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Can MOOCs And Universities Co-Exist?

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A generation of young Americans is bearing the brunt of decades of runaway college costs. Graduates are entering the workforce with staggering student loans that are inhibiting their ability to buy homes, cars and start families.

Massive open online courses—or MOOCs—hold the promise of bending that cost curve down. The genius of MOOCs …

Senate Confirms Ted Mitchell As Top U.S. Higher-Education Official

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The U.S. Senate last week confirmed Ted Mitchell, the chief executive of a nonprofit educational-venture fund and a former president of Occidental College, as the Education Department’s top higher-education official. President Obama nominated Mr. Mitchell for the job in October 2013.

As under secretary of education, Mr. Mitchell will replace Martha J. Kanter, …

Transforming Colleges For The New Century

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When the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) released its 2012 report, “Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future,” the educators and thought leaders behind the initiative knew it would only go as far as the nation’s community college leaders were willing to carry it. Two years and more …

Helping Transfer Students Succeed

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Low-income community college students who transfer to highly selective four-year institutions can succeed academically if they receive adequate financial aid, according to an analysis by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Community College Transfer Initiative. The foundation has funded transfer support efforts at 14 selective institutions during the past eight years.

The analysis found …

Backed Into A Corner

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As the Obama administration weighs public comment on its second proposal to more tightly regulate for-profit colleges, the industry is once again fighting in earnest to fend off the regulations. But this time the debate over the “gainful employment” rules is playing out across a different landscape.

The for-profit sector has been hit …

Gauging Graduates’ Well-Being

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A new survey of 30,000 college graduates gives higher education leaders a chance to make their case that college isn’t all about jobs and income. The evidence from the largest survey of its kind is, however, mixed about whether colleges are doing enough to help students’ well-being in life, according a new …

Many Seniors Accepted To First-Choice Colleges Go Elsewhere

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According to the American Freshman Survey, most students were accepted by their first-choice colleges last year — but almost half of them actually enrolled in other schools, primarily for financial reasons.

NPR spoke with Sylvia Hurtado, head of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, which conducts the annual survey.

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State College Funding Hasn’t Passed Pre-Recession Levels

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Forty-eight states are spending less on colleges and universities than before the recession, as recent funding increases haven’t made up for years of cuts that pushed tuition higher, according to a report. Average state spending per student, adjusted for inflation, dropped by $2,026, or 23 percent, since 2008, with funding down in …

College-Rating System Will Go Forward, Duncan Says

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The U.S. Department of Education plans to continue its push for a college-rating system, even if Congress doesn’t shell out the $10-million the agency is requesting to develop the program and put it in place. The Obama administration requested $82.3-billion for the department in the 2015 fiscal year, which begins on October …

Skills Gap Weighs On U.S. Jobs Growth

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It’s one of today’s most vexing economic puzzles: why do U.S. employers have an estimated 4.2 million open jobs when 10.5 million Americans are still out of work? One answer is the “skills gap,” a mismatch in which job seekers lack the skills or qualifications for the jobs employers need to fill. …

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