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What Your College Degree Will Be Worth After 20 Years

08/30/2013

Mashable.  August 29, 2013.  Those who doubt the value of a college degree may want to think again. New research has found that individuals with a four-year degree make an average of $215,000 more than a high school graduate over the span of 20 yea... Read more >


Labor Day 2013: How We Reached the Tipping Point Against Full Time Hiring

08/30/2013

Fox & Hounds.  August 30, 2013.  (This is a longer version of an essay that originally appeared in Zocalo Public Square). Labor Day 2013 brings a landscape of job scarcity that is now well-documented: more and more applicants per job opening,... Read more >


V.A. Expands On-Campus Counseling For Veterans

08/30/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 30, 2013.  A federal program that provides student veterans with on-campus educational and career counseling will nearly triple its footprint across the country this fall, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thu... Read more >


A Restrained Response, For Now

08/30/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 30, 2013.  In unveiling his ambitious second-term higher education agenda last week, President Obama teed up a wide-ranging debate -- and possibly a contentious fight -- over how, or whether, to overhaul the nation’s ... Read more >


Boost for Udacity Project

08/29/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 28, 2013.  Two months after San Jose State University announced it would put its partnership with the online course provider Udacity on "pause," university officials on Wednesday touted results from the summer cohort as ... Read more >


Expense Experiments

08/29/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 28, 2013.  The fall semester is upon us, and that means one thing: It’s pilot (project) season for textbooks and their e-alternatives. Most students are stepping into their first class either this week or the next, and ... Read more >


What Happened to Ivy Bridge?

08/29/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 29, 2013.  Ivy Bridge College will cease to exist next month, just five years after Tiffin University and Altius Education created the online, two-year degree program. Tiffin, a small private institution in Ohio, appears r... Read more >


College Costs Surge 500% in U.S. Since 1985: Chart of the Day

08/29/2013

The cost of higher education has surged more than 500 percent since 1985, illustrating why there have been renewed calls for change from both political parties. The CHART OF THE DAY shows that tuition expenses have increased 538 percent in the 28-ye... Read more >


APSCU Asks Education Secretary Duncan To Reconsider Gainful Employment Negotiated Rulemaking Committee

08/29/2013

APSCU. August 26, 2013.  APSCU President and CEO Steve Gunderson sent a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan asking him to either abandon the current gainful employment negotiated rulemaking process or expand the representation on the rulemakin... Read more >


Obama's Aid Proposals Could Use a Reality Check

08/29/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 26, 2013.  In the last few days, President Obama has rightly called the nation's attention to the importance of higher education. He is right to criticize states for not putting postsecondary education hig... Read more >


Obamas' Own Student Debt Topped $40,000 Each

08/29/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 27, 2013.  In unveiling his ambitious higher education plan last week, President Obama once again framed his desire to make college more affordable as a personal mission, reminding the audience at the State University ... Read more >


Obama on For-Profits

08/26/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 26, 2013.  The Obama administration has had no shortage of spats (and some out-and-out warfare) with the for-profit sector of higher education. But typically administration officials outside the Oval Office have been the o... Read more >


2 Neurosurgeons Who Were Accused of Misconduct at UC-Davis Resign

08/26/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 26, 2013.  Two prominent neurosurgeons at the University of California at Davis whointentionally infected three brain-cancer patients with bowel bacteria have resigned their posts after university investi... Read more >


Calif. to Audit Campuses’ Policies for Handling Sexual-Assault Complaints

08/26/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 23, 2013.  California legislators have approved an audit to determine how certain campuses in the University of California and California State University systems handle complaints of sexual assault, follo... Read more >


Richard Vedder: The Real Reason College Costs So Much

08/26/2013

The Wall Street Journal.  August 26, 2013.  Another school year beckons, which means it's time for President Obama to go on another college retreat. "He loves college tours," says Ohio University's Richard Vedder, who directs the Center for College... Read more >


Student loan rates will feed federal profits

08/26/2013

USA TODAY.  August 26, 2013.  A law touted by politicians as their way of keeping money in the pockets of the nation's college students will instead funnel more than $700 million in additional profit into the federal government's wallet over the ne... Read more >


Obama's Aid Proposals Could Use a Reality Check

08/26/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 26, 2013.  In the last few days, President Obama has rightly called the nation's attention to the importance of higher education. He is right to criticize states for not putting postsecondary education hig... Read more >


