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Senate Bill Would Ease Students’ Path To Associate Degrees

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A bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate would let students who don’t finish four-year degrees use their course credits to claim associate degrees, reports The Charlotte Observer. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kay Hagan, a North Carolina Democrat, and Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, is designed to help community-college …

Senators Start In On HEA

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After months of hearings, the two key lawmakers charged with overseeing the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in the U.S. Senate are beginning to stake out firmer positions on what they want to include in the massive law that governs colleges and universities. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the top Republican …

Providing Disadvantaged Workers With Skills To Succeed In The Labor Market

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Millions of Americans cannot obtain jobs that pay enough to lift them out of poverty. For many, the principal barrier to obtaining these good jobs is their lack of specialized occupational skills increasingly sought by employers. Research has shown that vocational training can be effective in boosting the earnings of disadvantaged adult …

Going Easy On For-Profit Colleges?

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While state law-enforcement authorities are cracking down on abuses by private, for-profit colleges and universities, state regulators are doing little to prevent those abuses in the first place, a new report contends. The report, by the National Consumer Law Center, or NCLC, says that states and not the federal government provide the …

To Improve Colleges’ Performance, Start With The Worst Ones, Report Urges

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While the White House proceeds with a proposed system to rate all colleges, in part to change the behavior of underperforming institutions, a new report from Education Trust suggests cutting to the chase: focus only on the worst ones.

In the report, released on Wednesday, the public-policy group calls for exercising "tough love" …

Rising Costs Push Students To Tech College

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The Washington, DC-based College Savings Foundation's fifth annual How Youth Plan to Fund College survey of high school students has found that a significant number say they're open to the idea of attending community colleges and technical schools, rather than university.

"What this says is that some form of higher education is more …

Still A Charity Case

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Americans are donating more money to higher education than they were before the recession, a comprehensive report on charitable giving suggests.

The report, which the Giving USA Foundation released Tuesday, indicates that Americans donated a record $52.07 billion to education in 2013. Adjusted for inflation, this figure marks a 7.4 percent increase over …

Colleges Must Reach Out To Younger Students

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The national agenda around higher education attainment has led to renewed focus on college readiness, access, and success. Citing the social and economic benefits of a postsecondary credential, many federal and state policymakers, educational policy and advocacy groups, and philanthropic organizations have urged shifts in policy and practice to expand college opportunity.

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As Congress Bickers, Obama Takes Executive Action On Student Loans

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On the eve of a Senate fight over student-loan refinancing, President Obama is taking executive action to ease students' debt burdens. At a White House event this week, Mr. Obama announced that he will expand a law that caps borrowers' loan payments at 10 percent of their income to individuals with older …

CREW Seeks Records Related To Former Education Official Robert Shireman

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This week, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Department of Education for records related to former Education official Robert Shireman and two organizations closely associated with him, The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) and California Competes.  CREW submitted a …

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