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Early College Impact

06/27/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 26, 2013.  Getting a head start on college can pay off. Students who attend "early college" high schools — which partner with colleges and universities so students can earn up to two years of college credit toward a degree... Read more >


'Amplifying' Education's Value

06/27/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 26, 2013.  The latest edition of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s "Education at a Glance" report highlights the relationship between educational attainment and employment, finding that the gap ... Read more >


Skipping Campus

06/27/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 26, 2013.  Students seeking online degrees might soon resemble traditional on-campus students, according to a new survey sponsored by two companies involved in online education consulting. The survey, in its second year, c... Read more >


An Interest Rate Compromise?

06/27/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 26, 2013.  With only a few days remaining to reach a legislative deal before the interest rate on new, federally subsidized student loans doubles July 1, the Senate appears to be inching closer to a bipartisan compromise. B... Read more >


Higher-Ed Groups Unveil Alternative to Federal Student-Success Measures

06/25/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JUNE 24, 2013.  Six major higher-education associations have teamed up to develop a new method of measuring student success that provides a more comprehensive look at how students progress through college and how... Read more >


Tablets in the classroom bring cutting edge problems, too

06/25/2013

89.3 KPCC. JUNE 24, 2013.  Administrators at L.A. Unified may want to read an article out today in the technology news website Information Week about stumbling blocks that may hinder classroom iPad  programs. Tech writer and wireless network adm... Read more >


Calif. unemployment rate falls below 9 percent

06/21/2013

SILICON VALLEY MERCURY NEWS. JUNE 21, 2013.  California's unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in May, marking the first time in nearly five years the jobless number has dipped below 9 percent, the state Employment Development Department reported ... Read more >


Bureau Chief Resigns

06/21/2013

Following is an email sent to the Advisory Committee on June 17 Dear Advisory Committee Members, I write today with bittersweet news.  As some of you have already heard, I have accepted a position with the Assembly as the Chief Consultant for the Co... Read more >


Survey on Needs of Students Who Are Mothers

06/21/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 21, 2013.  A new survey of students who are mothers found that the factor they said was most crucial to their academic success was scheduling flexibility. In the survey, 77 percent cited the issue, but one third of the mothe... Read more >


In a Rare Collaboration, Researchers Will Study Student-Loan Counseling at DeVry U.

06/21/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JUNE 21, 2013. Many academics say they have a hard time conducting unfettered research on students at for-profit colleges. And just about everyone says that all students, but particularly those who are first-gener... Read more >


New Model, Familiar Face

06/20/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 20, 2013.  A veteran of for-profit higher education has built a new online learning portal, this time a nonprofit. And Michael K. Clifford’s DreamDegree.org, which went live last month, already offers 27 courses that can ... Read more >


Oates Lands at Apollo

06/20/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 20, 2013.  Jane Oates, who last month left a top post at the U.S. Department of Labor, has begun her new job with the Apollo Group, the parent company of the University of Phoenix. Wednesday was her first at Apollo’s D.C. ... Read more >


Salary Data for Graduates of Calif. Community Colleges

06/20/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 20, 2013. California's community college system this week unveiled a new Web tool that provides average salary levels of graduates of the state's 112 two-year colleges. The Salary Surfer database includes wage data for grad... Read more >


Is There Really a Skills Gap?

06/20/2013

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT.  JUNE 19, 2013.  One of the most common refrains of the current jobs recovery is that there is a skills gap – that firms have plenty of open jobs but can't find qualified applicants to fill them. But employers and th... Read more >


Salary tracker shows earning power of community college grads – often more than graduate degree holders

06/20/2013

EDSOURCE.  JUNE 20, 2013.  With the right major, California community college graduates can out-earn workers with bachelor’s and master’s degrees – often by a lot. Salary Surfer, an online consumer guide released by the Community College Chan... Read more >


Guess how much we invest in our students

06/20/2013

EDSOURCE.  JUNE 19, 2013.  In the course of a public K-12 education, how much money will be invested in the average California student? How much does a basic, public K-12 education actually cost? Do you know? Can you guess? I will answer the questi... Read more >


McGraw-Hill to Buy Adaptive-Learning Company

06/20/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JUNE 20, 2013.  McGraw-Hill Education, one of the largest textbook publishers, announced on Thursday that it would acquire the ALEKS Corporation, a developer of so-called adaptive-learning technology. The goal of... Read more >


