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Kaplan 2.0

08/16/2013

Inside Higher Ed. August 15, 2013.  By Paul Fain.  Kaplan’s fortunes are looking up. The education company no longer has to pick up the slack for The Washington Post, the venerable newspaper and loss leader that Kaplan’s corporate owner, th... Read more >


Google Begins Selling Textbooks Through Play Store

08/13/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 12, 2013.  By Sara Grossman.  With little fanfare, Google began offering electronic textbooks for rent or purchase on its Google Play store on Friday. Included will be books from some of the largest a... Read more >


Four Ways Congress Can Help the New Traditional Student

08/13/2013

The EvoLLLution.  August 13, 2013.  By Steve Gunderson.  Postsecondary education faces critical challenges in the coming years. These range from cost, access, technology and the skills gap to quality, productivity, accountability and globalization... Read more >


Researchers Explore Factors Behind Mismatched College Choices

08/13/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 13, 2013.  By Casey McDermott.  Many students attend a college they're over- or underqualified for, and a new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research examines why. The researchers fou... Read more >


How Elite Law Schools Are Offering Free Rides on the Taxpayers' Dime

08/13/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 13, 2013.  By Jason Delisle and Alex Holt.  Lawyers are trained to exploit the letter of the law on behalf of their clients. How we feel about that usually depends on whose side of the case the lawyers ar... Read more >


Student Loan Lifestyles

08/12/2013

Inside Higher Ed. August 12, 2013.  By Scott Jaschik.  Student loan debt is much in the news of late, with a steady stream of articles about how borrowing decisions may limit graduates' ability to take certain jobs, live in certain areas, or eve... Read more >


Education Department Approves Competency-Based Program at Capella U.

08/12/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 12, 2013.  By Lee Gardner.  The U.S. Department of Education has granted its approval of a Capella University program offering degrees on a competency-based model. Students enrolled in the for-profit onl... Read more >


ABA Panel Favors Dropping Tenure as a Law-School Accreditation Standard

08/12/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 12, 2013.  By Charles Huckabee.  A panel of the American Bar Association that has been discussing possible revisions in the ABA’s accreditation standards for law schools has tentatively embraced two pla... Read more >


Obama signs bipartisan student loan bill into law

08/12/2013

The Hill.  August 9, 2013.  By Ramsey Cox.  President Obama signed the bipartisan student loan bill into law Friday in a rare bicameral legislative victory. The Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, S. 1334, sets interest rates on undergradua... Read more >


Sallie Mae to Be Accused of Overcharging Military Personnel on Loans

08/12/2013

The New York Times.  August 9, 2013.  By Richard Perez-Pena.  Federal regulators plan to accuse Sallie Mae, the giant student lending corporation, of charging military personnel excessive interest on student loans, and the government is looking ... Read more >


Dead or Dormant?

08/09/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 9, 2013.  By Phil Hill and Dean Florez.  California’s controversial bill to allow third-party, online courses to count for credit at the three public systems of higher education has met an ignoble end. Or has it? O... Read more >


The Biggest For-Profit EDU You've Never Heard Of

08/09/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 8, 2013. By Joshua Kim.  This year I had the good fortune to get spend some time with Frank Britt, the CEO of Penn Foster.  I was amazed to learn that Penn Foster graduates over 25,000 students per year, and has bee... Read more >


Student-Loan Changes, With Lower Rates for Now, Are Set to Be Signed Into Law

08/09/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 9, 2013.  By Lee Gardner.  President Obama is expected to sign legislation on Friday that will lower federal student-loan interest rates­—for now, at least. The law, known as the Bipartisan Student L... Read more >


California’s Governor Opposes Pay of New UC-Riverside Chancellor

08/09/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 9, 2013.  Gov. Jerry Brown of California, a Democrat who sits on the University of California’s Board of Regents, voted on Thursday to oppose the $354,000 compensation package for Kim A. Wilcox, the Riv... Read more >


Vacation Should Mean Vacation In The Tech Era

08/08/2013

Duane Morris TechLaw Blog.  August 6, 2013.  We live in the always-on age. Around the clock we can log in and communicate electronically in many ways. While this often is advantageous and convenient in the working world, this dynamic can create ch... Read more >


Fast Enough on Transfer in California?