Lawmakers OK probe of accrediting panel over CCSF

08/23/2013

San Francisco Chronicle.  August 23, 2013. California lawmakers voted Wednesday to investigate whether the accrediting commission that is threatening to shut downCity College of San Francisco is doing its job right. To hear state Sen. Jim Nielse... Read more >


Disappointed, Not Surprised

08/23/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 23, 2013.  By Colleen Flaherty.  Faculty members overwhelmingly supported President Obama in his candidacies. To many, his academic background and intellectual bent were welcome relief after his predecessor. Obama – a ... Read more >


Enjoying White House Attention

08/23/2013

Inside Higher Ed. August 23, 2013.  Carl Straumsheim and Ry Rivard.  Advocates of disruptive college business models and carrot-and-stick accountability measures were excited Thursday to hear President Obama back their work in his effort to cur... Read more >


City of San Francisco Sues Accreditor

08/23/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 23, 2013.  The City of San Francisco announced Thursday that it is suing the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, charging it with using inappropriate measures in evaluating City College of San Franc... Read more >


California Campuses to Face Sexual Assault Audit

08/23/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 23, 2013.  After hearing testimony from University of California students who say their institutions ignored or mishandled their complaints of sexual assault, state lawmakers on Wednesday authorized an audit with "priori... Read more >


4 Key Ideas in Obama's Plan to Control College Costs Bear Familiar Fingerprints

08/23/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 23, 2013.  Many of the ideas embraced by President Obama in his call to control college costs have longstanding champions in major foundations and among prominent policy analysts. The president's plan ... Read more >


President Sees an Obamacare Solution to Higher Ed’s Problems

08/23/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 22, 2013.  By Jeff Selingo.  Higher ed, welcome to Obamacare. Frustrated by how his policies of the past four years haven’t stalled rising college-tuition prices or moved the needle on the number ... Read more >


Performance Funding Goes Federal

08/23/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 23, 2013.  By Paul Fain.  Colleges need to demonstrate the value of their product with hard numbers, an increasingly popular maxim holds, or lawmakers will try to do it for them. That prediction is now tru... Read more >


City College of San Francisco Asks Accreditor to Reverse Its Punishment

08/22/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 22, 2013.  The City College of San Francisco on Tuesday asked the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to reverse its decision to revoke the college’s accreditation next year. But t... Read more >


International Admissions Up, But...

08/22/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 22, 2013.  By Elizabeth Redden.  Despite an overall slowdown in the growth of international student applications, and a 3 percent drop in applications from the top sending country, China, initial offers of admission to... Read more >


Obama Plan on Higher Ed Could Be Controversial

08/22/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 22, 2013.  The White House is keeping a tight lid on what might emerge during President Obama's two-day bus tour to address college affordability. But on the eve of those appearances, which begin today, sources said th... Read more >


Obama's Ratings for Higher Ed

08/22/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 22, 2013.  By Scott Jaschik.  President Obama appears to be making good on his vow to propose a "shake-up" for higher education. Early Thursday, he released a plan that would: Create a new rating syst... Read more >


Obama: Bus tour to offer proposals to keep down college costs

08/22/2013

The Hill.  August 20, 2013.  By Justin Sink.  President Obama said Tuesday that he will use his upcoming bus trip to offer a new plan "to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families" in an e... Read more >


College financial aid flowing faster than ever since WWII

08/22/2013

USA TODAY.  August 21, 2013. By Mary Beth Marklein.  More college students are receiving loans, grants and other financial aid than at any time since the debut of the GI bill after World War II, new data show. Seventy-one percent of all undergra... Read more >


A Quarter of High-School Grads Who Took ACT Are Found College-Ready

08/22/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 21, 2013.  By Beckie Supiano.  Twenty-six percent of high-school graduates who took the ACT in 2013 met all four of its college-readiness benchmarks, according to a report released on Wednesday by ACT In... Read more >


ACT Scores Slip

08/22/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 21, 2013.  By Allie Grasgreen.  With a 20.9 composite average, the 2013 ACT scores are the lowest they’ve been in five years, with the biggest drops occurring in the English and reading sections. The h... Read more >


Bus Tour Hints

08/22/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 21, 2013.  By Paul Fain.  President Obama plans to take on rising tuition prices with speeches later this week that the White House promises will include fresh, serious proposals. But those claims were met largely with... Read more >