U.S. education slipping in world rankings: report

06/19/2013

THE WASHINGTON TIMES.  JUNE 17, 2013.  The U.S. education system is not as globally competitive as it used to be, a study by the Council on Foreign Relations revealed on Monday. “The real scourge of the U.S. education system — and its gre... Read more >


Huge Minority Gaps in Higher Ed

06/19/2013

NATIONAL JOURNAL.  JUNE 17, 2013.  The Lumina Foundation produced a report last week detailing disturbing gaps in college degree attainment rates by race. Blacks, Native Americans, and Hispanics are lagging woefully behind whites and Asians in co... Read more >


6 Limitations of the Nonprofit Education Model

06/19/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. JUNE 18, 2013.  I love working in the not-for-profit higher education sector. A mission driven institutional orientation aligns well with my values. I take pleasure in the thought that the campus that I work will endure for the de... Read more >


Senate Compromise Aims to Avert Doubling of Student-Loan Interest Rates

06/19/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. JUNE 19, 2013.  With interest rates on some federal student loans set to double in less than two weeks, a bipartisan group of senators is circulating a proposal that would avert the increase by borrowing from plan... Read more >


Some Student-Loan Borrowers Are Being Charged for Free Federal Services

06/19/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. JUNE 19, 2013.  Americans struggling with student-loan debt who turn to private "debt relief" companies may wind up paying fees to enroll in a free government program, according to a new report. The National Consu... Read more >


Are the Jobs Being Created in California Today Mainly Low Wage Jobs?

06/19/2013

FOX & HOUNDS.  JUNE 19, 2013.  Waiter and Waitress Nation” is the title of a recent  posting by American Enterprise Institute economist James Pethokoukis.  Of the 175,000 net payroll jobs added nationwide in May 2013, more than half were c... Read more >


Education Department to Streamline Reviews of Accreditors

06/17/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. JUNE 17, 2013.  The Education Department is hoping to streamline its process for reviewing and recognizing accrediting agencies to focus more on what it considers key criteria -- 25 of the 95 factors that include accreditors' stan... Read more >


At Gathering of For-Profit Colleges, Mermaids Need Not Apply

06/17/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JUNE 17, 2013.  At the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities’convention in Las Vegas last year, a vendor’s booth in the exhibit hall featured a scantily clad woman in a mermaid costume who ... Read more >


Conditions Dropped From California Funding Bill for Higher Ed

06/17/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. JUNE 17, 2013. The budget bill for California higher education for the coming year will include increased reporting requirements, but not a direct linkage between increased funding and accomplishing certain goals, The Los Angeles ... Read more >


Legislative Limits on For-Profit Schools Eyed

06/14/2013

MILITARY.COM. JUNE 13, 2013.  The chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee expressed frustration on Wednesday with what he sees as the lack of positive movement by for-profit schools in its dealings with military personnel it recruits into o... Read more >


California Budget Deal Removes Conditions on Increases for Universities

06/14/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. JUNE 14, 2013.  Gov. Jerry Brown has dropped his proposal to tie some money for California’s public universities to such requirements as freezing tuition for four years, improving graduation rates, and enrolling... Read more >


No Love for Accreditation

06/14/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 14, 2013.  To hear members of Congress tell it, reauthorizing the Higher Education Act is looming on the near horizon of the legislative agenda -- even though most others here consider it a mirage that’s still years away. ... Read more >


Lawmakers call pursuit of gainful employment regs ‘disgraceful,’ ‘reckless'

06/14/2013

THE HILL.  JUNE 12, 2013. The Obama administration should abandon plans to enact regulations meant to target career training programs that saddle students with debt but fail to help them land a job, a pair of House Republicans said Wednesday. The co... Read more >


Senators Condemn For-Profit Colleges' Use of Military Tuition Aid

06/12/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JUNE 12, 2013.  Two Democratic senators used a Congressional hearing on Wednesday to condemn for-profit colleges as preying on active members of the armed forces to receive federal tuition aid by increasing enrol... Read more >


Separate Rule Making for Gainful Employment

06/12/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 12, 2013.  The U.S. Department of Education plans this fall to begin a stand-alone round of negotiated rule making on "gainful employment" regulations, which would keep tabs on vocational programs at for-profit colleges and ... Read more >


APSCU Disappointed in U.S. Department of Education Announcement to Establish Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for Gainful Employment

06/12/2013

APSCU.  JUNE 11, 2013.  Today, APSCU President and CEO Steve Gunderson released a statement following the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement that they will establish a negotiated rulemaking committee for consideration of gainful employ... Read more >


