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For-Profit Group's Report on Veteran Education

02/27/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  FEBRUARY 27, 2013.  A task force convened by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, which is the primary trade group of the for-profit sector, today issued a report on how colleges can better serve student... Read more >


College-Ready in California

02/27/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  FEBRUARY 27, 2013.  High school achievement tests can be good predictors of how students will fare in community college, according to new research that adds to the case for using more than just placement tests to decide which s... Read more >


Being a Billionaire Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

02/27/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. FEBRUARY 26, 2013.  Stanford University announced this week that its spring commencement speaker would be Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York. If you saw that one coming, we’d like to know whom you’ve pic... Read more >


California 2013: A Spacy Odyssey - ABHES Presentation by Robert Johnson

02/27/2013

ABHES San Diego Feb 14 2013 R Johnson [Read-Only]... Read more >


California state workers: The root of all evil?

02/26/2013

THE SACRAMENTO BEE. FEBRUARY 25, 2013.  Our state worker columns about government IT prompted more than the usual number of angry emails and phone calls the last couple weeks. The first column zeroed in on Controller John Chiang's decision to ... Read more >


University of Phoenix Survey Reveals Parents are Twice as Likely as Non-Parents to Head Back to School

02/26/2013

NORTH DENVER TRIBUNE.  FEBRUARY 25, 2013.  Serving as a role model to their children is a key driver for parents to return to school Many parents in America are considering higher education to not only help them get ahead in the workplace, but to a... Read more >


New State-by-State Completion Data

02/26/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. FEBRUARY 26, 2013. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center today released a state-by-state rundown of graduation data, which is based on a broad sample representing about 97 percent of students who attend public and pr... Read more >


The skills divide

02/26/2013

BOSTON.COM.  FEBRUARY 25, 2013.  While the U.S. government has just avoided the perils of the fiscal cliff, our nation’s college seniors face a looming crisis of their own: the graduation cliff. This is the moment at which a college student meta... Read more >


Outlook for Nonprofit Higher Education Is ‘Volatile,’ Report Says

02/26/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. FEBRUARY 25, 2013.  Lower-rated nonprofit colleges and universities that do not respond proactively to the challenges outlined in Standard & Poor’s 2013 outlook report run the risk of developing weaker credi... Read more >


U. of Phoenix Expects to Be Placed on Probation by Its Accreditor

02/26/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  FEBRUARY 25, 2013.  The University of Phoenix expects to be placed on probation by its accreditor this spring, the university's parent corporation announced on Monday. The proprietary college, which enrolls stude... Read more >


Protesters Occupy City College of San Francisco

02/25/2013

KQED.  FEBRUARY 22, 2013.  A group of exhausted City College students ended a nightlong sit-in this morning after being assured that the beleaguered school’s chancellor would meet with them Monday and hold a series of town hall forums about the l... Read more >


Who Benefits From Online Ed?

02/25/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. FEBRUARY 25, 2013.  Online education is often held out as a way to increase access to higher education, especially for those -- adult students, the academically underprepared, members of some minority groups -- who have historical... Read more >


Academy of Art eligible for Cal Grants, judge says

02/25/2013

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.  FEBRUARY 22, 2013.  A Superior Court judge in San Francisco ruled Friday that Academy of Art University students should be eligible for Cal Grants in 2012-13 and 2013-14, according to an attorney for the academy. In J... Read more >


Online Courses Could Widen Achievement Gaps Among Students

02/22/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  FEBRUARY 22, 2013.  Low-cost online courses could allow a more-diverse group of students to try college, but a new study suggests that such courses could also widen achievement gaps among students in different ... Read more >


Thinking About Debt Relief

02/22/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  FEBRUARY 22, 2013.  In the next move for a federal agency ratcheting up its oversight of student loans, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is asking borrowers, lenders and others for feedback on what can be done to ease the... Read more >


In California, thousands of teachers missing needed credentials

02/22/2013

THE BAY CITIZEN.  FEBRUARY 21, 2013.  Public schools across California have assigned thousands of teachers to classes without the proper credentials or legal authorization, a persistent problem that state and local education officials blame on mism... Read more >


Are Career-Oriented Majors a Waste of a 4-Year Higher Education?