08/08/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 8, 2013.  By Paul Fain.  For nearly three years California’s community colleges have been working with the California State University System to comply with a state law requiring guaranteed transfer pathways for grad... Read more >


Inquiry Into Aid Talks Ends

08/08/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 8, 2013.  By Scott Jaschik.  WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department has ended its investigation into talks among the leaders of some private colleges about ways to encourage institutions to spend more on need-based ... Read more >


Rubber Hits the Road

08/08/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 8, 2013.  By Ry Rivard.  Whether massive open online courses will help traditional college students significantly cut costs remains to be seen, but a smattering of institutional trials may soon help tell. ... Read more >


The College Expense Parents Are Most Likely to Finance

08/08/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 8, 2013.  A new poll by Citi and Seventeen looks at which expenses related to college students handle themselves and which ones their parents handle. For most items -- including tuition -- the results are mixed. There i... Read more >


Apollo Group Institution in Britain Is Granted Full University Status

08/08/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 8, 2013.  By Charles Huckabee.  British education authorities have granted full university status to an institution owned by the Apollo Group, the corporate parent of the University of Phoenix,BBC News r... Read more >


Sallie Mae Faces Penalties for Violations of Law That Benefits Military Borrowers

08/08/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 7, 2013.  By Kelly Field.  Sallie Mae informed its shareholders this week that federal regulators were poised to penalize the company for violations of a federal law that offers special borrower benefits ... Read more >


Resistance greets pumped-up effort to streamline community college, CSU transfer

08/06/2013

EdSource.  August 6th, 2013.  By Kathryn Baron When a long-awaited and much-needed bill to streamline transfer from community colleges to California State University passed the state Legislature three years ago, it had sweeping support: unani... Read more >


Student-Loan Watchdog Digs Beneath the $1-Trillion Debt Tally

08/06/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 6, 2013.  By Cory Weinberg The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken a microscope to the $1-trillion in federal student-loan debt and found that more than 9 percent of that amount is in default.... Read more >


Senate Panel Votes to Include Military Tuition in 90/10 Rule

08/06/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 6, 2013.  A U.S. Senate panel last weekend passed a rider to the defense appropriations bill that would count federal spending on tuition assistance for members of the military and their spouses toward a threshold that req... Read more >


Kaplan Will Dominate New Washington Post Co. After Newspaper Is Sold

08/06/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 6, 2013.  By Eric Kelderman For nearly three decades, the test-preparation and education company Kaplan Inc. has relied on the prestige and integrity of its corporate owner, the Washington Post Company, t... Read more >


For-profit colleges fear another attack

08/06/2013

POLITICO.  August 1, 2013.  By LIBBY A. NELSON The Obama administration isn’t backing away from its crackdown on for-profit colleges. A federal panel will tackle one of most controversial college regulations in Education Department histo... Read more >


Cal State Offers Online Courses Across Campuses to Ease a Bottleneck

08/06/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Educatioh.  August 5, 2013 by Charles Huckabee.  California State University is starting an online program this fall that will let students on any of the system’s 23 campuses enroll in online courses offered by another cam... Read more >


Setting Limits for Outsourcing Online

08/06/2013

Inside Higher Ed. August 5, 2013.  By Paul Fain The shuttering of Ivy Bridge College could dump cold water on the online aspirations of some colleges, particularly ones that prefer to play it safe with their regional accreditor.   ... Read more >


Previewing the Higher Ed Act

08/06/2013

Inside Higher Ed.  August 5, 2013.  By Doug Lederman WASHINGTON – Creating a federal unit records database to track students into and through higher education. Seeking expansion of the federal antitrust exemption to let private coll... Read more >


Negotiators Are Named for Gainful-Employment Rule-Making Panel

08/02/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  AUGUST 1, 2013.  By Kelly Field.  The U.S. Education Department has named negotiators to a panel that will rewrite its controversial "gainful employment" rule, and for-profit colleges are feeling outnumbered. T... Read more >


Refinancing Hurdles Still Beset Borrowers of Private Student Loans

08/02/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  AUGUST 1, 2013.  By Cory Weinberg.  Borrowers who took out private student loans continue to face tough obstacles in trying to change repayment terms if they run into financial troubles or want to improve their... Read more >


After Controversy, Pasadena City College Instructor Drops Pornography Course

08/02/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  AUGUST 1, 2013.  A Pasadena City College instructor has decided that he will not offer a course on pornography again in the near future amid pressure from the college and other criticism. The instructor, Hugo Sch... Read more >