Udacity CEO Thrun Fires Back at Critics

08/22/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 21, 2013.  After a summer of unexpected setbacks and amid a growing chorus of doubt, Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun on Tuesday dismissed the idea that his company's model for high-quality, low-cost education isn't working. ... Read more >


Dept. of Education Ruling Won't Solve CCSF Accreditation Woes

08/20/2013

KQED.  August 14, 2013  by Charla Bear and Jon Brooks.  For those City College of San Francisco supporters who were hoping for a reversal of a commission's decision to rescind CCSF's accreditation: Not so fast. Their optimism was based solely on a... Read more >


Report Calls for Bankruptcy Protection for the Most Vulnerable Borrowers

08/20/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 20, 2013.  By Kelly Field.  Allowing borrowers to discharge some student loans in bankruptcy would provide relief to the most vulnerable and would foster a "race to the top" among lenders and institutions... Read more >


Majority of Students Now Have Federal Aid, U.S. Study Shows

08/20/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 20, 2013.  The proportions of American undergraduates who received federal financial aid (57 percent) or at least some form of financial aid (71 percent) in 2011-12 both rose considerably from 2007-8, when the proportion... Read more >


Career Education Corp. Settles Inquiry for $10 Million

08/20/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 20, 2013.  Career Education Corp. has agreed to a $10.25 million settlement with New York's attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman. The for-profit chain, which owns Colorado Technical University and Sanford Brown, had ... Read more >


Colleges, universities look to online programs to navigate an uncertain future

08/20/2013

Miami Herald.  August 19, 2013  By Michael Vasquez.  Measured strictly by size, the University of Florida’s recent Fundamentals of Human Nutrition class was a resounding success. The class, offered this past spring, was UF’s first foray into t... Read more >


Why Jobs Go Unfilled Even in Times of High Unemployment

08/20/2013

National Journal.  August 16, 2013.  By Amy Sullivan.  Skills for America's Future, a policy initiative run out of the Aspen Institute, was created in 2010 as a spin-off of President Obama's Jobs Council and was originally led by longtime Obama su... Read more >


LinkedIn Enters the College-Marketing Fray

08/20/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 19, 2013.  By Lawrence Biemiller.  The business-networking behemoth LinkedIn said on Monday morning that it was making a play in global college admissions, unveiling LinkedIn University Pages and welco... Read more >


Duncan pledges more help for parents seeking federal college loans

08/16/2013

The Washington Post.  August 15, 2013.  By Nick Anderson.  The Education Department is taking new steps to help parents obtain federal college loans if their applications are rejected because of minor problems in their credit history — an eff... Read more >


Degreed wants to make online courses count

08/16/2013

CNN Money.  August 15, 2013.  Over the past few years, millions around the world have signed up for free online courses to date. In theory, such courses can give anyone with Internet access a taste of the Ivy League. But despite its popularity, emp... Read more >


Experimental College's First Graduate

08/16/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 16, 2013.  By Paul Fain.  A groundbreaking form of competency-based education now has its Patient Zero. Zach Sherman, a 21-year-old sanitation worker in Ohio, earned a self-paced associate degree from College for Ameri... Read more >


Change Fafsa Now

08/16/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 15, 2013.  By Sara Goldrick-Rab and Robert J. Kelchen.  Despite the many problems with financial aid, the forthcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act is unlikely to fundamentally overhaul the... Read more >


Defense Department Proposes New Rule for Institutions Receiving a Military Education Benefit

08/16/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 16, 2013.  By Kelly Field.  The Defense Department has issued a proposed rule updating thememorandum of understanding that institutions must sign to participate in its Tuition Assistance Program for acti... Read more >


The PLUS Loan Problem

08/16/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 16, 2013.  By Justin Draeger.  This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced changes to the PLUS loan underwriting standards that may help previously denied PLUS loan applicants obtain loans. This will be wel... Read more >


For-profit universities prosper

08/16/2013

CNN Money.  August 15, 2013.   Bridgepoint Education Fastest-Growing rank: 16 CEO: Andrew Clark Headquarters: San Diego Employees: 5,620 full-time and adjunct faculty; 3,900 in support and administration Grand Canyon Education Fastest-Gr... Read more >


Let’s Stop Condescending to For-Profit College Students

08/16/2013

Slate.  August 15, 2013.  By Tressie McMillan Cottom.  I study the for-profit college sector, and recently wrote about the admissions process at for-profit colleges, which attracted a great comment from a reader who’s also a student at the fo... Read more >


Kanter Joins the Exodus

08/16/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 14, 2013.  By Doug Lederman.  The Obama administration's highest-ranking higher education official, Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter, is the latest in a string of departures that has left the executive b... Read more >


Game Changer for CCSF?

