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Critics Question Los Angeles College District’s Plan to Adjust Executives’ Pay

04/18/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. APRIL 17, 2013.  A proposal by the Los Angeles Community College District to lower the car allowances given to top executives and use the extra money to increase salaries has drawn fire from opponents who say the ... Read more >


Online-Learning Portal Allows Educators to Create Adaptive Content

04/18/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. APRIL 17, 2013.  Imagine more than 1,000 nurses learning how to use defibrillators at once, each delivering shocks to a single patient. If a patient dies, the instructor is immediately told which nurse failed, and... Read more >


Education Dept. to Renew Efforts at Gainful-Employment and State-Authorization Rules

04/18/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  APRIL 15, 2013.  The Obama administration is not giving up on efforts to hold colleges accountable for their students' employability and to force states to step up their oversight of distance education. In a no... Read more >


No Credit Caps for California Community Colleges

04/18/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  APRIL 16, 2013.  Budget panels in California's Legislature have rejected a proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown that would have increased tuition for community college students who exceed 90 lifetime credits, The Sacramento Bee repor... Read more >


The Real Precipice

04/18/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. APRIL 15, 2013.  Although massive open online courses have been gathering substantial recent attention, future histories of education will likely only note them as a harbinger of change or transitional step into an educational mod... Read more >


The Hard Truths of Reforming Federal Aid

04/18/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  APRIL 15, 2013.  Like the promise of a new academic year, there is always a certain amount of excitement around a pending reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. We are watching the development of several in... Read more >


Local For-Profit University Pays Financial Aid Fraud Settlement

04/18/2013

KPBS. APRIL 16, 2013.  A Chula Vista-based for-profit university has agreed to a $686,720 civil settlement over federal financial aid fraud charges. The school’s former financial aid director pleaded guilty to falsifying student records and could... Read more >


Proposed Student-Loan Reforms Set Activists and Lawmakers at Odds

04/12/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  APRIL 12, 2013.  With interest rates on federal student loans set to double this summer, student-advocacy groups have intensified their calls for Congress to find a way to avoid the increase, and lawmakers are ... Read more >


22 Face Charges of Student-Aid Fraud in California

04/12/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. APRIL 12, 2013. Almost two dozen people are facing charges in connection with an alleged financial-aid fraud ring at California’s Contra Costa College. The scheme is known as a “Pell runner” scam, and has af... Read more >


College of Sequoias at risk of losing accreditation

04/12/2013

THE FRESNO BEE.APRIL 12, 2013.  College of the Sequoias is in danger of losing its accreditation and will be forced to close next year if it doesn't improve, the college said Thursday in a startling announcement. The Accrediting Commission for Comm... Read more >


Regulating Distance Ed

04/12/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  APRIL 12, 2013. Institutions that offer online education programs should not be forced to answer to regulators in each and every state where they enroll students, according to a group led by the former U.S. Education Secretary R... Read more >


Pell Spending Continues to Decline

04/12/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  APRIL 11, 2013.  Federal spending on the Pell Grant Program declined slightly during the first half of the 2012-13 award year compared to the same period during the previous two years, according to new data released by the Amer... Read more >


California State U. System Will Expand MOOC Experiment

04/12/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  APRIL 10, 2013.  San Jose State University plans to widen its relationship with edX, the nonprofit provider of massive open online courses, and the California State University system is encouraging similar experi... Read more >


Taking on Accreditors and Faculty

04/12/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  APRIL 11, 2013.  Florida lawmakers advanced a bill this week intended to upend the American college accreditation system. The measure would allow Florida officials to accredit individual courses on their own -- including classe... Read more >


Back to Market-Based Rates

04/12/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  APRIL 11, 2013.  In his annual budget request on Wednesday, President Obama proposed a major change to student loan interest rates that would save students money in the short term but eventually make loans more costly for borrowe... Read more >


Free to Profit

04/12/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  APRIL 8, 2013. Coursera, the increasingly popular provider of free online courses, is beginning to make money. The Silicon Valley-based company brought in $220,000 in the first quarter after it started charging for verified compl... Read more >


Student Loan Rate Set to Rise, Despite Lack of Support

04/12/2013

THE NEW YORK TIMES.  APRIL 8, 2013. The interest rate on many student loans is scheduled to double on July 1, to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent — just as it was last year, when in the midst of an election campaign, Congress voted to extend the low... Read more >


'Rethinking Pell Grants': Group Suggests Separate Pathways for Younger Students and Adult Learners

