Business owners, operations and energy managers and others seeking to reduce energy costs are invited to participate in a free webinar being sponsored by the Hoosier Environmental Council and the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development.
The online workshop is from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29. To register, go to www.hecweb.org/news-events/webinars. Registration is open until the morning of the webinar.
The online workshop will feature speaker Kris Wheeler, an energy policy adviser to the Hoosier Environmental Council.
As college costs rise, so does federal aid
With college costs continuing to rise, more students are receiving federal financial aid, though state and institutional aid remains largely flat.
Data released by the National Center for Education Statistics, a branch of the U.S. Department of Education, shows 71 percent of all undergraduate students received some type of financial aid in the 2011-12 school year, up from 66 percent four years earlier.
Forty-two percent of students received federal grants, up from 28 percent, and 40 percent received federal loans, an increase of 5 percentage points.
Meanwhile, 15 percent received state grants and 20 percent received a grant from the college or university they attend – figures that have remained essentially unchanged since the 2007-08 school year.
Among full-time, dependent students, access to state grants actually declined, from 29 percent to 26 percent.
I think these last four years were very tough for states, and certainly we werent surprised, said Jack Buckley, commissioner of the NCES.
The data come just weeks after President Barack Obama signed a law restoring lower interest rates for millions of college students. Interest rates are tied to financial markets
Chief exec leaving NPR after less than 2 years
The president and CEO of NPR is leaving after less than two years to take a similar position at the National Geographic Society.
NPRs board of directors announced Gary Knells departure Monday. Knell will stay in the job until this fall while the board works to find a successor.
Knell took over NPR in December 2011 after a difficult period. He succeeded Vivian Schiller, who resigned under pressure after a former NPR fundraiser was caught on camera calling the tea party racist. The episode led some conservatives to call for an end to federal funding for NPR.
Board chairman Kit Jensen says that under Knells leadership, NPR has built a firm foundation for providing the highest quality journalism and programming.