Evaluating Options on Loans

06/12/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 11. 2013.  The interest rate for new, federally subsidized student loans will increase to 6.8 percent on July 1 if Congress does not act. A Congressional Budget Office report released Monday put more numbers behind the va... Read more >


Corinthian Faces Securities Commission Investigation

06/12/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 11, 2013.  The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Corinthian Colleges Inc., the for-profit chain disclosed Monday in a corporate filing. In a subpoena, the commission requested documentation relating to stu... Read more >


Republicans see an 'arrogance of power' in Obama White House

06/11/2013

THE HILL. JUNE 8, 2013.  Republicans said on Saturday that President Obama used “campaign-style” tactics to attack a GOP student loan-rate plan recently rejected by the Senate, pushing the debate backward. Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.) delivered th... Read more >


Online Education Bill Clears California Senate

06/11/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 10, 2013.  A controversial California proposal to expand the state public colleges' use of online education has passed the Senate, though it's been amended again. Early versions of the bill would have required the state... Read more >


Gunman opens fire near California college injuring four; two found dead in nearby burned home

06/07/2013

FOX NEWS.  JUNE 7, 2013.  A gunman opened fire on a street corner near the campus of Santa Monica College, wounding at least four people, authorities said. Two people were later found dead in a burned home near the campus. It was not immediately cl... Read more >


Accreditation Fast Track?

06/07/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. JUNE 7, 2013.  A proposal is circulating quietly on Capitol Hill to ask accreditors to create a new, more flexible form of approval for new and nontraditional providers of higher education. The measure, a slight 37 words, contains... Read more >


Senate deadlocks on student loans

06/07/2013

THE WASHINGTON POST.  JUNE 6, 2013.  The Senate deadlocked Thursday over federal student loan interest rates, with no consensus in sight on how to prevent rates on certain loans from doubling for about 7 million borrowers on July 1. Amid a swirl ... Read more >


It's the Results, Stupid

06/07/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 7, 2013.  Mitch Daniels is agnostic on the various delivery modes of higher education or the tax status of colleges offering them, as long as students are getting a quality education at an appropriate price. “I’m only in... Read more >


McConnell: ObamaCare to blame for higher student loan rates

06/07/2013

THE HILL. JUNE 4, 2013.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday ObamaCare is a driving reason for higher student loan rates. “Rates are going up, and the tuition is going up so [students] have to pay back more at a higher rate... Read more >


Student Debt 2013: Can Vocational Education Solve it?

06/07/2013

POLICYMIC.  To tackle the unemployment crisis in Europe, memoranda has been signed between Germany and Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Slovakia, and Spain to set up vocational education systems. Is it time for the U.S. to visit the idea of vocatio... Read more >


Unexpected Issues in Online Education Deal

06/07/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 4, 2013.  A pilot partnership between San Jose State University and Udacity, the Silicon Valley-based ed tech company, revealed some hidden costs of online education, The Oakland Tribune reports. "I get this call from San ... Read more >


Battle brewing over student loan rate reform

05/31/2013

CBS NEWS.  MAY 31, 2013. A little less than a year ago, Republicans and Democrats found rare cause to pass a bill through Congress with bipartisan support: Months before an election that was expected to be exceptionally tight, neither party could af... Read more >


Getting More College Students to Graduation Day—New Data on Public Two-Year Institutions

05/31/2013

CENTER FOR POSTSECONDARY AND ECONOMIC SUCCESS. Over the past few weeks, college students across the country have been walking the stage and gleefully retrieving their diplomas. Unfortunately not everyone gets that happy ending. In the U.S., almost 30... Read more >


Calif. Accreditor Says It Followed Procedures in Review of City College of San Francisco

05/31/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 31, 2013.  The agency that accredits California's two-year colleges says that its review of the process it followed in evaluating City College of San Francisco found no irregularities, rebuffing allegations made last month ... Read more >


Thunderbird Alumni Protest Link to For-Profit Laureate

05/30/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 30, 2013.  Alumni of the Thunderbird School of Global Management are protesting plans for the nonprofit business school to create a joint venture with for-profit Laureate Education. The joint venture would allow Thunderbird... Read more >


Obama To Hold Student Loan Event

05/30/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 30, 2013.  With one month remaining until the interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans is set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, President Obama will gather students today at the White House to call on Congress to ... Read more >


State Systems Go MOOC

05/30/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 30, 2013.  Universities from New Mexico to New York will join Coursera in a sprawling expansion of the Silicon Valley startup’s efforts to take online education to the masses. Together, state systems and flagship universiti... Read more >


