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Strayer Cuts Jobs And Will Close 20 Locations

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Strayer Education Inc., the parent company of the for-profit Strayer University, said in a corporate filing last week that it would cut its work force by 20 percent and close 20 of the university’s physical locations, amid a drop in enrollment.

The closures, which involve mostly locations in the Midwest, would affect 5 …

Duncan’s Timeline On Ratings Plan

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The Obama administration expects to have a first draft of its college rating system by this spring, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said this week.

After soliciting public input at town hall discussions and hearings at college campuses across the country this fall, the department will convene a “technical symposium” early next year …

Improving On The American Dream: Mathematics Pathways To Student Success

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Community colleges are dedicated to the proposition that students can realize upward mobility through education and that learning is possible at any point in their lives. There, many students find success, but many others find that it eludes them.

Developmental mathematics is one of the most serious barriers to educational and economic achievement. …

Listening Tour On College Ratings

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The Obama administration will convene hearings at college campuses across the country next month to gather public input on its controversial proposal to create a federal college ratings system, the Education Department will formally announce Wednesday.

As the administration moves ahead with developing the specific criteria for the rating system, officials will travel …

At The Right Place Before The Right Time

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Community colleges have a reputation for quickly adjusting to the needs of the communities they serve, especially when it comes to workforce preparation. However, in order to remain competitive, they will need to identify and respond even faster to what drives economic change, particularly technology. This was the message from two “futurists” …

Scorecard For Scorecards

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On Monday, Complete College America and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) released a report that tracks how states are moving forward with performance-based funding.

There is a huge range in the proportion of funding that states funnel toward performance formulas. Less than 1 percent of state support in Illinois …

Rating President Obama’s College Ratings

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In an article penned for Forbes magazine, Glenn Altschuler and David Skorton assert that President Barack Obama's plan to rank colleges is missing some important criteria.

They write "The plan promises to compare 'colleges with similar missions,' and we agree that that’s essential. The wide variety of institutions is a strength of U.S. …

Lists That Rank Colleges’ Value Are On The Rise

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The Washington Monthly is now compiling a list of colleges that offer the "best bang for the buck." Purists might regard such bottom-line calculations as an insult to the intellectual, social and civic value of education. But dollars-and-cents tabulations are the fastest-growing sector of the college rankings industry, with more analyses vying …

Don’t Call It A Course

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As ed tech companies and universities search for the most effective way to teach students online, some have found the term “course” no longer captures what it means to pursue an education. Enter the “learning experience” — a term being used to describe a module of higher education not anchored to a …

Colleges’ Hidden Problem: Finding Students

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You can get an inside look at what's really going on in the world of college admissions by reading a new survey of admission directors conducted by Gallup that was commissioned by Inside Higher Ed, a respected trade publication.

One of the survey's more surprising findings: During the last admission season, 59 percent …

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