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Universities See Promise In ‘Disruptive’ Online Courses

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Last week, the head of Maryland’s university system said higher education needs to embrace disruptive technologies such as massive online courses in an effort to serve more students and contain costs. At the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council annual meeting last week, William Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, said, …

New Courses Stress Competency To Meet Workforce Needs

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Competency-based education (CBE) can be valuable in ensuring community colleges provide the right kind of training to get people into the job market quickly with the skills employers need. This is the consensus of higher education leaders at a forum on community colleges and CBE on Monday hosted by the New America …

Stepping Up Gainful Criticism

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Representatives of for-profit colleges stepped up their criticism this week of the Department of Education’s efforts to rewrite the “gainful employment” rules that would apply to their institutions and vocational programs at community colleges.

As a federally appointed panel kicked off a second round of negotiations over the regulations, the for-profit-college members of …

Survey: Students Forgoing Advisors Who Can Help Them Graduate

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At a time when research shows that academic advising is a key to helping college students graduate on time, most say they aren’t getting it.

Sixty percent of students say someone other than an academic advisor is a primary source of information about their schoolwork. About a third of freshmen and 18 percent …

Third Try Isn’t The Charm

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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 that tracked the progress of 38,000 community college students in Texas. Toby J. Park, an assistant professor …

FTC Joins For-Profit Fight

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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 the federal government's primary consumer cop. Last week it released stricter guidelines on marketing practices by for-profit colleges that feature vocational programs. …

Access Gap ‘Not Completely Explained By Grades’

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At least a quarter of the “access gap” for “top” universities in three countries cannot be explained by academic achievement, a new report says.

The report, to be presented at a Sutton Trust summit this week, is by John Jerrim, lecturer in economics and social statistics at the Institute of Education, University of …

Going Further On Gainful Employment

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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. Last week, agency officials released draft regulatory language that is stiffer than what they proposed in September, before a group of negotiators began discussing the issue. …

Proposed Gainful Employment Rules Would Tighten Eligibility For Programs

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Vocational programs would have a tougher time qualifying for federal student aid, and some would lose their eligibility immediately, under the latest draft "gainful employment" rules from the U.S. Education Department.

The revised rules, which federal negotiators will debate at a three-day meeting here next week, would judge programs based not only on …

White House To Name Higher-Education Coordinator For Development Agency

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President Obama is poised to name a senior official to act as a liaison between universities and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The appointee, likely to be a former university leader, also will act as an “internal champion” within the agency for working with higher education, Eric G. Postal, an assistant …

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