Adapting to the New Normal in California Employment

05/29/2013

FOX & HOUNDS.  MAY 29, 2013.  (A version of this article first appeared last week in Zocalo Public Square as “Five Ways to Get a Job in California”). We’ve reached a New Normal in California Employment.  It is characterized by (i) inten... Read more >


American Career College Celebrates Opening of Long Beach Campus

05/29/2013

PRWEB. MAY 29, 2013.  American Career College (ACC), a leader in the health care education field, has opened the doors to its fourth campus in southern California. On April 25, 2013, ACC unveiled its new facilities, welcoming dignitaries, students ... Read more >


How to Get a Job

05/29/2013

THE NEW YORK TIMES. MAY 28, 2013.  Underneath the huge drop in demand that drove unemployment up to 9 percent during the recession, there’s been an important shift in the education-to-work model in America. Anyone who’s been looking for a job ... Read more >


Slashing Higher Ed Red Tape

05/29/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 29, 2013.  In a radical policy change, Australia's Tertiary Education Minister, Craig Emerson, is this week releasing a new approach to quality control that meets university demands for a lighter regulatory burden and could ... Read more >


The rise of the fourth branch of government

05/28/2013

THE WASHINGTON POST.  MAY 24, 2013.  Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro professor of public interest law at George Washington University. There were times this past week when it seemed like the 19th-century Know-Nothing Party had returned to Washington... Read more >


More Young Adults Hold Degrees, a Boost in the Job Market, U.S. Says

05/28/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  MAY 24, 2013.  The educational attainment of young Americans has increased over the past two decades, and those who have completed more education earn more money, on average, and are more likely to be employed. T... Read more >


MOOCs: Will Online Courses Help More Students Stay in School?

05/28/2013

POLICYMIC.  MAY 24, 2013.  Editor's Note: This article is part of a special week of discussion PolicyMic is hosting withNoodle and EdTech Women around online education. Read more about the content weekhere. Udacity, one of the pioneers of the MOO... Read more >


ManpowerGroup survey: U.S. skills gap easing

05/28/2013

THE BUSINESS JOURNAL.  MAY 27, 2013.  The number of U.S. employers struggling to find staff with the right skills dropped 10 percent this year, according to the eighth annual talent shortage survey byManpowerGroup. Of the 1,000 U.S. employers surve... Read more >


In the Future We’ll All Be TaskRabbits

05/28/2013

BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK. MAY 24, 2013.  The temporary workforce in the U.S. is looking increasingly permanent. In April, 2.66 million people took on temp work, making up almost 2 percent of the country’s overall workforce, according to the Bureau o... Read more >


Evolving from professional development to professional learning

05/28/2013

EDSOURCE.  MAY 23, 2013.  Every student deserves an effective teacher, one who is always seeking the very best ways to reach each student. While there has always been an onus on teachers to commit to improving, state and district leaders must also... Read more >


Online Professor Pet Peeves

05/23/2013

ABOUT.COM. Like traditional teachers, most online professors love interacting with their students. Whether through message boards, emails, or virtual chats, online professors and students often form a friendly working relationship that helps the cou... Read more >


House approves Republican student loan bill

05/23/2013

THE WASHINGTON POST. MAY 23, 2013.  The House approved a Republican proposal Thursday to allow interest rates on federal student loans to rise or fall from year to year with the government’s cost of borrowing, ending a system in which rates are ... Read more >


San Francisco City College fuels college accreditation controversy

05/23/2013

EDSOURCE. MARCH 26, 2013  While City College of San Francisco prepares to receive a team of evaluators who will decide if the college keeps its accreditation and stays open, the impact of what’s at stake has spread beyond the campus, bringing in... Read more >


Virtual Lab Experiment

05/23/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 23, 2013.  The California State University System may bet big on virtual labs starting this fall, a sign of how heavily some policy makers are counting on technology to solve funding problems. The effort could end in-the-fles... Read more >


Green Light for Competency-Based Ed at Capella

05/23/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 23, 2013.  Capella University has received approval from its regional accreditor to proceed with a pilot program in competency-based education that does not rely on the credit hour standard, an approach called "direct ass... Read more >


Veterans Affairs Dept. Needs to Improve Management of GI Benefits, Report Says

05/22/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  MAY 22, 2013.  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should do more to improve the management of its Post-9/11 GI Bill Program, which provides benefits to veterans who pursue a higher education, by cutting down... Read more >


