can easily request a transcription of their recording. This mobile app provides an intuitive interface and offers users access to their important information and helps them stay organized both personally and professionally.

“We’re passionate about developing tools to help students learn and succeed in the classroom,” said Parker Bohls, recent Berkeley grad and Partner at Scribe. “With the release of our new mobile app, we allow for an effortless and intuitive experience for all users. Our goal is to empower students and business professionals to effectively retain information without missing the smallest detail.”

This new mobile technology makes digital learning, whether in person or remote, simple and engaging. Scribe is enhancing the way students and business professionals interact and collaborate by providing the market with inventive new solutions.

Innovative features on Scribe’s mobile app include:
• State-of-the-Art Technology. Scribe’s mobile app includes an easy-to-use recording feature, allowing users to flag, take notes, capture images and mark as public or private. Once saved, users can request transcriptions at the click of a button. Upon playback, users can easily rewind and fast forward, skip to flagged areas and much more.
 Search Files and Browse History. Scribe users can easily search or browse history in chronological order or by favorites.
• Ample Storage Capacity. Scribe provides storage capacity for users’ files and recordings in one convenient space.
• Powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). All Scribe transcriptions and user data is stored and kept completely secure in a cloud-based platform.

Scribe’s best-in-class audio and transcription features highlight their ultimate goal: transforming how people engage, learn and communicate. Scribe’s new app is just their first step, as they are committed to bringing innovative products to the digital learning and communication industry.

About Scribe
Scribe, a new audio and communications mobile app for students, business professionals and the workforce, offers a new way of digital learning and communication for the marketplace and allows users to stay engaged whether in person or remote. Scribe is currently available on iOS.
To learn more, visit www.thescribeapp.com.

Media Contact
Renee Erickson
renee@thescribeapp.com

Cengage Delivers More Value to Cengage Unlimited Subscribers with Evernote Partnership

 

Students Using Unlimited Subscription Service for Textbooks and Course Materials Get Free Premium Access to Leading Note-Taking App

BOSTON—March 12, 2019 – Cengage, an education and technology company, and Evernote, the leading note-taking app, today announced an agreement to provide all Cengage Unlimited subscribers with six months of free access to Evernote Premium, a nearly $50 value. More than just affordable access to course materials, Cengage Unlimited is quickly becoming a destination for all types of learning content and services that are integral to students’ success.

“By partnering with Evernote, we’re delivering greater value to Cengage Unlimited subscribers and providing seamless access to the tools students already use to enhance their learning experience,” said Judah Karkowsky, Senior Vice President of Corporate & Business Development, Cengage. “We’ve quickly reached one million subscriptions sold for Cengage Unlimited because college students are hungry for alternatives that deliver greater value for their money than the traditional textbook model. We’re excited to expand on that value with Evernote.”

Cengage Unlimited is the industry’s first-of-its-kind subscription for college textbooks and course materials, offering access to more than 22,000 products, including eBooks, online homework access codes and study guides. Students pay one price for Cengage Unlimited—no matter how many materials they use.  Subscriptions cost $119.99 a semester ($179.99 a year) and are available directly from Cengage, online or at campus and off-campus bookstores.

Cengage Unlimited significantly reduces the cost of course materials, and students have already saved $60 million this academic year with the subscription.

In addition to unlimited access to textbooks and course materials, Cengage Unlimited subscribers get free access to offerings from Kaplan, Quizlet, Chegg, and now Evernote. Combined, these services provide an additional $200+ in value for each student, nearly doubling the value of a semester subscription.

Evernote helps students focus on what matters most by giving them access to their information when and where they need it. Whether typing notes or capturing whiteboards, adding to-do’s or saving files, Evernote makes all content instantly searchable. With Evernote Premium, students have a single place where information can be clearly captured, automatically organized, and easily shared with fellow classmates, anytime and anywhere.

“Together with Cengage, we are hoping to provide note-taking and productivity solutions to students and teachers around the country. Cengage has been an invaluable partner as Evernote grows its education ecosystem and contribute to students’ ongoing success,” said Craig Klemp, Senior Director of Partnerships at Evernote. “We already have millions of students and teachers around the world who love Evernote and, with this new partnership, we hope to grow this number and have an even greater impact in the classroom.”