02/22/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. FEBRUARY 21, 2013.  Even as President Obama, a handful of governors, and several private foundations continue to push American higher education to graduate more students so that the United States has the world’s... Read more >


Associate Degree for Transfer program aids CSU

02/22/2013

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE. FEBRUARY 20, 2013.  It's not often that bureaucracy gets reversed. But the tangled, expensive and highly irritating system by which students transfer from community colleges to a California State University is quickly be... Read more >


How EdX Plans to Earn, and Share, Revenue From Its Free Online Courses

02/22/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  FEBRUARY 21, 2013.  How can a nonprofit organization that gives away courses bring in enough revenue to at least cover its costs? That's the dilemma facing edX, a project led by Harvard University and the Massach... Read more >


A Governor's Attack on Academic Freedom

02/22/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  FEBRUARY 18, 2013.  Gov. Jerry Brown's 2013-14 budget for California intrudes on academic freedom in a way that could harm the 23 campuses of California State University and the 10 campuses of the University of C... Read more >


Twice as Many MOOCs

02/22/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. FEBRUARY 21, 2013.  Two providers of massive open online courses are expanding their course catalogs to try to find a larger global audience. Coursera and edX both announced this week they are doubling the number of universitie... Read more >


'The Rise of Women'

02/22/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. FEBRUARY 21, 2013.  The facts of women being more likely than men to go to college, perform better academically, and major in fields other than science, technology, engineering and mathematics are mostly attributable to factors af... Read more >


Another Senior Official to Leave Education Department

02/22/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  FEBRUARY 21, 2013.  David Bergeron, the acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Education Department, is resigning in March to take a position with another organization, sources said Wednesday. Bergeron... Read more >


California universities see future in online classes

02/20/2013

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE.  FEBRUARY 19, 2013.  For millions of students around the country like Cal State Long Beach student Dan Deguzman, the appeal of online classes is growing. "It's great because I can stay at home and I don't have to commute... Read more >


Lawmakers told California is lagging in higher education

02/20/2013

VENTURA COUNTY STAR.  FEBRUARY 19, 2013.  As policymakers at statehouses nationwide are shining a spotlight on higher education this year, California lawmakers Tuesday were told they face steep challenges if they hope to meet a projected need for 3... Read more >


Caltech President Will Leave to Lead Saudi University

02/20/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  FEBRUARY 20, 2013.  Jean-Lou Chameau announced Tuesday that he will be stepping down as president of the California Institute of Technology, and will take a position leading the new King Abdullah University of Science and Technol... Read more >


It Takes a B.A. to Find a Job as a File Clerk

02/20/2013

THE  NEW YORK TIMES. FEBRUARY 19, 2013.  The college degree is becoming the new high school diploma: the new minimum requirement, albeit an expensive one, for getting even the lowest-level job. Consider the 45-person law firm of Busch, Slipakoff ... Read more >


GCU president details expansion plans

02/20/2013

PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL.  FEBRUARY 19, 2013.  Grand Canyon University President/CEOBrian Mueller told analysts in a conference call today that he plans to expand to Tucson and possibly Albuquerque and Las Vegas. Already, the Phoenix-based public... Read more >


California fiscal analyst calls for more efficiency in higher education

02/20/2013

THE SACRAMENTO BEE.  FEBRUARY 13, 2013.  As California receives more tax revenue, the state's top fiscal analyst Tuesday questioned Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to send more money to public universities without demanding specific improvements. The non... Read more >


Biting the Bullet on Completion

02/20/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  FEBRUARY 20, 2013.  Research has identified several ways for colleges that enroll lesser-prepared students to improve their graduation rates. But college leaders are often wary of those solutions, because they can take a whack at... Read more >


Graduate Sues Arm of Corinthian Colleges Over Alleged Fraud

02/19/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  FEBRUARY 18, 2013.  A graduate of Everest University, a for-profit institution that is owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., has alleged in a lawsuit that recruiters misled him about his ability to transfer credits ... Read more >


Hold all colleges in Wisconsin to same standards

02/19/2013

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL.  FEBRUARY 18, 2013.  By Steve Gunderson.  For 16 years, I had the honor of representing western Wisconsin in Congress. But in so many ways, that experience was a prelude to current times. Shortly after taking office, i... Read more >


PlattForm Films Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Reconstructing the Dream, a Documentary About the Crippling Skills Gap in America

02/19/2013

YAHOO FINANCE.  FEBRUARY 13, 2013.  LENEXA, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PlattForm Films has announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the distribution of Reconstructing the Dream, a documentary that examines the growing gap betw... Read more >


Not What They Signed Up For?

