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Private Distress

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Some private colleges that managed to weather the recession are announcing layoffs, cutting programs and more. Almost all of these small to mid-sized privates are tuition-dependent and lack large endowments. National declines in the number of traditional college-age population mean students just aren't showing up to privates, which are facing competition from …

Report Says Black College Students Face Persistent Gaps

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More black students in California are earning bachelor’s degrees than a decade ago, but enrollment in the state’s public universities is stagnant and many are turning to for-profit schools, according to a report released last week.

The road to graduation for black students is still pitted with obstacles, despite efforts to close  achievement …

YTI Career Institute Sold To New England Firm

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YTI Career Institute has been bought by Porter and Chester Institute, known as PCI, a vocational-technical institution based in New England. The deal closed Monday afternoon, YTI spokeswoman Meagan Feeser said. Details of the transaction are not being disclosed, she said. No changes to YTI programs are planned, and the school will …

Little-Known Higher Ed Nominees Raise Eyebrows

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The Department of Education's  new nominee for undersecretary of education, Ted Mitchell, is little known in Washington, D.C. Neither Mitchell nor the Obama administration’s choice for assistant secretary for postsecondary education, Ericka Miller, currently works in higher education. While Miller was once a professor, and Mitchell a dean and college president, neither …

The MOOC Market Takes Off

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The MOOC market (Massive Open Online Courses) has exploded. Last week Coursera landed another $20M in funding, bringing their total investment to $63M (even more than edX's original $60M funding by MIT and Harvard). Why all the investment? Because this market opportunity is massive and building these online courses is expensive.

There are …

Is The STEM Education Crisis A Myth?

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Education experts have been sounding the alarm for more students to go into STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. But some researchers suggest the STEM crisis is just a myth. Anthony Carnevale of The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, tells NPR host Michel Martin which side is right.

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Online Education Startup Coursera Nabs $20M More

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Online education startup Coursera just raised an additional $20 million in funding, bringing its mammoth series B round to $63 million.

Coursera was founded by Stanford University professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng. It has succeeded in becoming one of the most well known of the massive open online course providers, dubbed “MOOCs.”

It …

What 2-Year College Degrees Pay Best?

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The average starting salary for new graduates with bachelor's degrees is $37,000, but plenty of grads with two-year degrees are earning more.

Among new bachelor's degree holders, electrical engineers have the highest average salary, at $52,307, while psychology majors earn the least ($33,505), according to a new report released by Michigan State's Collegiate …

Competency Gains More Traction

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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 education — to gain access to federal funding.

Sens. Christopher Murphy of Connecticut and Brian Schatz of Hawaii said last …

New Figures Show Graduation Rate About Flat

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Four and a half years after producing more degree-holders became a national priority, graduation rates remain stubbornly flat, and only slightly more than half of all students continue to finish four-year programs within even six years, according to a new analysis.

The study, by the National Student Clearinghouse, found that the percentage of …

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