For more information on Cengage Unlimited and the features, benefits and savings a subscription provides, please visit www.cengage.com/unlimited.

About Cengage
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. As the largest US-based provider of teaching and learning materials for higher education, we offer valuable options at affordable price points. Our industry-leading initiatives include Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service.  We embrace innovation to create learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. Headquartered in Boston, Cengage also serves K-12, library and workforce training markets around the world. Visit us at www.cengage.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

About Evernote
Evernote Corporation develops products and services that help people to focus on what matters most in a world of increasing information. Evernote provides products where information can be easily captured, automatically organized, and accessed anywhere, any time. The company has changed the way people remember everything, turn ideas into action, and work together. 225 million people around the world use Evernote in 25+ languages. Evernote is an independent, privately held global company headquartered in Redwood City, California.

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Media Contacts
Susan Aspey
Cengage
202-695-6012
susan.aspey@cengage.com

Kristina Massari
Cengage
203-965-8694
Kristina.massari@cengage.com

Deadline Approaching for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program

The deadline to apply for a fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is April 15, 2019. Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, will award two fellowships of $35,000 each, six fellowships of $20,000 each, and 50 fellowships of $8,500 each to students nationwide.

Since its creation in 1932, the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship has become the Society’s signature award, allocating $615,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study. The competition is open to all active Phi Kappa Phi members who have applied to enroll as a full-time student in a post-baccalaureate program of study during the upcoming academic year.

“I am honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship,” said Phoebe Stark, recipient of a 2018 Fellowship. “The funding provided through the Fellowship program will contribute toward my education at the University of California School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Phi Kappa Phi has enriched my life, helped further my medical education, and allowed me to make an impact in the health of patients in my future career as a physician.”

The selection process for a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship is based on the applicant’s evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships are part of the Society’s robust award programs, which give nearly $1 million each year to outstanding students and members through study abroad grants, graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may submit one candidate from among its local applicants to compete Society-wide for a fellowship. The national deadline for chapters to submit an applicant is April 15, 2019. Chapter deadlines vary. If you are a student interested in applying for a fellowship, visit www.phikappaphi.org/chapters-list to contact your chapter for local deadline information.

For full eligibility requirements and application instructions, visit www.phikappaphi.org/fellowship.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit www.phikappaphi.org.

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Media Contact
Marla Elsea
Digital Content Editor
melsea@phikappaphi.org
225.923.7733

Deadline Approaching for Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

The deadline to apply for a Study Abroad Grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is Friday, March 15. Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, will award 75 $1,000 grants to students nationwide.

The grants are designed to support undergraduate students as they seek expanded knowledge and experience in their academic fields. Interested students do not have to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to apply but must currently attend an institution with an active chapter.

“I am so grateful to Phi Kappa Phi for helping fund my travel to Spain,” said Andi Dahmer, a recipient from Western Kentucky University. “This experience will allow me to live the Spanish language as well as make lasting relationships with the members of my host family, friends in the community, and the students whom I teach.”

Phi Kappa Phi gives 75 Study Abroad Grants annually to students on its chapter campuses. Since its inception in 2001, the program has awarded more than $800,000.

The Study Abroad Grants are part of the Society’s robust award programs, which give nearly $1 million each year to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

The application period for students to apply for a $1,000 Study Abroad Grant is currently open until March 15. For full eligibility requirements and application instructions, visit www.phikappaphi.org/studyabroad.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit www.phikappaphi.org.

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CONTACT
Marla Elsea
Digital Content Editor
melsea@phikappaphi.org
225.923.7733

One Million Subscriptions Sold and Counting: Cengage Unlimited Achieves Significant Milestone in Just Seven Months of Commercial Availability

College Students Have Saved $60 Million Using Unlimited Subscription Service for Textbooks and Course Materials

BOSTON—February 25, 2019 – Cengage today announced that its new subscription service, Cengage Unlimited, has sold one million subscriptions in just seven months of commercial availability.  The industry’s first-of-its-kind subscription for college textbooks and course materials, Cengage Unlimited offers complete access to more than 22,000 products, including eBooks, online homework access codes and study guides.

