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Accreditation Agita (Update: Accreditor Extended)

12/13/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 13, 2013.  A federal advisory committee on Friday recommended that the Education Department extend for one year its recognition of California’s community college accreditor and require the agency show that it is comply... Read more >


Gainful Employment Data and Proposal

12/13/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 13, 2013.  Late Wednesday the U.S. Department of Education released further revisions to its proposed gainful employment regulations, which would impose standards on vocational programs at for-profit institutions and c... Read more >


Enrollments Dip for 2nd Year; For-Profits Drop Sharply

12/13/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 13, 2013.  Overall enrollment in higher education fell by 1.5 percent in fall 2013, marking the second consecutive year of decline, the National Student Clearinghouse estimated Thursday in a report. Enrollments edged up... Read more >


Competent at What?

12/12/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 12, 2013.  Competency-based education appears to be higher education’s "next big thing." Yet many academics aren’t sure what it is. And that goes double for lawmakers and journalists. A new group is stepping in to t... Read more >


Should Colleges Be Able to Limit Students’ Borrowing?

12/12/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  December 11, 2013. Coconino Community College, in Flagstaff, Ariz., has low tuition: just $87 a credit hour for in-state students. So in 2008, when the federal government raised the amount students could borrow ... Read more >


Let's Stimulate, Not Stifle, Innovation in Higher Education

12/12/2013

Roll Call.  December 12, 2013.  As House and Senate committees hold hearings and the Education Department rewrites its regulations for private colleges, public policymakers must consider the unprecedented changes and challenges in higher education.... Read more >


Second Opinions: An Obama Plan to Grade U.S. Colleges

12/12/2013

The Wall Street Journal. December 11, 2013.  Jeffrey T. Leeds co-authored a recent Journal op-ed opposing the Obama Administration's plan to measure the performance of colleges and then restrict federal aid to those schools the government claims a... Read more >


Which students have the highest student loan debt?

12/12/2013

NBC News.  December 11, 2013.  Student loan debt is painful for anyone to carry. But if you think the greatest debt burden is falling on the poorest students, think again. At a time when the cost to attend some colleges exceeds $60,000, lowermid... Read more >


Freeze!

12/11/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 10, 2013.  Yesterday in a meeting, a colleague referred to fractions as “fractures,” without realizing she had done it. I liked the mistake, since it captured the experience that some students have with fractions. No... Read more >


Coursera Launches iPhone App

12/11/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 11, 2013.  Students in courses hosted by Coursera, the massive open online course provider, can now access lessons on the go -- as long as they have an iPhone. The MOOC provider launched an official mobile app on Tuesd... Read more >


After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought

12/11/2013

The New York Times.  December 10, 2013.  Two years after a Stanford professor drew 160,000 students from around the globe to a free online course on artificial intelligence, starting what was widely viewed as a revolution in higher education, early... Read more >


Study: Student Debt Squeezes Middle Class the Most

12/11/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 11, 2013.  College students from middle-income families are more likely to end up with student loan debt than their peers from both lower and higher socioeconomic backgrounds, a new study has found. The research by Ja... Read more >


Duncan Makes New Appointments to NACIQI

12/11/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 10, 2013.  Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday announced the appointment of two new members to the department’s advisory committee on accreditation. Simon Boehme, a Cornell University student, and Roberta “B... Read more >


For-Profit Colleges’ Winter Meeting Focuses on Employment

12/11/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  December 9, 2013.  In the winter months of years past, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities has held swanky meetings at resort destinations like Lake Tahoe or Beaver Creek, Colo., and its a... Read more >


Private Distress

12/11/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 9, 2013.  Some private colleges that managed to weather the recession are finding new troubles. So they are announcing layoffs, cutting programs and more. Almost all of these small to mid-sized privates are tuition-depe... Read more >


BPPE Sunset Review Report 2013

12/10/2013

Click here to review BPPE's 2013 Sunset Review Report that was presented to the Senate Committee on Business, Professions, and Economic Development.... Read more >


New GED Website Goes Live

12/06/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 5, 2013.  Next month the GED Testing Service will launch a revamped version of the GED, which will be fully computerized and more expensive and include the assessment of college readiness. This we... Read more >