02/19/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. FEBRUARY 18, 2013.  When Albert Anarwat applied to the for-profit Aristotle University, in California, the Ghanaian student said he asked the university if the institution was accredited. Not only was he told yes, he said, but he ... Read more >


Accreditation Crisis Updates for California Community Colleges

02/19/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  FEBRUARY 18, 2013.  Two California community colleges received good news from their accreditor this week, with an easing of possible sanctions from the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges, which is part of the... Read more >


Why your college could go belly up

02/17/2013

MSN MONEY. FEBRUARY 14, 2013.   According to a recent cover story in The American Interest, some won't look like anything at all, because they'll cease to exist. Author Nathan Harden estimates that in 50 years, half of the approximately 4,500 coll... Read more >


Private Capital, Community Colleges

02/17/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  FEBRUARY 15, 2013.  There is nothing subtle about the home page of a new venture unveiled Thursday. "$1 Trillion U.S. Student Loan Debt" it screams, with the dollar figure in large yellow type. It then displays the average pric... Read more >


Private sector's role in higher education must continue

02/17/2013

THE HILL. FEBRUARY 14, 2013.  In Tuesday's State of The Union address, President Obama reasserted his support for rebuilding the middle class, doubling down on his promise to create more jobs and get America’s economy back on track. With 12 milli... Read more >


In State of the Union, Closer Ties Between Education, Job Readiness

02/17/2013

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.  FEBRUARY 13, 2013.  The themes of job creation and the growth of a strong middle class took center stage in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. But as he acknowledged, the jobs that will he... Read more >


‘A Blunt Instrument’

02/17/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  FEBRUARY 14, 2013.  In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama announced a new College Scorecard that would help prospective college students “compare schools based on a simple criteria — where you can g... Read more >


With New 'Scorecard,' Obama Seeks to Give Students a Tool for Comparing Colleges

02/17/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  FEBRUARY 13, 2013.  In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama said his administration's release on Wednesday of a "College Scorecard" would enable students and families to find institutions ... Read more >


A New Accreditation System?

02/17/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. FEBRUARY 14, 2013.  In President Obama’s few sentences about higher education in the State of the Union address Tuesday night, there might have been a presidential precedent set: the first allusion to postsecondary accreditati... Read more >


Obama’s expanded preschool plan likely to be costly

02/15/2013

EDSOURCE. FEBRUARY 14, 2013.  President Barack Obama has yet to issue any cost estimates for his proposal to expand access to preschool for 4-year-olds, but there is one certainty should Congress approve the program: It will be expensive. Californi... Read more >


Community colleges to release scorecard rivaling the president’s

02/15/2013

EDSOURCE. FEBRUARY 14, 2013.  Students planning to attend one of the nation’s 4,500 colleges and universities have a new interactive College Scorecard touted by President Obama in his State of the Union address as a tool “to compare schools bas... Read more >


California Legislative Analyst Slams Governor's Higher-Education Budget

02/15/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. FEBRUARY 12, 2013. Gov. Jerry Brown's plans to give California's public colleges and universities more state money in the coming fiscal year hit a snag on Tuesday. A legislative analysis advised lawmakers to discar... Read more >


On Notice, Again

02/15/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. FEBRUARY 13, 2013.  President Obama on Tuesday night called for major changes to the criteria accreditors use to evaluate colleges, asking Congress to either require accreditors to take college prices and educational value into ac... Read more >


Group Floats 3 Options for Financing Public Higher Education

02/13/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. FEBRUARY 12, 2013.  A tax on financial transactions, a return to 2000-1 levels of state support, and a reallocation of existing money to offer free tuition were three ideas proposed on Tuesday in a news briefing a... Read more >


Corinthian Colleges Inc : Surveys Reveal Internships Are Precursors to Landing a Job and Keeping a Job

02/13/2013

4-TRADERS. FEBRUARY 11, 2013.   For the sixth consecutive year, two annual nationwide surveys, both conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), indicate that performing a college internship not only increases one's oppor... Read more >


House GOP Asks Obama for Long-Term Fix on Student-Loan Interest Rates

02/13/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. FEBRUARY 11, 2013.  Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the Workforce on Monday sent a letter to President Obama asking him to outline a long-term fix on student... Read more >


Transparency Consensus

02/13/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. FEBRUARY 12, 2013.  A proposal to require states to collect and disseminate data on college graduates’ salaries seems to be attracting the rarest of accolades in Congress: bipartisan approval. For colleges, concerned about growi... Read more >


$1.3 Million Suit Over a Grade

02/13/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  FEBRUARY 12, 2013.  A former student has sued Lehigh University for $1.3 million for giving her a C+ in a graduate course, a grade that wasn't high enough for her to continue in her program, The Morning Call reported. The stud... Read more >


Should community colleges be paid only for students who complete courses?