“This significant milestone underscores how an incumbent can serve as a catalyst for an industry in need of change.  One million subscriptions sold in only seven months shows that students are willing to embrace new solutions that offer value.  With Cengage Unlimited, we are well on the path to removing barriers that have caused students to limit their course load, change majors, skip meals or forgo buying materials because they cannot afford them,” said Michael E. Hansen, CEO, Cengage.

In addition to unlimited access to textbooks and course materials, a Cengage Unlimited subscription includes free access to offerings from Kaplan, Quizlet and Chegg, with more to come soon. Students pay one price for the subscription—no matter how many materials they use.  Subscriptions cost $119.99 a semester ($179.99 a year) and are available directly from Cengage, online or at campus and off-campus bookstores. Print rentals are available for $7.99 with free shipping.

Considering students spend, on average, about $500 annually (with some spending significantly more), the subscription can save students half or more of what they were paying previously. Students may use their financial aid to purchase a subscription, either through Cengage or through the bookstore.

Students using Cengage products can access a simple digital savings calculator to see if Cengage Unlimited is the right choice for them.  To reveal their potential savings, students simply type in the ISBN for their products.  And, an interactive Savings Map allows faculty, administrators and students to see which courses use Cengage at their institution.  The map highlights more than 500 schools to date.

“Students have already saved $60 million this academic year,” Hansen continued.  “We are very pleased with our success to date and look forward to offering students even more ways to achieve affordable access to quality learning.”

About Cengage
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. As the largest US-based provider of teaching and learning materials for higher education, we offer valuable options at affordable price points. Our industry-leading initiatives include Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service.  We embrace innovation to create learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. Headquartered in Boston, Cengage also serves K-12, library and workforce training markets around the world. Visit us at www.cengage.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Media Contacts
Susan Aspey
Cengage
202-695-6012
susan.aspey@cengage.com

Kristina Massari
Cengage
203-965-8694
Kristina.massari@cengage.com

Struggling Student Launches Mobile App “GrahamMe®” That Awards Daily Scholarships and Cash Prizes

New app awards scholarships and cash prizes to anyone regardless of their background by simply exercising imagination

TULSA, OK—February 6, 2019–GrahamMe®: The Daily Giveaway is the first application that awards scholarships and cash prizes by simply following official rules of play and exercising the user’s imagination. The mobile application is now available on the App Store (iOS).

GrahamMe®: The Daily Giveaway puts the player’s imagination to the test by competing with others to combine the best gif and phrase in a time-controlled environment. Within the app, users will no longer think inside the parameters but outside the box to become successful. This new mindset will help with reaching personal and professional goals, overcoming obstacles, and improving social skills. Ultimately this app can help turn ideas into opportunities due to constant exercise of the imagination.

“It’s unfortunate how many hardworking and intelligent nontraditional students that deserve an education, yet there is very little or no financial relief for all these students. If people want to change their lives through education, there have to be scholarships available for everyone regardless of their circumstances,” said Tanner Case, CEO, and Founder. “Now is the time to take control of life and start turning imagination into reality. We do this by applying three important things: Why, Imagination, and Delayed Gratification. It’s all about the W.I.D.”

GrahamMe®: The Daily Giveaway app features:
The App is an innovative new experience where college students compete nationally with other college students for scholarships without any academic bias. Guests (general public) are allowed to separately do the same for cash prizes. Users will experience the following: expansion of personal viewpoints by taking others’ viewpoints into consideration, open communication inside a community with a common goal, and a reward system for exceeding expectations in a given time period.

About GrahamMe®: The Daily Giveaway
GrahamMe®: The Daily Giveaway is a platform that’s designed to invest in active college students before, during, and after their transition into the general public regardless of there background. A Taguar, LLP. Company, GrahamMe®: The Daily Giveaway is based in Tulsa, OK and was founded in 2016.