04/12/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  APRIL 9, 2013. During the economic downturn, the Pell Grant program, the government's main support for needy college students, got more expensive, and at the same time President Obama called for more Americans to ... Read more >


Attention - Student Tuition Recovery Fund Assessment Correction

04/12/2013

PRIVATE POSTSECONDARY WEBCAST AND TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENTS.  APRIL 9, 2013. The Bureau mailed out the First Quarter 2013 Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) Assessment Reporting Forms and Instructions on Friday, April 5, 2013. Unfortunately, due t... Read more >


California Community Colleges Release Statewide 'Student Success Scorecard'

04/12/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  APRIL 9, 2013. The California Community Colleges released a "Student Success Scorecard" on Tuesday to allow students and their families to compare colleges in the system based on student data. The scorecard—a r... Read more >


Calls Mount for Changing How Interest Rates Are Set on Federal Student Loans

04/12/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  APRIL 9, 2013. President Obama's budget for the 2014 fiscal year, due out on Wednesday, is expected to propose moving to market-based interest rates on federal student loans. Under current law, student-loan intere... Read more >


Bills consolidating online services and preparing for common core move on

04/12/2013

SJA CABINET REPORT. APRIL 11, 2013. Lawmakers on Wednesday took the first step toward creating an updated, cohesive statewide technology network aimed at providing support to California schools and teachers as they transition to new common core curr... Read more >


California Community Colleges Add Summer Classes

04/05/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. APRIL 5, 2013. One of the negative impacts of budget cuts on California community colleges in recent years has been the elimination of many (and, on some campuses, of most) summer courses, which for many students are key to completi... Read more >


One Price in California

04/05/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. APRIL 5, 2013. California community colleges will not find an ally in their new system chancellor, Brice Harris, if they try to cope with crushing student demand by raising tuition for certain programs or courses. In an open lette... Read more >


The Minerva Moment?

04/05/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.APRIL 5, 2013. The Minerva Project, an airy-sounding venture in San Francisco aiming to create an elite university for the 21st century, just poached a top academic from Stanford University. The company made a splash last year for... Read more >


Intel on Adaptive Learning

04/05/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  APRIL 4, 2013.  Adaptive learning is hot. The technology, loosely defined as data-driven tools that can help professors mold coursework around individual students’ abilities, is developing at a dizzying pace. And colleges have ... Read more >


Alone With Thousands of Other People

04/05/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  APRIL 3, 2013.  I’m a little behind on my MOOC, but I can write about what it’s been like so far. First of all, I didn’t think I’d like the video lectures, but they’re actually kind of helpful. I’m ... Read more >


Sweating the Details of a MOOC in Progress

04/05/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. APRIL 3, 2013.  Karen Head, a guest blogger for Wired Campus, is an assistant professor in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication, and director of the institute’s ... Read more >


Blizzard of bills offers a spectacle

04/03/2013

CAPITOL WEEKLY. APRIL 2, 2013.  “California lawmakers hurriedly pass hundreds of bills with little or no discussion.” Words like those will appear in various media reports during the week ending May 31 when Assembly bills must move to the Senat... Read more >


Investors Flunked in For- Profit College Fraud Suit

04/03/2013

COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE.  APRIL 2, 2013.  Two pension funds cannot pursue claims that the for-profit college DeVry hid illegal recruiter compensation to inflate its stock price, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge John Grady tossed the case ... Read more >


Three's Company

04/03/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  APRIL 3, 2013.  Stanford University, the epicenter of the modern massive open online course movement, said this week that it will develop online learning software with the only one of the three MOOC providers not founded by a Sta... Read more >


3 Suggestions for For-Profits

04/03/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MARCH 31, 2013.  Let me begin by stating my biases about for-profit education. I believe in the potential of for-profit education to be a force for good.  I believe that the profit motive is not antithetical to the larger societ... Read more >


Accreditors Without Borders

04/03/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  APRIL 3, 2013.  American accrediting agencies are increasingly evaluating foreign colleges and programs that are unattached to U.S. institutions. Proponents of the exportation of U.S. accreditation argue that it has a role to pla... Read more >


Problem with Title IV Eligibility Under State Authorization Rule

04/02/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. APRIL 1, 2013.  Many colleges in Florida — and potentially other states, including California and Texas — could lose eligibility for their students to receive federal financial aid under a new interpretation of the Education D... Read more >