08/16/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 14, 2013.  By Paul Fain.  City College of San Francisco’s regional accreditor is now in the same existential bind as the college, having been told by its overseer to fix several problems, pronto, or risk being stripp... Read more >


Kaplan 2.0

08/16/2013

Inside Higher Ed. August 15, 2013.  By Paul Fain.  Kaplan’s fortunes are looking up. The education company no longer has to pick up the slack for The Washington Post, the venerable newspaper and loss leader that Kaplan’s corporate owner, th... Read more >


Google Begins Selling Textbooks Through Play Store

08/13/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 12, 2013.  By Sara Grossman.  With little fanfare, Google began offering electronic textbooks for rent or purchase on its Google Play store on Friday. Included will be books from some of the largest a... Read more >


Four Ways Congress Can Help the New Traditional Student

08/13/2013

The EvoLLLution.  August 13, 2013.  By Steve Gunderson.  Postsecondary education faces critical challenges in the coming years. These range from cost, access, technology and the skills gap to quality, productivity, accountability and globalization... Read more >


Researchers Explore Factors Behind Mismatched College Choices

08/13/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 13, 2013.  By Casey McDermott.  Many students attend a college they're over- or underqualified for, and a new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research examines why. The researchers fou... Read more >


How Elite Law Schools Are Offering Free Rides on the Taxpayers' Dime

08/13/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 13, 2013.  By Jason Delisle and Alex Holt.  Lawyers are trained to exploit the letter of the law on behalf of their clients. How we feel about that usually depends on whose side of the case the lawyers ar... Read more >


Student Loan Lifestyles

08/12/2013

Inside Higher Ed. August 12, 2013.  By Scott Jaschik.  Student loan debt is much in the news of late, with a steady stream of articles about how borrowing decisions may limit graduates' ability to take certain jobs, live in certain areas, or eve... Read more >


Education Department Approves Competency-Based Program at Capella U.

08/12/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 12, 2013.  By Lee Gardner.  The U.S. Department of Education has granted its approval of a Capella University program offering degrees on a competency-based model. Students enrolled in the for-profit onl... Read more >


ABA Panel Favors Dropping Tenure as a Law-School Accreditation Standard

08/12/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 12, 2013.  By Charles Huckabee.  A panel of the American Bar Association that has been discussing possible revisions in the ABA’s accreditation standards for law schools has tentatively embraced two pla... Read more >


Obama signs bipartisan student loan bill into law

08/12/2013

The Hill.  August 9, 2013.  By Ramsey Cox.  President Obama signed the bipartisan student loan bill into law Friday in a rare bicameral legislative victory. The Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, S. 1334, sets interest rates on undergradua... Read more >


Sallie Mae to Be Accused of Overcharging Military Personnel on Loans

08/12/2013

The New York Times.  August 9, 2013.  By Richard Perez-Pena.  Federal regulators plan to accuse Sallie Mae, the giant student lending corporation, of charging military personnel excessive interest on student loans, and the government is looking ... Read more >


Dead or Dormant?

08/09/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 9, 2013.  By Phil Hill and Dean Florez.  California’s controversial bill to allow third-party, online courses to count for credit at the three public systems of higher education has met an ignoble end. Or has it? O... Read more >


The Biggest For-Profit EDU You've Never Heard Of

08/09/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 8, 2013. By Joshua Kim.  This year I had the good fortune to get spend some time with Frank Britt, the CEO of Penn Foster.  I was amazed to learn that Penn Foster graduates over 25,000 students per year, and has bee... Read more >


Student-Loan Changes, With Lower Rates for Now, Are Set to Be Signed Into Law

08/09/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 9, 2013.  By Lee Gardner.  President Obama is expected to sign legislation on Friday that will lower federal student-loan interest rates­—for now, at least. The law, known as the Bipartisan Student L... Read more >


California’s Governor Opposes Pay of New UC-Riverside Chancellor

08/09/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 9, 2013.  Gov. Jerry Brown of California, a Democrat who sits on the University of California’s Board of Regents, voted on Thursday to oppose the $354,000 compensation package for Kim A. Wilcox, the Riv... Read more >


Vacation Should Mean Vacation In The Tech Era

08/08/2013

Duane Morris TechLaw Blog.  August 6, 2013.  We live in the always-on age. Around the clock we can log in and communicate electronically in many ways. While this often is advantageous and convenient in the working world, this dynamic can create ch... Read more >


Fast Enough on Transfer in California?