Obama Pledges Veto for House GOP Bill on Student-Loan Interest Rates

05/22/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. MAY 22, 2013.  President Obama promised on Wednesday to veto legislation, currently pending in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, that would prevent interest rates from doubling on some federal st... Read more >


U.S. Won’t Appeal Decision on Controversial Gainful-Employment Rule

05/22/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  MAY 22, 2013.  The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities said on Wednesday it had received word that the U.S. Department of Education has elected not to appeal a federal judge’s decision las... Read more >


Coursera, edX Continue To Expand

05/22/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 22, 2013.  Coursera and edX, the two major providers of massive open online courses, continue to partner with more institutions. On Tuesday, edX, a nonprofit started with money from Harvard University and the Massachusetts In... Read more >


Homeland Security Updates Systems to Address Visa Issues

05/22/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 22, 2013.  NAFSA: Association of International Educators has issued an update to its members regarding new procedures in place to verify Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) status at border checkpoints. ... Read more >


Concerns on Loan Denials

05/22/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 22, 2013.  Since the Education Department changed its underwriting standards for loans to students’ parents in 2011, 400,000 parents have been denied the loans. The denials have fallen disproportionately on historically b... Read more >


Bucking the Trend

05/22/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 22, 2013.  Although the Affordable Care Act is intended to increase access to health insurance, a growing number of community colleges have been moving in the opposite direction by cutting adjuncts’ hours and, consequentl... Read more >


Capacity Fix That Rankles

05/22/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. MAY 22, 2013.  The idea of creating a second tier of tuition for California’s community colleges is as resilient as it is controversial. For the third time in recent years, a state lawmaker has introduced a bill to allow over-... Read more >


Education Dept. Releases New Data on College Tuition Across Sectors

05/21/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. MAY 21, 2013.  The National Center for Education Statistics, the Education Department’s statistical arm, on Tuesday released a “first look” report at new data on college pricing across sectors, finding tha... Read more >


Push for Tiered Tuition at California Community Colleges

05/21/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. MAY 21, 2013.  The California Assembly on Monday passed a bill that would authorize community colleges to charge out-of-state tuition to in-state residents for some courses during the summer and winter terms, The Sacramento Bee ... Read more >


Reforming student loans is off to a good start

05/21/2013

THE WASHINGTON POST. MAY 20, 2013.  CONGRESS HAS ONLY begun working on student loans this year, and already it’s going better than last year’s debacle. Election-year politics drove Congress and the White House to endorse a bumper-sticker policy... Read more >


As Gainful-Employment Talks Resume, Education Dept. Is Mum on Appeal

05/21/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. MAY 21, 2013. With a second round of rule-making sessions on the Education Department's controversial "gainful employment" regulation set to begin on Tuesday, officials at the agency aren't saying if they'll cont... Read more >


Let’s Make a Deal

05/21/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 21, 2013.  Sure, Aramark may be able to provide delicious sandwiches, brew a mean cup of coffee, cater important university functions, and do it all at the lowest price. But can it help a sophomore get a job in two years? Tha... Read more >


Confusion on State Authorization

05/21/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. MAY 20, 2013.  The Education Department announced Friday that it would push back by a year the deadline for complying with a rule requiring states to authorize colleges within their borders, but did little to clarify a regulatio... Read more >


Calif. Community Colleges Note a Positive Trend: More Summer Courses

05/21/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  MAY 16, 2013.  Many of California’s community colleges are planning to expand their course offerings this summer, according to a news release from the office of the system’s chancellor—a positive trend afte... Read more >


Relief and Confusion Mingle as State-Authorization Rules Are Delayed

05/21/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  MAY 20, 2013. The U.S. Department of Education will delay the deadline for compliance with rules requiring colleges to be properly authorized by state governments. That's a good thing, said some higher-education l... Read more >


College Enrollment Fell by 2.3 Percent This Spring, Report Says

05/17/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  MAY 16, 2013.  College enrollment in the spring-2013 term dropped by 2.3 percent compared with the same term a year ago, according to a report released on Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research... Read more >


American Career College Massage Therapy Students Offer Services to Mark National Nurses Week

05/17/2013

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.  MAY 15, 2013.  American Career College's Massage Therapy students put their skills to work during National Nurses Week by offering free 15-minute massages to nurses and other personnel at St. Vincent Medical Center. The ev... Read more >


Senate Leaders Introduce Student Loan Interest Rate Bill

05/17/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 16, 2013.  Senate Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that would keep the interest rate on subsidized student loans at 3.4 percent for another two years at a cost to the government of $8.6 billion -- a measure that unders... Read more >


