A new report from a higher-education advocacy group identifies 17 private colleges in Virginia where tuition and fees total more than two-fifths of median household income in the Commonwealth, the Washington Post reports. The analysis assails Virginia schools on affordability at a time when President Obama has elevated that issue into the national spotlight. In a speech last Friday, Obama announced a plan to steer federal aid away from colleges that charge too much tuition. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni is a Washington nonprofit best-known for an annual report card that grades colleges on whether they require all students to study such basic subjects as foreign language, math and science. The group encourages trustees (and alumni) to take a more activist role in governing what is taught on campus — as well as what students are charged in tuition and fees…

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