Fewer text books = less expense for students at SLCC

Fewer text books = less expense for students at SLCC

LAFAYETTE ­– There’s something missing from Dr. Mark LaRue’s English classes these days at South Louisiana Community College and students don’t seem to mind at all. LaRue, who teaches Rhetoric and Composition and Composition and Critical Thought, doesn’t require a textbook in his classes. Instead, he utilizes Open Educational Resources – free or minimally priced education materials – to supplement his instruction. “As an experienced instructor, I have accumulated over the years a wealth of resources of my own and from the influence of many texts,” he said. “With that…

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Fewer Students Are Defaulting On Loans After Leaving College

Fewer Students Are Defaulting On Loans After Leaving College

WASHINGTON—The share of borrowers defaulting on student loans within three years of leaving college has fallen modestly, though the number remains exceptionally high despite low unemployment. Just over 11% of the 5.2 million students who left school in the fiscal year through September 2013 have since defaulted on their federal student loans, the Education Department said in an annual report Wednesday that is closely tracked by college administrators. Borrowers are considered in default once they have gone 360 days without making a payment after having left school, whether because they graduated…

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