Trying to 'Reset' Online Fight

05/17/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 16, 2013.  Seeking to “reset” a contentious debate about the role of technology in California public higher education, the authors of a new report argue that California policy makers need a statewide approach to end wha... Read more >


Testy Battle Over Tests

05/17/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. MAY 16, 2013.  The GED no longer has a lock on the market for tests that serve as the equivalent of a high school degree. Three states have switched to new competitors from Educational Testing Service (ETS) and McGraw-Hill -- and ... Read more >


LAUSD aviation school at Van Nuys Airport will continue thanks to $1-a-year lease

05/17/2013

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS.  MAY 14, 2013. The embattled Los Angeles Unified aviation school at Van Nuys Airport will continue operating next year, thanks to a $1-a-year lease negotiated between the school district and the city. The district had threate... Read more >


6 charged with stealing SF school funds

05/17/2013

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.  MAY 14, 2013.  Six current and former San Francisco Unified School District employees, including an ex-associate superintendent, are facing a total of 205 felony charges for allegedly misappropriating $15 million in public... Read more >


Governor tries to fix adult ed plan, but controversy remains

05/17/2013

EDSOURCE.  MAY 14, 2013.  Backing away from his controversial plan to hand control of adult education over to community colleges, Gov. Jerry Brown is instead proposing that regional consortia, made up of community colleges and school districts, d... Read more >


Community colleges get boost under governor’s revised budget

05/17/2013

EDSOURCE.  MAY 14, 2013. Community colleges will receive millions more to begin to restore cut classes, rebuild flagging enrollment and strengthen student support services under Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget released Tuesday. Brown would add... Read more >


Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Lodi? Tech jobs boom in Central Valley

05/15/2013

SILICON VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL.  MAY 14, 2013.  Silicon Valley is being outpaced in new online technology jobs by both Southern California and the Central Valley, but a new report says the industry job gains could help the economy for the entire s... Read more >


California Gov. Jerry Brown proposes more education spending, but his budget is less upbeat

05/15/2013

SILICON VALLEY MERCURY NEWS.  MAY 15, 2013.  Warning Democratic legislators that he will not sign a budget that ramps up spending, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday framed a much less upbeat vision about the California economy than just four months ago. ... Read more >


California speaker gives Assembly's juiciest jobs to biggest fundraisers

05/15/2013

CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING.  MAY 15, 2013.  In May 2012 and again in June, Speaker John A. Pérez wrote memos to Democrats in the California Assembly. He wanted millions in campaign cash to win a handful of key races. At stake, Pérez wrote... Read more >


Senate Panel Amends Immigration Bill to Close Student-Visa Loopholes

05/15/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. MAY 14, 2013.  The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved two significant amendments to landmark immigration legislation that would affect American colleges and the international students they enroll. One provis... Read more >


Is a Billboard a College?

05/15/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 15, 2013.  Colleges regularly promote themselves to prospective students. They send viewbooks. They buy names and addresses. They craft web advertising. And they use billboards, like one with the image above. In Tennessee, Be... Read more >


Career Services Must Die

05/15/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 15, 2013.  Well, not die, exactly. Transform. “The term 'career services' has been a phrase that has been used for several decades to describe what colleges have been doing,” says Andy Chan, vice president for personal an... Read more >


For California colleges, governor calls for tuition freezes and drops proposal for unit caps

05/15/2013

SILICON VALLEY MERCURY NEWS.  MAY 14, 2013.  Gov. Jerry Brown's latest budget proposal calls for spending more on the state's colleges and universities each year through 2016-17 -- and for a 4-year tuition freeze at CSU and UC. But the plan the gov... Read more >


U. of Phoenix Might Face Lesser Sanction from Accreditor

05/15/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MAY 14, 2013.  A committee of a regional accreditor last week recommended that the University of Phoenix be placed "on notice," which is a lesser sanction than the probation a peer review team suggested earlier this year, the u... Read more >


Cengage CEO Seeking Restructuring, May File Bankrupy

05/15/2013

BLOOMBERG.  MAY 10, 2013.  Cengage Learning Inc., the educational publisher owned by Apax Partners LLP, said it’s seeking to negotiate with creditors on a restructuring plan and may need to file bankruptcy as part of its turnaround efforts. “We... Read more >


Reciprocity Is Essential for Regulating Distance Education

05/13/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  MAY 6, 2013.  Online education has been growing at a tremendous pace over the last decade or so. Students today have the opportunity to earn college credit and degrees from a wide variety of institutions. Almost ... Read more >