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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 >


Bill to Create 'New University of California' Dies

04/18/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. APRIL 18, 2013.  A bill is dead to create a fourth college system in California to award credit and degrees to students but offer no courses, according to the head of the state Assembly's higher education committee. The bill would... Read more >


A Rare Washington Compromise?

04/18/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  APRIL 18, 2013.  If Congress doesn’t act, the interest rate on federally subsidized Stafford student loans will double in just over 10 weeks, on July 1. At a hearing Wednesday, lawmakers from both parties and Education Secretar... Read more >


Obama's Proposed Student Loan Debt Remedy Carries a Hidden Trap

04/18/2013

DAILY FINANCE.  APRIL 16, 2013.  America's student loan debt problem is nothing new: For years, the media has been offering up a flood of stories about people facing decades of debt repaymentand crushing interest rates. But with tuitions still... Read more >


More than half of suspensions are for “willful defiance” of school authorities

04/18/2013

EDSOURCE.  APRIL 16. 2013.  More than half of all suspensions and a quarter of expulsions in California schools are for “willful defiance” of school authorities, according to a new database that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom To... Read more >


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 >