Confusion on College Costs

04/02/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. APRIL 2, 2013.  Most colleges will soon send out financial aid award letters for the upcoming academic year, informing admitted students (as well as those already enrolled) about how much they are expected to pay. In recent years,... Read more >


The Next Mission: College a tough adjustment for many military veterans

04/02/2013

89.3 KPCC. APRIL 1, 2013.  The Next Mission: This is the first in a series of stories exploring the challenges facing student vets. You can find more of this series at KPCC.org/vets A week after leaving the Marines, Desiree Escarcida launched he... Read more >


Brown’s K-12 online agenda faces legislative scrutiny

04/02/2013

SIA CABINET REPORT. APRIL 2, 2013.  Gov. Jerry Brown drew national attention earlier this year with his embrace of online learning programs and technology-based instruction – both within higher education and K-12 schools. While his digital initia... Read more >


CSU pushing into the online world

04/02/2013

UT SAN DIEGO.  APRIL 1, 2013.  Online education is anything but new to college campuses. Students have been able to take classes and even full courses entirely online for years. But thanks in part to a push by Gov. Jerry Brown to have California’... Read more >


Fresno City College Instructor Is Placed on Leave After Fight With Student

04/02/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  APRIL 2, 2013. An instructor at California’s Fresno City College was placed on paid leave on Monday after he got into a fight with a female student last month, The Fresno Bee reported. The altercation reported... Read more >


'Paying for the Party'

04/01/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. APRIL 1, 2013.  If you are a low-income prospective college student hoping a degree will help you move up in the world, you probably should not attend a moderately selective four-year research institution. The cards are stacked ag... Read more >


Students look for Obama's help as deadline looms on college loan rate hike

04/01/2013

THE HILL. MARCH 31, 2013.  Democrats and student advocates are looking for President Obama to rejoin their fight to prevent college loan interest rates from doubling this summer — hoping he’ll again embrace an issue that was a political winner f... Read more >


Community College Enrollment Decline Continues in California

04/01/2013

INDEPENDENT VOTER NETWORK. MARCH 29, 2013.  California is renowned for its community college system, but its budget, along with other forms of education, has been reduced significantly. The difference for community college is that cuts have led to ... Read more >


That Other School Shooting

04/01/2013

THE NEW YORK TIMES. MARCH 28, 2013. On April 2 last year, a 43-year-old former nursing student named One L. Goh walked into Oikos University in Oakland, Calif., with a .45-caliber handgun. He killed six people and wounded three others, then exited ... Read more >


California government 'failing' on transparency

04/01/2013

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER.  MARCH 28, 2013. Another day, another critical report about transparency in the Golden State. Earlier this month, we told you about two new reports that blasted state government for failing to make its budget and legislativ... Read more >


CONGRESSIONAL INACTION COULD COST COLLEGE STUDENTS

04/01/2013

ASSOCIATED PRESS.  MARCH 29, 2013. Congressional inaction could end up costing college students an extra $5,000 on their new loans. The rate for subsidized Stafford loans is set to increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, just as millions... Read more >


Nearly one in three Americans ‘angry’ at Washington, poll finds

03/29/2013

THE WASHINGTON POST.  MARCH 27, 2013. A growing number of Americans are not just dissatisfied, but angry at Washington after repeated standoffs over taxes and the deficit have pockmarked the start of President Obama’s second term. Fully 30 percent... Read more >


United Opposition

03/29/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MARCH 27, 2013.  Academic senate leaders from California’s three higher education systems uniformly oppose an effort to require public colleges to award credit for work done by students in online programs unaffiliated with thei... Read more >


Re-Thinking the “Skills Gap” in California

03/29/2013

FOX & HOUNDS. MARCH 28, 2013. In California workforce circles,  a main 2013 meme regards the “skills gap”, by which tens of thousands or more of skilled jobs are going unfilled in California, even as our employment rate is 9.8%. Local and f... Read more >


Obama Signs Bill Restoring Military Tuition Aid and Cutting Poli-Sci Research

03/29/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. MARCH 27, 2013. President Obama signed a bill into law on Tuesday that will finance government operations for the rest of the 2013 fiscal year as well as restore military Tuition Assistance Programs and limit spend... Read more >


San Francisco City College fuels college accreditation controversy

03/29/2013

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 >


EDITORIAL: Harkin hypocrisy

03/29/2013

THE WASHINGTON TIMES.  MARCH 27, 2013.  Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa purely hates “big money” in politics, though he’s willing to make an exception for donors to the proposed Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State University. A senior H... Read more >


