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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 >


Yes, Really: Private Colleges Offering More Financial Aid Than Ever

05/13/2013

TIME.  MAY 7, 2013.  Call it the couponing of higher education. After years of skyrocketing tuition costs, many private colleges in the United States are ramping up their financial aid packages in an attempt to attract new students and boost saggin... Read more >


High Schools Set Up Community-College Students to Fail, Report Says

05/13/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  MAY 7, 2013.  Community colleges' academic expectations are "shockingly low," but students still struggle to meet them, in part because high-school graduation standards are too lax in English and too rigid in mat... Read more >


In California, Push for College Diversity Starts Earlier

05/13/2013

THE NEW YORK TIMES.  MAY 7, 2013.  As the Supreme Court weighs a case that could decide the future of affirmative action in college admissions, California offers one glimpse of a future without it. California was one of the first states to abolish ... Read more >


Strayer U.’s Discounts Reflect Shifts in For-Profit-College Sector

05/13/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. MAY 7, 2013.  With enrollments still falling and costs for recruiting students still rising, companies that run for-profit colleges continue to scramble: Some are offering bigger scholarships, some are instituti... Read more >


California's Looming Educational Attainment Crisis

05/13/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.MAY 9, 2013. A low level of educational attainment is the one common characteristic of California's working poor, according to a new report from the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California-based advocacy group. About one in ... Read more >


California's Poor Families Need Better Access to College, Report Says

05/13/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. MAY 9, 2013. California's working families remain undereducated, to their detriment and to the state's, according to a report released on Wednesday. Among the four million working families in the state, a third are ... Read more >


Amid Security Worries, Student Visas Come Under New Scrutiny

05/13/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.MAY 9, 2013. Since the Boston Marathon bombings three weeks ago, the U.S. government has enacted just one significant security change: It has ordered increased scrutiny of international students coming into the count... Read more >


Idea Whose Time Has Come?

05/13/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.MAY 13, 2013. Right after the election in November, it seemed that Congressional Republicans and the Obama administration had reached a rare policy consensus: both supported requiring colleges to disclose more information about grad... Read more >


MOOCs and Community Colleges

05/13/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.MAY 13, 2013. What is the future of MOOCs and how will they blend into the higher education landscape — specifically, into the community college landscape? The "deMOOCratization" of higher education content, making courses readily ... Read more >


Lawmakers Propose Long-Term Solutions for Student-Loan Interest Rates

05/13/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. MAY 10, 2013. Members of Congress introduced two bills on Thursday that propose long-term fixes to keep student-loan interest rates affordable, even as some legislators pushed to extend the current low rates. Some D... Read more >


Congress Requests Public Comment on Renewal of the Higher Education Act

04/25/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  APRIL 25, 2013.  Members of Congress are seeking public input on the next reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the main law governing federal student aid. In a letter issued on Thursday, the Republican ... Read more >


Making high school students pass all courses needed for admission to the University of California could backfire

04/25/2013

SILICON VALLEY MERCURY NEWS.  APRIL 25, 2013.  As schools strive to prepare students for college, more districts are requiring teens to take college prep courses -- the same courses required for admission to the University of California -- in order... Read more >


CSU chief concerned about Brown’s higher ed plan

04/25/2013

U-T SAN DIEGO. APRIL 24, 2013.  California State University Chancellor Timothy White expressed concern Wednesday that the governor wants to tie state funding to increasing the number of freshmen who graduate in four years and to other targets that ... Read more >


Fewer College Students Use Credit Cards, Most Maintain No or a Low Balance

04/25/2013

ENHANCED ONLINE NEWS.  APRIL 24, 2013. Over the past two years, college student ownership of credit cards has declined from 42 percent (2010) to 35 percent (2012), according to research from Sallie Mae and Ipsos. Freshmen were least likely to use cr... Read more >


DeVry Responds to My '3 Suggestions for For-Profits'

04/25/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  APRIL 24, 2013.  A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled 3 Suggestions for For-Profits.  I wrote this post because I am both a fan and a critic of for-profit education. The original post was written at least in part to try to bri... Read more >


California Senate Panel Mulls Course Outsource

04/25/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  APRIL 25, 2013.  California's Senate education committee is expected to vote next week on a newly amended plan to allow online courses from unaccredited providers to count for credit at the state's three college and university sy... Read more >


Life After Steel

04/25/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. APRIL 22, 2013.  Bobby Curran grew up in a working-class neighborhood here in Baltimore, finished high school, and followed his grandfather's steel-toed bootprints straight to Sparrows Point, a 3,000-acre sprawl o... Read more >


