Rachel Getzenberg

Foundation funds shift to third-party lobbyists

Large foundations that donate to colleges have, in the past five years, shifted their focus toward lobbying for national education policies instead of giving directly to universities. National trends show foundation officials are allocating more funds toward third-party nonprofit organizations, such as College Board and Complete College America that lobby and conduct research on behalf […]

Foreign students have higher rates of cheating than American peers

International students are more likely to cheat than their American counterparts, according to internal data released this week, mirroring a growing trend of academic dishonesty among foreign students in U.S. colleges. Non-citizen students, who make up about 12.1 percent of the GW student population, were responsible for nearly a quarter of all instances of academic […]

Loan interest rates trigger national backlash

Students nationwide signed more than 130,000 letters to four Congressional leaders last week to protest the higher interest rates set to take effect in July on some student loans. Subsidized Stafford loans – interest rates for which will double to 6.8 percent without Congressional action – provided about 4,700 undergraduate GW students with more than […]

Development office bulks up staffing

The University’s fundraising arm is settling into its restructured model and developing a strategy that top administrators hope will usher the institution away from its dependence on tuition revenue. Searches for nine new and existing administrative positions – including an assistant vice president for development and several school-specific fundraising directorships – are underway, with a […]

Form to clarify aid options for college applicants

A government agency is pressuring colleges to provide a financial aid report card intended to clarify complex aid packages for prospective students. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a mock-up for the proposed “Financial Aid Shopping Sheet” Jan. 27 after gathering input from students, parents and educators since November. The drafted form showcases the cost […]

Obama loosens visa requirements

International students will face fewer barriers to studying in the United States because of a recent effort by President Barack Obama to simplify visa applications. An executive order issued Jan. 19 is designed to encourage travel and tourism in the U.S. and spark economic growth for American businesses. “Every year, tens of millions of tourists […]

Trustee sets high bar for Senior Class Gift

The senior class has been issued a $50,000 challenge. If at least half of the class donates to the Senior Class Gift Campaign, Vice Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees Nelson Carbonell will donate to the Power & Promise scholarship fund, the University will announce Tuesday. “A scholarship made my GW education possible, so […]

Lack of funding endangers future of Sudanese scholarship program

University budget shifts may keep a student group from bringing another Sudaneses student to GW – a tradition they hoped to institutionalize as the first scholar graduates in May. Founded in 2006, Banaa is a student organization that orchestrates a full scholarship for a Sudanese student as a means of empowering natives of the war-torn […]

No donors to match senior gift

Individual senior class gifts will not be matched by outside donors this year, eliminating a boost that previously doubled student fundraising efforts. Since the Class of 2009, Luther Rice Society donors have matched individual senior gifts and donated the matched funds to a single cause that seniors chose through a vote. Past matched gifts include […]