Fewer voters signing up with major political parties

03/26/2013

CAPITOL WEEKLY. MARCH 25, 2013.  Fickle Californians are voting with their feet, walking away from the political parties and increasingly declining to state any party preference at all. The secretary of state reported Monday that Democrats and Repu... Read more >


Trending in Career Services

03/26/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MARCH 25, 2013.  As the focus on higher education affordability continues to rise, so does the attention paid to what colleges and universities are doing to prepare students and help them successfully transition to a career after... Read more >


Impact of Cuts on California's Two-Year Colleges

03/26/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. MARCH 26, 2013.  California's community colleges would be serving 600,000 additional students if the system had not absorbed $1.5 billion in budget cuts over four years, according to a new report from the Public Policy Institute... Read more >


Ed Department v. TICAS

03/26/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. MARCH 26, 2013.  An unusual legal feud between a student advocacy group and the U.S. Department of Education has heated up. The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) is going to the mat in its refusal to turn over a tro... Read more >


Program Integrity Issues

03/26/2013

ZECCO.COM.  MARCH 22, 2013.  SUMMARY: On October 29, 2010, the Department of Education published in the Federal Register final regulations for improving integrity in the programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as ame... Read more >


Education Management Corp. Faces SEC Investigation

03/26/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  MARCH 22, 2013.  The huge for-profit higher-education company, which operates a range of postsecondary institutions, received a subpoena to provide investigators at the Securities and Exchange Commission with “... Read more >


Education Advocacy Group Objects to Government's Demand for Its E-mails

03/26/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. MARCH 25, 2013.  A prominent group that advocated for tougher oversight of for-profit colleges now finds itself at the center of a legal battle with investigators from the U.S. Department of Education. The dispute... Read more >


Coursera's Contractual Elitism

03/22/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. MARCH 22, 2013.  If you wonder why your university hasn’t linked up with Coursera, the massively popular provider of free online classes, it may help to know the company is contractually obliged to turn away the vast majority of... Read more >


Congress Moves to Restart Military Tuition Aid

03/22/2013

MILITARY.COM.  MARCH 21, 2013.  The Army, Air Force, Marine Corps will be forced to reopen their tuition assistance programs – and Coast Guard likely will be pressured to follow – under a late-hour Senate amendment to a stopgap budget bill. The... Read more >


Sequester Watch: Congress Votes to Protect Military Tuition Assistance and Limit NSF Spending

03/21/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  MARCH 21, 2013.  Congress completed work on a stopgap spending bill on Thursday that includes provisions to restore military Tuition Assistance Programs but also limit spending on political-science research. T... Read more >


Exodus of Key Officials at Education Dept. Is Capped by Top Higher-Ed Adviser

03/21/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. MARCH 21, 2013.  David A. Bergeron, the U.S. education secretary's chief adviser on higher-education issues, is leaving the department after more than 30 years, joining an exodus of policy experts from the agency... Read more >


UC faculty leaders blast bill on Internet courses

03/21/2013

CONTRA-COSTA TIMES. MARCH 20, 2013.  University of California faculty leaders have endorsed an open letter that opposes legislation to allow public college students to earn degree credits for online courses from outside education providers, officia... Read more >


LAO recommends $4.5 billion CalSTRS rate hike

03/21/2013

CALPENSIONS. MARCH 21, 2013.  The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office yesterday recommended that the Legislature adopt a plan to fully fund CalSTRS in 30 years — an estimated cost of $4.5 billion a year, a hefty addition to current annual ... Read more >


Distance Learning Providers Still Shy of State Authorization

03/21/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MARCH 21, 2013.  Colleges and universities that offer online classes across state borders have a long way to go before they comply with state authorization laws, though they are doing more, according to a survey of about 200 ins... Read more >


Now What?