U.S. Seeks Experiments on New Models of Higher Ed

12/06/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 5, 2013.  The Obama administration is moving ahead with plans to waive certain federal student aid rules for a limited number of colleges that want to experiment with competency-based education and other innovative for... Read more >


10 Universities With the Largest Undergraduate Populations

12/06/2013

U.S. News & World Report.  December 3, 2013.  The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate o... Read more >


Study: Out-of-Pocket Costs in Most of Higher Education Rising

12/06/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 4, 2013.  Students during the 2011-12 academic year paid, on average, higher immediate out-of-pocket costs to attend public and private colleges than their counterparts in 2007-8, according to a new federal report rele... Read more >


Students Blame Colleges for Debt Woes

12/04/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 4, 2013.  A national poll of four-year college students has found that they are more likely to blame colleges than other institutions for the rising levels of student debt. The poll, by the Harvard University Institute ... Read more >


Fourth Meningitis Case Confirmed at UC Santa Barbara

12/04/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 3, 2013.  The University of California at Santa Barbara and local health authorities on Monday confirmed that a fourth student at the university has contracted meningitis. The outbreak at UCSB -- combined with a larger... Read more >


Jail Time for Ex-Administrator Who Stole Student Aid

12/04/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 3, 2013.  A federal judge on Monday approved a plea agreement under which Anna Catalan, formerly an administrator at Santiago Canyon College, was sentenced to 21 months in jail for stealing student aid, The Orange Count... Read more >


Another Chance for Controversial Accreditor?

12/04/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 3, 2013.  Education Department staff members have recommended that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges -- which evaluates community colleges in California -- be permitted to operate for another... Read more >


GAO Finds Gaps in Job Training

12/04/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 3, 2013.  Local work force development organizations face numerous challenges as they seek to help employers fill some jobs that require skilled labor, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability ... Read more >


Scrutiny for Loan Servicers

12/04/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  December 3, 2013.  Federal regulators next year will begin closer monitoring of companies that process student loan payments for the vast majority of borrowers to make sure they are following the law and not misleading consumers.... Read more >


Nursing students being turned away amid faculty shortage in Cal State system

12/02/2013

Los Angeles Daily News.  December 1, 2013.  A need for more nurses across the state has been compounded by the lack of faculty to train students looking to enter the field, according to officials in the Cal State University system. The federal Bur... Read more >


Academics to Udacity Founder: Told Ya

12/02/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  November 27, 2013.  In a new magazine profile of Sebastian Thrun, the Udacity founder calls his company’s massive open online courses a “lousy product” to use for educating underprepared college students.... Read more >


Online Learning and Credential Completion

12/02/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 26, 2013.  The discipline of research on online learning is nascent enough, and the body of long-term studies thin enough at this point, that keeping tabs on the state of thinking is a bit like watching a table tennis ma... Read more >


Declines in Colleges’ Net-Tuition Revenue Deepen, Survey Finds

11/26/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  November 22, 2013.  The nation’s feeble economic recovery is contributing to an increasingly bleak economic forecast for its colleges, according to a new report. The results of an annual tuition survey release... Read more >


Tuition Revenue Down

11/26/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 25, 2013.  After years of leaning on tuition increases to make up for declining state support, about four in 10 public universities now report tuition revenue is not keeping pace with inflation, according to a new repor... Read more >


The (Off-Campus) Future of MIT

11/26/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 25, 2013.  Anant Agarwal has quit cold turkey -- coffee, that is. But the president of edX, the massive open online course provider co-founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is as en... Read more >


Are Colleges Ready to Adjust to a New Higher-Education Landscape?