02/12/2013

VENTURA COUNTY STAR.  FEBRUARY 10, 2013.  Having grown up in a working-class neighborhood in south Oxnard and been raised in a family from which no one before her had ever gone to college, Ventura College English instructor Amy Madsen got her sta... Read more >


Some in Congress Understand, Firsthand, Impact of Loans

02/12/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  FEBRUARY 11. 2013.  Five U.S. senators and 41 members of the House of Representatives have student loan debt -- and the total owed is more than $1.8 million, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. The c... Read more >


EDMC's enrollment falls by 16.3 percent

02/12/2013

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. FEBRUARY 8, 2013.  What a difference two years makes. In February 2011, Downtown-based for-profit educator Education Management Corp. counted 157,200 students enrolled in its extensive system of colleges and universities. I... Read more >


6 myths about for-profit schools

02/08/2013

BANKRATE.COM. For-profit colleges are either an acceptable alternative to nonprofit schools or a symptom of a failing higher-education system, depending on whom you ask. While critics and numerous studies argue that for-profit schools offer higher ... Read more >


Sector Snap: For-profit education stocks rise

02/08/2013

CNBC. FEBRUARY 7, 2013.  Shares of for-profit education companies traded higher on Thursday after DeVry Inc. reported strong quarterly results and the federal government said the Pell Grant Program, which provides financial aid to low-income studen... Read more >


Harkin’s Decision to Withhold Papers From Iowa State Sparks Debate

02/08/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  FEBRUARY 7, 2013.  U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s announcement this week that, because of concerns about restrictions on research, he would not donate his papers from nearly 40 years in Congress to an institute at Iowa... Read more >


U. of Phoenix Reboots Advertising and Rebrands in the Process

02/08/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. FEBRUARY 6, 2013.  “I am a Phoenix” is no more. The once-ubiquitous TV commercials touting student and faculty pride in the University of Phoenix have been replaced by a new ad campaign that its marketers hope... Read more >


No Pell Shortfall for 2014

02/08/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. FEBRUARY 7, 2013.  Reports of the Pell Grant’s imminent peril have been exaggerated, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday. The federal student aid program, previously thought to face a $5.7 bill... Read more >


The ‘Delicate Duplicitousness’ of What I Do

02/08/2013

In a guest post today, Rick DiFeliciantonio, vice president for enrollment at Ursinus College, in Pennsylvania, describes the duality of his job. A liberal-arts college is a strange and quirky combination of a church and a business, and the vice pr... Read more >


BMWs, Beer, and Education: Why Germany Makes University Know-How a Key Export

02/06/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  FEBRUARY 6, 2013.  Governments have long used higher education as a means for building relationships with foreign nations. The U.S. Agency for International Development and the Fulbright program have promoted Ame... Read more >


U. of Phoenix Reboots Advertising and Rebrands in the Process

02/06/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. FEBRUARY 5, 2013.  “I am a Phoenix” is no more. The once-ubiquitous TV commercials touting student and faculty pride in the University of Phoenix have been replaced by a new ad campaign that its marketers hope... Read more >


Economist says California at risk of losing its educational advantage

02/06/2013

VENTURA COUNTY STAR.  FEBRUARY 5, 2013.  A senior economist with UCLA’s Anderson Forecast warned lawmakers Tuesday that California is at risk of losing what has long been one of its top economic advantages, a workforce that is better educated th... Read more >


Corinthian sells San Jose campus to Biohealth College

02/06/2013

SILICON VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL.  FEBRUARY 5, 2013.  For-profit education company Corinthian Colleges has sold four of its Everest campuses - including one in San Jose - to San Jose-based Biohealth College Inc. Corinthian, which also owns the Hea... Read more >


House GOP Plans for Higher Ed

02/06/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  FEBRUARY 6, 2013.  House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, said Tuesday that he supported more publicly available information on college graduates' salaries by major, in a speech on domestic p... Read more >


Judge: University of California must disclose more information about its investment in Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital

02/06/2013

SILICON VALLEY MERCURY NEWS.  FEBRUARY 6, 2013.  An Alameda County Superior Court judge has ruled that the University of California must disclose how its investments in two of Silicon Valley's top venture capital firms have performed. A lawsuit fil... Read more >


Public Perception of Higher Ed

02/06/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  FEBRUARY 6, 2013.  Despite the popular narrative of recent years that a college degree might not be “worth it,” Americans still generally agree that a degree is important. But they might be likelier to pursue one if colleges ... Read more >