03/21/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. MARCH 21, 2013.  A federal court has again ruled against the U.S. Department of Education on its “gainful employment” regulations, with a decision that is likely to complicate a possible appeal. It could also fuel broader de... Read more >


Judge Refuses to Restore Vacated Provisions of 'Gainful Employment' Rule

03/21/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  MARCH 20, 2013.  A federal judge has ruled against the U.S. Department of Education on a motion asking the judge to modify part of a decision, issued last summer, that vacated key provisions of the department's c... Read more >


Judge Rejects Education Department’s Appeal in Gainful-Employment Case

03/20/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. MARCH 20, 2013.  A federal judge has rejected the U.S. Department of Education’s motion to amend an earlier ruling thatinvalidated several provisions of the controversial “gainful employment” rule, which ... Read more >


Assembly committee rejects moving adult ed to community colleges

03/20/2013

EDSOURCE.  MARCH 19, 2013.  In a clear message to Gov. Jerry Brown, an Assembly subcommittee voted unanimously Tuesday to reject his proposal to shift responsibility for adult education programs from K-12 districts to community colleges. The bipart... Read more >


Key California taxes rank in nation's top 10

03/20/2013

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER.  MARCH 19, 2013.  The good news is that California's property and excise taxes are lower than the nation's average, according to a new report by the Tax Foundation. The bad news is that the state's personal and corporate in... Read more >


Obama Administration Cuts Financial Incentive for Student-Loan Debt Collectors

03/20/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. MARCH 19, 2013.  Starting this month, private collection agencies that chase delinquent student loans will see lower commission rates as part of the Obama administration's effort to ease the financial burden on bo... Read more >


For Veterans, Unmet Goals

03/20/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MARCH 20, 2013.  The disparity between college administrators' desire to help student veterans succeed and their ability to do that is becoming more apparent as the issue gains increased attention. According to the Department of ... Read more >


CFPB Sets Sights On Sallie Mae, Seeks Greater Role in Student Loan Oversight

03/20/2013

POLICYMIC.  MARCH 18, 2013.  Student debt, with its accompanying interest, fees, and hassle, is a cloud that looms over the heads of many. It's so overwhelming, that there's been a noticeable movement toward exploring ways to bypass college all tog... Read more >


Nevada AG Targets For-Profit Colleges

03/20/2013

CBS LAS VEGAS. MARCH 18, 2013.  The Nevada Attorney General has joined 13 other state AG’s in supporting a proposed bill in Congress targeting the marketing and recruitment practices of for-profit colleges and universities. The schools have bee... Read more >


Student Aid Can Be Awarded for 'Competencies,' Not Just Credit Hours, U.S. Says

03/20/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  MARCH 19, 2013.  It's official: Colleges can now award federal student aid based on measured "competencies," not just credit hours. In a letter sent to colleges on Tuesday, the U.S. Education Department told t... Read more >


Whither Work Force Training Bill?

03/20/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MARCH 18, 2013.  The House of Representatives approved legislation Friday that would consolidate the number of federal job training programs and make other changes in the government's system of work force training. But the measur... Read more >


U. of California Faculty Leaders Question Outsourcing Plan

03/20/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MARCH 18, 2013.  The top two leaders of the University of California System Academic Senate on Friday released a letter expressing "grave concerns" about California legislation proposed last week to require the state's public... Read more >


Looking Over Servicers' Shoulders

03/18/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MARCH 15, 2013.  In the latest step in its attempts to regulate the student loan market, a federal consumer protection agency is proposing that it will start enforcing laws and regulations governing loan servicers for both federa... Read more >


If you have the skills, manufacturers have the jobs

03/18/2013

USA TODAY. MARCH 14, 2013.  The U.S. manufacturing sector is regaining momentum, but many of those with close ties to it — from educators to senators — are concerned that the industry is not ready to face increasing demands. After spending the... Read more >


Questions surround bill proposing online course network at colleges

03/14/2013

EDSOURCE. MARCH 13, 2013.  California could lead the charge in developing a network of online public college courses open to all students enrolled in the University of California, California State University and the California Community College sys... Read more >


Consumer-Protection Agency Seeks Oversight of Nonbank Student-Loan Servicers

03/14/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. MARCH 14, 2013. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a rule on Thursday that would allow the federal agency to supervise large nonbank student-loan servicers to ensure their compliance with federal c... Read more >


Preparing Colleges for the Arrival of Vets

03/14/2013

THE HUFFINGTON POST. MARCH 13, 2013.  In a recent article published by the New York Times, "A Million Strong: Helping Them Through," the author James Dao captured the challenges of many veterans returning to college; addressing the need for grea... Read more >


Going Beyond Interest Rates

03/14/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  MARCH 14, 2013.  Another legislative deadline for federal financial aid is looming in this town of perpetual crisis: the interest rate on subsidized student loans will double July 1, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, if there is n... Read more >