11/26/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  November 25, 2013.  Moody’s Investors Service on Friday released a report with grim news, particularly for public institutions: In a survey, 28 percent of public institutions, compared with 15 percent the yea... Read more >


Moocs herald the disruption to come

11/26/2013

FT.com.  November 24, 2013.  Moocs, or massive open online courses, have a good chance of qualifying for the business school buzzword of the year. The intensity of the debate surrounding this topic is nothing short of amazing, with many pundits see... Read more >


No Surprise The Department Of Education Can’t Answer Questions On Gainful Employment Rule

11/22/2013

Career College Central.. November 21, 2013.  “Oh, Virginia … don’t be so surprised. You know this is the way it works in Washington. Committees are formed, directives are given, decisions are made – and then, when questioned, no one can real... Read more >


Competency Gains More Traction

11/22/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 22, 2013.  Two Democratic U.S. senators are giving a boost to the growing interest from members of both parties in Congress to make it easier for alternative models of higher education -- such as competency-based educa... Read more >


Staking Out Positions

11/22/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 21, 2013.  As Education Department officials fan out across the country to hear feedback on the administration’s proposed college rating system, the associations that represent colleges are starting to stake out firmer... Read more >


Education Dept. Extends Talks on ‘Gainful Employment’

11/22/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 21, 2013.  The federally appointed committee tasked with rewriting the Obama administration’s “gainful employment” regulations will continue its deliberations in December, an Education Department official said on W... Read more >


Is easy credit foiling college reforms?

11/22/2013

U-T San Diego.  November 20, 2013.  Attorney General Kamala Harris last month filed a lawsuit against a chain of for-profit colleges that allegedly target vulnerable students with aggressive marketing campaigns. Critics say these schools convince... Read more >


Will States Reciprocate?

11/21/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 20, 2013.  Can savings and the spirit of cooperation persuade states to hand over their ability to evaluate distance education providers? With institutions hurrying to obtain authorization in the states they wish to ope... Read more >


Department Continues Bad Public Policy Negotiating Rulemaking

11/21/2013

APSCU. November 20, 2013 WILL DISPLACE MILLIONS OF STUDENTS OVER THE NEXT DECADE; INHIBIT EMPLOYER NEEDS FOR JOB READY WORKFORCE Washington, D.C., November 20, 2013—Today, the U.S. Department of Education was supposed to conclude its gainful empl... Read more >


Senators Convene Task Force on Regulatory Burdens

11/21/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 19, 2013.  Four members of the U.S. Senate’s education committee announced Monday that they were forming a bipartisan task force to examine the impact of federal regulations on colleges and universities. Senators Lam... Read more >


For-Profits Step Up Gainful Criticism

11/21/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 19, 2013.  Representatives of for-profit colleges stepped up their criticism Monday of the Education Department’s efforts to rewrite the “gainful employment” rules that would apply to their institutions and vocatio... Read more >


How Best to Assess?

11/21/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 18, 2013.  As the Obama administration pushes ahead on a controversial plan to create a new federal system for rating colleges – with a focus on affordability, access and outcomes – the subject of how best to as... Read more >


Map of Community College Enrollment in California

11/21/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 20, 2013.  California Competes, a nonprofit group, has unveiled an online, interactive data tool that charts community college enrollment and degree production rates across California's 1,700 ZIP codes. The group's dir... Read more >


Angered by MOOC Deals, San Jose State Faculty Senate Considers Rebuff

11/21/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  November 18, 2013.  Mohammad H. Qayoumi, president of San Jose State University, has spent much of the year turning his campus into a testing ground for new online-teaching tools. But apparently he's also been te... Read more >


Congressional Panels Look at Ways to Restructure Student Aid

11/18/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 15, 2013.  Members of Congress this week heard from higher education advocates and researchers on ways to restructure the federal government’s student aid programs as lawmakers continue their series of hearings on reau... Read more >


Net Zero

11/18/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 15, 2013.  Most of the existing research on the employment of adjunct faculty and student success shows a negative relationship, not because adjuncts are bad teachers but because their working conditions prevent them f... Read more >


Warning From California's Governor

11/18/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 15, 2013.  California Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, warned the University of California Board of Regents Thursday, that the university system is going to need to look to internal savings to finance improvements, The... Read more >


Third Try Isn't the Charm

11/18/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 15, 2013.  Community college students face long odds of eventually earning a bachelor’s degree. And those odds get worse if they leave college more than once along the way. That is the central finding of a new study... Read more >


3 Ways to Boost College Access

11/14/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 14, 2013.  Today the Senate is holding a hearing on student aid and college access with a focus on simplification, in advance of the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Focusing on streamlining federal ... Read more >