Tiffin Told to Stop Offering Associate Degrees With For-Profit Entity

08/02/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  AUGUST 2, 2013.  Altius Education, a for-profit company that runs Ivy Bridge College, announced late Thursday that Tiffin University, a nonprofit institution in Ohio, has been ordered by its accreditor to stop offering associat... Read more >


Beyond Grades

08/02/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  AUGUST 2, 2013.  By Paul Fain.  Testing firms are offering new ways to measure what students learn in college. Their next generation of assessments is billed as an add-on – rather than a replacement – to the college degree.... Read more >


Unpaid Internships Not Dead Yet

08/02/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  AUGUST 2, 2013.  By Allie Grasgreen.  Since a federal judge ruled last month that the unpaid interns who sued Fox Searchlight Pictures were in fact entitled to wages, there have been a slew of assertions that this is the beginn... Read more >


MOOC Bill Dead for Now

08/01/2013

  INSIDE HIGHER ED.  AUGUST 1, 2013.  By Ry Rivard.  A controversial California bill to pass off untold thousands of state college students to nontraditional providers of instruction, some of them for-profit or unaccredited, is dead for now... Read more >


The Negotiators

08/01/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  AUGUST 1, 2013.  By Paul Fain.  The U.S. Department of Education this week contacted people it has chosen to participate in a negotiated rule-making session on gainful employment. That list of names is emerging, as several par... Read more >


Senate Panel Moves on Work Force Bill

08/01/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  AUGUST 1, 2013.  The U.S. Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday approved a renewal of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the federal law that governs work force training. The bill, which hasn't ... Read more >


Report Warns Against Tying Student Aid to Measures Like Graduation Rates

08/01/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  AUGUST 1, 2013.  By Kelly Field.  Awarding student financial aid to colleges based on outcome measures, like graduation rates, could harm low-income students and the colleges that serve them, according to a new ... Read more >


Congress approves student loan plan

08/01/2013

THE WASHINGTON POST.  JULY 31, 2013.  By Jenna Johnson,  The millions of college students and parents who will borrow money from the federal government for the coming school year can plan on much lower interest rates than originally offered, as... Read more >


California State University unveils 'radical' new plan for online courses

07/31/2013

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS.  JULY 31, 2013.  By Katy Murphy. This fall, for the first time, students in the nation's largest public university system will be able to take courses offered online at any of the system's campuses -- regardless of where t... Read more >


No Job, No Refund

07/31/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  July 31, 2013.  By Lauren Ingeno.  A law school graduate who ends up managing the delivery of telephone books instead of practicing law may be out of luck and in loads of debt, but his alma mater does not legally owe him tuit... Read more >


The Old Community College Try

07/31/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. July 31, 2013.  By Paul Fain.  President Obama may have strong words for colleges about tuition prices, but he continues to push for more federal funding for community colleges. In a major speech Tuesday on job c... Read more >


Questionable Admissions

07/31/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  July 30, 2013.  By Scott Jaschik.  When colleges crack down on grade inflation, students invariably complain that they will be at a disadvantage when they apply to graduate school without as many A grades as might otherwise b... Read more >


Higher Ed Groups Balk at U.S. Plan to Expand Loan Data System

07/31/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  July 30, 2013.  An Education Department proposal to expand the scope and reach of its central database for student aid would violate federal law and distort the database's purposes, a group of higher education associations argu... Read more >


The Hard (and Late) Sell

07/31/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  July 29, 2013.  By Scott Jaschik.  Students who earn good grades in high school, or who score well on standardized tests, get used to the barrage of pitches from colleges that want them to apply. But in theory, after May 1 of s... Read more >


New Player in Adaptive Learning

07/31/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 29, 2013.  Career Education Corp. has begun one of higher education’s broadest experiments with adaptive learning. Institutions in the for-profit chain have powered more than 300 online course sections with the emerging te... Read more >


Take 2 on For-Profit Earnings Study

07/26/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 26, 2013.  The final result is a toss-up in a study comparing how for-profit and nonprofit colleges stack up in job market returns of their certificates and associate degrees. That finding is a big shift from the unflatteri... Read more >


Follow the Money

07/26/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 26, 2013.  Nearly 1 million student veterans used $10.9 billion in education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to attend college in 2011, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountabili... Read more >


‘Run, hide, fight’ new mantra for schools in post-Newtown environment

07/26/2013

ED SOURCE.  JULY 26, 2013.  Traditional school safety techniques had students huddling in locked classrooms and waiting for rescue if danger approached during school hours. But tragic lessons in Newtown, Conn., and Columbine, Colo., have given ris... Read more >


Senate panel passes vets bills, but won’t release details

07/25/2013

ARMY TIMES.  JULY 24, 2013.  The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee passed eight bills Wednesday, but given the panel’s secretive approach, it is hard to judge the potential impact. Chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, the co... Read more >


Career Planning Beyond the B.A.