08/08/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 8, 2013.  By Paul Fain.  For nearly three years California’s community colleges have been working with the California State University System to comply with a state law requiring guaranteed transfer pathways for grad... Read more >


Inquiry Into Aid Talks Ends

08/08/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 8, 2013.  By Scott Jaschik.  WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department has ended its investigation into talks among the leaders of some private colleges about ways to encourage institutions to spend more on need-based ... Read more >


Rubber Hits the Road

08/08/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 8, 2013.  By Ry Rivard.  Whether massive open online courses will help traditional college students significantly cut costs remains to be seen, but a smattering of institutional trials may soon help tell. ... Read more >


The College Expense Parents Are Most Likely to Finance

08/08/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 8, 2013.  A new poll by Citi and Seventeen looks at which expenses related to college students handle themselves and which ones their parents handle. For most items -- including tuition -- the results are mixed. There i... Read more >


Apollo Group Institution in Britain Is Granted Full University Status

08/08/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 8, 2013.  By Charles Huckabee.  British education authorities have granted full university status to an institution owned by the Apollo Group, the corporate parent of the University of Phoenix,BBC News r... Read more >


Sallie Mae Faces Penalties for Violations of Law That Benefits Military Borrowers

08/08/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 7, 2013.  By Kelly Field.  Sallie Mae informed its shareholders this week that federal regulators were poised to penalize the company for violations of a federal law that offers special borrower benefits ... Read more >


Resistance greets pumped-up effort to streamline community college, CSU transfer

08/06/2013

EdSource.  August 6th, 2013.  By Kathryn Baron When a long-awaited and much-needed bill to streamline transfer from community colleges to California State University passed the state Legislature three years ago, it had sweeping support: unani... Read more >


Student-Loan Watchdog Digs Beneath the $1-Trillion Debt Tally

08/06/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 6, 2013.  By Cory Weinberg The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken a microscope to the $1-trillion in federal student-loan debt and found that more than 9 percent of that amount is in default.... Read more >


Senate Panel Votes to Include Military Tuition in 90/10 Rule

08/06/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 6, 2013.  A U.S. Senate panel last weekend passed a rider to the defense appropriations bill that would count federal spending on tuition assistance for members of the military and their spouses toward a threshold that req... Read more >


Kaplan Will Dominate New Washington Post Co. After Newspaper Is Sold

08/06/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 6, 2013.  By Eric Kelderman For nearly three decades, the test-preparation and education company Kaplan Inc. has relied on the prestige and integrity of its corporate owner, the Washington Post Company, t... Read more >


For-profit colleges fear another attack

08/06/2013

POLITICO.  August 1, 2013.  By LIBBY A. NELSON The Obama administration isn’t backing away from its crackdown on for-profit colleges. A federal panel will tackle one of most controversial college regulations in Education Department histo... Read more >


Cal State Offers Online Courses Across Campuses to Ease a Bottleneck

08/06/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Educatioh.  August 5, 2013 by Charles Huckabee.  California State University is starting an online program this fall that will let students on any of the system’s 23 campuses enroll in online courses offered by another cam... Read more >


Setting Limits for Outsourcing Online

08/06/2013

Inside Higher Ed. August 5, 2013.  By Paul Fain The shuttering of Ivy Bridge College could dump cold water on the online aspirations of some colleges, particularly ones that prefer to play it safe with their regional accreditor.   ... Read more >


Previewing the Higher Ed Act

08/06/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 5, 2013.  By Doug Lederman WASHINGTON – Creating a federal unit records database to track students into and through higher education. Seeking expansion of the federal antitrust exemption to let private coll... Read more >


Negotiators Are Named for Gainful-Employment Rule-Making Panel

08/02/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  AUGUST 1, 2013.  By Kelly Field.  The U.S. Education Department has named negotiators to a panel that will rewrite its controversial "gainful employment" rule, and for-profit colleges are feeling outnumbered. T... Read more >


Refinancing Hurdles Still Beset Borrowers of Private Student Loans

08/02/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  AUGUST 1, 2013.  By Cory Weinberg.  Borrowers who took out private student loans continue to face tough obstacles in trying to change repayment terms if they run into financial troubles or want to improve their... Read more >