Media
Tanner Case (CEO & Founder)
Email: wid@grahamme.com

Enter the 2019 SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards Today!

2019 SVG College Sports Media Awards in association with NACDA:
Celebrating the Finest In College Sports Video Production

The Sports Video Group (SVG) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) are proud to announce that entries are now being accepted for the 11th Annual SVG College Sports Media Awards in association with NACDA (CSMAs).

The SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards recognize the best in college sports video production, celebrating those who have pushed the envelope and set a higher standard for the quality of live and pre-/post-produced college sports video content.

The deadline to enter this year’s competition is April 22.

Winners and finalists will be honored during a ceremony on Thursday May 30 at the 2019 SVG College Summit (May 29-31, Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Atlanta). For more information on the SVG College Sports Media Awards in association with NACDA and to watch videos from previous winners and finalists, visit www.collegesportsmediaawards.com. For more information on the SVG College Summit, visit www.svgcollege.com.

This year’s awards will be given in four divisions across five categories:

Divisions

• Professional
• Collegiate Conference Offices and Governing Bodies
• Collegiate Athletics
• Collegiate Student

Categories

• Live Game Production
• Live Non-Game Production
• Program Series
• Special Feature
• Promotion Video: Hype, Open, Tease, PSA, or Marketing Campaign

NEW FOR 2019
Those who have entered the SVG College Sports Media Awards in association with NACDA should note some key changes to the rules and entry procedures:

• Conferences and Governing Bodies Now Have Their Own Division!
Given the growth of live video production by conferences and governing bodies (NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA), this replaces the Regional Sports/Local/Syndicators Networks Division.
• Production Companies and Regional/Local/Syndicators will now compete with National Networks in the New “Professional” Division.
If you are entering as a production company, regional/local network, or syndicator, you will now compete in the National and Regional Networks, Local TV Stations, and Production Companies Division.
• Social-Media/Digital-Platform Material Accepted

Entrants are highly encouraged to submit entries that were designed primarily for social-media distribution, both live and preproduced. This includes games or non-game productions intended for airing on Facebook Live, Twitter, a Smart TV application, etc. If you have any questions about where your video fits, please ask!

Any party entering a submission to the SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards is qualifies for a complimentary pass to attend the SVG College Summit.

For complete rules and to enter your production, visit http://www.collegesportsmediaawards.com/csma/rules. Any questions regarding submissions please email Brandon Costa, Program Director of the SVG College Summit at brandon@sportsvideo.org.

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About Sports Video Group
The Sports Video Group was formed in 2006 to support the professional community that relies on video, audio, and broadband technologies to produce and distribute sports content. Leagues, owners, teams, players, broadcasters, webcasters, and consumer technology providers have joined the SVG to learn from each other, turn vision into reality, implement new innovations, while sharing experiences that will lead to advancements in the sports production/distribution process and the overall consumer sports experience. For more information, visit www.sportsvideo.org.

About National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics
NACDA is the professional and educational Association for more than 11,000 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 4,000 athletics administrators annually attend NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week. Additionally, NACDA manages 15 professional associations and three foundations. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.

About SVG College Summit
The SVG College Summit (May 29-31, Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Atlanta) is the leading, national conference for college sports video production, bringing together over 500 industry leaders from broadcast networks, athletic departments, broadcast schools, production companies, and more. To learn more, visit www.svgcollege.com.

Cengage Offers College Students Free Access to Career Resources with Cengage Unlimited Subscription

Cengage Unlimited “Career Center” offers tools to help students explore career options, learn employability skills, build resumes and more

BOSTON, February 7, 2019 — The majority of current and former college students (77 percent) are worried about having the skills needed for a job, and many (65 percent) say finding a job is more difficult today compared to their parents’ generation, according to a recent survey conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of Cengage.

In the same survey, employers said “uniquely human” or soft skills – listening, attention to detail effective communication, critical thinking and interpersonal skills – are among the top skills they look for, but they have a hard time finding the right candidates.

