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Department Of Education Lets Borrowers Default On Student Loans, Ignoring Helpful Alternatives

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Companies working for the Department of Education over the past year have allowed hundreds of thousands of borrowers to default on their federal student loans rather than enrolling them in the Obama administration’s debt-relief programs, new data reveal.

About as many student loan borrowers defaulted on their federal debts as were aided by …

Foreign Students Drive Modest Increase In Graduate-School Enrollments

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Enrollments in graduate programs at American colleges and universities have increased modestly, driven largely by a rise in international students, according to a report being released on Thursday by the Council of Graduate Schools.

From the fall of 2011 to the fall of 2012, first-time enrollment in graduate certificate, education-specialist, master's, and doctoral …

Education Dept.’s Regulatory Push Is Needed, Inspector General Finds

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The U.S. Education Department’s attempts to regulate colleges and universities over the past several years provide good protections for students and taxpayers, the department’s independent investigatory arm has concluded.    

The report by the department’s inspector general was released on the second day of a negotiated rule-making hearing aimed at rewriting the department’s …

2014 Best Colleges Rankings Released

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U.S. News & World Report has released Best Colleges 2014. This annual report provides education seekers with authoritative rankings of colleges and universities that award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Best Colleges 2014 is specifically designed to be easy to use and provide the information students need to make informed choices about …

Governor Seeks Community College Funding Reform

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Tinkering with how to calculate state money that North Carolina’s community colleges receive has left many campuses this fall with fewer instructors, larger classes and reduced services for students seeking skills to build careers.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed the state budget bill that contained a provision changing the base funding formula that the …

Reclaiming The Original Vision Of MOOCs

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In a New York Times feature article headlined "Two Cheers for Web U," A. J. Jacobs wrote about his experience taking part in some massive open online courses (MOOCs). Along with much criticism of MOOCS in general, Jacobs explained how the lack of teacher-to-student and student-to-student interaction in such online courses was …

Proposed Gainful Employment Regulation Puts Thousands Of Programs Serving Over 200,000 Students At Risk

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Yesterday, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities issued a press release opposing the Department of Education's second take on the "gainful employment" rule.

What follows are excerpts from the press release: The Department released a proposed draft gainful employment regulation that goes well beyond the scope and impact of the previously …

Sagging State Funding Jacks Up College Tuition

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Despite some recent tuition freezes for the 2013-14 school year, public universities continue to suffer from significant spending cuts by their own states. Education experts say the state funding cuts are the primary driver of tuition inflation in recent years.

Between 2007 and 2012, 15 states have experienced declines in higher-education funding per …

College Presidents On President Obama’s Rating Plan

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This week the Washington Post asked several leaders of colleges and universities about President Obama’s plan to rate their institutions by 2015 and link student aid to those ratings by 2018.

Click the link below to read responses from leaders of Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Catholic, Howard, Morgan State, the University of the …

Study Finds Elite Degrees Don’t Necessarily Earn More

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According to new research, graduates of elite colleges and universities don’t necessarily make more money than their counterparts at less well-known schools.

By using the first-year earnings of graduates of colleges and universities in five states, the study found that those from regional and second-tier campuses, on average, earn about the same as …

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