'They Came for the For-Profits'

02/06/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. FEBRUARY 6, 2013.  In remarks to the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Tuesday, a Republican Congresswoman used a Holocaust reference to suggest that private college leaders should have stood up to the ... Read more >


Financial aid caught in congressional crossfire

02/06/2013

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. FEBRUARY 5, 2013.  Many financial-aid packages that begin going out this month for college students may as well come with a disclaimer: “awards depend on how the fiscal showdown plays out in Washington.” The automatic s... Read more >


Texas governor's radio ad lures California business

02/05/2013

NEWS10ABC.  FEBRUARY 5, 2013.  It's only a radio ad, but if you listen closely you can almost hear the swagger of the governor of Texas. "Building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California is next to impossible," says an sym... Read more >


More students delay repaying loans

02/05/2013

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.  JANUARY 30, 2013.  When their student loans come due, many borrowers have no choice but to postpone the inevitable. As of March, 51% of student loans were in deferment or forbearance — periods when, owing to financial ha... Read more >


Tangling Over Accountability

02/05/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. FEBRUARY 5, 2013.  Private college presidents head to Capitol Hill today to make the case for private higher education, hoping to maintain funding for federal student aid programs while slowing down what they see as an encroaching... Read more >


UC students dig deep to stay afloat

02/05/2013

CAPITOL WEEKLY.  FEBRUARY 4, 2013.  The Great Recession appears to be easing, but at least one group in California remains financially stressed – students at the University of California. Tuition, now at about $13,000 a year, has skyrocketed 62 p... Read more >


For-Profit Backlash

02/05/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  FEBRUARY 5, 2013.  Wisconsin is shaping up to be an important front in the battle over for-profit higher education, with a likely crackdown in Milwaukee and a brewing debate over tighter regulations at the state level. Milwaukee... Read more >


Rule Barring Aid for Drug Convictions May Harm At-Risk Students, Study Finds

02/05/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  FEBRUARY 4, 2013.  A rule that bars students who have been convicted of selling or possessing drugs from receiving federal financial aid may inadvertently harm at-risk students without actually reducing crime, ac... Read more >


Recent Grads More Likely To Have Hard Time In Workplace

02/01/2013

WBAL 1090AM.  JANUARY 31, 2013.  Sometimes it’s just hard to work with other people. And young adults seem more inclined to be loners than any other group. According to a recent University of Phoenix national survey, 36 percent of young adults (... Read more >


Flat-Out Disappointment

02/01/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. FEBRUARY 1, 2013.  The writing has been on the wall for a while, and it hasn’t looked good. First, a handful of the country’s wealthiest universities announced in October that their endowments saw tepid returns for the fisca... Read more >


Education Advocacy Declines Steeply

02/01/2013

OPENSECRETS.ORG.  JANUARY 31, 2013.  Spending on lobbying was down across the board in 2012, but no interest group tightened the purse strings more than the education industry. In 2011, the industry, which includes both for-profit and nonprofit ... Read more >


The Return of the Sequester

02/01/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  FEBRUARY 1, 2013.  For federally funded higher education programs, it’s been an uncertain couple of years. Colleges have navigated and lobbied their way through a near-government shutdown, the debt ceiling crisis of August 20... Read more >


Risky Student Debt Starts to Sour

01/31/2013

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. JANUARY 31, 2013.  The number of student loans held by subprime borrowers is growing, and more of those loans are souring, the latest signs that a weak job market and rising debt loads are squeezing recent graduates. In all... Read more >


Can Funding Be Fair?

01/31/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JANUARY 31, 2013.  The 10-campus University of California likes to style itself as one university. It has one governing board that sets the same tuition rates for all campuses, its campuses use the same admissions process and it ... Read more >


Colleges' Aid Eligibility Should Be Tied to Students' Backgrounds, Report Says

01/31/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. JANUARY 30, 2013.  The latest in a series of proposals for restructuring the federal financial-aid system recommends evaluating institutional performance based on the backgrounds of students enrolled and redefinin... Read more >


More students delay repaying loans

01/31/2013

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.  JANUARY 31, 2013.  When their student loans come due, many borrowers have no choice but to postpone the inevitable. As of March, 51% of student loans were in deferment or forbearance — periods when, owing to financial ha... Read more >


Pressure builds for schools to help grads get jobs

01/31/2013

USA TODAY.  JANUARY 29, 2013.  Courtney Flynn spends a lot of her time in a bright, bustling office suite that looks like something out of the Fortune 500, shining with floor-to-ceiling frosted glass, conference rooms and bright contemporary furnit... Read more >


