Higher Ed

Higher education stories from across upstate New York.

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Governor Cuomo’s newly formed Student Protection Unit has launched an investigation into the student debt relief industry.

Led by the state Department of Financial Services (DFS), it’s designed to be a consumer watchdog for New York students. And, one day after being established in the 2014 Executive Budget address, the unit has issued subpoenas to 13 companies in its first official action.


Erie Community College signed an agreement with St. John Fisher College Monday that allows students to be directly admitted into St. John Fisher, located outside of Rochester.

The 2+2 transfer articulation agreement requires students to complete their associate’s degree at ECC and continue their coursework at St. John Fisher, where they can earn a bachelor’s degree from most programs in an additional two years.

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Several SUNY leaders and business experts participated in the WNY Regional Summit on Higher Education and Economic Development in Buffalo on Friday.

The aim of the event was to discuss how education plays a key role in economic development and job creation. The seven panelists talked about the importance of continuing to invest in research, innovation, and job training programs in order to boost the quality of life and economic viability of the region.

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On the first scheduled speaking event of his bus tour through upstate New York and Pennsylvania, President Obama outlined his plans to increase college affordability.

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New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she voted against a recent compromise on student loans because the interest rates shouldn’t be tied to market rates.

Congress let interest rates on government subsidized student loans double on July first to nearly seven percent. Last week lawmakers worked out a deal to allow rates to be tied to 10 year US Treasury notes. That temporarily lowered the rates again.

Gillibrand, a Democrat, says the deal was the wrong result for students in the long term.