Ex-Official at San Francisco State U. Is Accused of Taking $183,000 in Bribes

04/25/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  APRIL 24, 2013.  Prosecutors charged Robert Shearer, who left the university in 2009, with 128 felonies for allegedly taking bribes in return for approving waste-disposal contracts to an outside vendor who was al... Read more >


California’s “Knowledge Economy” and Its Discontents

04/25/2013

FOX & HOUNDS.  APRIL 24, 2013.  The “knowledge economy” is perhaps the dominating narrative in California employment in 2013. It is a narrative pushed forward by a number of the state’s leading policy organizations, management consulting ... Read more >


Under Plan, California Would Embrace Performance-Based Funding For Colleges

04/23/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  APRIL 23, 2013.  California would move aggressively into performance-based funding for higher education under a draft plan being circulated by Governor Jerry Brown, the Los Angeles Times reported. Under the draft of a revised b... Read more >


Community-College Accountability Measure Still Holds Policy-Making Potential

04/23/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  APRIL 23, 2013.  A tool being developed "by community colleges, for community colleges" to measure their effectiveness is still not ready, but its proponents hope wider adoption through its testing phase will giv... Read more >


Battle starts to mount on student loans

04/23/2013

THE HILL.  APRIL 22, 2013.  Congress is headed for another showdown on student loans. With just over nine weeks to go before rates hike, Congress seems nowhere close to finding a solution to stop student loan rates doubling from 3.4 percent to 6.8 ... Read more >


Drop-out rate contributes to jobs-education mismatch

04/23/2013

HEALTHYCAL.ORG.  APRIL 21, 2013.  As California heads into a future dominated by technology, a skilled workforce is going to be more important than ever. But despite recent gains, the state is still not producing enough educated workers to fill all... Read more >


California Students Oppose Bill to Let Colleges Charge More for Some Courses

04/23/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  APRIL 21, 2013.  Community-college students and faculty members in California are gearing up to fight a bill before the State Assembly that would allow colleges to offer additional sections of high-demand courses... Read more >


Credit Without Teaching

04/23/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. APRIL 22, 2013.  Earlier this year Capella University and the new College for America began enrolling hundreds of students in academic programs without courses, teaching professors, grades, deadlines or credit hour requirements, b... Read more >


New Bid for Tiered Tuition at California 2-Year Colleges

04/23/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  APRIL 22, 2013.  The idea of tiered tuition at California community colleges draws strong opposition from students, and the new system chancellor has come out strongly against the concept, but it keeps coming back. Legislation ... Read more >


Amended but Not Commended

04/23/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  APRIL 22, 2013.  A closely watched and controversial California bill to allow online courses from unaccredited providers to count for credit in three of the world’s largest public college systems has been amended in an effort t... Read more >


Innovative online developer to broaden college partnership

04/23/2013

EDSOURCE.APRIL 19, 2013.  The marriage of innovative online course developer Udacity and San Jose State University is going so well that the partners are offering for-credit summer classes to 10 times as many students per course. “So far, so good,... Read more >


EdX Rejected

04/23/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  APRIL 19, 2013.  After months of wooing and under close scrutiny, edX was rejected this week by Amherst College amid faculty concerns about the online course provider's business plans and impact on student learning. Amherst profe... Read more >


Bipartisan Coalition of Members Ask Administration to Drop Failed “Program Integrity” Regulations

04/23/2013

EDUCATION & THE WORKFORCE COMMITTEE.  APRIL 18, 2013.  House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN), along with Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Reps. Rober... Read more >


Students' Prior Criminal Histories Don't Predict Future Misconduct, Research Finds

04/18/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  APRIL 18, 2013.  As colleges seek ways to make their campuses safer, many have opted to examine the criminal histories of students before they're admitted. New research, however, reveals that criminal-background ... Read more >


Building Strong Alumni Networks to Help Bring In the Class

04/18/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  APRIL 17, 2013.  A strong network of alumni volunteers can be an asset to an admissions office. And working with alumni volunteers is one area in which admissions offices can collaborate with each other instead o... Read more >


Appeals Court Rejects Trump U.’s Claims Against a Student Who Sued

04/18/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. APRIL 18, 2013.  A federal appeals court on Wednesday breathed new life into a lawsuit filed by a former student who alleges that Donald Trump’s university engages in deceptive business practices, according to a... Read more >


Competency-Based Education Advances With U.S. Approval of Program

04/18/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  APRIL 18, 2013. Last month the U.S. Education Department sent a message to colleges: Financial aid may be awarded based on students’ mastery of “competencies” rather than their accumulation of credits. Tha... Read more >


Foreign Student Safety in Spotlight

04/18/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. APRIL 18, 2013.  Professionals in international education have long had to counter stereotypical depictions of the U.S. as a crime-ridden, pistol-packing kind of place, but this week issues surrounding perceptions of internation... Read more >