07/25/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 25, 2013.  College graduates are the least happy segment of the work force today — according to a new Gallup survey, workers with high school diplomas, industry certificates, or technical degrees all report feeling highe... Read more >


Inspector General Says Financial Data on For-Profits Makes Oversight ‘Nearly Impossible’

07/25/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 25, 2013.  For-profit colleges rely heavily on federal grants and loans for their revenues, but a new report by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General says the financial informati... Read more >


California Goes to Court to Get Records From For-Profit

07/25/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 25, 2013.  The California attorney general’s office went to court Wednesday to seek to force Bridgepoint Education to turn over many documents, the Associated Press reported. The documents cover information about marketi... Read more >


GOP Drives Passage of Loan Bill

07/25/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 25, 2013.  With Republicans voting overwhelmingly in favor, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved legislation to link interest rates on student loans to the market, which would cut rates in the short term but potentially all... Read more >


'Shake Up' for Higher Ed

07/25/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 25, 2013.  President Obama vowed Wednesday that he would soon unveil a plan to promote significant reform in higher education — with an emphasis on controlling what colleges charge students and families. “[I]n the comi... Read more >


Stanford ranked top U.S. university on Forbes list

07/25/2013

REUTERS.  JULY 24, 2013.  California schools bested East Coast universities in Forbes’ annual ranking of top U.S. colleges on Wednesday, with Stanford University and Pomona College capturing the top two spots. Stanford, a research and teaching u... Read more >


In Speech on Economy, Obama Vows to ‘Shake Up’ Higher Education

07/25/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 24, 2013.  President Obama, in a speech on the economy on Wednesday, said he planned to “lay out an aggressive strategy to shake up” higher education in the next few months. Speaking at Knox College,... Read more >


Holding the Line

07/24/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 23, 2013.  Colleges’ effort to increase tuition revenue, now the dominant form of funds for most colleges and universities, is running headlong into a public that is reluctant to pay much more for higher education. That i... Read more >


What It Means to Fail the Education Dept.'s Financial-Health Test

07/24/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 23, 2013.  How many nonprofit colleges failed the U.S. Department of Education’s financial-responsibility test for the 2011 fiscal year? That depends on what it means to “pass.” According to the depa... Read more >


Many Families Face Unexpected College Expenses, Survey Finds

07/24/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 23, 2013.  College often brings extra expenses families did not expect. That’s one finding from the lender Sallie Mae’s annual survey of traditional-age undergraduates and their parents, released on Tue... Read more >


Back to the Future

07/24/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 24, 2013.  The debate over for-profit higher education is heating up again. And while much of the criticism revived here by Democratic politicians is unlikely to lead to policy changes, at least some action appears likely in... Read more >


Committee Approves Higher Education Regulatory Relief Legislation

07/24/2013

EDUCATION & THE WORKFORCE COMMITTEE.  JULY 24, 2013.  The House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), today approved with bipartisan support the Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act... Read more >


An Explosion in Part-Time Employment

07/24/2013

FOX & HOUNDS.  JULY 24, 2013.  Earlier this month, our former California finance director, Mike Genest, drew my attention to a striking feature of the national  job numbers, largely ignored by the media. This feature is the sharp spike over t... Read more >


Obama Administration’s Private University Background

07/22/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 22, 2013.  National Journal has just completed its analysis of the college degrees (undergraduate and graduate school) of the top 250 Obama administration officials. The institutions at the top of both lists are private. O... Read more >


AP Scores of California High School Invalidated

07/22/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 22, 2013.  The College Board and the Educational Testing Service have invalidated Advanced Placement scores at Mills High School, in California, saying that “seating irregularities” may have resulted in some students gai... Read more >


Who Will Teach Nursing?