A Small College's Demise

11/14/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 14, 2013. Despite historic backing from the nation's largest labor unions and niche offerings, the National Labor College plans to close - unable to get beyond ongoing financial difficulties, its president said Wednesday.... Read more >


FTC Joins For-Profit Fight

11/14/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 14, 2013.  The Federal Trade Commission is getting tougher with for-profit colleges, opening a new front in the latest Obama administration-led attempt to crack down on the sector. The independent agency functions as th... Read more >


Elsevier Announces Adaptive Learning Partnership

11/14/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 13, 2013.  Elsevier on Tuesday became the latest academic publisher to add an adaptive learning component to its products. The company announced it will use a memory management tool provided by Cerego, a company based... Read more >


Tabatha’s Salon and Training for the Practical Economy in California

11/14/2013

Fox & Hounds.  November 13, 2013.  Though it rarely is mentioned in workforce discussions, an extensive system of private post secondary schools exists in California. This system enrolls roughly 400,000-500,000 Californians each year, in traini... Read more >


Online Portal for California Community Colleges

11/14/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 13, 2013.  California's Foothill-De Anza and Butte-Glenn community college districts have received $17 million from the state to develop a "one stop" online education portal, the colleges announced. The project will pro... Read more >


Pasadena Professor Accused of Altercation With Student Is Put on Leave

11/14/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  November 13, 2013.  A professor at Pasadena City College, in California, has been placed on paid administrative leave amid an investigation into a student’s complaint that the professor struck him during a clas... Read more >


Napolitano: Freeze UC tuition, seek low-fee policy

11/14/2013

San Jose Mercury News.  November 13, 2013.  New UC President Janet Napolitano marked her first regents meeting Wednesday with a vow to make the university more affordable and calling for an undergraduate tuition freeze in 2014-15. And that was onl... Read more >


First Lady's Speech Signals White House Focus on Access to College

11/12/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  November 12, 2013. Michelle Obama lent her voice to the White House's higher-education push on Tuesday, but her focus was not on the much-discussed ratings systemproposed by President Obama or on student-loan deb... Read more >


After Being Unfairly Characterized by Regulators, For-Profit Institutions Slowly Rebranding Image

11/12/2013

FTC Beat.  November 8, 2013.  For-profit education needs rebranding. With the recent appointment of Michael Dakduk as key advisor to the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, the sector has made a step in the right direction. The... Read more >


Further on Gainful Employment

11/12/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 12, 2013.  The U.S. Department of Education has upped the ante in its pursuit of “gainful employment” accountability requirements for vocational programs at for-profit institutions and community colleges. On Friday ... Read more >


Will beaten down for-profit colleges bounce back?

11/12/2013

CNN Money.  November 11, 2013.  Once the hottest things in higher education, private, for-profit colleges and universities have suddenly found themselves on the business equivalent of academic probation. For decades, the for-profits -- which range... Read more >


Change of Heart on For-Profits

11/11/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 8, 2013.  The former head of Student Veterans of America, who previously criticized some for-profit colleges, is now working for the trade association that represents those institutions -- a move that has riled some vete... Read more >


Speier, Eshoo enter City College fray

11/11/2013

SFGate.  November 7, 2013.  Two Peninsula representatives Thursday became the first members of Congress to weigh in on the crisis facing City College of San Francisco, whose accreditation is to be revoked next summer. "This institution cannot be... Read more >


California students among worst performers on national assessment of reading and math

11/11/2013

EdSource.  November 7, 2013.  California students performed about the same in reading and math on this year’s National Assessment of Educational Progress as they did in 2011, ranking among the 10 lowest performing states in the country. Result... Read more >


Career Education Corp. to Settle With Investors for $27.5-Million

11/08/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  November 8, 2013.  The Career Education Corporation has received preliminary approval for a $27.5-million settlement with investors for making misleading statements about job-placement rates for graduates of its ... Read more >


Job seekers pad resumes with pricey credentials

11/08/2013

The Wall Street Journal.  November 8, 2013.  Even after racking up tens of thousands of dollars in student loans, many graduates find their college degree isn’t enough to get a job. So more are opening their wallets again to attain pricey credent... Read more >


Differing Attitudes on Value of College

11/08/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 8, 2013.  A new poll by National Journal and the College Board has found that non-white adults in the United States are more likely than white adults to view a four-year college degree as a "ticket to success." The pe... Read more >


