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University Of The People Gains Accreditation

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The University of the People, which offers undergraduate degrees in computer science and business administration, has been accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council in the US just in time for its first graduating class, which is due to complete its studies in April. Although students pay a registration fee determined …

CFPB Vs. ITT

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week filed a lawsuit against ITT Educational Services, accusing the higher education company of engaging in predatory lending and other abusive practices. The bureau’s lawsuit marks its first enforcement action against a career college and is an indication, some observers said, of how seriously and aggressively …

The Bane And The Boon Of For-Profit Colleges

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Eduardo Porter of The New York Times wrote an in-depth article about the Department of Education's "gainful employment" rule and its impact on career colleges such as Monroe College.

In the piece, Porter quotes Marc Jerome, the executive vice president of Monroe College: "Targeting only for-profit institutions and exempting public or nonprofit institutions …

Obama To Unveil University-Industry Manufacturing Centers

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President Obama announced yesterday the opening of two new "manufacturing innovation instititues" in the Detroit and Chicago areas that pair research universities with private sector firms. The administration will provide $140 million for the two centers, and non-federal sources will provide an additional $140 million, according to a White House official. The …

College Uses Test Data To Show Value

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Four years ago, Kalamazoo College faced a shrinking number of Michigan high-school graduates, declining applications and an endowment getting hammered by the recession. Then the small, picturesque liberal-arts school decided on a bold step. It started publicizing test results showing what its students had learned in their four years—a surprisingly rare strategy …

Adapting To The Rise In Non-Traditional Students

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A report by Bain & Company has highlighted the stark reality of declining enrollments and budget shortfalls for many colleges and universities. An analysis of nearly 1,700 public and private nonprofit colleges by Bain found that one-third of these institutions are on an “unsustainable financial path” and an additional 28 percent are …

Mooc Fans Step Out Of The Shadows

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A University of London study has tracked four new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) courses launched with the US-based provider Coursera in autumn 2013, each lasting six weeks and designed as an introduction to a particular subject. It found that more men than women studied for Moocs – with a male to …

Let The Rule Making Begin

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A 15-person panel appointed by the U.S. Department of Education this week began a months-long negotiating process aimed at developing a package of regulations relating to student aid programs. Negotiators began to tackle an ambitious regulatory agenda, first announced by the Obama administration last year, that includes new rules for distance education, …

Confirmed: High School GPAs Predict College Success

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A newly released study strongly suggests that students who have strong grade point averages in high school are likely to do well in college — even if their standardized test scores are poor. The study, sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, shows that poorer SAT or ACT test scores …

Battle Raging At White House Over For-Profit College Rules

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Education advocates and representatives of the career college sector are flocking to the White House as the two sides spar over regulations meant to ensure schools are doing enough to prepare students for the job market. Officials from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Office of Information and …

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