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State Colleges Revolt As Years Of Cuts Divide US Campuses

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From Pennsylvania to Oregon, the number of top public universities bidding to shake off government control keeps growing. The universities want more control over tuition and academic programs as they become less dependent on public subsidies. Some state systems have resisted because, without their flagships, they lose premier faculty and students as …

This Program Improved College Graduation Rates. So Why Was It Abandoned?

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Summer school was boosting college graduation rates—but not anymore. By the time Leah Stone got her bachelor’s degree this spring from New Jersey’s Montclair State University, her four-year higher education had stretched to six years. It would have taken even longer had she not been able to stay in school during the …

Identifying The Online Student

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In 2012, most students preferred to do their online study at an institution in their home state. Undergraduate students at historically black colleges and universities were more likely to complete part of their education online than were students in general. West Virginia was the only state where students taking face-to-face courses didn’t …

Solving The Talent Crisis: The Case For A Collaborative Approach

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It’s well documented that in the United States employers have millions of unfilled jobs, and job-seekers often don’t have the skills to fill them. As a further complication, “soft skills” are increasingly critical to success in the 21st century workforce, but many employers are also finding that today’s prospective job candidates aren’t …

Five Facts About Today’s College Graduates

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Graduation season is in full swing, but what do we really know about all those fresh-faced young adults in black robes — what they actually studied, what their chances are of landing a decent job, how they’ll look back on their college years? Here’s a data roundup:

Only about 56% of students earn …

Is The Deck Stacked Against Black Boys In America?

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The numbers are grim. Black boys are more likely than white boys to live in poverty, and with a single parent. They're also more likely to be suspended from school and land in prison, and less likely to be able to read.

But what to do about it? That's the question before , …

Effort Brewing In Congress To Block College Ratings System

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At least one House Republican is seeking to block the Obama administration’s efforts to develop a federal college ratings system.

Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia wrote in an email to his fellow lawmakers last week that he hopes to insert a provision into upcoming spending bills that would prohibit the Education Department from …

Federal College Ratings Threat Has Schools On Edge

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With tuition spiraling and educational values increasingly questioned, the Obama administration is moving to create a college ranking system that factors in student job success and earnings after college. Critics fear that such a system would penalize low-wage careers such as teaching and social work.

"Last summer the Obama administration directed ED to …

For-Profit Colleges Decry Gainful-Employment Rule As ‘Arbitrary And Biased’

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The for-profit-college industry’s trade association, backed by a 100-page report by economists, is coming out swinging against the U.S. Department of Education’s draft "gainful employment" regulation. The proposal is "flawed, arbitrary, and biased," and will deny educational access to as many as 7.5 million students over the next decade, contends the Association …

Nowhere To Go

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Up to 44 percent of students at for-profit colleges could lose access to federal financial aid under proposed “gainful employment” regulations, according to a new report from the sector’s trade group. And many of those students lack other educational options in their academic field or geographical area. “The impact will be very …

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