Obama Nominates Advocacy Group Official to Federal Higher Ed Post

11/08/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 8, 2013.  President Obama on Thursday nominated Ericka M. Miller, vice president for operations and strategic leadership at the Education Trust, to be assistant secretary for postsecondary education. If Miller is confirm... Read more >


Public Hearing on College Ratings

11/08/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 7, 2013.  A federal college ratings system has the potential to curb access to higher education for disadvantaged minority and low-income students, several college leaders and student advocates told U.S. Education Depart... Read more >


Employers: 'Skills gap' is not our problem to fix

11/08/2013

CNBC. November 7, 2013.  It's been a familiar lament over the past few years: Even though millions of Americans are unemployed, companies across the country just can't find enough qualified workers. New data suggest that although many companies con... Read more >


Performance Funding in Job Training

11/06/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 6, 2013.  Opportunity Nation, a nonprofit group that produces a national index on economic opportunity, has joined two U.S. senators in a push to encourage closer ties between employers and colleges, particularly two-y... Read more >


Fed’s Lacker Says Widening U.S. Inequality Caused by Skills Gap

11/06/2013

Bloomberg.  November 5, 2013. Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker said income inequality has increased in recent years because of the rising importance of a college degree and advanced skills for U.S. employers. “The ric... Read more >


For-Profit Ashford U. Forms Alliance With Forbes

11/06/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  November 6, 2013.  Kaplan University allied its business school with Newsweekmagazine seven years ago and then scrapped the deal after just two years. Now Bridgepoint Education’s Ashford University has announc... Read more >


More Hispanic Attending College, Fewer Graduate

11/06/2013

HispanicBusiness.com.  November 5, 2013.  Despite increasing numbers of Latinos attending college, the rate at which they are attaining college degrees in California is still "unacceptably low," a new report by an advocacy group argues.Seven out o... Read more >


Former student veterans chief goes to work at for-profit lobbying group

11/06/2013

Stars and Stripes.  November 5, 2013.  The former head of Student Veterans of America has been hired as a key military adviser for a key for-profit university lobbying group, in charge of efforts to develop veteran-friendly initiatives. Mike Dakdu... Read more >


Latinos in California Lag Badly on College Completion

11/06/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 5, 2013.  Latinos in California are far less likely to earn a college credential than their peers from other ethnic groups, according to a new report from the Campaign for College Opportunity, a nonprofit group based i... Read more >


Negotiators Offer Proposals Ahead of 2nd Session on ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule

11/06/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  November 5, 2013.  The U.S. Department of Education has posted online a series of proposals submitted by negotiators who are seeking to shape its revised “gainful employment” rule, ahead of a negotiating pa... Read more >


Surge From India

11/06/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 5, 2013.  First-time international graduate enrollment is up 10 percent this fall, largely due to a substantial increase from India, according to a report being released today by the Council of Graduate Schools. The 1... Read more >


Pivot, Adapt, Retrain in California

11/06/2013

Fox & Hounds.  November 5, 2013.  Last week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a review of the workforce system in Los Angeles. The review is to be undertaken under former Councilmember Jan Perry current head of the new Economic Workfor... Read more >


User-Friendly Advice for Accessible Web Design

11/06/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  November 5, 2013.  Here at ProfHacker we’ve published a number of posts over the years about accessibility and digital environments. One of my favorite resources for learning more about how to make digital res... Read more >


First-Generation Students Lag in College Readiness, Report Says

11/04/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  November 4, 2013.  About a quarter of high-school graduates who took the ACT in 2013 met all four of its college-readiness benchmarks, in English, reading, mathematics, and science. But students whose parents did... Read more >


California Competes' Lawsuit Thrown Out

11/04/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 4, 2013.  A California Superior Court judge has thrown out a lawsuit from California Competes, a nonprofit group that had challenged the shared governance structure of California's community college system. The group, wh... Read more >


Wanted: Women who want a college degree in a STEM field

11/04/2013

Just 37% of this year's freshman class at Georgia Tech is female. And that's increase over previous years, thanks in part to the school's dedicated women's recruitment team. Comprised of 75 current Georgia Tech students and an advisor, the team's in... Read more >