Recognizing the need for more career assistance and soft skills development to aid the transition from college to career, Cengage has added a free Career Center for subscribers of Cengage Unlimited, the first all-access subscription for higher education course materials. The Career Center allows students to explore careers, assess their skills, build resumes and access career-readiness support, including in-demand soft skills training.

“The primary reason most students go to college is to get a job,” said Michael Hansen, CEO, Cengage. “If we want to help students reach that goal, we must offer affordable access to quality learning materials that help them build the required skill set to bridge the gap from college to the workforce.”

The Career Center allows students to explore career paths available to them and discover important job facts, such as salary, growth trends and the skill sets employers are looking for. Students can also access career-readiness tutorials – 10-minute, self-paced modules – to brush up on the top employer requested soft skills and to get advice and practical tips on the job search and interview process. Resume and portfolio-building tools are also available.

Cengage Unlimited offers complete access to more than 22,000 digital course materials, including eBooks, online homework access codes and study guides. Students pay one price – $119.99 a semester ($179.99 a year) —no matter how many materials they use. More than 500,000 U.S. college students have already subscribed to Cengage Unlimited since it became available in August 2018. Students are expected to save $60 million in the 2018-19 academic year.

To learn more about Cengage Unlimited and the Career Center, go to www.cengage.com/unlimited/.

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About Cengage
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. As the largest US-based provider of teaching and learning materials for higher education, we offer valuable options at affordable price points. Our industry-leading initiatives include Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service.  We embrace innovation to create learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. Headquartered in Boston, Cengage also serves K-12, library and workforce training markets around the world. Visit us at www.cengage.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Media Contact
Kristina Massari
Cengage
203-965-8694
Kristina.massari@cengage.com

ACTA Launches HowCollegesSpendMoney.com

-A groundbreaking public online resource will help higher education leaders confront the exploding costs of college-

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) announced that it has launched HowCollegesSpendMoney.com, an innovative gateway into a vast trove of data on college spending across the country. The public launch took place on January 30 in a packed room of higher education policy makers and governing board members at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

HowCollegesSpendMoney.com provides unprecedented ease of access to financial information and spending trends from 1,500 public and private colleges and universities. Visitors can select specific colleges and instantly access eight years of their administrative and instructional spending patterns; compare them with other institutions in their peer groups; research student tuition, retention, and graduation rates; generate reports, and much more.

“The dream of a college education has become a financial nightmare for millions of students and families beset with the runaway costs of tuition and fees,” says Michael Poliakoff, ACTA’s president. “With student loan debt burgeoning past $1.5 trillion and student borrowers graduating with more than $37,000 in debt, institutions simply must get control of their explosive costs if we are to safeguard the value of higher education for the nation.

“HowCollegesSpendMoney.com is designed to equip college trustees and leaders to be more effective stewards of their institutions,” Poliakoff adds. “For the first time, they can easily arm themselves with critical data to make informed decisions about college spending in the best interests of their students—and the public.”

“Those of us who serve on governing boards urgently need solid data, better analytics, and more transparency to face down the rising costs of college,” adds Heidi Ganahl, Regent at the University of Colorado. “You can’t manage what you don’t measure. ACTA’s new resource will be a major tool to help us tackle administrative expense bloat on our college campuses.”

“I wish I’d had this website when I was on the board at Maryland. It would have been so useful in the spirit of transparency,” says former U.S. Congressman Tom McMillen (D-Maryland 1987-1993), who served as a Regent at the University of Maryland from 2007 to 2015.

To explore the site: https://www.howcollegesspendmoney.com/

Video overview: https://youtu.be/isyVJyYya4Y

For more info and FAQ: https://www.goacta.org/initiatives/actas_how_colleges_spend_money_website

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MEDIA CONTACT
Doug Sprei, dsprei@goacta.org

ACTA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to academic freedom, academic excellence, and accountability in higher education. We receive no government funding and are supported through the generosity of individuals and foundations. For more information, visit www.GoACTA.org.

ACTA invites journalists to interview the creators of HowCollegesSpendMoney.com along with higher education leaders and policy makers concerned with the explosion of college costs and student debt.