07/22/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 22, 2013.  Don’t mention the “R” word to Kathryn Grams. The dean of the School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia is a baby boomer who became a nurse educator more than 20 years ago. Unfortunately, so did m... Read more >


Pac-12 Questions Whether For-Profits Belong in Division I

07/19/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 19, 2013.  Leaders of the Pac-12 Conference’s member universities have written the National Collegiate Athletic Association to question whether for-profit institutions should be allowed to participate in Division I athlet... Read more >


U. of California Pays $4.5M to Settle Surgeon's Racial Bias Claim

07/19/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 19, 2013.  The University of California has agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by a surgeon at the medical school at the university’s Los Angeles campus, the Los Angeles Times re... Read more >


Jobs Mismatch

07/19/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 19, 2013.  Only 49 percent of faculty members at four-year colleges and universities believe that their graduate school training prepared them well for their jobs as professors. Perhaps that’s why, suggested John H. Pryo... Read more >


Free Courses for a Big Problem

07/19/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 19, 2013.  Free online courses have run into a backlash of late. But a handful of community colleges may have found a way to dial up open-source content to help tackle one of higher education’s thorniest problems: remedia... Read more >


U. of California Gets an Unexpected Leader in Janet Napolitano

07/19/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 18, 2013.  When Janet Napolitano, the departing U.S. secretary of homeland security, becomes president of the University of California, her leadership may be exactly what the struggling institution needs to... Read more >


Young Donors Are Turned Off by Out-of-Date, Uninformative Web Sites

07/19/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 18, 2013.  Colleges and other nonprofit organizations that want to persuade people in their 20s and early 30s to give and volunteer don’t have much of a chance if they’re not updating their Web sites fr... Read more >


Deal on Student-Loan Interest Rates Will Hurt Future Borrowers, Critics Say

07/18/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 19, 2013.  Advocacy groups for students and teachers are urging Congress to reject ahard-fought deal on student-loan interest rates, saying it would not do enough to protect future borrowers from rising rat... Read more >


UC chief nominee Janet Napolitano has long involvement in university affairs

07/18/2013

CONTRA COSTA TIMES. JULY 18, 2013. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is appointed UC president on Thursday, Californians will be getting more than just a big-name politician who has wrangled unwieldy bureaucracies and responded to natural... Read more >


Udacity Project on 'Pause'

07/18/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 18, 2013.  After six months of high-profile experimentation, San Jose State University plans to “pause” its work with Udacity, a company that promises to deliver low-cost, high-quality online education to the masses. T... Read more >


The Rapidly Evolving Internet-Based Job Training in California

07/18/2013

FOX & HOUNDS.  JULY 17, 2013.  Just as  other education websites on the internet are rapidly evolving, there is rapid evolution in job training websites. In her position as director of the NOVA Workforce Investment Board in Silicon Valley, Ms.... Read more >


The Education Bubble & Poverty

07/16/2013

ACCURACY IN ACADEMIA.  JULY 15, 2013.  A major problem with the student loan bubble is that federal financial aid goes to some students that are not in dire need, according to Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of the for-profit college Associatio... Read more >


California should embrace new national teacher preparation standards

07/16/2013

ED SOURCE.  JULY 15, 2013.  Are we finally about to get serious about improving the professional training of school teachers and principals in this country? And will California be a leader or laggard in this effort? Earlier this week, a special b... Read more >


To Attract Students, Experts Say, Persistence Pays

07/16/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 16, 2013. Some parents and prospective students might be annoyed by the seemingly endless stream of postcards and e-mails they get from colleges hoping to persuade them to apply. But those efforts aren’t ... Read more >


How Gates Shapes State Higher-Education Policy

07/16/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 14, 2013.  Over the past several years, lawmakers in dozens of states have passed laws restricting remedial college courses and tying appropriations to graduation rates. The changes have been advanced by an... Read more >


Yuba Community College District suspends federal student loan program

07/16/2013

THE SACRAMENTO BEE.  JULY 16, 2013.  Hundreds of students in the Yuba Community College District will lose access to federal student loans this year as officials try to preserve Pell Grants and other forms of financial aid for thousands of oth... Read more >


SVA working to better track vets’ success rates in school

07/16/2013

NAVY TIMES.  JULY 12, 2013.  A new effort to better track how student veterans fare in college — which holds the promise of identifying the practices and schools that best get vets to graduation day — is underway and should start producing inf... Read more >


House Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate Burdensome Higher Education Regulations