Politics and Cautions in California

03/14/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. MARCH 14, 2013.  California lawmakers detailed a plan Wednesday to require the state’s 145 public colleges and universities to grant credit for low-cost online courses offered by outside groups, including classes offered by fo... Read more >


California Shifts the Ground Under Higher Education

03/14/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. MARCH 13, 2013.  California is home to two of the most important things happening in higher education, one good, one bad. The good thing is the rapid advancement of cheap and free online courses offered by compani... Read more >


In 2014 Budgets, Republicans and Democrats Offer Competing Plans for Academe

03/14/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  MARCH 12, 2013.  Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled on Tuesday a budget blueprint for the 2014 fiscal year that would tighten eligibility for federal student aid, freeze the maximum Pell ... Read more >


Outsourcing Public Higher Ed

03/14/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. MARCH 13, 2013.  A powerful California lawmaker wants public college students who are shut out of popular courses to attend low-cost online alternatives – including those offered by for-profit companies – and he plans to encou... Read more >


How California Job Seekers Need to Get in the Door in 2013

03/14/2013

FOX & HOUNDS. MARCH 13, 2013.  The latest national job numbers announced last Friday produced the predictable cheerleading from the national media on the strength of the recovery in employment (seehere and here). California workforce practiti... Read more >


California Bill Seeks Campus Credit for Online Study

03/14/2013

THE NEW YORK TIMES. MARCH 12, 2013.  Legislation will be introduced in the California Senate on Wednesday that could reshape higher education by requiring the state’s public colleges and universities to give credit for faculty-approved online co... Read more >


Tuition assistance suspended: What now?

03/13/2013

ARMY TIMES.  MARCH 12, 2013.  The Army’s popular tuition assistance program is being suspended because of the budget squeeze, although the thousands of soldiers enrolled in courses will be allowed to complete those courses. But after the shutdown... Read more >


Hagan bill limits use of federal money by for-profit colleges

03/13/2013

NEWS&OBSERVER.COM. MARCH 12, 2013.  U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is introducing a bill today that will prohibit for-profit colleges from using federal student aid dollars for marketing, advertising and recruitment. The Higher Education Act now prohibits... Read more >


UC student fee covers past required refunds

03/13/2013

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE. MARCH 11, 2013.  It used to be that if you wanted to get something for nothing - something really, really good - all you had to do was enroll in the University of California. Now, if any UC student doubts that the days of... Read more >


Districts struggle with governor’s adult education proposal

03/13/2013

EDSOURCE. MARCH 12, 2013.  Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal to give the state’s community colleges $300 million to run adult education is leaving K-12 districts in a quandary. Should they assume Brown’s idea will become law, plan to close t... Read more >


APSCU Announces Top Priorities for Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

03/13/2013

APSCU.  MARCH 12, 2013.  With members assembled in Washington, DC for their annual Hill Day, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) announced their priorities for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). ... Read more >


Air Force joins Army, Marines in cutting tuition assistance

03/13/2013

STARS AND STRIPES.  MARCH 12, 2013.  The Air Force has joined the Marines and the Army in dropping tuition assistance due to sweeping federal budget cuts. Word of the decision began reaching airmen in the Pacific on Tuesday morning. During a comman... Read more >


Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Files Class Action Suit against ITT Educational Services, Inc

03/13/2013

BUSINESS WIRE. MARCH 11, 2013.  Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP (“Robbins Geller”) (http://www.rgrdlaw.com/cases/ittinc/) today announced that a class action has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District... Read more >


Profit and the Public Good

03/13/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. MARCH 12, 2013.  A common lament about higher education is that it has become more of a private good than a public one, with students as consumers and colleges as businesses focused on hawking their product. But that model won’t... Read more >


L.A. Budget Deficit Magically Cut in Half—After the Election

03/11/2013

FOX & HOUNDS.  MARCH 11, 2013.  The Los Angeles City budget deficit magically shrunk by more than half after the voters turned down a half-cent sales tax increase in Tuesday’s election. At least, that is what Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told t... Read more >


Empire College honored for volunteerism and community service

03/11/2013

PRESS DEMOCRAT.  MARCH 7, 2013.  Santa Rosa's Empire College was among 19 institutions across the nation named finalists for a presidential award for its commitment to community service and volunteerism. “We were very surprised when we saw our... Read more >


The Second-Chance Club

03/11/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  MARCH 11, 2013.  Nobody wants to be here. In remedial English, earning no credit, stuck. Now—after months of commas, clauses, and four-paragraph essays—students have one last chance to write their way out. T... Read more >