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Obama Defends College Ratings

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A bipartisan pair of Congressional lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives opposing the Obama administration’s college ratings system. The president, meanwhile, defended the proposal as a necessary tool for students.

The resolution, by Representatives Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Michael Capuano of Massachusetts, Republican and Democrat, respectively, criticizes …

Data, Data Everywhere

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Massive open online course providers are collecting troves of data about their students, but what good is it if researchers can't use the information? The MOOC Research Initiative formally released its results on Monday, six months after researchers met in Arlington, Texas, to brief one another on initial findings. The body of …

Obama Set To Expand Income-Based Repayment Program

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President Obama announced he plans to expand an income-based repayment program for federal student loan borrowers, The New York Times reported. The administration plans to broaden eligibility for its Pay As You Earn program – which caps student loan payments at 10 percent of borrowers’ discretionary income and forgives any unpaid debt …

Wanted: New Ideas For Closing The Skills Gap

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Millions of young college graduates are now heading to job fairs wondering if they really have what it takes to cut it in this job market. New research indicates that employers are just as doubtful. The latest jobs report contains : The U.S. is finally back to the total number of jobs …

ACT President: Take Whichever College Admission Test Suits You. Or Take Both.

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Not long ago, the ACT surpassed the SAT as the most widely used college admission test in the country. But the president of the testing organization that leads the market advises students to take whichever exam suits them — or both. ACT President Jon L. Erickson spoke with The Washington Post about …

Student Loan Borrowers Don’t Know What They’re In For

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Student loans from the federal government are generally easy to get. With the exception of PLUS loans, which are co-signed by parents or guardians, credit scores are not checked, because most borrowers are assumed to be just out of high school. Employment histories aren't checked for the same reason.

So the New York …

A Safe Bet For Turning A College Degree Into A Job

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McKinsey Global Institute predicts a shortage in the U.S. of up to almost 200,000 workers with deep analytical skills, and a deficit of 1.5 million managers capable of using big data analytics for actionable insights in their decision-making. Programs in data analytics and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, including …

ACT To Revamp Assessment Of Students’ College-Admission Scores

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The ACT college-admission test will begin to parse student test scores in new ways next year—providing additional assessments in areas like job readiness and skills in STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math.

The nonprofit assessment company—known for its 36-point scale crucial in the college-admissions process—said it won't change the format or content …

One Down, Many To Go

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Administrators at the Georgia Institute of Technology are optimistic but “not declaring victory” after one semester of its affordable online master’s degree program in computer science. While the program has been well-received by students, administrators are still striving to solve an equation that balances cost, academic quality and support services.

“We’re not all …

Disunited Front

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Hardly anybody in higher education seems to like the Obama administration's proposed ratings system. But college leaders are certainly not united in their views about the appropriate role for the federal government in holding institutions accountable. In the eight months since the president first announced his ratings idea, colleges of all sorts …

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