Innovation Imperative: Change Everything

11/04/2013

The New York Times.  November 1, 2013.  WHEN the first commercially successful steamship traveled the Hudson River in 1807, it didn’t appear to be much of a competitive threat to transoceanic sailing ships. It was more expensive, less reliable an... Read more >


Is College Worth It? 2 New Reports Say Yes (Mostly)

11/04/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  November 4, 2013.  In recent years, folks as different as Mitt Romney, Peter Thiel, William J. Bennett, and the disaffected people of the Occupy movement started turning their attention to the cost of college—a... Read more >


For Profit and People

11/04/2013

The New York Times.  November 1, 2013.  Imagine we could actually build a system of schools that … set up every single student who enrolled in it for success, unlike the schools we have today in higher education, where most students who enter it ... Read more >


Are You Competent? Prove It.

11/04/2013

The New York Times.  October 29, 2013.   IN 1893, Charles Eliot, president of Harvard, introduced to the National Education Association a novel concept: the credit hour. Roughly equivalent to one hour of lecture time a week for a 12- to 14-week sem... Read more >


With Open Platform, Stanford Seeks to Reclaim MOOC Brand

11/04/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  November 4, 2013.  The offices where two professors-turned-entrepreneurs have created an online-education empire are easy to overlook, tucked away in a business center here behind an Indian restaurant and a sandw... Read more >


You've Got Mail

11/04/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 4, 2013.  The Obama administration plans to send email directly to about 3.5 million borrowers of federal student loans over the next month in an effort to boost enrollment in the government’s income-based repayment pr... Read more >


In the Dark on Data

11/04/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 4, 2013.  Websites that measure how colleges stack up are all the rage these days. But prospective adult students aren’t using those tools, and are instead relying on information from friends, advertisements and colleg... Read more >


Vets programs plagued by problems

11/01/2013

U-T San Diego.  October 31, 2013.  State programs to help unemployed veterans are not doing the job, a new investigation has found. Moreover, the California State Auditor reported Thursday that as part of its review it has unearthed threats of ide... Read more >


How Higher Ed Fits Into New Budget Talks

11/01/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 1, 2013.  As Congress resumed negotiations on the federal budget this week, higher education advocates are once again pressing lawmakers to end automatic spending cuts, which they’ve said are devastating to scientific ... Read more >


Time to Change the Rules?

11/01/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 1, 2013. A growing number of reform-minded lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to see more of online “innovations” like competency-based education. To help out, some are making noise about changing federal financial aid po... Read more >


Strayer to Close 20 Campuses As Enrollment Falls

11/01/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 1, 2013.  Strayer Education announced Thursday that it would close about 20 physical campuses, mostly in the Midwest, to cut costs in response to a 17 percent year-over-year enrollment drop that has sharply reduced its... Read more >


Coursera to Improve Access Abroad With Physical 'Learning Hubs'

11/01/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  November 1, 2013.  Massive open online course provider Coursera will provide physical spaces in which to use its digital content, the company announced on Thursday. Along with five partner organizations, including the U.S. Stat... Read more >


Moody's: University Downgrades Continue

10/31/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  October 30, 2013.  Negative ratings pressures have intensified on higher education, according to a Moody’s Investors Service report for subscribers that reviewed the ratings agency's work through the end of the third quarter. ... Read more >


California: Aid for Illegal Immigrant College Students

10/31/2013

New York Times.  October 30, 2013.  Janet Napolitano, the president of theUniversity of California, said Wednesday that $5 million would be devoted to providing special counseling and financial aid for students living in the country illegally, a mo... Read more >


U.S. to Finalize Rules Aimed at Distressed Borrowers, Default Rate Manipulation

10/31/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  October 30, 2013. The Education Department is set to issue a package of final regulations on federal student loans that are aimed, in part, at helping distressed borrowers and preventing colleges from manipulating their default ... Read more >


Sallie Mae Faces More Scrutiny on Loan Servicing

10/31/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  October 30, 2013.  A third federal agency is now investigating Sallie Mae for violations of consumer protection laws, the company disclosed to investors in a quarterly report this week. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau... Read more >