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Have Job, Will Enroll

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A growing number of startups want to play the matchmaker role between community colleges and employers. One of them, WorkAmerica, makes an unusual offer as part of their pitch: students get a legally binding job offer before they enroll at one of the company’s partner colleges.

The recently launched company is based here. …

For-Profits’ Fundamental Difference

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Bob Shireman is anything but an objective observer of for-profit higher education. For much of President Obama's first term, he made life a living hell for colleges in the sector through his aggressive pursuit of new regulations designed to ensure they were preparing their graduates for "gainful employment." A federal judge blocked …

Education Dept. Pushes Back Release Of College Ratings To Fall

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The Obama administration has delayed the release of its college ratings system until later this year, according to a blog post published by the Education Department this week.

Jamienne S. Studley, a deputy under secretary of education who has been leading the development of the ratings, wrote that the administration was “on track …

Rule-Making Panel Fails To Find Consensus On 2 Key Issues

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The federally appointed negotiators who have been working since February on a package of proposed consumer-protection regulations for the U.S. Department of Education failed to reach consensus on this week. That means any actions on new rules—covering such matters as college-sponsored bank cards, the terms under which PLUS loans can be denied, …

What’s A College Diploma Worth? Why Higher Education Matters

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College continues to be a good investment—a fact that is consistent and convincing on virtually every measure of economic well-being and career attainment. For starters, the earnings gap between Millennials (young adults ages 25 to 32) with and without a college degree has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a …

Great Unequalizer: Is Higher-Education Policy Making Inequality Worse?

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For 20 years, Suzanne Mettler, Ph.D., has been writing about U.S. government policies that help to build the middle class. She’s written about the G.I. Bill, which provided housing assistance and student aid to returning World War II soldiers and secured decades of upward mobility and economic security. She’s written about government …

Federal Fund For Innovation

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The Obama administration on Thursday formally unveiled a new program its officials hope will spur innovation, improve college access and completion, and cut student costs. Yes, that's all it aims to do. The First in the World competition, as the administration calls the $75 million effort to which it invited applications in …

Nearing The Bottom

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The decline in overall college enrollment has slowed this spring, according to new data the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released today. And some details are emerging about the groups of students who are less likely to attend college in declining sectors.

Overall enrollment this spring is down 0.8 percent compared to a …

Rhetoric Check

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The faculty leaders behind the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education continued their barrage against massive open online courses on Tuesday, challenging the providers to come clean on “overblown, misleading or simply false” rhetoric. In letters blasted off last week to the founders of Coursera, edX and Udacity, the organization expresses …

Veterans’ Success At Home: More Than Just Landing Any Job

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The federal government has spent billions helping veterans get the training and education they need to re-enter the civilian workforce. Despite the effort, the unemployment rate for vets remains higher than the national average. Aside from dealing with the psychological transition, veterans also have to navigate how to transfer their military skills …

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