Judge Dismisses Federal Suit Over Credit Histories in Hiring

01/31/2013

THE NEW YORK TIMES. JANUARY 29, 2013.  A federal judge in Ohio has dismissed a lawsuit that accused the Kaplan Higher Education Corporation of discriminating against black job applicants. In a ruling issued on Monday, Judge Patricia A. Gaughan o... Read more >


Spending Money to Make Money

01/31/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JANUARY 30, 2013.  An associate degree is typically a cost-effective investment, for both students and state governments, yet community colleges continue to draw the short straw during budget season. That's the bottom line of a n... Read more >


The Curious Birth and Harmful Legacy of the Credit Hour

01/29/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. JANUARY 21, 2013.  Time-based units were never intended to be a measure of student learning. In the early 1900s, Andrew Carnegie, troubled that professors made too little to save for retirement, created a free pen... Read more >


8 Senators Unveil a Broad, Bipartisan Plan for Immigration Overhaul

01/29/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JANUARY 28, 2013.  A bipartisan group of senators announced on Monday a plan that would ease the path to citizenship for students who are in the United States illegally and would make it easier for some foreign g... Read more >


Not Rushing Into MOOCs

01/29/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. JANUARY 29, 2013.  News of universities partnering with massive open online course providers has become commonplace, which is why Yale University stands out for what it’s not doing: rushing. While many top universities -- includ... Read more >


Digital Pink Slips

01/29/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JANUARY 29, 2013.  One of the big draws of online education is that it can be easily untethered from the traditional semester schedule, with online universities often offering new classes 52 weeks a year. But while they are conve... Read more >


A Financial Aid Overhaul

01/29/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JANUARY 29, 2013.  The latest white paper from a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded effort to rethink the nation’s financial aid system argues for a near-total overhaul -- shoring up the Pell Grant, reducing the amount ... Read more >


How Much Admission Misreporting?

01/29/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. JANUARY 28, 2013.  This month, responding to four instances in which colleges admitted to having provided false information for its rankings, U.S. News & World Report published an FAQ on the issue. One of the questions: "D... Read more >


Iowa Senator Tom Harkin won’t seek 6th term

01/29/2013

THE BOSTON GLOBE. JANUARY 27, 2013.  US Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa, said Saturday that he will not seek a sixth term in 2014, a decision that eases some of the burden the national Republican Party faces in trying to retake the Senate. Har... Read more >


Brown lays out conservative vision for California

01/25/2013

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER.  JANUARY 24. 2013.  In a State of the State address befitting a Republican, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday laid out a largely conservative vision for California, calling for fiscal restraint, streamlined regulations and local ... Read more >


A Possible Gates Consensus on Financial Aid?

01/25/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JANUARY 25, 2013.  A report from a panel of higher education experts, including college presidents and foundation leaders, has called for changes to simplify federal financial aid in a white paper released Thursday. The white pap... Read more >


The New Intelligence

01/25/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. JANUARY 25, 2013.  Stop me if you already know this one. You are explaining how to solve quadratic equations to a classroom full of 18-year-olds. Narrating as you map out the steps on a whiteboard, you occasionally scan the room f... Read more >


Group Suggests Improvements in Aid System With an Eye to Completion and Nontraditional Students

01/24/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JANUARY 24, 2013.  A coalition of higher-education experts, civil-rights organizers, policy makers, and others is endorsing a set of proposals to improve the student-aid system. The group, organized by HCM Stra... Read more >


State’s D in teacher prep nearly average

01/24/2013

EDSOURCE. JANUARY 24, 2013.  There’s no sign of a bell curve in the latest scores of state teacher preparation programs.  California received an overall grade of D on the 2012 State Teacher Policy Yearbook released by the National Council on T... Read more >


Governor Brown, Democrats may clash over spending

01/24/2013

SILICON VALLEY MERCURY NEWS.  JANUARY 24, 2013.  Gov. Jerry Brown will take center stage Thursday morning when he gives his State of the State address. But he'll have to keep his eye on restless Democratic lawmakers -- fresh off winning two-thirds ... Read more >


Vested interests hoping to be prioritized in Governor's State of the State

01/24/2013

89.3 KPCC.  JANUARY 23, 2013.  When Jerry Brown delivers his State of the State address Thursday morning in Sacramento, some of California’s most powerful stakeholders will be listening for the Governor’s priorities — and how he challenges th... Read more >