07/16/2013

EDUCATION & THE WORKFORCE COMMITTEE.  JULY 10, 2013.  Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), House Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN), and Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) toda... Read more >


Janet Napolitano Will Diminish The Lustre Of The University Of California

07/16/2013

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY.  JULY 12, 2013.  Cronyism: Homeland Security honcho Janet Napolitano announced she’d quit her cabinet post on Friday to take a $750,000-a-year job as president of the University of California system. Is this the bes... Read more >


Analyzing Surprise Pick to Lead U. of California System

07/16/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 15, 2013.  University of California regents appear to want to shake up the system with their choice of Janet Napolitano as the next system president, The Los Angeles Times reported. The university system — unlike some o... Read more >


New Bureau Chief Appointed

07/12/2013

Joanne Wenzel, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief of the California Bureau of Private and Postsecondary Education, where she has served in multiple positions since 1998, including deputy bureau chief, transition consultant, transition manager an... Read more >


U. of California Picks U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security as Next President

07/12/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 12, 2013.  Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary of homeland security, was nominated on Friday as the next president of the University of California, an unusual pick for a leader of the 10-campus system. Ms... Read more >


Bridgepoint Education Climbs After Ashford Gets Accreditation

07/12/2013

BLOOMBERG.  JULY 11, 2013.  Bridgepoint Education Inc. (BPI), the for-profit college majority-owned by Warburg Pincus LLC, rose as much as 27 percent in early trading after its Ashford University unit received accreditation approval yesterday. The... Read more >


Cost Estimate Puts in Doubt Deal Covering Student Loans

07/12/2013

THE NEW YORK TIMES.  JULY 11, 2013.  A tentative agreement to overhaul the federal student loan program was close to collapsing on Thursday night after the Congressional Budget Office said the proposal would cost the Treasury $22 billion over 10 y... Read more >


Fly the Friendly Skies of United Universities

07/12/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 11, 2013.  Colleges have often been compared to airlines in how they price their product because of the discounts higher-education institutions offer on tuition through merit aid. Passengers on an airplane... Read more >


Calif. System’s Chancellor Has Stern Words for City College of San Francisco

07/12/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 12, 2013.  The City College of San Francisco has failed to govern itself and must do “heavy lifting” to fix its problems, or it will lose its accreditation and be forced to close, Brice W. Harris, cha... Read more >


Blackboard May Double or Triple Spending on Software Development

07/12/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 11, 2013.  Blackboard Inc. is changing, with plans to focus more on innovation than on simply fighting for market share, says the company’s new president and chief executive, Jay Bhatt, who took office ju... Read more >


Report Sees Strengths and Failings in America’s Career and Tech Education

07/11/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 11, 2013.  Career- and technical-education programs offered by employers and colleges in the United States are diverse and decentralized, and those traits, according to a report released on Wednesday by t... Read more >


2 For-Profit Universities Get Good News From Accreditors

07/11/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 11, 2013.  Two of the nation’s biggest for-profit-college companies, the Apollo Group and Bridgepoint Education, reported good news from their accreditors on Wednesday. Bridgepoint announced that its Ash... Read more >


New Bill Seeks to Repeal 'Gainful Employment' Rule

07/11/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 11, 2013.  The leading Republicans on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and its higher education subcommittee introduced a bill Wednesday to repeal four controversial Education Department regulations — i... Read more >


Senators Reach Loan Deal

07/11/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 10, 2013.  A bipartisan group of U.S. senators reached a deal late Wednesday night on a long-term change to interest rates on all new federal student loans — an agreement that had remained elusive for months, even as pre... Read more >


Los Angeles community colleges begin to deal with sanctions

07/10/2013

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS.  JULY 9, 2013.  Los Angeles Mission College President Monte Perez had shut off his smartphone and sat down for a late afternoon movie when he had a bad feeling about the accreditation of his campus. He stepped out of “Th... Read more >


Senate Fails to Restore Lower Interest Rate on Student Loans

07/10/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 10, 2013. An effort to reverse the doubling of interest rates on subsidized student loans failed in the Senate on Wednesday, after Democrats were unable to muster the 60 votes needed to overcome a threatened... Read more >


Coursera Snags $43-Million in Venture Capital

07/10/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 10, 2013. The jury may still be out on how much money massive open online courses stand to generate for the companies and universities that offer them, but that has not deterred investors from betting big on... Read more >