After Controversy, Pasadena City College Instructor Drops Pornography Course

08/02/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  AUGUST 1, 2013.  A Pasadena City College instructor has decided that he will not offer a course on pornography again in the near future amid pressure from the college and other criticism. The instructor, Hugo Sch... Read more >


Tiffin Told to Stop Offering Associate Degrees With For-Profit Entity

08/02/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  AUGUST 2, 2013.  Altius Education, a for-profit company that runs Ivy Bridge College, announced late Thursday that Tiffin University, a nonprofit institution in Ohio, has been ordered by its accreditor to stop offering associat... Read more >


Beyond Grades

08/02/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  AUGUST 2, 2013.  By Paul Fain.  Testing firms are offering new ways to measure what students learn in college. Their next generation of assessments is billed as an add-on – rather than a replacement – to the college degree.... Read more >


Unpaid Internships Not Dead Yet

08/02/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  AUGUST 2, 2013.  By Allie Grasgreen.  Since a federal judge ruled last month that the unpaid interns who sued Fox Searchlight Pictures were in fact entitled to wages, there have been a slew of assertions that this is the beginn... Read more >


MOOC Bill Dead for Now

08/01/2013

  INSIDE HIGHER ED.  AUGUST 1, 2013.  By Ry Rivard.  A controversial California bill to pass off untold thousands of state college students to nontraditional providers of instruction, some of them for-profit or unaccredited, is dead for now... Read more >


The Negotiators

08/01/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  AUGUST 1, 2013.  By Paul Fain.  The U.S. Department of Education this week contacted people it has chosen to participate in a negotiated rule-making session on gainful employment. That list of names is emerging, as several par... Read more >


Senate Panel Moves on Work Force Bill

08/01/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  AUGUST 1, 2013.  The U.S. Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday approved a renewal of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the federal law that governs work force training. The bill, which hasn't ... Read more >


Report Warns Against Tying Student Aid to Measures Like Graduation Rates

08/01/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  AUGUST 1, 2013.  By Kelly Field.  Awarding student financial aid to colleges based on outcome measures, like graduation rates, could harm low-income students and the colleges that serve them, according to a new ... Read more >


Congress approves student loan plan

08/01/2013

THE WASHINGTON POST.  JULY 31, 2013.  By Jenna Johnson,  The millions of college students and parents who will borrow money from the federal government for the coming school year can plan on much lower interest rates than originally offered, as... Read more >


California State University unveils 'radical' new plan for online courses

07/31/2013

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS.  JULY 31, 2013.  By Katy Murphy. This fall, for the first time, students in the nation's largest public university system will be able to take courses offered online at any of the system's campuses -- regardless of where t... Read more >


No Job, No Refund

07/31/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  July 31, 2013.  By Lauren Ingeno.  A law school graduate who ends up managing the delivery of telephone books instead of practicing law may be out of luck and in loads of debt, but his alma mater does not legally owe him tuit... Read more >


The Old Community College Try

07/31/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. July 31, 2013.  By Paul Fain.  President Obama may have strong words for colleges about tuition prices, but he continues to push for more federal funding for community colleges. In a major speech Tuesday on job c... Read more >


Questionable Admissions

07/31/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  July 30, 2013.  By Scott Jaschik.  When colleges crack down on grade inflation, students invariably complain that they will be at a disadvantage when they apply to graduate school without as many A grades as might otherwise b... Read more >


Higher Ed Groups Balk at U.S. Plan to Expand Loan Data System

07/31/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  July 30, 2013.  An Education Department proposal to expand the scope and reach of its central database for student aid would violate federal law and distort the database's purposes, a group of higher education associations argu... Read more >


The Hard (and Late) Sell

07/31/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  July 29, 2013.  By Scott Jaschik.  Students who earn good grades in high school, or who score well on standardized tests, get used to the barrage of pitches from colleges that want them to apply. But in theory, after May 1 of s... Read more >


New Player in Adaptive Learning

07/31/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 29, 2013.  Career Education Corp. has begun one of higher education’s broadest experiments with adaptive learning. Institutions in the for-profit chain have powered more than 300 online course sections with the emerging te... Read more >


Take 2 on For-Profit Earnings Study

07/26/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 26, 2013.  The final result is a toss-up in a study comparing how for-profit and nonprofit colleges stack up in job market returns of their certificates and associate degrees. That finding is a big shift from the unflatteri... Read more >